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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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Viewed 1,864 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by chinarocks on 26/6/2013 at 05:17

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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Viewed 1,226 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Tilapia on 25/6/2013 at 15:31

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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Viewed 1,639 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by daawgon on 23/6/2013 at 12:33

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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Viewed 3,071 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 20/6/2013 at 10:32

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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Viewed 1,639 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 19/6/2013 at 10:01

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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Viewed 3,103 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by jcs92 on 16/6/2013 at 08:29

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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Viewed 8,132 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 15/6/2013 at 05:06

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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Viewed 6,370 times, with 21 replies. Last reply by chopin on 15/6/2013 at 03:44

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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Viewed 2,158 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 14/6/2013 at 19:55

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 1,512 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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Viewed 8,867 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 12/6/2013 at 05:38

traveling south east asia alone

Posted by unphazedd on 16/2/2008 at 19:53

hi all, ive been planning a trip to the region for some time now, and was going with a good friend. hes just told me he cant come and so now im doing this 4 week trip alone. i am planning on going to thailand, laos, vietnam and cambodia (in that order) - does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions about doing a trip like this solo...id really love some feedback as the idea of it right now seems completely overwhelming...thanks! ...

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Viewed 14,426 times, with 13 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 11/6/2013 at 21:31

Meeting fellow travellers during off-season?

Posted by mrock on 16/4/2013 at 01:15

Ok, so I'm planning a two month June-July trip to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I know that this is firmly in the rainy season for most of the region, and that there will be less travellers. However, I'll be travelling alone. Assuming I spend my nights primarily in dormitory styled lodging, how likely is it that I'll be able to meet fellow travellers? I'd like to have companions to spend my time with and I enjoy the backpacker scene. I have recurring worries that I'll be the only back ...

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Viewed 2,762 times, with 13 replies. Last reply by Snookieboi on 11/6/2013 at 12:16

8 month itinerary help

Posted by SamG on 9/6/2013 at 00:39

Hey Guys, So me and my girlfriend will be going back to southeast asia, me for the 3rd time and her for the second. On our last trip we spent 2.5months in the Philippines, cambodia, laos, and malaysian borneo. This time, we are going to be spending 8 months starting this december, and we are thinking of doing it as follows(in this order): -Philippines for 6 weeks - India for 2 months(might dip into nepal for a few weeks) -Burma/myanmar for the visa allowed 21 days -Thailand for 3 weeks -Laos f ...

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Viewed 1,230 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by exacto on 10/6/2013 at 08:35

Itinerary please help

Posted by Doli on 6/6/2013 at 19:17

Hello, We are going to Bkk on 10.November We are having 26 days for our holiday. Could you please help me to plan our vacation. We will arrive in bkk on 11.11. We would like to go : Chiangmai 14-18.11(then is loy kratong) Siem reap Phnom phenm Ho Chi Minh Kuala Lumpur Phi phi Bkk That is the basic what we would like to visit. The most important for us is to go in Chiangmai for Loy kratong then siem reap 3 full days min,we must go min 2 days in Kuala Lumpur to visit some friends and the end of o ...

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