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So Someone Asks 'How Can You Afford That?

Posted by Magpie72 on 22/8/2013 at 21:41

Hello all. I live in Australia and with that great distance to other lands, flights to many destinations are high. As such, I thought for years that world travel was beyond me, Ít's too expensive', Ít must be difficult to organise', and all those things that are not reasons, just very poor excuses. But 3 years ago, I started planning, thinking of how to save money by cutting back on buying things I didn't need and which things I owned that I could sell? I have a job I love but I don't mak ...

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South East Asia travel tours

Posted by subs17 on 5/8/2013 at 11:38

Hey, I'm 23 from London and am looking to travel South East Asia for 5-6 weeks, from the end of November 2013 to the start of January 2014. Looking to start in Thailand and then maybe take in Laos or/and Cambodia. Haven't got a travel buddy at the moment so was wondering if anyone knew of any decent tours which I could join so I could meet people and generally see as much as possible. Thanks! ...

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Viewed 1,439 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 22/8/2013 at 01:38

Solo travel to SE Asia

Posted by Luv2trvl on 17/8/2013 at 18:28

I am planning a trip to SE Asia, either 2 or 3 weeks, this fall (2013). I would prefer to go with someone but I have not been able to interest anyone in the trip. I am looking for suggestions that will help me travel alone, I am also interested in any websites for solo travellers. I haven't decided on which countries to travel, I am considering Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. ...

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Viewed 4,715 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by KeepCalmnTravel on 21/8/2013 at 10:59

Stupid question....but Nightwear for Southeast Asia?!

Posted by doidgeandpleach on 1/5/2013 at 07:31

Going July/Aug will it be hot? cold? humid? do I have to cover up just in case? full pjamas? or can I get away with shorts and camisole? might sound like a silly question.... ...

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Viewed 5,237 times, with 13 replies. Last reply by sayadian on 19/8/2013 at 11:49

Itinerary help please!

Posted by Lori on 13/8/2013 at 16:25

Hi I am travelling for 6 months starting in march 2014. Starting off in Beijing to Hong Kong then onto Vietnam /Cambodia /Laos I will be teaching in Thailand for 2 months and with a 90 day visa I want to spend one week in Thailand before I start teaching and the remaining time after I finish. So am looking for advice as to where to start .. If I start in Vietnam in Hanoi and go south then into Cambodia then through Laos ? Then into northern Thailand before I head down south for teaching Would ...

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South east asia, 6 weeks "“ Thailand, Laos Cambodia

Posted by kayjaydesign on 13/8/2013 at 16:34

Hi everyone, We are traveling to SEA for our honeymoon in September We have decided we would rather backpack for the 5 weeks and have one week or a few days at the end of relaxation. I was wondering whether you think this is too much to for 6 weeks in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia? Thailand Bangkok (1) (Explored bangkok on previous trips) (may fly Bk to chaing mai) Chaing Mai (3) Chaing Rai (1) Cross border to laos (1) Laos 2 day slow boat to Luang Prabang (2) Luang Prabang (3) vang vieng (2) ...

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Viewed 2,185 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 14/8/2013 at 09:37

Vietnam, but where else?

Posted by nickjamesjordan on 13/8/2013 at 06:07

Hi, I am off to visit my girlfriend who is teaching in Hanoi, Vietnam at the end of the year. I have given myself a month total to spend away, I would like to spend the final two weeks of the month with her in Hanoi, however for the first two weeks doing a little travelling, I have looked at spending a couple of days in alternate countries around Vietnam but would like some advice on where to go if I only have a short time in each place, and where to go. I will be okay for saving a fairly substa ...

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What\'s your favorite beer in SE Asia?

Posted by mattocmd on 9/8/2013 at 19:48

I searched the forum and saw that exacto posted a similar question in 2006...so since it's been a while, I'd like to ask again.. What's your favorite beer in SE Asia? and What's your favorite beer in the world? (I'm asking about widely available beers, not craft beers that we've never heard of) ______________ Tiger Beer is my 'go to' beer in SE Asia. I find it smooth and tasty. Perfect if I just want one or if I plan on drinking all night. Favorite in the world...I'd have to say Sapporo ...

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SE Asia question!

Posted by OptsDan on 11/8/2013 at 10:59

Hello! Myself and my girlfriend, both British and 22 y/o are going to SEA between October and February, flights already booked (Yay!) I was wondering if you guys could advise me on whether my itinerary looks realistic, as well as answer a couple of minor questions. Just a brief overview of where we wish to go.... Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia (particularly the Gili islands!) We are staying for 5 nights in Bangkok on arrival, before moving on - so my first question is... - ...

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Viewed 1,162 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 12/8/2013 at 00:04

7 Months in South East Asia itinerairy help

Posted by keentraveller12 on 9/8/2013 at 10:05

Hi, In 2014 i aim to be going to south east asia for 7 months the countries i want to include and rough timescales in each area are: Thailand (3months), Vietnam (1month), Laos (1-2weeks), Cambodia(1-2 weeks), Singapore (1weeks), Malaysia (3-4weeks), indonesia (3-4weeks) I think that in Thailand and Vietnam i will not plan much but just wander. Some questions i have are: Will one week in Cambodia and Laos be enough? Which parts of Malaysia/Borneo would it be best for me to visit for 3-4 week ...

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Viewed 2,394 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 9/8/2013 at 13:11

3 months in SE Asia - suggestions please!

