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Book hotels now or when we are there?????

Posted by Northwig on 7/7/2014 at 13:25

Hello, I wonder if anybody could help me and my girlfriend who are first time travellers I have heard different reports about travelling and booking hotels. We are travelling thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for 5 weeks. In December 2014. We are going To different cities for approx 2-4 nights at a time. Would you recommend booking them over there, is the price likely to be higher/lower. This way we could get a feel for the. Areas and listen to different accounts on the hotels. On the other hand ...

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Viewed 1,289 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by exacto on 9/7/2014 at 14:47


Malaysian Borneo Itinerary

Posted by Sundancekid4 on 4/7/2014 at 01:10

Hi there, I am planning on doing about 2 weeks in malaysian Borneo. I am doing a 4 day/3 night sipadan dive package and was wondering what to do with the rest of my time. I think I have ruled out the Danum valley because it is too expensive. I would love something with a good jungle trek and overnight camp in the jungle if anyone knows of anything like that. Also, I am thinking about doing either Tabin wildlife reserve or the Kinabatangan wildlife sanctuary can anyone recommend which one is bet ...

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Viewed 1,930 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Sundancekid4 on 6/7/2014 at 12:39

14 days se asia avoiding thailand

Posted by jessyb on 24/6/2014 at 07:16

Hi There, I'm was planning a trip to Thailand for August but have been waiting to see what happens wrt the coup. I know August isn't the ideal season but it's all I've got & people on the forums seem to say go for it anyway. I'm thinking it might be wisest to avoid Thailand & head to Vietnam / Laos / Cambodia. What do you think? It seems tricky to avoid flying into BKK. Do you think this is a problem? We'd ideally like to see the following: Temples Gibbon / forest / zip wire stuff ...

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Viewed 1,405 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 26/6/2014 at 06:28

(budget?) (itinerary?) A month in Chiang Mai to Laos & Northern Vietnam

Posted by limyk14 on 10/6/2014 at 03:23

My trip starts from Chiang Mai on the 31st of July. I'm following lonely Planet minority report sample itinerary and will be traveling for a month I have a budget of USD 1600 including accommodation and flight prices. Is is too rush and is the budget enough? Please advise, greatly appreciated. ...

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Viewed 1,611 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by marianaamc on 19/6/2014 at 16:37

Over 50 travelling to SE Asia solo

Posted by Vacateforfun on 14/6/2014 at 12:33

Hi Everyone, I am an over 50 male and will be travelling in SE Asia this summer, my trip will be solo and will be 2 to 3 weeks. I would like to travel in a way that I meet people as I go along, so I am thinking that Hostels would be good for this, so I am looking for help to put my itinerary together and how to find hostels that will cater to my age group. I don't have any specific country that I have to travel to so any suggestions would be appreciated. ...

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Viewed 2,264 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by hoang on 18/6/2014 at 22:50

Where to watch the 2014 World Cup

Posted by somtam2000 on 12/6/2014 at 03:21

Sure if you've got cable TV in your guesthouse or hotel you can probably watch the games without getting out of bed, but if you do want to get out and about to enjoy the games with a crowd, here is a starting list of places to enjoy the games. Note, this is very much a work in progress. If you know other places worth listing, please add them into the comments. You can download the official schedule here. BURMA - Yangon 50th Street Bar and Grill 9-13, 50th Street, Yangon T: (01) 397 060 Op ...

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Viewed 3,394 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by travellingsarah on 15/6/2014 at 03:43

Great eating in Khao Sok National Park

Posted by jodymm on 10/6/2014 at 01:11

We arrived in Khao Sok National Park for a 5 day stay. I had read good eating reviews on Pawns Restaurant so was looking forward to trying it. However, Pawns was closed and my disappointment was great, once I got over it, we wandered down the road and found an open air cafe with lots of garden pots outfront with, lemongrass, different mints, chilli, eggplants of different shapes sizes and colours; Also a sign that promised Thai curries freshly made pastes, and a free homemade dessert! We deci ...

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Viewed 1,768 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by jodymm on 11/6/2014 at 20:18

5 weeks - Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia

Posted by Lewis2312 on 23/5/2014 at 10:01

Hi, Me and my girlfriend are spending 5 weeks, mid-June to mid-July, around SE Asia. We haven't planned much of an itinerary as we have just finished university and wanted it to be a spur of the moment plan. We have 3 weeks to plan it and in terms of criteria we would like to do some sightseeing, cultural activities, possibly a jungle trek, and any MUST see places. Nightlife is not of as great importance to us but we would still like to sample it. We are just looking for some advice on places w ...

