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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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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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Just pack and leave?

Posted by Chasingdreams on 25/7/2013 at 06:28

A strange question maybe at a very premature stage... but i really do need some of you backpackers out there advice and encouragement story... female... 31... recently separated from a very short but very stressful and abusive marriage... and for the past 6 months I've been going through either very good or very bad phases! I've kind of lost all the motivation I had... both at work and at home... and recently my mind keeps wondering into the thought of just quitting my job and trave ...

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Viewed 2,059 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 28/7/2013 at 05:21

7 weeks through Burma, malaysia, thailand, laos, indonesia and the philippines, is it doable??

Posted by ciera89 on 17/7/2013 at 05:34

Last year my partner and I traveled for roughly 22 days in south east Asia, In this time we had 3 days in Bangkok we were supposed to travel up to northern Thailand but due to flooding in the area we chose to fly to northern Vietnam instead. We took 2 weeks to travel down the coast of Vietnam and then on into Cambodia where we spend around 5 days or so and then back to Bangkok for a few days. We Would love to go back to Thailand and Laos to experience the places we never got to see last year. W ...

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Solo Backpacker Southeast Asia Travel Buddies

Posted by arienneantonio on 23/7/2013 at 11:49

I will travel southeast asia november 22 start in bangkok > myanmar > laos > cambodia > vietnam might spent 2-3months .. looking for possible travelers to meet/travel around i have flexible itenerary route ...

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Itinerary & Young Teens

Posted by mandanickel on 19/7/2013 at 11:07

I am planning a trip to Southeast Asia next summer, and plan to bring along my two girls...ages 13 and 15 at the time of travel. Due to school schedules we will arrive the last week of May and leave the first week of August. (We live in the Southern US, so are used to summertime showers throughout almost every day. They come and go and rarely last long before the sun is back out. From what I've read it seems SEA's rainy season is similar so I think we will be ok in that regard.) While I have no ...

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3 weeks, malaysia/viet/thailand...please help me start!

Posted by slowtyper on 21/7/2013 at 10:15

I will be in asia for vacation Aug 22 to Sep 23. 1 week will be spent in Seoul, then my girl and I have three weeks to travel. I prefer to stay in one area and just soak it up. My girlfriend prefers to see many wonderful things and different places, so we will have to compromise and do a bit of each. Luckily however,we both are not into big cities or tourist attractions that are very "touristy". Not really into lazing around on the beach. FOOD is a major facet of the trip. I'm ...

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Viewed 1,425 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by slowtyper on 21/7/2013 at 13:54

SE Asia 4 weeks

Posted by migeli on 19/7/2013 at 12:28

Hello guys! I'm planning a first-time trip to SE Asia for 4 weeks in december, and I'm finding it hard to decide where to go. We're a small group of friends, aroud 24 years old, and we'd like to check out the highlights of the area. Big cities, discos and especially shopping are definitely NOT a priority, I'd much rather visit temples, riversides, calm beaches, countryside, tasting good traditional food,... The budget is not super high, but I'd prefer paying 100+euros for a 1h plane than 20euro ...

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Vietnam and Cambodia for 20 days!!

Posted by dspudwill on 19/7/2013 at 00:25

Hi everybody. In August me and two others are traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia. We have a couple logistical problems to figure out before we leave though. I feel that we might be rushing a bit much since we only have 20 days so any input would help. The itinerary is as follows: August 4: fly into Hanoi late 5: Hanoi 6: Halong bay (Cat Ba island) 7: depart to phong nha farmstay 8: phong nha farmstay 9: depart to Danang 10: Danang 11: Danang 12: fly to Phu Quoc island 13: Phu Quoc 14: Phu Quoc ...

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Female Travel buddy - Thailand Trip - November 12 to 19

Posted by PKRvirus on 18/7/2013 at 15:41

I'm looking for a travel buddy going to Thailand on November 12 to 19, email me at, keep in touch! ...

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South East Asia in early November

Posted by KarenLouise on 28/6/2006 at 19:50

I'm thinking about spending a week in SE Asia (as a stop off from HK) in the first week of November. THis seems to clash with the wet season (especially in Thailand). Can anyone recommend a chilled place to go with nice beaches during this time? Koh Chang seems like a safter bet weather-wise... thanks ...

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Viewed 4,009 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by PKRvirus on 18/7/2013 at 15:35

Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam in 3 weeks

Posted by bbluedd on 16/7/2013 at 04:04

I have read many posts saying that I will need more time than 3 weeks to travel Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, but please hear me out and help. My friend and I can only take 3 weeks off work, and we really want to visit all three countries. We understand we may not hit all the main attractions. With such a tight schedule, we know we won't get to relax a lot, but we are excited about being on the move all the time. We like sightseeing from buses and trains too. We are interested in experiencin ...

