Photo: Street food Phetchaburi Soi 10, Bangkok.

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What makes a good guesthouse great?

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/10/2014 at 17:51

From this week's newsletter (which is going out in about an hour. Interested in receiving it? See past issues and sign up here) Over the last decade I've taken a look at between 2,500 and 3,000 places to stay across Southeast Asia. From salubrious fancypants digs to death-cave hovels, I've experienced close to the full gamut of possibilities when it comes to getting a place to sleep in the region. So what makes a good place great? Some stuff is obvious: cleanliness, security, functioning (and ...

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Five weeks honeymoon in South East Asia, Is this too much?

Posted by ondoheer on 20/9/2014 at 20:28

Hello, we are travelling from Perú for our honeymoon to South East Asia. We want to make the most of it because we feel it might be our only chance since it is really difficult to find so much time to travell this far (besides it is expensive to get there from here). We have read much about how you shouldn't try to do too much, but the more and more we look around for places or flights, the more we find to do!! After too much struggle we have come up with this really tight intinerary. We wou ...

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Travelling Help. Bus or Fly?

Posted by sp00ks on 16/8/2014 at 15:33

Hi there, I am planning on staying in Phuket for about two months and then afterwards I plan on hitting the other Southeast Asia countries (Loas, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia). However, I am not sure what is the best way to get to these places. Should I be booking a flight and fly or take overnight buses? I'm not so time constraint so I can stay on a bus for a day if needed. ...

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Eating street food in South Asia.

Posted by Agee on 24/10/2013 at 10:30

Hi, What about food? Is it safe to eat street food in SouthAsia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam)? I'm asking in particular about allthose insects, spiders, snakes etc...after all most of them are friedwith guts eggs and excrement... We've heard that eating fishes in Bangkokis not such a good idea as some of them are caught in river channels andcan have various bacteria and parasites? We have following vaccines:HepatitisA and B, Typhoid fever, Polio, Tetanus What about fresh fruits? Is there anythi ...

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5 Month SEA General Itinerary Advice

Posted by TravelMoo on 3/7/2014 at 12:05

Hi everyone, I wanted to reach out to get some advice for a solo trip I am due to embark on in October 2014. I have never travelled alone before and have not really done a proper backpacking trip before. I did go travelling across the USA for 5 weeks with 3 friends when I was a student which involved a few hostels but I don't think it is any comparison for what I am about to face in October! I have also never been to SEA and so I am keen to soak up as much information and advice between now and ...

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3 Months South East Asia. ADVICE PLEASE :)

Posted by STEEBEE84 on 1/8/2014 at 23:06

Hi all My Friend and I, are going to South East Asia in mid August for, well... as long as the money lasts. Flights there are already sorted, and we have taken our budget out for flights home already. we are left with around $4000 each to spend, from landing into flight home. we have some idea of where we are going to go(not set in Stone) Thailand- Bangkok Chiang Mai Phuket Koh Phangan Cambodia- Siam Reap Phnom Penh Vietnam- HCMC Ha long Bay Hanoi. not very Original i know lol. W ...

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Christmas/New year 2014/15

Posted by allgood on 18/9/2014 at 10:25

Hey guys, I am heading to Bangkok on the 1st of December for between 3 - 6 months (or as long as my money lasts). I am a 25 year old male and will be travelling solo. I have no real plans - I'm currently in the process of trying to make something that resembles an itinerary. I was hoping to do something cool with like minded people for the Christmas/New year period to ensure any probable homesickness is minimised Does anyone have any ideas from past experiences on some places or things to do? ...

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Malaysia, Singapore and Bali in 18 days?

Posted by cguan on 19/9/2014 at 02:11

I'm travelling for 18 days this winter beginning on December 25 and was hoping to see parts of Malaysia, Singapore and finish off in Bali. I was wondering if I can get some help on the best places to go in Malaysia and Singapore. What is the best route to go through. And if seeing 3 countries in such a short time too ambitious. Any suggestion or advice would be appreciated. ...

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Itinerary help Bangkok - Singapore (4weeks)

Posted by Sjors1989 on 11/9/2014 at 12:31

Hey guys, I'm planning a trip to SE Asia 22 dec 2014 - 19 jan 2015, unfortunately its high season but I really wanna go now and I've the possibility here to take 4 weeks off from work. It's my first time that I will be in Asia Turning 25 end of this year, from The Netherlands, going with perhaps 1 or 2 other friends. Interests are culture, food, party, nature, cities, basically a lil bit from everything. Budget is not really the problem for those 4 weeks but looking to backpack not 5 star hotel. ...

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Viewed 1,091 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Sjors1989 on 15/9/2014 at 14:48

Itinerary advice "“ aging solo traveller with a month in Cambodia and Laos

Posted by glennevis on 11/9/2014 at 17:56

Hi, I'd appreciate your help here. I'm no youthful backpacker. I'm pushing 60 and have a disability -- some mobility problems, basically. I can only walk short distances without resting, I can't carry luggage too far (use a trolley bag), don't have much fun with low seats or scrunching up into small spaces, and I'm unsteady getting on and off small boats. On the other hand, I'm an experienced solo traveller (used to write guide books, even), and for this trip I can afford to fork out a bit ex ...

