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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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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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Viewed 1,718 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by halthedean on 25/7/2015 at 11:56

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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Viewed 2,317 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by SLL on 24/7/2015 at 18:37

3-4 week trip to Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Posted by antoinetiux on 6/4/2010 at 12:57

I am planning to take a month maximum to travel to all these places and I need suggestions for itineraries and routes! Ideally, I would like to start my trip in Bali, Indonesia and end it in Bangkok, Thailand since I am flying from Los Angeles. Would really appreciate any suggestions. ...

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Viewed 12,300 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by savorygal on 23/7/2015 at 19:50

8 Weeks in SE Asia itinerary advice

Posted by calm_patches on 7/7/2015 at 12:07

Hi all, I'm sorry if this has been posted a lot before but having trawled through loads of threads I'm probably more confused now than to begin with! My wife and I are looking to travel through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia over the course of 8 weeks. My wife has been to the southern regions of Thailand, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, however I've never been to Asia before. We are interested in sightseeing, areas of natural beauty, beaches, outdoor activities e.g. short hikes and cycling, kayaki ...

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2 Weeks in March - looking for beach and Buddhism

Posted by tavso9 on 15/5/2015 at 16:29

Hi everyone, I'd really like to travel to SEA next March (solo female) and on this two weeks trip I'd ideally like to take in some local Buddhist culture (maybe even meditating, I'm very interested in the Buddhist culture) and spend a few days at the beach (white sand, secluded, turquoise waters would be ideal - just the usual ) If possible, I'd like to avoid flying when there. Is there any trip you would suggest in particular? If it matters, I've been to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Bali, bu ...

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Where to go?! Urgent!!!

Posted by Freyarose on 29/6/2015 at 07:02

I would really appreciate some help as I've been a bit hasty and bought a one way ticket to Malaysia and planned to travel around SE Asia until my money ran out, my mums come out for the first three weeks but I'm panicking a little as there doesn't seem to be many other travellers around at all (I don't know if this is just because I'm not staying in hostels?) locals are saying this is because the seasons ended. Once my mum goes home I want to move on to somewhere I can meet people, where would ...

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Viewed 1,780 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by Freyarose on 3/7/2015 at 09:18

10 days first time to Southeast Asia... Where should we go?!? Please help! :)

Posted by jajohnst on 6/4/2015 at 14:43

Hello all, My husband and I are planning a trip to Southeast Asia in August. Neither one of us has been there before. We love meeting new people, immersing in the local culture and really enjoy EATING local cuisine!! We are looking for a mix of adventure and possibly a couple of beach days, we enjoy hiking and sightseeing. We enjoy staying busy and traveling off the beaten path. We want to go somewhere that is safe so we feel comfortable walking around and exploring all that the county has to o ...

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Viewed 3,874 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by JuliaLuther on 1/7/2015 at 23:38

Australian Dollars - using, managing and budgeting

Posted by shayetopaz8 on 25/6/2015 at 07:47

Hi all! So first and foremost.. What an incredible site! I have spent so many nights trawling through the forum discussions (some so informative, some so hilarious), reading suggested itinerary's and salivating over pictures of food and food discussions.. I know this has been covered before but I am still a little bit confused as to the most accurate answer to my thoughts. Coming from Australia I will be landing in Saigon, Vietnam July 9th. From here I will be spending the next 104 days - pre ...

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Viewed 1,432 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by shayetopaz8 on 29/6/2015 at 00:57

Solo trip - 2 Weeks in July - Thailand and Vietnam - itinerary advice please

Posted by numan99 on 19/5/2015 at 11:10

I'm flying into Bangkok on July 1st and leaving from there on July 16th. I'd like to see some of Thailand, at least one island, possibly stop by Cambodia, Angkor Wat, and also see Vietnam. I'm travelling alone but will be meeting up with friends I have who live in Vietnam. It's my first time in South East Asia. I'd be grateful for any suggestions for 'must do/see' type things and/or any suggestions for an itinerary given the time-limit. I wasnà ...

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Viewed 2,380 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by kattyPiromlak on 28/6/2015 at 04:56

4 weeks in SE Asia

Posted by Amerish on 19/5/2015 at 04:49

Hi, I know that others have written the same. Could someone offer advice on 4 weeks travelling SE Asia? We would like to begin in Hong Kong (3/4 days) and end in Thailand on a beach for about a week. We are trying to determine the best beach place in Thailand to stay at. This is a trip of a lifetime for myself and husband and we would ideally like to go from Hong Kong to Cambodia, Northern Thailand and Vietnam and Southern Thailand. Not in that order. We would like to float down the river ...

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Viewed 2,420 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by kattyPiromlak on 28/6/2015 at 04:51

SE Asia in April with son

Posted by kdwhitworth on 17/6/2015 at 00:09

My 13 year old son and I will have a little under three weeks this coming April to visit SE Asia. We want to fly from Seattle to Siem Reap and spend a few days at Angkor Wat then head to Chiang Mai for a few more days. After that we're open but would like to end at a great beach before we head to Bangkok and then back to Seattle. Any advice on modes of travel and beaches would be greatly appreciated. And thank you! ...

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