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Virgin Backpacking Trip to Indochina

Posted by lilvagabond on 5/5/2013 at 11:24

Hi everyone, so I'm planning my first ever (pre-college) backpacking trip to Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia). I've got a rough plan: 10 weeks, beginning from HCMC and then up North, crossing the Tay Trang border to Laos, down South and finally entering Cambodia through Trapaeng Kriel.This will take place end December to early March. I'll most probably be going solo, or I would have a friend join be through Vietnam. For someone who likes to explore a country in its entirety, I know 10 weeks ...

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3 Week Itenerary in South East Asia

Posted by giguerj on 6/5/2013 at 01:10

I'm looking to take a 3 week trip to South East Asia in July-August. What I need help with is planning my route. The spots I would like to go are Laos (Luang Prabang, Vientienne), Vietnam (Sapa), Cambodia (Siem Reap). I'm very open to suggestions of different places but my main goals for this trip is to spend a half of the time trekking to a remote village, seeing lots of nature and hitting majot sight seeing spots like Angakor Wat and the other half of the trip to be very laid back, relaxing o ...

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Itinerary and a few questions

Posted by Alwyn on 2/5/2013 at 05:05

Hi Me and a buddy are planning a 6 week backpacking holiday over December 2013. Would appreciate some expert/experienced advice. Firstly, we have the following draft itinerary (Return flights Johannesburg and Bangkok): Bangkok (5 nights) Vientiane (2 nights) Luang Prabang (4 nights) Hanoi (5 nights, including 2 day/1 night trip to Ha long) Saigon (3 nights) Siem Reap (3 nights) Phnom Penh (2 nights) Kampot/Kep/Rabbit Island/Sihanoukville (7 nights) - Not sure exactly where we will end up here, ...

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Travel amount+will anyone be In S.E.A

Posted by brandonjames123 on 6/5/2013 at 03:15

Hi guys I arrive in Vietnam on the 17th of september for my first trip of Asia ! I was wanting to get some advice on travel plans, good places to visit the amount of money needed and if anyone would be interested in catching up during your trip ! Firstly money ! I have so far saved 4000 AUD although come September after paying for flights,visa's,travel gear, vaccination and all the rest I should have close to 10,000 AUD The areas I want to visit are Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, India, ch ...

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A year in Asia

Posted by Newtotravel on 14/3/2013 at 14:33

Alright people, I recently got made redundant from work and have decided that this is the perfect time too take a year out and go travelling. I'm planning to go round and see as much of southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Borneo being the main countries I wanna visit, anything else is a bonus) as possible in that year but on a very tight budget. Am looking to leave end of November, with a one way ticket landing in any which ever country is cheapest to get too at the time and ju ...

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hostels etc....

Posted by doidgeandpleach on 2/5/2013 at 04:40

I'm unsure whether to book some hotels/hostels before I go. Although my itinerary isn't set in stone, I'm worried that I'll get somewhere and there won't be anywhere for me to sleep! Am I better off booking somewhere and then cancelling it if my plans change? or should I just wing it I'm travelling to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia ...

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One way ticket to Bangkok ..help needed

Posted by HPTravels on 1/5/2013 at 18:38

Hi, Wonder if you can help me out here. I have a one way ticket to Bangkok, arrive June. I hold a uk passport. Don't have the visa for Thailand and hoped to get on arrival, read that you need Proof of onward travel, so what is best thing to do. as my plan was to travel overland by train and bus to chang mai, vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. how do I get visas for this place, eventually after this travel, I want to leave to go Beijing. Which I'm applying for visa before I go. Should I obtain a Thai ...

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Trip duration disagreement. Help!

Posted by 9preciousGems on 29/4/2013 at 05:47

So the Mrs and I have been planning a RTW trip for some time and we're looking to leave in December this year. The problem is we cannot agree on a duration - I favour 12 over her 6 month choice. How do we reconcile this position?? Help! We have a flat in London that we would rent out and a year would be the ideal duration to do this rather than 6 months due to finding tenants etc. I also don't want to rush the trip and feel like 6 months would not allow us to fit in as much of a relaxing time ...

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Southeast Asia Questions

Posted by dspudwill on 28/4/2013 at 21:21

Hi everybody. Me and three others are planning a trip to Southeast Asia. We are deciding on where we should go and our biggest issues is we can't decide how long it takes to get everywhere. We are thinking we want to take the bus most places and we have heard it takes a long time, but nothing much more specific than that. We have a weak itinerary that we have made up but we are not sure if we have packed to much into the time we have or maybe not enough. Our trip is going to last exactly three w ...

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3 Weeks, 2/3 Countries - Recommendations for a first-timer?

