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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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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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Viewed 948 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 23/4/2014 at 21:01

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 2,370 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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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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Viewed 1,636 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by caroquette on 16/4/2014 at 19:22

4 Month Itinerary - China/Laos/Bangkok First timer please help!

Posted by Simonsays21 on 15/4/2014 at 00:27

Hi there. Any information on routes would be greatly appreciated! I'm looking at travelling from China all the way through to Bangkok over a period of roughly 4 months before heading out to Turkey after that. I'm an absolute first timer with this route, so first off, please forgive my ignorance... Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance... ...

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Posted by nikkihuss on 8/4/2014 at 10:15

Hi everyone, I am planning a trip round Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in September 2014. I will be travelling by myself and it's my first time in Sourth East Asia. I have been researching the tour group - Stray. Just wanted to know if anyone had used them/your thoughts?? I think it may be safer then me flying solo however I want a proper 'travelling' experience and think this may be a bit commercial?? Thanks in advance for any help!!! ...

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Viewed 3,904 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 9/4/2014 at 10:30

Travelling Southeast Asia, budget and itinary HELP much appreciated

Posted by DD1987 on 4/4/2014 at 13:31

Hi Everyone I am travelling Southeast Asia on my own starting in Febuary 2015. Im in early stages of planning to be honest. I will have a budget of between 7-9K (British Pounds) I do not drive, so local transport will be taken at all times (planes when necassary) I do not care about my level of accomadation and my drinking/partying will be at a very minimum (thats not why im travelling) My Itinary thoughts are as follows - Starting in Thailand (Bangkok) Make my way across North Thailand, upt ...

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Thailand and afterwards Burma or Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia?

Posted by xxIris on 3/4/2014 at 07:54

Hi guys, I am planning to travel in SEA in July/August for 7 weeks but I am still not sure about the exact countries I wanna go to. I have some experience backpacking (mostly Latin America but also the Philippines) and I prefer to get off the track and visit less-touristy sites without missing the main attractions. I'll probably travel alone although a friend might join me for part of the trip. For the whole trip I have about € 2,000 I can spend. I don't have a return flight yet so it do ...

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Train from Singapore>KL>Penang>Bangkok>NongKhai>Vientiane>Hanoi>China>HongKong

Posted by subo23 on 3/4/2014 at 10:40

Hi, Looking for buddy to travel by train from Singapore on 1 June 2014 (Saturday). -SG/26/M ...

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Viewed 1,246 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 3/4/2014 at 21:04

Southeast Asia AND Europe within 7 months?

Posted by mthawkins on 20/3/2014 at 09:11

I hope to travel a few areas in Europe within a month (3,000 USD budget) and Southeast Asia, North India, and Nepal for 6 months with 7,000 USD budget. Travel starting in January landing in Bangkok. Does this sound reasonable? What's the best way to connect to EU from India/Bankok? ...

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Viewed 2,635 times, with 13 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 21/3/2014 at 04:06

SEA advice - narrowing down our destinations

Posted by jrdnly on 18/3/2014 at 21:42

Hi - I've been browsing these forums and using many of the travelfish recommended itineraries to help research the SEA portion (~4 weeks) of our broader trip (~6 weeks). Currently, I've got a "long list" of destinations we're considering hitting in Cambodia/ Laos/ Northern Vietnam, but would love to poll this group for advice narrowing it down. For context, this sub-trip is sandwiched between a week in Singapore and a relaxing week in Bora Bora to end it all. Thus, we're okay runnin ...

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Viewed 1,345 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 20/3/2014 at 04:25

6 months traveling?

Posted by mthawkins on 18/3/2014 at 19:01

I'm hoping to start my travels next February, 2015 for 6 months. I want to cover Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Indonesia (Sumatra.. cross over to Mentawai for guided trek into the jungle.. visit villages) I would also like to visit Indonesia Papua, however after my stint in Southeast Asia I hope to visit Nepal and finish my trip in India. It would seem too difficult and expensive to jump from KL to Papua NG and back so I can fly to Nepal? Does anyone have any itinerary suggestions? Als ...

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Viewed 1,021 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 18/3/2014 at 20:35

Where to June to September?

Posted by summerfield on 11/3/2014 at 11:44

If I wanted to go to Vietnam, all the way from Hanoi down south then it seems the best travel time is from November to March/April, right? Which SE Asian destinations have good weather in the middle of the year, say June to September? I don't mind a hefty but short downpour every day, but days of rain would not be so conventient. Any suggestions? ...

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Viewed 1,524 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by goonistik on 15/3/2014 at 19:07

ATM scam

Posted by somtam2000 on 14/3/2014 at 02:11

Bali blog Bali Expat has a good new post on the latest ATM scams that are running across Bali. Worth a read. Have posted this in the SEA branch as if it is happening in Bali it is very likely to be happening elsewhere. Be careful! ...

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Viewed 1,955 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by exacto on 15/3/2014 at 10:01

Paradise Islands???

Posted by bholl on 9/3/2014 at 21:05

Hi, I am looking for islands and beaches in Asia (Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, etc) that are similar to the Gili Islands in Indonesia. I really enjoy the relaxed setting with the option of partying at night...and of course the awesome beaches. I have been to Thailand...Phi Phi, Railay, Samui, Tao, Phangan...just looking for more paradise Islands Thanks! ...

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