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Viewed 4,718 times, with 46 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 11/6/2014 at 02:00

Thailand Indonesia Cambodia Vietnam in 2 months. HELP!!

Posted by helendumbleton on 21/5/2014 at 07:29

I am planning a 2 month trip around south east Asia (meant to be 3 months but bf couldn't get that much time off . So I am going 29th Dec till end of Feb. The first 3 weeks I am going with a friend and we want to go Thailand. After that, my boyfriend is meeting me and we want to go Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam. My first decision is where to spend new years eve?! I was in Thailand last xmas and NYE and spend NYE at the full moon party, don't really want to do the same this year. We shall be ar ...

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FINDING PARADISE IN THAILAND/CAMBODIA

Posted by charlottem92 on 24/5/2014 at 12:00

Hi! I backpacked around Birma and Thailand for 60 days last summer and I'm so excited to go back to SEA. A couple of days ago I wrote a post on this forum about a potential itinerary for Thailand (return flight back to Europe from Bangkok), Laos and Cambodia. I'm travelling with my best friend (her first time in SEA!) so I'll have to revisit a couple of places in Thailand (not that I mind). After A LOT of research I've come up with this itinerary (and decided to skip Laos) and I'd like some fee ...

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Viewed 1,438 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 26/5/2014 at 21:51

Restaurants and best traditional dishes!

Posted by marianaamc on 19/5/2014 at 17:26

I'll be going with my boyfriend to southeast asia. He's a young cook so food will be an important part of our journey and it's our first time visiting Asia. There are two restaurants we want to go to and have already made reservations, one of them is Gaggan and the other is Nahm, we'll go there the night before we fly back home (before he will take an internship there for two weeks). This two are in the top restaurants in the world, Nahm beeing the best in Asia. But we are also interested in m ...

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Viewed 1,652 times, with 20 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 26/5/2014 at 03:56

First time travelling and going solo

Posted by Prairie_Matt on 19/5/2014 at 14:15

Hey Everyone, I have finally decided to act on a dream I have had for a very long time. I have wanted to backpack through Southeast Asia since I graduated high school but have never had anyone to come with me. I am now ready to go at it alone and not wait for someone. The Plan: Head over to Bangkok at the end of April/beginning of May 2015 and take about 5-6 weeks and to go through Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. My must-sees: 1.) Angkor Wat 2.) HCMC/Saigon 3.) Mekong Delta 4.) Halong Bay 5 ...

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Viewed 1,891 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by antoniamitchell on 24/5/2014 at 17:09

13 weeks solo in SEA (June - Sept)

Posted by Maran on 21/4/2014 at 04:59

Hey there! I know this type of post has been done a lot, and I have got lots of great info reading others' threads, but I figure that there is no definitive answer to this type of query as it is always going to be specific to the person asking. Because the region is so vast and I can't visit everywhere, I would like to give details of my proposed trip and my interests so that I can gain advice from people who have travelled around SEA before to help me figure out where I should go etc. I see lo ...

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Viewed 1,587 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 23/5/2014 at 23:42

SE Asia 05/14 - 07/14 travel partner :D

Posted by gost on 2/4/2014 at 05:24

Hi, I'm 23 years old, I come from the Croatia and I'm female. I travel to Asia and I plan to stay there for 4.5 months, but first and last month are reserved for India: D I come to Cambodia in mid-May, and there would be nice to find a partner to travel with. My plan is to stay there for about two months and visit Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam and Laos have not yet decided I am very flexible and open to new ideas. My budget is pretty tight so I would like someone ready to this kind of advent ...

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Viewed 1,919 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by hmrolstomt on 23/5/2014 at 21:05

Traveling SEA for approximately 5 weeks July-August 2014. Looking for advice :)

Posted by dupree on 3/4/2014 at 11:45

Hey everyone, I'm traveling to SEA this summer for around 5 weeks. I arrive in Bangkok July 9 and leave from Bangkok August 14. I am hoping on doing 4 countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos). After much research, I will probably spend a majority of my time in Thailand and Vietnam. I will probably only be able to do Angkor Wat in Cambodia and if I have time restraints may have to omit Laos unfortunately. I would like to see the major sites as well as experience the culture of SEA. I woul ...

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Viewed 4,201 times, with 37 replies. Last reply by hmrolstomt on 23/5/2014 at 20:45

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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Viewed 1,386 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by hmrolstomt on 23/5/2014 at 20:06

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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Viewed 2,044 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by goonistik on 22/5/2014 at 00:42

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 2,217 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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Viewed 2,535 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by casey_r19 on 20/5/2014 at 01:15

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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Viewed 1,243 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 19/5/2014 at 06:50


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