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Solo Traveler! - 1st July to 4th September

Posted by Roj91 on 17/5/2014 at 09:28

Hi there! I'm 23 and decided to have a long holiday before I start uni in September. Unfortunately none of my friends are in a position to be able to join me on this trip so i'll be heading out alone. I've backpacked round Australia before, but for some reason i'm abit more nervous about meeting people or lack of, I have no problem meeting new people. Aside from my main job I work behind a bar on weekends and seem to have no problem having a laugh with all the people I get to meet so I'm proba ...

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Surprise trip for birthday, best weather late September.

Posted by Jadeknots on 17/5/2014 at 03:59

Hi. My hubby turns 60 in September and I want to surprise him with a week-long holiday. I am happy to have a tropical rainstorm every afternoon, if need be, but I don't want rain every day. (I sort of ruled out Georgetown in Malaysia for that reason) Our interests are street food, people watching, more street food. He's beer, I'm coffee. Not particularly interested in tourist packages, and really happy if our attempts at language are mis-interpreted and we get nothing like what we asked f ...

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Thailand/Cambodia/Laos 6 WEEKS ITINERARY

Posted by charlottem92 on 19/5/2014 at 11:03

Hi there! I arrive in Bangkok on june 27th to start my 40 days (6 weeks) adventure around Thailand, Cambodia and/or Laos. My initial itinerary was something like this: Bangkok (4 days) --> fly to Surat Thani with AirAsia + take bus to Khao Sok Park Khao Sok (2 days) --> bus to Surat Thani + ferry to Ko Samui Ko Samui (3 days) --> including a daytrip to Ang Thong Marine Park Ko Phangan (2 days) --> experience a full moon party Ko Tao (3 days) --> including a daytrip to Nang Yuan ...

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Viewed 1,981 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Turkishpizza on 20/5/2014 at 10:29

Cookie Cutter 3 Month SE Asia Itinerary

Posted by casey_r19 on 20/5/2014 at 00:47

Hello all, So I am planning a 3 month trip to SE Asia early next year. I am basically looking for a "cookie cutter" itinerary that excludes Thailand, only because I was there last year (loved it, want to see others). By cookie cutter I mean - hitting the main stops/cities before entering/exiting each country. I am open to all (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, etc.) and all forms of travel (flying, ground, boat). I fully realize that I will not hit each ...

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Entering SEA - visa and forwarding ticket issues!

Posted by abergz07 on 18/5/2014 at 21:41

Hi all, My partner and I are wanting to backpack and I see that NZ is under the Visa exemption rule with Thailand. My concern with that is if we flew into Bangkok, travelled to Vietnam and Cambodia for 6ish weeks and then entered Thailand again leaving with our return ticket out of Bangkok, is this accepted? As in - does the outward ticket you need in Thailand acceptedif it is after the 30 days allowance from the Visa? Also, if we were to fly to Hanoi from Bangkok would we need to then prove ...

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First time solo traveler off to SE Asia for 3 months next month, would appreciate some advice.

Posted by NFT_Terrorist on 13/5/2014 at 15:45

On June 23rd I will be flying from Cork, Ireland to Bangkok. I will be staying in South-East Asia until 8th September when I will flying home from Saigon. I will be working for an NGO in Hanoi for 8 weeks starting July 7th, for the two weeks beforehand and one after I will be free to travel around as I wish. I'm a first time traveler and as a result I do have some concerns about this trip, especially the initial two weeks. I currently planning on flying into Bangkok, spending a few days th ...

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Do we have enough time for Vietnam & Cambodia?

Posted by cadrishon on 15/5/2014 at 04:43

Hi, me and a friend are planning on visiting South East Asia but aren't sure if we will have the time to do what we want. I was wondering if anyone with more experience could let me know what they think! We fly into Bangkok on the 13th July and plan to get a flight to Hanoi the next day. We then want to travel south through Vietnam seeing all the sights on the way and through Cambodia until we get back to Bangkok. The problem is that we have to meet a friend in Bangkok on the 8th August (We t ...

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Viewed 1,145 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 16/5/2014 at 05:41

Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

Posted by KatieWalker on 6/4/2014 at 14:21

I have booked two weeks in SE Asia and am hoping to see the best bits of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. I fly in to Ho Chi Minh and out of Hanoi and want to do a mixture of beach, culture and nightlife. I'm up for lots of flights and overnight trains to minimise travel time but have no idea what the best route would be, and if it's feasible to do a mixture of all 3 countries. A rough idea is: Ho Chi Minh Siem Reap Phnom Penh Mui Ne Nha Trang Vientiane Luang Prabang Hanoi Would be amazing to hear ...

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Cost of living (not traveling) in SEA

Posted by buecax on 28/4/2014 at 03:38

Hi all, I am interested in the actual cost of living (as opposed to travelling) in Southeast Asia, i.e. rent, food, internet, etc. My situation is this: Although I have savings on which I could survive for a couple of years, I currently only have a monthly income of about 300EUR (400$) which in Germany isn't even enough to pay the rent. I expect my income to rise but it won't double or triple overnight. I do not need to live in expensive Germany, all I need to be able to work is a fast and rel ...

