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First Time Traveller... Help?!

Posted by ScottDon20 on 31/5/2015 at 16:45

Hi all, Finding the task of making an itinerary a bit daunting. I am planning on travelling SE Asia in November, and intend on staying out there for 4 months potentially more depending on money. I wish to visit the following countries : Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Although there is a lot of information on here, I'm finding the finer details harder to come by, and the logistics of which is the best route to approach my plans. Any advice on route and transport between my destina ...

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On drones: The medium of people power

Posted by somtam2000 on 31/8/2015 at 07:45

I've seen some fabulous drone travel photography, but this really interesting piece in the context of the Bersih 4 rallies in Malaysia, discusses how nascent drone photography is taking the "medium is the message" maxim to a whole new level. (Image New Mandala/The Star) Previously, when the creation of photos like those in the story remained primarily in the domain of professional photographers and/or authorities, now anyone with a drone can create staggering images that often far b ...

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5 Weeks - (Thailand) - Vietnam - Cambodia

Posted by nikeshbjani on 28/7/2013 at 06:08

Hi Guys! This is my first time actually posting on the forums, I've been researching this trip for a while, and I've found reading through the posts here quite helpful, but I was hoping for some help on my itinerary? I'm travelling solo around Southeast Asia from the 15th August to 20th September (In and out of Bangkok), it's my first time in the part of the world, and one of my first times travelling alone (I did a short month long interrail last summer, so this is going to be very different to ...

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SE Asia or South America from June-Oct

Posted by beckylunne on 23/8/2015 at 09:29

Hi everyone First post here so I hope I've done everything correctly..! My boyfriend and I are planning to go traveling for a year from October 2016. We're in the early stages of planning and have been thinking of spending the year in India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia, mainly for the following reasons: - We love Asia but have mostly only been able to take 3 week trips there, so want some time to properly explore. - We take the slow and steady approach to traveling. We prefer to stay in places ...

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Sabah, Malaysia vs the Visayas, Philippines for one week. Which to go to?

Posted by Yannick85 on 22/8/2015 at 08:23

Hi all, I will be travelling to Asia in the last two weeks of October. The first week I will be in Hong Kong for the wedding of a good friend. The second week (six days including travel time actually) I have decided to travel solo in the region. I have narrowed down my choices of destination to either, Kota Kinabatuin Sabah, Malaysia, or to Cebu in the Visayas, Philippines. I'm having a hardtime deciding where to go. I backpacked around South East Asia for three months 5 years ago so many desti ...

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Itnerary Help & Feeback!

Posted by mmctear on 20/8/2015 at 10:35

Hi Guys, I just wanted to know what you thought about my 1st SE Asia trip with my friend. We've left alot of the when and where open but here goes: 13th October - Leave the UK 14th October - Arrive in BKK. 18th October - Leave Bangkok to go to Siem Reap *Insert suggestions here* We were thinking of going Phnem Peng and then up Si Phan Don and making our way to Vientiane and then Luang Probang. 23rd November - 26th November - Chiang Mai. *Insert suggestions here* We were thinking maybe ...

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Posted by kiminthailand on 14/8/2015 at 05:00

Hello Everyone, I posted in the Thailand forum but this may be a better place. Due to unexpected circumstances, I will have two weeks of travel starting on August 16th. As you can imagine, I am excited but nervous (hence me posting at 3AM) and have been browsing the forum to figure out what I can do in this time. I will be flying in and out of BKK from LAX. I have traveled quite a bit and enjoy fast paced travel - so for something this incredibly short I would like to make the most of it and hop ...

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itinerary feedback needed-Burma, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia (and more!)

Posted by fernwood on 5/9/2013 at 23:37

We're planning a 6 month trip around South East Asia/Asia(our first long trip, and first time in Asia!), starting in February 2014.We're in our 50's, fairly active-we like the outdoors, and we're comfortablewithout all the comforts of home (e.g. we like kayak camping). We're guessingwe'll spend ~$50/day each (give or take). We'd like to see enough to have somesense of what a country's about, and see some of the major"must-sees"-but we'd rather spend a few days hanging out in some town ...

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28 Days Later - 4 Weeks in SEA

Posted by rlvincent on 10/8/2015 at 05:13

Hey guys! Hoping for a bit of advice on a travel itinerary for 4 weeks of travel in South East Asia. My plans are totally open and flexible so open to all suggestions! I've got a bit of an itinerary(hellish and overcrowded as you can see) but up for any tips or 'must sees' Me and a buddy will be backpacking and trying to do everything on the cheap - looking for things off the beaten path but don't know too many of those! Really into hiking and anything outdoorsy so a bit more of that on the book ...