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Anyone in SEA from september the 1st?

Posted by MGJones14 on 14/8/2014 at 17:50

Hiya Guys, All the threads are brilliant and have been of great help. So me and 1 of my friends will be hauling butt through SEA for 3 months, if anyone fancies a catch up or any advice along the way we will be happy to help. I have been lucky enough to stumble through a few parts of SEA due to the fact my parents live in KL malaysia, Hence why I'm half malaysian. If there are any solo travellers or groups that fancies meeting up and joining us on our travels you are more then welcome too! Mys ...

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Viewed 1,746 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by STEEBEE84 on 13/9/2014 at 10:55

Got 2 months in SE Asia help with plans

Posted by jamiemcm on 20/8/2014 at 16:57

Hey, myself and 2 friends arrive in bangkok on the 1st of October and from there we don't know the best plan of attack. The most common route seems to be north thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia then south thailand and the islands. Looking for any advice on things to do? places to see?where to stop? how long to stay in places for? Everything really lol. And has anyone done the 'gibbon experience'? Heard mixed reviews but it looks amazing. Thanks any replies with be helpful Jamie ...

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Only 4-5 days of freedom in SEA following a month of work in Singapore! Help me pick a spot!

Posted by PyroGal on 2/9/2014 at 21:02

Ok travelers, I'm still having a hard time picking a destination, and the time of my departure to SEA grows nearer by the day. So, I'll be in Singapore for the month of November working. When I finish I will have about 4 days in which I'm hoping to travel somewhere else. I'm so torn. Obviously due to my lack of time, the kind of deep off the path travels I'd REALLY like to do just aren't going to happen this trip. I will be traveling alone. I also must return to Singapore for my flight home ...

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Only have 3 weeks to going SEA

Posted by vanecuriel on 25/8/2014 at 16:37

Hi guys, i only have 3 weeks to visit Southeast Asia. What do you guys recommend me to visit? What itinerary can i follow? Thanks so much in advance... Have nice day ...

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Budget question

Posted by Busvcur1 on 21/8/2014 at 22:31

Hi all I have decided to quit the rat race and take myself off to explore south east Asia. I have countries that I will visit before and after but I am specifically looking at the Thai, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia (taking about 10 months for these countries I think?) I have been reading extensively but just wondered what budget is realistic! I've seen everything from $15 to $50 per day! for a daily budget A bit about me -1 person -social drinker but not &qu ...

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100 days in SE Asia - route feasiblity

Posted by Tazzfalcon on 21/8/2014 at 13:43

So, this is a follow up to the topic I started the other day about flights. My girlfriend and I are heading to South East Asia the 2nd week of Jan 2015, arriving Ho Chi Minh City and departing from Bali the 3rd week of April. In between we want to spend 3 weeks in Vietnam (all the hits South to North), 10ish days in Cambodia (Capital and South Coast most probably - we've already seen Angkor), 2 weeks in Thailand, (BKK to the Chaing Rai area relatively slowly), a week or so in Laos doing the ...

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Best way to get from Cambodia to Indonesia?

Posted by casey_r19 on 20/8/2014 at 18:08

Hello all, I am planning my 2-3 month trip around Southeast Asia next year. My hypothetical route is this: -Land in Saigon -Head north to Hanoi -Head west to Laos -Move south through Laos to Cambodia -Travel around Cambodia until taking a flight to Indonesia -Fly back to Saigon What's the easiest/quickest flight from Cambodia to Indonesia? Would I need to fly from somewhere else? Help appreciated. ...

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When is the best time to book internal SE Asia flights?

Posted by Tazzfalcon on 20/8/2014 at 07:43

Hi all, My girlfriend and I are planning a three and a half month stint in SE Asia starting the 2nd week of Jan in Ho Chi Minh and ending 3rd week of April in Bali. Over the course of this trip we'd like to see just about every country in SE Asia except the Philippines. Obviously to do this in the time allotted we're going to need to take quite a few flights within SE Asia, and I was wondering - given the time we're there - should we be booking now or waiting till we're on the ground for the b ...

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solo traveller newbie

Posted by bronzy on 18/8/2014 at 06:48

Hello all, I am looking at taking a trip to south east asia from the end of september to mid december. I would love to visit koh samui or an island similar in that area and vietnam both for an extended stay as i would like to relax and be apart of culture. I would also like to explore cambodia and laos but not for long periods of time. I will be travelling by myself (28 yr female) and would love any advice on destinations that you have experienced and stayed on for a few weeks and an itinerar ...

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Koh Samui Koh Tao Feb 2016

Posted by TABORDAN on 18/8/2014 at 16:23

Hello from Canada !!We are two males aged 45 and 50 , we are planning a trip in Feb2016 and are looking for two females to join us.We are going to be renting an awesome beach house and doing a lot of snorkeling ,touring and partying !!Any body out ther planning a trip here?I know its a long ways off but a trip this epic is worth the wait !Hope to hear from you soon ...

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