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Train Thailand>Cambodia>Vietnam>China>Mongolia>Russia?

Posted by raygun on 25/1/2014 at 04:52

I've been planning a trip around Thailand, but recently discovered and was stoked to discover links to the Trans-Siberian route via SE Asia. First has anyone done this? Second, would some others like to do it in the spring, as I'm going solo, and have been thinking it might be nice to have some at least one or two others, so it wouldn't be me looking out for myself only kind of situation 24/7. I know the west to east route is more popular with westerners, but the opposite ...

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Thailand/Cambodia itinerary

Posted by Flowerpot on 17/1/2014 at 06:02

First post on this site but I'm a long-time reader. Me and my girlfriend have booked a trip for 20 days in August, we fly in to and out of Bangkok but we aim to get around the country as much as possible. Is our itinerary realistic? It's roughly as follows... Day 1 - Bangkok 2 - Night train to Surat Thani days 3-5 - Ko Samui days 6-9 - Ko Tao 10 - Bangkok 11 - Travel overland to Siem Reap days 12-15 - siem reap 16 - travel to Khorat in Isaan province back in Thailand 17-19 - Khao Yai National ...

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Viewed 1,690 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by sarah6969pink on 26/1/2014 at 14:32

12 months europe and Asia help!!

Posted by stacey9292 on 21/1/2014 at 15:51

Hey guys, me and my partner are currently saving to travel over 12months. We intend to stay in hostels (private rooms/Bathroom), will be eatinglocal foods and are look forward to the usual touristy stuff and also some offthe beaten track (Jungle treks perhaps?). Were 25 years old and both enjoypartying and also just chilling with a beer with people. We have a overallbudget of approx £40000 gbp and will not be leaving for 2 years so I understand costswill change. 20K each and are wondering if ...

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Viewed 1,032 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Flowerpot on 23/1/2014 at 00:54

Married young couple six months in SE Asia, weather chasing..

Posted by PaulandLauren on 18/1/2014 at 13:47

Hey We are planning an exciting adventure, selling all our belongings and getting onto a one way flight to Bangkok 1st of July. We are aware monsoon season is just around the corner and would like to spend a few weeks having a beach honeymoon before the real backpacking begins. The question is... where? The weather is pretty decent around SE Thailand throughout July, but were getting stuck on the itinerary from there. We have a budget of around 10k for 4 months onwards and would like to visit ...

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Viewed 1,593 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by PaulandLauren on 18/1/2014 at 13:54

Help needed

Posted by r_achel4 on 15/1/2014 at 16:33

Hi, I want to travel around Asia between July and December - I've done some research but I'm more unsure now than I was before! I literally do not know where to start! I have some questions, so any input would be greatly appreciated; I've read that as a ginger haired girl, China may present some problems with harassment/people taking photos/staring etc. Has anyone had any experience of this? I've read some travel blogs which say you don't need to book accommodation and to find somewhere to stay ...

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Worried about China and weather!

Posted by scotthutch90 on 2/12/2013 at 12:58

Hi everyone, My girlfriend and I are planning on travelling around SEA mid to late 2014 without a set date yet but first we will be riding the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Beijing taking 19 days total. Once in Beijing we are unsure whether its worth travelling down through China to Vietnam or spending maybe a week to see The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square etc before taking a Flight to Hanoi. As China is so huge and involves a lot of extra planning recently I have been put off with the idea of tr ...

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Posted by rudder6 on 5/1/2014 at 15:37

Hi, Im new to the world of travel, heading out to Bangkok in October and travelling for 6 months. Most information i need is in all of the guides and forums on here but one thing i can seem to find a great deal of info about is what vaccinations i will need before i go or what timescale i should get them before i leave. Can someone point in the right direction please. Much appreciated Greg ...

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10-12 month SEA trip. Budget question.

Posted by Arikara1985 on 10/1/2014 at 21:27

I spent 5 weeks this summer in Thailand and Cambodia. I am now planning my trip back. Intend to leave around the middle of August. Plan is Philippines > Vietnam > Laos > Myanmar > Malaysia > Thailand. Might include Indonesia and Singapore but not sure. Intend to go at a fairly slow place, month in Philippines for example, 4 places for a week each. Even willing to stay in some places longer. Does $20,000cdn seem reasonable for that for at least 10 months? I'm going to stay in hos ...

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Malaysia or Laos

Posted by marianaamc on 19/12/2013 at 17:50

Hello everyone! I will be going to SEA in summer and I'm undecided about the end of my trip. I have 18 days to spend and here are my two options: first: Khao Sok Krabi area/koh tao koh phangan Penang Perhetians second: Chiang mai Luang prabang Nong kiaw Vang Vieng Vientiane Knowing that I only have 18 days, and that I never visited this places, ie. if I chose nº2 I won't go to southern Thailand and Malaysia, if I chose nº1 I won't go to Chiang mai or Laos, and that I will be traveling ...

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10 days in south east asia, where to go?

Posted by Viron on 3/1/2014 at 07:30

Hi everyone! I have 10 days holidays that I would like to spend in south east asia. I already visited Thailand and Angkor wat in Cambodia. Now, I am thinking of Vietnam and Laos but the question is is it doable in 10 days? any other suggestions? Thanks for your help! ...

