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Banking options for South Africans

Posted by Cloudcatcher on 18/1/2013 at 04:23

Hi. I'm going to be backpacking in SEA for about 6 months, and I'm trying to work out what my best banking options are. All of the South African banks that I've spoken to have been a bit clueless about that part of the world, and I know from living in Korea that South African bank cards (despite promises to the contrary) are not well recieved in Asia. Any suggestions from South Africans? Thanks! ...

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Hello! Advice needed :) 3 month trip.

Posted by 2Peas on 12/1/2013 at 14:45

Hi all, Firstly, this is my first post on here but I have been looking over this forum for a loooong time now. I thought I would post my trip plan on here and hopefully get some tips Me and my girlfriend leave on 11th February for a 13 week trip, flying home on 13th May. We will be flying into Bangkok and plan to spend 4 nights there to start with. Afterwards the rough plan goes something like this but will probably go out the window!... Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang - Vientian ...

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Viewed 1,968 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by 2Peas on 21/1/2013 at 21:20

56 days in Southeast Asia- Need help planning

Posted by david13451 on 21/1/2013 at 09:43

I'm flying into Bankgok at the beginning of May and out of Hanoi at the end of June. I was hoping to get through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam ,but am quickly realizing that this may be overly ambitious. Any advice on a experiencing the region in my 56 day time frame? The only solidified parts of my trip are the flights (I can no longer change those). I was initially thinking of spending 2 weeks in Thailand, 10 days in Laos, 10 days in Cambodia and 2 weeks in Vietnam (in that order) ...

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Viewed 1,472 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by exacto on 21/1/2013 at 13:15

China.....to where!

Posted by lunarangelic on 19/1/2013 at 23:33

Hello, I've been reading such good advice on this forum and have a wealth of knowledge however it would be great to have more specific knowledge to what i want and would be grateful if you guru's could help me! We're looking starting our tour of SE Asia. We currently live in China so we would be starting from here. Could someone offer me a logic route of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia...I've got a list of all the places we want to visit (primarily all the main places in ...

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Trip recommendations!! 3 weeks in august

Posted by farkkraf on 17/1/2013 at 05:40

Hello..!! I hope somebody can help me plan a trip around SEA!! I want to take my partner on a 3 week trip around Asia in August time, dates are fixed so can only go between the 5th and back no later than the 24th. I have 2 friends living in Hong Kong so I definitely want to visit there for at least 4 days at some point in the trip! Budget isn't a problem but want to keep things reasonably cheap. I was thinking of flying out to Asia and making our way to Hong Kong and then flying back from there ...

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Viewed 2,010 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 18/1/2013 at 20:55

Itinerary Help needed August - November - Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia

Posted by shaunjansen on 17/1/2013 at 09:41

Hey everyone, Been trying to rack my brains around a proper itinerary for SEA during the wet season. I was hoping someone with experience can help me out. My wife and I are travelling Aug-Nov in SEA, we know it's wet season, and are hoping to see as much as we can, while avoiding getting caught up in the worst of it. From everything I have been reading I know this much 1) It tends to rain for short periods of time (in the afternoon or overnight) rather than all day, although there may be a wet ...

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yellow fever vaccination needed??

Posted by ellie1990 on 18/1/2013 at 06:26

hi i am travelling to thailand in 4 weeks, stopping off in india for a changeover flight and am confused as to whether i will need the yellow fever vaccination? i have visited my surgery this morning and even the nurse was unsure, so if anyone has done this route of flights or knows whether its needed please get back to me! thanks guys xx ...

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3 countries in 3 weeks?

Posted by AashC on 2/9/2012 at 14:47

Hi all, I am planning a trip to SE Asia in December for the first trip, very looking forward to it and want to try and make the most of it too! I want to know if what I've got planned would be suitable as looking through previous threads I see that plenty would prefer a more relaxed pace of travel, but as I don't think I'll be visiting this area again anytime soon I wanted to try and make the most of it, hence my slightly packed itinerary, let me know what you think.... 1 BANGKOK 2 Ayutthaya ...

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40 Days for Thailand/Laos/Malaysia. Time and Transport help!

Posted by hellfire2260 on 15/1/2013 at 07:04

Dear Travelfishers, Me and my girlfriend are planning trip to SE Asia End from 26/02 to 10/04. We'll have exactly 40 days there. Below is the itinerary we put together and would like some advise if it's doable or not. We want to make the most out of our trip but not rush too much at the same time. We enjoy nature, sights and culture. Not interested in nightlife, drinking and big cities. Any comments welcome. I will post questions below itinerary. * Are marked optional destination that we'd love ...

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So much to see - so little time!

Posted by SophieJae on 14/1/2013 at 11:09

Hi all, In the early stages of planning my 3-4 month 2014 trip to SE Asia but i think ive made the big mistake of researching too much and listing places i want to visit...In short we go Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia/Indonesia and back home to UK. We're having a 2 week "holiday" in India before flying to Bangkok where our trip really begins. From Bangkok, the initial plan is to travel up to Chiang Mai. From Thailand, head up into Laos where we would really like to visit ...