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First SE Asia trip (12 weeks) and trying not to cram too much

Posted by hollon on 30/7/2015 at 22:07

I'm planning my first trip to SE Asia that will start in mid/late Sept. to mid Dec. Though I've never been to SE Asia, I've been living in Korea for a year so my mind is accustomed to not being in America. I guess I want to lay out what I've got planned and see what advice you guys have for me. I would like to visit: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Indonesia (will be flying into and probably out of Thailand). Budget is around $6000 for two people. I really enjoy hiking, swimming, campin ...

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Severe Peanut Allergy, traveling solo

Posted by benzine4 on 8/8/2015 at 15:06

Hi, My best friend wants to travel a few months by herself and her first idea was SEA, now she feels cold feet because she realizes it might not be the best destination when you're stuck a severe peanut allergy and no one to help you if you're having an anaphylactic shock. She is now considering Europe as her second choice. Any thought? ...

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Thailand beaches v Cambodian Beaches

Posted by worthy57 on 7/8/2015 at 13:51

Hi we are two mature travellers who are embarking on a 4 month trip to SE Asia in November. In January we will be looking for a QUIET beach resort to chill out after 2 months in Northern Thailand and Laos. We are torn between the beaches of the Andaman coast of Thailand or Cambodia. We need some suggestions please ( remember we are mature but not decrepit ). ...

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Advice on 3 month Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia trip for solo female

Posted by SLL on 24/7/2015 at 20:48

Hi Everyone, Apologies if you have answered these questions a million times before, but I have hit panic stage and need to book flights next week! As some background info, I am a (currently terrified) first time female traveller, having never even walked into a pub on my own before, and am planning a 13-14 week trip to try to catch up on some of the life I have missed out on over the past 20 years (typical mid life crisis lol!). I had never planned on fulfilling this dream travelling solo, but ...

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Bangkok to Hoi An for Lantern Festival

Posted by Thomkl1 on 31/7/2015 at 14:34

Hi there, Me and my 3 friends are travelling to Thailand and Vietnam for the first time next year. Due to meeting up around weddings and other trips we were restricted with the dates we could travel and have therefore already booked our flights to land in Bangkok (BKK) at 09.25 on the 21st Feb 2016. Now I have just found out that the day we land is the first full moon of the year and that there will be the Lantern Festival happening in Hoi An and I would love for us to experience this! Howe ...

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How do Americans die while travelling?

Posted by somtam2000 on 27/7/2015 at 19:16

If you've ever wondered how many travellers from the US die overseas and how they met their end, here is the authoritative source. Via the US State Dept, here is a wrap on overseas US deaths from October 2002 to December 2014, searchable by period and country. I assume it is based on consular reports, so probably not 100% accurate, especially re dual nationalities and those who were injured/got ill, but died back home. Drugs, drowning, suicide and, most of all, road accidents (they're broken o ...

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Viewed 1,300 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 30/7/2015 at 12:17

onward travel proof

Posted by Alicia3 on 28/5/2015 at 00:37

Any advice on proof of onward travel with airlines when flying to bangkok? ...

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Too many people

Posted by somtam2000 on 27/7/2015 at 04:10

From this week's Travelfish newsletter (being sent out shortly anyway! Over the weekend The Guardian had a piece talking about tourist hot spots around the world and wondered if all these millions of "new travellers" are really welcome in these destinations. We've seen much written on this topic related to Southeast Asia, especially on the huge increase in tourists from mainland China. People worry about destinations that are considered (rightly or wrongly) as fragile: Angkor Wat ...

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Planning a trip to SEA/weather questions

Posted by halthedean on 19/7/2015 at 12:36

Hello all. I've done tons of research for an upcoming trip to SEA in 2016. I've already gone through the weather sections of travelfish, and get the feeling that I should reschedule my trip. I was planning on going from Apr 17-May25. On a few other websites I've found about the weather in the region, some say, "go it won't be that bad yet for rain", while others say, "hell no, too hot, too rainy." Right now I'll be spending the majority of my time in Vietnam, with only h ...

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Northern Vietnam

Posted by zhuang on 25/7/2015 at 04:28

Dear All, My friend and I will be in Hanoi on 19 Sep(Sat) and leave Hanoi on 27 Sept (Sun). We love nature and beautiful landscape . We' ve few places in mind . We're on budget trip and we will travel mostly on public transport such as train, bus or motor taxi. Please advice us which option is better and doable ? 1. 1 week to visit Ha Giang ( Dong Van Karst Plateu Geopark) , Meo Vac, Muong Hua Valley in Sapa ? or . 3. 1 week to visit Mu Cang Cai and Sapa ? or 4. 1 week to visit Dong Va ...

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Solo Southeast Asia 2015

Posted by Lewisburnett on 16/11/2014 at 02:33

So im planning a trip through SEA starting in Feb 2015 and wondering if anyone is going to be over there at the same time. Never done any solo travel before and am a little nervous about it however super excited to see what happens haha, anyone done something similar? If so how were your experiences? The trip is going to be focused on three things: Photography, Diving and Surfing as this is what im mainly into where I live (Australia) Starting off in Bali (Scored a cheap flight) then going throu ...

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