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Viewed 9,596 times, with 36 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 10/1/2014 at 01:30

Completely new to this all... Advice for a 1.5 month trip

Posted by katie123 on 3/1/2014 at 12:19

Hi Everyone, I'm completely new to the backpacking world, after putting it off for years and constantly dreaming of going travelling. So I'm looking at finally doing it in July/Aug this year in the summer break. I need some advice of where to travel. From scouring the forums I've seen that Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam might be a good idea for squeezing into a 1.5 month trip, but am open to all suggestions. Also money wise - I have no idea how much I will need to save? Will be travelling from Lo ...

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Viewed 1,571 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by katie123 on 9/1/2014 at 05:49

Itinerary help and suggestions

Posted by Norcalmom3 on 26/12/2013 at 22:31

Some background: 3rd trip to Asia with myhusband and parents (we are mid-30's and my parents are mid-60's). Last two trips were Thailand and we are moving on now to a tripcovering Cambodia, Vietnam and maybe Laos. The last trip to Thailand we took we researched alot on TA and posted a lot! Ouritineraries tend to be adventurous and we heard a few times that we couldn'tfit all we wanted in a 17/19 day trip doing Northern and Southern Thailand andwe feel that we did just fine without compromising ...

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5 weeks of travel that includes the Philippines - please help me plan an itinerary!

Posted by cguzzy on 17/12/2013 at 12:48

Hi there! I will finally have the chance to travel to Asia in 2014 for about 4-6 weeks and I'm really excited! I've been looking up different travel itineraries that span over 5 weeks for inspiration, but it's difficult to find one that includes the Philippines. I suppose my circumstances are a little different, I shall explain: I am Filipino but born in Canada, so I've only been once when I was young, with my parents. Next March, a family member will be turning 90 and some of my family member ...

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Viewed 1,756 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 23/12/2013 at 06:19

Looking for honeymoon beach!

Posted by Jcohen05 on 25/9/2013 at 19:00

My husband and I are heading to Southeast Asia for our honeymoon in Nov/Dec. We would like to spend a couple weeks on the beach and are trying to decide which beach/island region would be the best for us. We would like to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds, but it is our honeymoon, so we'd like to have nicer accommodations for at least a week. We like to snorkel, hike, surf, climb and love food. We have heard Thailand is nice but touristy. Has anyone been to the beaches/islands ...

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6 months stay in SE Asia close to the beach

Posted by prisonbreak on 19/12/2013 at 20:57

What would be the cheapest option regarding accomodation food and transportation and generally speaking cost of living? and the easiest in terms of tourist visas? I guess food is pretty cheap everywhere.Cambodia is probably the easiest in terms of visas.Thailand has the best infrastrucutre but not so cheap anymore specially when you want to be close to the beach. Any ideas? ...

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Hong Kong --> Vietnam Or Thailand. What would you choose? =) Thanks

Posted by Seven10Hearts on 12/11/2013 at 08:41

Hey Everyone, My name is Seven Ten and I am currentlyin Hong Kong. I love this place, but it's time for me to move on to S.E. Asia! I'm debating whether to fly to Thailandor Vietnam first... On 11/18, Monday, the plane ticket to Hanoi , Vietnam via Kayak is ~250. I chose Hanoi because I want tostart from the North and make my way down South. On the same date, flying into Bangkokwould be much cheaper, ~150. Normally I would go with the cheaperalternative, but I'm thinking that it will be eas ...

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Viewed 1,207 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by jackwilliam86 on 17/12/2013 at 09:57

when to plane and when to trai

Posted by kjleff01 on 13/12/2013 at 00:44

i'm spending just over two months in SEA ( whizzing through Laos and Cambodia, and trying to get a good feel for Vietnam and Thailand), and want to know what routes I should go by train/bus/plane/boat. Money isn't tight, but I also want to train when it adds to the experience(scenery and such). My time is a little more precious, but not strict. I'm also a solo female traveler, so any suggestions based on safety are appreciated. And if you have advice on this routes based on visa requirements i' ...

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Christmas/December 2013 SE Asia??

Posted by freebilly on 25/8/2013 at 03:41

Hi, I have previously travelled SE Asia few years ago but this year will be there in December including Christmas day and I'd like to know your experiences... I'm used doing the big family Christmas thing but this year I'll be spending it somewhere different! So, just after any recommendations for a 25year old solo traveller that's looking to go somewhere lively, meet people and generally have a good time! Anywhere really in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, as long as i ...

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Considering extending my trip! Please help me figure this out :D

Posted by kanda on 5/12/2013 at 06:34

Hi all, Firstly, I'll say that this is a pretty involved question, so I'll appreciate any and all help. Thanks in advance. I'm currently planning a solo trip to South East Asia in January. I've only booked flights (all AirAsia) so far. Currently the travel plan is: 17th Jan - Fly Sydney to KL, then sleep in airport :DD 18th Jan - Fly KL to Yangon 23rd Jan - Fly Yangon - Bangkok I haven't booked any internal flights for this period yet, and the plan was going to be: Bangkok for a week (+?), ...

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Viewed 1,012 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by kanda on 5/12/2013 at 10:51

5 weeks in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia

Posted by jwheld2 on 1/12/2013 at 21:52

Hi everyone, This is my first post, just trying to get some suggestions on the itinerary that my girlfriend and I have come up with in that last few weeks. We have both done a lot of researching and looking at other itineraries, so any suggestions that any of you may have would be much appreciated. I have never been outside of the US and my girlfriend has been to rural Poland and Mexico. We are looking to explore as much as possible, since we will not have an opportunity like this for a very ...

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