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Southern Islands of Thailand in May/early June?

Posted by Purplehayes on 5/1/2017 at 08:30

Hi there, This is my first post but I have read a lot of others, i have been through the itineraries, done a lot of other research and i speak to customers at work where possible too haha. I am getting mixed opinions of the weather in may so here is my dilemma. My work has approved me 3 months leave, I am leaving in march and return on the 6th of june. Ideally i would have liked to follow the general path from Bangkok through to Northern Thailand and so on and then ended up back at the beaches ...

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Viewed 648 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by alarcher on 15/1/2017 at 23:41


Dear ageing backpacker...

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/1/2017 at 20:46

A Vice wrap piece on some of the stereotypical backpackers you're likely to come across on the road... "Israelis are also a bit like this. Israelis treat travel a bit like an elaborate form of Tinder, whereby they travel the world looking for other Israelis. Then they find each other and gather in Israeli-themed restaurants where they spend weeks watching Family Guy and eating falafel and getting dangerously, terrifyingly stoned." and "In the history of the world, do you know h ...

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2 week intinery, singapore, southern thailand, phillipines??

Posted by candyfloss4brains on 11/1/2017 at 05:43

Hi we are looking to book a honeymoon shortly, neither of us has been to Asia before and we want to try and visit singapore (2-3 days), southern Thailand (probably fly to phuket then phi phi/ko lanta/krabi, maybe not all of these), then fly to phillipines for around 5 days, (don't plan to move around too much whilst there) then back to singapore to fly back to london. (approx 14 days in all) We aren't massively adventurous and like our comforts so we will be quite happy with beaches, nice rest ...

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Help with 4.5+ 2.5 weeks itinerary - panicking

Posted by MissSheep on 27/12/2016 at 18:57

Hi! I like to do a lot of research before travelling, and decide beforehand, but due to some circumstances, I'm leaving in 3 weeks to SE Asia and I have nothing planned (I only have my vaccines, my passport and nothing more). I'm arriving the 18th of January to Kuala Lumput, leaving the 20 of February from the same airport, arriving again to Kuala Lumpur the 23 of March and leaving the 10 of April. I'll probably be visitng the region again about 10 days in July, but it is not sure. I have bee ...

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SEA travel need help

Posted by sogo555 on 4/1/2017 at 18:52

Hi , I will plan a trip on 15/2/2017 from Malaysia-Thailand-Lao-China-Vietnam-Combodia-Thailand-Malaysia, All this route will self drive by own car or Rent car, Visa is not a problem for me, the only problem is Entry Permit for Car to some of this country or Car Rental company at the border. Can anybody help me for the Car Rental Company at this Border. 1.NongKhai Border to enter Lao from Thailand 2.Mohan Border to enter China from Lao 3.Dong Dang border to enter Vietnam from china 4.Moc Bai ...

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Mapology: Our new map to Southeast Asia

Posted by somtam2000 on 16/12/2016 at 18:48

Hi everyone, Just as a bit of Silly Season fun, we've made a new map on the site which we're calling "Mapology". It lists everywhere where we cover in the region. You click on an icon and you get a pop-up with the place name, a photo and links to the Travelfish page for that destination (and to Agoda and Booking.com if available for that destination). We mark capitals, national parks and islands with different markers (this isn't 100% comprehensive, but we're working on it) and we'r ...

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Itenerary. How realistic?

Posted by Trueviking on 9/12/2016 at 17:05

Hello everyone. I am arriving in bangkok on the 20th of october next year, and have set up a itenerary (rough) for my travel, as i am also flying out from bangkok on the 20th of december. So to start: i have two full months, i am a solo traveler, i generally enjoy less crowded, more scenic and remote places instead of big cities and crowds I am an active person, so i would like places where i can meet up with other people and do treks or motorbike loops for example. PS: i own a light motorcycle ...

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Hangout in SE Asia?

Posted by alarcher on 14/12/2016 at 17:32

Just retired @ 60 so we have plenty of time but not heaps of cash. I'm looking for some suggestions for laid back destinations that are cheap so we can stay there between other "must do" destinations. I guess flash packer describes us but a comfortable bed, fan & ensuite suit us. Beach is good but we also like the moutains and rivers. We are Australian if that matters. Thanks in advance ...

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2016: A year in review

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/12/2016 at 19:16

The last Travelfish newsletter of 2016 - a year in review. Hi everyone, While we're yet quite ready to put a cork in what has been a bitter vintage of a year for many, the end of 2016 is on the horizon and this will be our last newsletter of the year. We're taking a bit of a different approach for this issue, looking back at the year that was. Thank you all for reading and see you in 2017. Till next year! Stuart and Sam A year in review January: "I wanted the sapphire.” The passi ...

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Travel buddy wanted!

Posted by kenziejcolbourne on 1/11/2016 at 19:06

I'm looking for a travel mate for SEA for January and February 2017. I have an open schedule at this point, and am looking for someone to meet and travel with. I arrive in Bangkok at the beginning of the year, and would like to start travels there onward. If there anyone is in the same boat and wants a friend to travel with, feel free to message me and we can chat! ...

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Viewed 820 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by RosieP on 2/12/2016 at 16:52

Guesthouses that are social enterprises or supporting schools/clinics etc?