Posted by cspeck on 24/4/2013 at 19:56

Hey all, I plan on taking a trip to Southeast Asia this June with 2 friends. None of us have ever been in the area before. So far we don't really have any definite plans or preferences of places to visit. We are 22 year old males, interested in a mix of sight-seeing, exploring nature, and partying (Thailand Full Moon Festival?). Realistically, we're considering visiting maybe 2 or 3 countries so we won't have to rush around too much. With that in mind do you guys have an suggestions? (I unde ...

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Solo Female Traveler Looking for Travel Friends!

Posted by JDavie on 23/4/2013 at 16:58

Hello Everyone! I am planning on going to SE Asia for my first time in a couple of months. I do not know exact dates as of yet, but I'm thinking late August/early September. I would like to stay in SE Asia for quite some time (perhaps 4-6 months, going from Thailand to many different parts of SE Asia) and I will be traveling solo. I have traveled solo before, although not extensively, and I enjoyed it, although it's always nice to meet and make friends with fellow travelers, especially being a ...

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Mad itinerary with 5 people

Posted by rashers on 1/2/2013 at 16:38

Okay, okay! I know some of you are going to give me a serious bashing over this itinerary, but I'm prepared for that, just give it your best. I'm travelling with my husband and our 3 boys (11,13,16). We've only got 3 wks and the objective is to get a feel for as much as possible in the little time we have, because I don't think we, by that, I mean the parents, will ever get a chance to return. I'm guessing most of it will have to be booked before we even leave Ireland, because, getting flight ...

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most romantic place in thailand?

Posted by meacham on 14/4/2013 at 15:28

looking for the most romantic place in thailand to ask my girl the big question! where do u think would be a nice place to pop the question?? ...

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Viewed 7,183 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 20/4/2013 at 04:29

Advice for 18 year old male first time traveller going to SEA for 6 months?

Posted by niallrichards94 on 9/8/2012 at 05:14

I am flying to Bangkok at the end of November and plan to get back at the end of may. I was wondering if anyone had any advice that they would tell a lone 18 year old straight out of school and is going travelling. Any help would be greatly appreciated. ...

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please help me on some advice on what way to go

Posted by meacham on 16/2/2013 at 05:30

hi me and my gf are planning a trip to s,e,a for 5 months from october and i would like some advice on how much things are going to cost and also the best idias on where to go as im thinking of starting in malaysia but i want to go to vietnam cambodia laos and thailand and just wonderd if anybody else has done this trip and if so what order they done it in? and if u got the train bus flight or boat etc be very grateful if somebody got back to me with some info thanks ...

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FIRST TIME TRAVELER

Posted by claire86 on 3/4/2013 at 10:56

hi, I need some serious advice, I want to go traveling round southeast asia for 3 to 6 months starting january 2014 with my 8 year old son and 2 and half year old daughter, ive no idea where to start, I don't even know if I know how to travel if that makes sense, do I need savings before hand, are hostels safe for my kids? visas, flights, packing, how to travel, where to go first, any advice, no matter how big or small any info is much appreciated, ...

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Flash in the pan idea started a hungry fire in my belly!

Posted by PlanOneWay on 10/4/2013 at 22:32

Hey all, I'm 28, male, and and am just about to finish my 3-year degree. But now I've realised I have NO commitments to tie me down I'm free. Although I could get a job, I've this crazy idea to ditch everything and go travel SE Asia!! I've done a bit of research and the more I see the more I want to do this. I want to go for about 3 months, and have the real travellers experience, sightseeing, volunteering, and just get in with the culture. I've establish that you really need about £1,0 ...

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Viewed 1,249 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by DesmondTeng on 16/4/2013 at 02:09

advice please help!!!

Posted by meacham on 14/4/2013 at 15:22

right then my tickets are booked i fly to bali on the 5th of november from the uk, im planning on spending 2 weeks in bali then get a flight from bali to bangkok airport, from there i plan on doing a trip i saw on here that is below but doing it in reverse bacause i want to end up in chang mai by the end of the trip and catch a fight to krabiand then spend 2 months traveling back up through thailand for my flight home on the 5th of march i was just wondering the cheapest way to get about th ...

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100 Days in SE Asia - Itinerary and Accommodation

Posted by kaliixx on 1/4/2013 at 17:20

Basically just wondering if anyone has some advice, or sees something that won't work, or any suggestions. This itinerary is 2 months in the making, and my 'final' version... in quotations since I'm sure it will change before I leave in September. ALSO, if anyone has been to any of the locations below and stayed somewhere for less than $10 CAD/USD for a double room in the last year or so, I would love to write down the name and place. It'll save time running around looking for a bed to sleep in ...

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6 Weeks in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand

Posted by carzyyy on 13/4/2013 at 21:48

Hi Everyone, I am planning a trip with a few friends to SE Asia in last November for 6 weeks! We are planning on going to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. I would love some ideas on the best places to visit and possible itineraries for this time period! E.g. how long to spend in each country etc. We were thinking of doing 2 weeks in Vietname, 2 in Cambodia, 1 in Laos and 1 in Thailand... but we are flexible! Thanks! ...

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