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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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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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cambodia & laos with kids help with itinery

Posted by idit on 29/6/2013 at 02:21

hello we are lending in siem reap 12\8 we have around 20-24 days which we want to split between cambodia & laos (after words will be for 2 weeks on the thai islands) how would you recomend to split the days? more of cambodia? more of laos? considering we are with 3 kids (4'7'11) which means we try to stay longer than one night in places ,we are considering also kids things wany diffarances in terms of wether? (its wet season..) tks idit ...

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Boat Trips HCMC to Phnom Penh help!

Posted by crazylegs on 28/6/2013 at 03:34

Hello all (again!) My planning is going well so far but I've been looking at getting from HCMC to PP by doing a boat tour and it seems a little out of our budget. That could be purely down to poor research on my behalf so any recommendations would be welcome. I was wondering if doing the trip in stages and taking day trips / afternoon trips around the delta might work out cheaper and allow us to still see some of the delta. We don't have much time but we aren't on strict backpacker budgets (I' ...

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Dengue, a real concern or not?

Posted by TonyM on 25/6/2013 at 07:36

Hi all, Some friends of mine recently came back from Bali, stayed in Legian and now back home but have been diagnosed with a mild case of Dengue fever, I'm hearing its in epidemic proportions and everywhere throughout many SEA countries, is this true and if diagnosed does it prevent you from ever returning? Clarification please.... ...

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Budget- 6 Week trip to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia

Posted by carzyyy on 26/6/2013 at 02:03

Hi All Just wondering what sort of budget I need to be looking at for 6 weeks in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. My friend and I are travelling together and plan to either stay in private rooms at hostels or budget hotels. How much a day should we budget for, in australia or US dollars? Thanks! ...

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Banlung to Champassak

Posted by billytheliar on 21/6/2013 at 05:36

Does anybody have any suggestions about the route Banlung -Champassak? Does catching the first transport possibility in the morning (from Banlung to Stung Treng ) make it possible to travel onward to the Lao border and further to Champassak in the same day? The point is, I would rather avoid staying overnight in Stung Treng or arriving in Champassak after dark and I understand that the second will be the case, if I get the Phnom Penh-Pakse bus (Sorya?). If not on this bus, will it be problemat ...

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6 months in SEA. Writer seeking loose Itinerary advice.

Posted by moss_1184 on 25/6/2013 at 03:12

Hello Everyone, First wow, I love this website and have learned endless amounts reading through thread after thread over the first few months. Great community which I was so happy to find and hope to become a part of once I have some regional travel under my belt. Okay, now the reason of my post. At the end of July I'm quitting my job as a teacher and embarking on a RTW trip of sorts. I'll be in Europe from August to early November then I'm flying to Bangkok to start my SEA adventure. I have a ...

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Thailand, Vietnam & Laos

Posted by L100 on 12/5/2013 at 13:10

Will be arriving the beginning of July in Thailand, and then heading to Vietnam and Laos, returning towards the end of Aug to Thailand. Would love some advice on what would be the best transportation heading to Vietnam (is it worth going through Cambodia just to reach Vietnam, or is flying the only option?) What would make more sense, starting with Vietnam or Laos? Thanks ...

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Non-Latex Condoms in SE Asia??

Posted by setaysha on 19/6/2013 at 01:32

I am allergic to latex and plan to travel in South East Asia for an extended period of time with my boyfriend. Obviously it isn't viable for us to stock up on condoms for the entire trip before we go, but that is our main form of contraception (due to other allergies, annoying but unavoidable). Has anyone ever found/purchased latex free condoms in South East Asia and if so where did you find them and what was the price like? Thanks so much for your help! ...

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Travel as a couple - Juli / August

Posted by Andre1990 on 20/6/2013 at 09:58

Hi, me an my girlfriend want tro travel around SE Asia around end July / beg August we ideally want to spent a few days in Bangkok and afterwards pure relaxing on a not so crowded Island / Area , just hanging around in the sun on a white beach with cristal clear water. Where would you suggest to go to ? Koh Tao, Langkawi, Krabi, Koh Phangan ? Any other suggestions ? And where do we face the best Weather / Sunny hours ? Thanks for your help well in advance. ...

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Travelling SE-Asia August 2013

Posted by itraveler on 17/6/2013 at 06:55

Hi all, My friend and I are traveling to SE-Asia from the end of July to the beginning of September (5 weeks), and would like your advice on our itinerary. We would like to get a taste of everything Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, but want to make sure we are not rushing or cramming. We initially are planning on arriving in Bangkok, staying there for 3 days, then heading to Phuket and the islands for 5 days. We are then planning on flying to Chiang Mai for 4 days, and then crossing ...

