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Need help choosing a backpack!

Posted by Lindzimbo91 on 21/10/2014 at 07:56

Hi Everyone! I am planning a 6 week trip with my boyfriend to South East Asia next year (2015) June/July and am undecided about what kind of backpack to get. I know its a long way-a-way but I live in Zimbabwe and choice of backpacks here are little to none! Luckily my sister lives in the UK and has offered to bring one back for me when she comes in December Any ways my budget is about $120 USD/ 75 GBP. So far it is a toss up between a Karrimor Tryfan 60 70 Ladies Rucksack (45 GBP), and a Vang ...

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Looking for a holiday in the sun

Posted by Stef23 on 15/10/2014 at 01:27

hi We have to take our holiday in September and have been all over Thailand. Some times we have been lucky with the weather and some times not so lucky. We are looking for sun, snorkeling, lovely beaches and most importantly some peace and quiet. We would really welcome any recommendations on places to go inSouth East Asia. Many thanks Stef ...

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Airline carry on rules

Posted by somtam2000 on 20/10/2014 at 22:27

From this week's newsletter (which is going out in about an hour. Interested in receiving it? See past issues and sign up here) "Fliers today incredibly entitled," says Spud Hilton, travel editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, and waiting to board behind a queue of people carrying on everything from a tricycle to a case of wine, it's not difficult to agree. While carry-on allowance varies from carrier to carrier, as an economy passenger you're generally looking at between 7 and 10kg ...

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currency in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

Posted by Northwig on 21/10/2014 at 05:37

Hello, me and my girlfriend are going to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for 5 weeks in total so obviously not a great deal of time. Can anybody advise what is the best way to carry/use money? A cash passport type debit card? 3 different currencies? Us dollars? If we take cash is it such a good idea to carry cash about these places? We are only going to the main cities and should be in hotels so I would imagine that we would have a safe. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated on this t ...

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Best time to travel around Southeast Asia for 6 months?

Posted by Nibsynibsy on 11/4/2013 at 06:54

Hi there, this is my first post so please be gentle! Me and my girlfriend are planning a 6 month trip to Southeast Asia. We're in the early stages of planning but I think I know the path we'll be following roughly. We'll fly into Bangkok where we'll stay for a few days then head up north stoping at various places, then head into Laos followed by Vietnam, Cambodia and back into Thailand and travel south and hopefully make it to Singapor before we run out of money! We're planning to go at the star ...

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Help with 2 month backpacking itinerary and cost!

Posted by ander112 on 9/9/2014 at 11:27

Hi guys, So a group of friends and I are planning on backpacking through the region once I graduate college. We are planning on doing Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The only ones I'm really willing to give up are Laos and Malaysia. I know that doing fewer countries is easier and makes for a much better cultural experience. However we are willing to sacrifice some of this to see more countries. If anyone has suggestions on what our itinerary should be, that would be ...

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Backpacking South East Asia- Movie

Posted by Roelofs7 on 17/10/2014 at 06:56

Hi all, This is actually the first time I ever post something on this website. I've been checking it for over a year now but finally joined it . It's mainly because I made a video of my time traveling through south east Asia. And I wanted it to share it with you all! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl6RV2jiY0Y Hope you like it! I will be happy to provide any questions asked. Regards, Tim ...

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What to do for Xmas & NYE in Thailand

Posted by WonderingAbout on 11/10/2014 at 05:06

Hi all, What would you recommend doing over Xmas and NY? I'm planning on being in Thailand around that time, most likely on the south islands. Is the full moon party worth a visit? Will I be able to get accommodation on Koh Phangan nearer the time? Are there any other parties happening on other islands, away from the mass crowds? I'm travelling on my own so am happy to go wherever ...

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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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Viewed 4,916 times, with 27 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 6/10/2014 at 09:50

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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Viewed 2,287 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by arisxwong on 25/9/2014 at 23:37

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 Bangkok.to 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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Viewed 3,572 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by chris9393 on 25/9/2014 at 11:28

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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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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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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