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Viewed 1,463 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by chinarocks on 16/7/2013 at 08:16

Travelling in Southeast Asia during Ramadan

Posted by sambrown on 12/7/2013 at 04:32

From our Malaysia wire: "Ramadan can be a mystery for many travellers passing through predominantly Muslim terrain. Messages of 'everything will be closed' are often passed along the backpacking word-of-mouth trail, but rest assured, besides a few inconveniences of finding some businesses closed or perhaps a ferry schedule changed, it's not too big a deal. The cultural experience alone is worth the extra effort of working your schedule around any inconveniences." Read the full post ...

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9 Weeks in SE Asia. Is four countries too much!?

Posted by TravelTim1 on 14/7/2013 at 15:24

I'm planning my first experience solo travelling through mainland SE Asia next year for two months (9 weeks) after the school year is finished. The plan right now is to travel through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. When I originally thought up this plan, it seemed like it would be plenty of time to take in all four countries but after reading many posts and advice that has been given on the forums, I'm starting to wonder if I should maybe cut the trip down to 3 countries. Possibly only T ...

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Viewed 1,491 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by TravelTim1 on 15/7/2013 at 21:30

SE ASIA / Singapore - couple of questions

Posted by 9preciousGems on 11/7/2013 at 04:27

Am planning on booking a flight from London to Singapore returning ~ 6 months later. I want to use Singapore as my main hub and will probably travel north through Malaysia and Thailand via train. Can anyone envisage any immigration/visa isses with having a return date 6 months in the future? (UK passport holder) Also can anyone recommend anywhere nice to stay that has private ensuite but also has a good communal area so it's easy to meet other travellers? ie strikes a nice balance between hotel ...

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Viewed 1,076 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by 9preciousGems on 15/7/2013 at 08:35

4 weeks hitting 4 countries

Posted by fideltravel on 9/7/2013 at 11:38

Dear all, I read a ton of posts about not doing the headline, but let me describe it in more detail. Would be very grateful if somebody could tell me if it will be a drag or an enjoyable holiday Aug 10 - Fly out from Europe Aug 11 - Bangkok - 3 days Aug 14 - Siem Reap (Cambodia) - 4 days with travel Aug 18 - Bangkok - fly to Ko Samui (East side) Aug 18 - Thai beach - 6 days Aug 21 - Full Moon Party - Ko Phangan Aug 24 - Train to Phuket / Krabi (West side) - 6 days Aug 30 - Fly to ...

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Summer Southeast Asia Travel 2014

Posted by Niklass on 10/7/2013 at 20:33

Hi All, I'm new to the forum and wanted some advice. My fiancee and I are getting married this summer and want to do our honeymoon next year in Southeast Asia. We went a couple of years ago and loved it. Our idea is to start in Bangkok then go up in Northern Thailand (Chang Mai etc.) cross over to Laos (Luang Namtha area) cross to Northern Vietnam (Ha Noi, Halong) , go south to Da Nang and fly to Phnom Penh and go to an Island called Phu Quoc for a week of pampering. A few questions we ha ...

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South East Asia for 4-5 months

Posted by brandonjames123 on 19/6/2013 at 02:17

I am planning a 4-5 month trip to South East Asia + 2 weeks in England and 2 weeks in Turkey My flight is Booked for the 16 of September I estimate I'll have $10,000 at the least and around $12,000 at the most I have already taken care of flights, passports, initial visa, travel gear etc. Will it be enough considering I'd like to spend: 4 weeks in Vietnam 4 weeks in Thiland 2-3 weeks in Laos 2-3 weeks in Cambodia 4 weeks in Japan 4 weeks in China what do you reckon Would be the lest I could s ...

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Viewed 3,589 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by brandonjames123 on 10/7/2013 at 04:54

Recommended itinerary for SEA from South Africa for 4 weeks over Dec 2013/Jan 2014

Posted by claireshean87 on 23/2/2013 at 05:55

Hello fellow travellers, We are a small group of ladies (+/- 5-6) in our mid-twenties that are looking to travel to South East Asia from South Africa for 4 weeks over December 2013/January 2014 (projected dates in SEA are 12/12/2013 - 11/1/2014). We would like to cover Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam during this time. So much to see - so little time! We are pretty clueless at this stage, but we do know that we would like to do it on a medium to low budget (the Rand doesn't go very far! 1 ZAR = 889.2 ...

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Viewed 2,253 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by claireshean87 on 2/7/2013 at 02:34

Help me with South East Asia Travel Itinerary

Posted by charms204 on 30/6/2013 at 23:32

I am planning to travel sometime in September or October for a month. I might extend it up to 45 days. I am hoping to cover Myanmar,Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, East Malaysia and Indonesia. I know this is a long list for such a short period but I can drop off Indonesia and East Malaysia if there is going to be a time constraint. I want to travel in a relaxed way and would like to see as much as I can. Each country will have a lot of nice places to visit and I am yet to start my research on this. I ...

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Viewed 2,088 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by charms204 on 1/7/2013 at 21:42

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