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Viewed 3,010 times, with 31 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 6/5/2014 at 22:17

6 Week (ish) SEA Itinerary, starting it Vietnam, Cambodia... Malaysia?

Posted by Flamebadger on 26/4/2014 at 05:49

Hey all My girlfriend and I are going travelling for the second time in September. We are emigrating from the UK to Australia, and on the way we've decided to fit in about 6 weeks of travelling in South East Asia. We have both previously been to Thailand and Laos, and while I'm not the sort of person to dismiss either country or label them as 'done', considering the work awaiting us out in Australia this could well be our last opportunity to travel, at least for a good few years, and as such w ...

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Viewed 2,266 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by Flamebadger on 1/5/2014 at 11:13

SE Asia Itinerary Help

Posted by SEasia72014 on 27/4/2014 at 18:33

Hello, I am trying to plan a trip to SE Asia for this summer. My dates are not too flexible, I will need to travel from the beginning of July until the beginning of August. There has been so much information and itineraries available, I feel like I am overloaded with information! Any advice on the following would be greatly appreciated: 1. Would you advise to book RT airfare in and out of Bangkok? The things on my wish list right now are: Full Moon Party on 7/13, Phi Phi Island in Thailand, Ph ...

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Thailand & Laos or Cambodia & Laos for first SE Asia trip???

Posted by remsam on 23/4/2014 at 19:58

I am really excited about my first trip to SE Asia later this year but can't decide whether I should visit Thailand and Laos or Cambodia and Laos. I have done a lot of reading on Travelfish and other online resources about both options but can't seem to make up my mind. I know that everyone has very subjective opinions about the "best" places to visit but am just really divided about whether to choose Thailand which is more touristy but an easier place to get around or Cambodia which ...

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Travelling SE Asia Solo (first time traveler) advice please :)

Posted by chris9393 on 17/4/2014 at 16:47

Hi everyone I'm going travelling in October till January for the very first time and doing it on my own. As much as I am excited I would like some advice on places to visit and things to do. On my trip I plan to visit Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia (possibly Australia at the end) but for the time being it's 100% those 3 countries. From what I've read 3.5 months will be enough time to enjoy my trip. In Thailand I'm basically looking for party destinations and amazing beaches + will be attendi ...

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Viewed 5,563 times, with 41 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 25/4/2014 at 22:50

4 Weeks - November

Posted by markstreet on 23/4/2014 at 07:51

Hi All, I'd like to draw on all your experiences within SE Asia to create a memorable 4 week trip in November this year. I've seen lots of posts on this forum about people trying to cram too much intoa short space of time - I understand this, but realistically this is going to be the last chance we might have in SE Asia so I need some inspiration on the best places to visit. We fly into Bangkok at the start of November and expect to have a minimum of two days acclimatisation (We've been to Ba ...

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4 Weeks in SEA July/August, £1400?

Posted by KMaywood on 15/3/2014 at 06:59

Hi everyone, Looking to get a months solo travelling done in SEA, finishing in Hong Kong. I know its not the most ideal time of year but I work in a school so the summer holidays is the only time I can get off! My Original plan was to start in Bangkok and go through Laos, Vietnam then China but I've seen quite a few route ideas since then so im suffering with a bit of Travelling option overload and i'm not sure which one to take! the only restrictions I have is that I get to Hong Kong with a fe ...

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3 months? Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, and India?

Posted by mthawkins on 18/4/2014 at 11:39

My original plan was to cover all of SEA (minus Vietnam) within 6 months with 10,000 USD. But now I'm considering less time and less coverage because of my apartments leasing deal and my waitering job will allow me to take mass amounts of time off. My ideal time would be 3 months. I would like to visit Thailand (mainland), Myanmar, Nepal (Everest Base Camp Trek) and nothern India. (Rajasthan would be nice to visit. and Varanasi) My budget would be 5,000 USD for October-December. Does this see ...

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A manifesto for slow travel

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/4/2014 at 07:19

Given I've just finished a trip that was pretty much exactly the opposite of this, it resonated very much. A manifesto for slow travel Well worth a read. ...

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Viewed 2,256 times, with 20 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 18/4/2014 at 11:21

What happens if you miss your AirAsia flight?

Posted by somtam2000 on 16/4/2014 at 03:46

Having just missed by Bali - Kuala Lumpur and connecting Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu flights (I thought they were tomorrow morning, but they were this morning), thought would be useful to inform you all that in situations like this (and unlike full service carriers) if you have purchased a return ticket (as I had) the return legs are still valid. On many full service carriers, if you miss the first leg you're tagged as noshow and the entire ticket is invalidated. So the flights you miss are ...

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Viewed 4,266 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 17/4/2014 at 14:07

Travelling by plane.

Posted by caroquette on 16/4/2014 at 19:41

Good evening everyone, Is it the best option to travel by plane between Bangkok - Cambodja - Laos? If so, should I buy the plane tickets now? Or will they get cheaper? Thank you Carolina. ...

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4 Weeks - August 2014 - Thailand, Cambodja, Laos and Vietnam - Help please!

Posted by caroquette on 15/4/2014 at 18:04

Good evening everyone, I'm travelling to Southeast Asia in August and I am in need for some help. I only have 4 weeks to stay. Do you recommend me going to all four places - Thailand, Cambodja, Laos and Vietnam? It's my first time, and I really want to take the best of my trip. I want to stay approximately one week in Ko Pha Nhgan where I will take two days or so, to visit Ko Tao. Apart from that, do you think I have the time to visit all four countries? If not, what should I discard - Laos o ...

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