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Itinerary - 2 Months, 4 countries.

Posted by jcs92 on 15/6/2013 at 06:41

Got a rough plan for 2 months (64 days) in SE Asia and wanted some guidance and advice on my itinerary. Too little time?...etc. Also better transport ideas? London to Bangkok, arrive on 18th June evening. 4 days in Bangkok. (22nd June) 10 day booked tour from Bangkok, through Cambodia finishing in HCMC in Vietnam. 2 weeks(too short???) travelling by train through Vietnam from HCMC to Hanoi. Stopping at Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Ha Long Bay. Hanoi to Vientiane by bus or pricey flight(???) 1 wee ...

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How should a girl dress in southeast Asia?

Posted by mari111 on 19/5/2013 at 14:45

Hi, I'll be 24 years old, backpacking around Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos from early August till late November. I've heard it'll be ridiculously hot, but lots of rain too. So I'll need a rain jacket. And apart from that, I'm completely lost. Can I wear shorts in Indonesia, or a short (above the knee) skirt or dress? Is that disrespectful to locals? Will it bring catcalls and stuff like that? I've been told not to bring jeans, what about leggings? Also, what clothes should ...

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Travel route advice please! Thailand / Cambodia / Vietnam / Laos

Posted by IndiaGabrielle on 14/6/2013 at 04:28

Helloo travellers, I'm flying out to Bangkok at the end of July and plan to spend around three months travelling SE Asia. My budget will be around £2,500 - 3000 (not including flight from UK to Bangkok). Would love to hear some reccomendations on routes to take - i.e. Start from Bangkok, go through Cambodia, up Vietnam, through Laos and back down Thailand - or perhaps the other way round? Would be great to hear your stories - I want to optimise my experience to maximum potential! Thanks ...

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Honeymoon in South East Asia - 3 weeks

Posted by Polaris1976 on 4/6/2013 at 08:59

Hi all This will be our first trip to South East Asia: Proposed itinerary as follows - just looking for a bit of advice as to whether this is feasible and whether the travelling will be a killer...plan to go in Jan / Feb 2014 Phase 1 - Vietnam - we would like this to be more of a quick stop in a number of different places. If we had longer we'd probably get on the train down the coast to Saigon but given we've only got a few weeks we'd like to get to our destination as quickly as poss to maxim ...

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Malaria & Vaccines - help

Posted by IndiaGabrielle on 14/6/2013 at 04:17

Hi guys.. I'm going backpacking around SE Asia at the end of July and am in the process of sorting out vaccines. Just wondered if I could get some advice/hear some experiences and opinions! I'm hearing so many mixed reviews about whether or not to take the preventative Malaria tablets. It seems it just depends whether you want to risk it? I'm concerned about side effects, which I hear can be quite bad - but is it rare to suffer side effects or very common? Any experience that people have to te ...

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Itinerary Ideas

Posted by arenalk on 8/6/2013 at 13:16

Hi, I've found Travelfish to be incredibly helpful in planning my trip so a big thank you first. I've just discovered this section and wanted to get people's views on my itinerary. I'm arriving in/leaving from Hanoi and I have about 7 weeks to travel. Arrive in Hanoi 2 nights Hanoi Night train to Hue 2 days Hue travel day to Hoi An 2 days Hoi An travel day to Saigon (fly?) 3 days HCMC travel day 2 Days Mekong Delta travel day 2 Days Phnom Penh travel day 3 Days Siem Reap travel day 4 days ...

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Viewed 1,669 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Tilapia on 13/6/2013 at 16:22

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand....

Posted by clover33 on 9/5/2013 at 04:08

Hi guys, Im traveling alone this September on what should be an epic journey, time is not really a factor but money is, iv got 4 months to spend in South East Asia, i plan to start in Vietnam as i will be coming from China, my last destination is Thailand, fly out of Bangkok. I would love if someone could give me: a) a rough cost of travel? (i know this is a broad question but just humour me, im earning RMB so its super hard to build up the cash) b) best transport in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand ...

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Travelling South East Asia in September

Posted by Eldwyer90 on 23/5/2013 at 20:05

Hi there, I was wondering if anyone had any advice about travelling SE Asia around the monsoon season. I want to try and draw up an itinerary to avoid it as much as possible. I'm currently teaching in South Korea and my contract is up mid September. I've done some research and found that Malaysia looks ok to travel in September. I was thinking of starting there however I can't work out what country to move on to next in October. I want to visit Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Has anyone visited ...

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