Posted by emma33 on 15/11/2016 at 21:44

Hi, I'll be travelling in south east Asia this year and am looking to stay at guesthouses that are doing interesting things within their communities...like supporting schools or clinics, or are social enterprises. Does anyone know of guesthouses like this? (In the budget price-range). Thanks! Emma ...

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Viewed 576 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by amnicoll on 16/11/2016 at 05:46

Choo choos in Southeast Asia

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/11/2016 at 00:46

We featured this a few weeks ago in the Travelfish newsletter and have been meaning to post it here. So it seems James over at NomadicNotes has, it would be fair to say, an unhealthy interest in tube maps, train lines and SouthEast Asia. Rather than go into therapy he decided to throw all three obsessions into a single monster map of all Southeast Asia's train lines - past, present, future and not in our lifetime (hopefully). You can see a small version of the map below, but do head over to th ...

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Visa Exemptions, and onward travel. Please help!

Posted by Brightmaw on 13/11/2016 at 14:53

Hey everyone! I've now gathered that proof on onward travel IS required when using the 15 day visa exemption to enter Vietnam, much like Vietnam and Myanmar. Regarding Vietnam in particular, does anyone know if this proof can be a bus booking, or has it got to be a flight booking? I found on the Thailand embassy website that any method of departure is fine, but there must be a booking. Only one site has suggested departure from Vietnam can be by any means. However, having emailed them, they a ...

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Viewed 558 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 14/11/2016 at 02:28

8 weeks SEA

Posted by debbierey on 6/11/2016 at 11:28

My husband and I are travelling to SEA late December to late February. We fly into Bankok and stay for 2 days and then fly to Siem Reap for 3 or more days. From there we really haven't planned an itinerary but want to go to Laos, North Vietnam (spent 4 weeks in Vietnam but didn't make it to Sapa or Halong Bay) and possibly Malasia and Indonesia, also more time in Thailand. We're in our 60's and are back packing and staying at low to moderate level hotels and enjoy everything from beaches, bi ...

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Viewed 659 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by debbierey on 10/11/2016 at 10:06

Itinerary Advice - 7 weeks in SEA! (Thailand – Myanmar - Laos – Vietnam – Cambodia – Malaysia)

Posted by Brightmaw on 30/4/2016 at 02:23

Hello everyone! After spending 6 weeks in India last year, my girlfriend and I are looking to spend just over 7 weeks in SEA from 26th November - 15th January. So far we have the following itinerary, and I would be hugely grateful for your advice. We travel chiefly by air. Where this isn't possible, we will travel by night, unless the journey is short. In Vietnam, we will travel chiefly by train. As the plans currently are, we will spend Christmas in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and NYE in Sih ...

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30 days Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok

Posted by Woda44 on 26/9/2016 at 09:20

Dear all, December to January, my girlfriend and I will be travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok. As we're both students in our mid-20s budget is tight. 1. My first hopes were set on: - 1-2 days Ho Chi Minh -Cambodia (1.5 weeks), -Laos, up north to Luang Prabang (2 weeks), -Thailand (1.5 weeks) However, after doing some research I concluded that this might be a bit ambitious. As said, our budget is tight so no flights or fancy fast buses. Both of us enjoy some slow travelling, seeing and e ...

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Itinerary Help! Laos,Vietnam,Cambodia and paradise beach!

Posted by LuCiaPV on 13/8/2016 at 20:05

Hi! I'm planning my second trip to SE Asia with my husband and need some help with some details of our itinerary, specially on transportation, best order between places and to decide our beach spot for the trip. We have a month and fly in and out of Hong Kong. On our first trip we did Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Chang in Thailand, Bagan and Inle in Burma and Siem Reap in Cambodia, plus a few days in Hong Kong. It was a great combination of nature, cool cities and history, Bagan was of our fav ...

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Any input greatly appreciated

Posted by alfr on 27/10/2016 at 02:57

Hello, Im a 24 year old student from Puerto Rico and around the beginning of March 2017 I will be traveling to SEAsia for the first time with one friend. We are completely open to anything, however we would like to incorporate the following in our trip but have had a difficult time arranging it logistically: Bangkok Chiang Mai Songkran(be in Thailand for that time) Gibbon experience Vang Vieng Slow boat Siem Reap Angkor Wat Phnom Penh Hanoi Halong Bay Sapa Hoi An Saigon Motorcycle the general H ...

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Viewed 614 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by exacto on 29/10/2016 at 19:56

The Travelfish weekly quiz

Posted by somtam2000 on 12/9/2016 at 02:11

We've been running a quiz every week in our weekly newsletter, and have been meaning to post on the forum as well. So, better late than never, here is the latest quiz, and I'll update this thread every week with the new one. There is an alt link because the quiz script thingy doesn't work properly for a few people and haven't got to the bottom of why that is. Can you identify these ten islands? (alt link here) Good luck! ...

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Viewed 824 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by braylor on 28/10/2016 at 22:46

First time travelling feeling overwhelmed

Posted by rorymist23 on 24/10/2016 at 08:35

Hello Me and my partner are travelling South East Asia for the first time and are setting off the beginning of January 2017. We will travel for roughly 3/4months and are flying from the UK. I have been doing lots of research but I'm beginning to find it all a little overwhelming and scary. We want to fly into Bangkok head north to Chiang Mai, cross over into Loas, then do Vietnam and Cambodia. We hope to come back into Thailand and visit some of the Thai islands before completing our trip. I ...

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Viewed 741 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by rorymist23 on 25/10/2016 at 07:37


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