Posted by PandaHands on 7/8/2013 at 10:24

Hello all, I am planning to visit South East Asia with my partner for 3 months (13 weeks), leaving at the end of Jan 2014 and would like some advice and suggestions please. We are flying from London to Bangkok and plan to head north before going to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia and back to the South of Thailand to visit the Andaman coast. I would also love to visit some Indonesian islands - maybe Bali and Lombok, but I appreciate that this might be logistically difficult and I don't want to feel ...

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Viewed 1,427 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 9/8/2013 at 13:03

Sihanoukville - Beach Bars/Local Food

Posted by liskaw123 on 10/5/2013 at 15:32

Hi, we are going to Vietnam and Cambodia for 6 nights each and wanted a 8 night beach break at the end (28th Nov - 6th Dec) but I am really torn as to where to choose! We want somewhere with a nice beach and a good choice of local restaurants and chilled beach bars that we can sit in until late (not night clubs nor somehwere where everything closes at 11!). Would like to be able to do a couple of trips, bit of shopping, foot massages and some scuba diving. Was considering Sihanoukville/Thailand( ...

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50 years old... and my 20y/o kid says to me \\

Posted by Mike5522 on 4/8/2013 at 16:30

you did great walking 5+ miles a day for 18 days across Europe, next May instead of doing a couple of weeks in China, lets backpack 25 days flying into Beijing and flying out of Singapore". Somewhere in there Macau and HK are places we both want to see. Any input is greatly appreciated. A couple of points. We did Netherlands,Germany,Austria, Italy, all Airbnb accommodations, rented car, however mostly had the car parked, used public transportation and walked around 5+ miles a day. I h ...

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Viewed 1,535 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 7/8/2013 at 19:24

First time to SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia) Tips on best places to go!

Posted by juliette13 on 5/8/2013 at 07:17

Hi, I am travelling to Bangkok 9th October for just under 10 weeks and I am planning on going to Laos, Cambodia and the Thai Islands (Koh Samui side) with also getting Chiang Mai into my Thailand itinerary. I was just wondering if this is long enough? and if anyone could tell me the best route and places to go!! I have no idea how long I need in each town/city so its hard to make a plan. I've read that its pretty rainy in Thailand during October so was thinking of going up to Chiang Mai as so ...

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Viewed 2,266 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 6/8/2013 at 06:14

HELP! Need advice on discovering SE Asia in 4/5 Months. :)

Posted by snookipaige on 4/6/2013 at 09:05

Hey there! I'm a young woman who plans to backpack solo around SE Asia leaving in October 2014. After reading up countless articles on Google, I have made a very ''loose'' plan. 4 month Itinerary: London > Thailand (Bangkok) Thailand - Bankok, Khao Sok - Ko Phangan (2 weeks) Laos - Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng & Vientiane (2 weeks) Vietnam - Hanoi, Dong Ha, Hue, Hoi An, Nha, Trang & Dalat. (3-4 weeks) Cambodia - Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville & Siem Reap (2 weeks) Thailand - Ko ...

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Southeast asia in ~7 weeks

Posted by pedrorf94 on 3/8/2013 at 11:07

Hi all, I`m planning a 7-week (47 days to be more precise) trip to southeast asia on december. I was thinking about Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Singapore. So I thought about my itinerary, and planned something like that: 1)Arrive in Bangkok 2) Bangkok - Ko Phi Phi (I want to do it overland) 3) Ko Phi Phi - Ko Samui 4)Ko Samui - Ko Pha Ngan - Ko Samui (apparently there is a ferry connecting these two islands, then I was planning on staying over in Samui, and on new year`s eve head to Pha Ng ...

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Viewed 3,205 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 4/8/2013 at 08:00

SEA May-July 2014

Posted by emiliaj on 29/7/2013 at 21:48

My friend and I are planning on traveling to SEA and India between mid-May-Julyish. I've read the weather "warnings" in my LP guidebook but how bad is it actually going to be? I've been to China before from May-July so I know the heat/humidity aspect of Asia, but is the rain going to be a killjoy for our trip? Thanks! ...

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Viewed 1,903 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 31/7/2013 at 20:57

Tai Chi & QiGong in Southeast Asia

Posted by noslen on 27/7/2013 at 12:56

Hi everyone, I will be traveling to Southeast Asia (Bali, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia) for 6 months from September on and would like to practice some Tai Chi & QiGong along the way. I've been doing Tai Chi (Yang-style shortform) & QiGong for about 8 months and would love to continue practicing in groups during my travels. I am not necessarily looking for complete courses but more for 'drop-in' kind of classes. I know that both Tai Chi & QiGong is often practiced in park ...

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Viewed 2,676 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 30/7/2013 at 11:50

6 months backpacking solo in SE Asia

Posted by WonderingAbout on 26/7/2013 at 10:27

Hi, I decided about a month a go to finally fulfill my dream of backpacking around Southeast Asia (and on to Australia). I'm doing a lot of research and reading on Southeast Asia but would really like some advise from people who have been there and done it! (The Australia part of the trip is relatively easy to plan as I know the country pretty well already) I'm a 31 yo male (taking a career break) and will be travelling on my own. I'll have around £10k to pay for my flights, equipment, insura ...

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Viewed 10,041 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 29/7/2013 at 20:06

Driving from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok - Is it safe?

Posted by bzmar on 25/7/2013 at 09:31

Hi all! We are flying to Ho Chi Minh and returning from Bangkok. Due to limited days (only 2 weeks) we were thinking of renting a car and drive by the coast from Ho Chi Minh, through Cambodia and end up in Bangkok. When looking at distances on Google map it's 1,500km so approx 20 hours driving. So quite doable in that scene as we will do it within 15 days. We also found that Avis offers drop-off in a different country so that's fine. My concern is if it's actually safe to drive in those countri ...

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