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Viewed 1,474 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by tyler on 15/1/2013 at 10:31

Reverse charge call

Posted by SBKM on 14/1/2013 at 22:37

Does anybody know how I reverse the charges on a call back to the UK? Currently in Vientiane ...

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hanoi to bangkok in 3 weeks! need help!!

Posted by kleinesk on 14/1/2013 at 15:24

from hanoi to bangkog in 3 weeks! need help hey there, me and my boyfriend are landing in hanoi at the 1st of feb and leaving on 22th in bangkok. so what we would like to do is visiting sapa,angkor wat,4000 islands maybe and hangin around some couple of days in a nice area with beach and swimming.tailor some clothes is also my wish. travelling by train?one travel period on a river with the boat would be nice,not to many stays in big citys also. also inland flights are possible(book it here or t ...

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Thailand/Laos/Cambodia 25 days HELP

Posted by abbyroad on 8/1/2013 at 11:47

Hi! I just booked a spur of the moment ticket to Thailand for about 21 days in Jan/Feb .. I really want to travel through Cambodia,Thailand and Laos. Due to the last minute nature of this trip I have had no time to do any research and would really appreciate some guidance. I will be traveling with one other person. I am wondering what the best route might look like, and what the best way to cross over from Thailand to Laos to Cambodia back to Thailand might look like!.. Preferably I would like t ...

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Route Advice - Arriving in April, Where to Start?

Posted by ace3913 on 5/12/2012 at 10:23

Hi all, My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to SEA and would greatly appreciate your advice on our route. We plan to be in the region from early April to early August and would like to visit Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia/Bali. The initial thought was to fly into Bangkok, travel around the surrounding countries, and then head down to Bali for 2-3 weeks at the very end. However, from what I've read on this site, it sounds like Thailand and some neighboring countries can be ...

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Viewed 4,958 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by DSawyer on 11/1/2013 at 21:56

Sleeper bus from Vientiane to Hanoi

Posted by anewromantic on 11/1/2013 at 21:47

Hello everyone , I am taking the usual slow boat from northern thailand to LP , then a bus down to vientiane and from there I wanted to catch a sleeper bus (from hell) all the way up to Hanoi. However, I have many things working againts me. Im pushed for time, I want to see everything (Im stubborn and I wont do anything but see everything in a short amount of time) so I do not have time to backtrack from vientiane back to luang prabang and head on over to the border that way, so if I want to go ...

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7weeks to do thailand Laos Cambodia and Vietnam

Posted by ellie1990 on 10/1/2013 at 15:22

Hi I'm travelling with one other person for 7weeks from the end of February, we fly into Bangkok and will have 7weeks to travel all 4countries, we want to visit Buddhist temples, and historical towns around our trip, we also want to visit livelier places , maybe through Vietnam? And the islands off of thailand? We have no idea really on any plans so if someone can give us an idea we would be super grateful , like an itinerary ...and advice on travelling etc ... ! Thankyou!!! ...

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Purchasing Air tickets - how far in advance?

Posted by Pghtraveller on 4/1/2013 at 13:33

I'll be traveling around the region Jan 22 - Apr 3, and I'm wondering how far in advance I need to purchase airline tickets since I'd like to leave some flexibility in my route. Tickets I'm going to purchase: Bangkok - Ranong (Happy Air) Surat Thani - Chiang Mai (Nok) Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang (Lao Air) Luang Prabang - Hanoi (Lao Air) Hanoi - Hue Thanks for the help! ...

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Travelling around Thailand / Cambodia etc

Posted by Battydan on 4/1/2013 at 01:38

Hi, Im gathering information to prepare myself for a 3 month trip around some cool parts of SE Asia. Im pretty new to travelling although i did spend 3 weeks in South Thailand last year without exploring elsewere. Im going to be travelling alone and i just want some tips on best places to visit for someone like me. Im a 28 year old male, and i enjoy the usual sterotypical things i.e partying and woman, haha. I also enjoy culture and exploring new places. Basically i just need some guidence as i ...

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Viewed 2,076 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Battydan on 5/1/2013 at 07:54

5 weeks in Southeast Asia

Posted by SaltwaterGem on 4/1/2013 at 11:03

I leave in just a couple days... I was hammering things out on Lonely Planet's website, but they put the kibosh on that whole thing. I have about 35 days. Here's my basic itinerary, and then I have some questions... 1) Leave the US 2) Arrive in Bangkok 3) Bangkok 4) Bangkok 4) Bangkok w/overnight train to Chiang Mai 5) arrive Chiang Mai 6) Chiang Mai 7) Chiang Mai 8`) begin transport/slow boat journey to Luang Prabang 9) ---- 10) ----/arrive in Luang Prabang 11) Luang Prabang 12) Luang Praban ...

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Viewed 3,103 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 5/1/2013 at 04:50

Backpacking Beginner

Posted by aam09d on 3/1/2013 at 16:41

Hi everyone, I am new to this site and to backpacking but I will be graduating from college in the US and will be traveling with a few friends in July. I know this is the middle of the rainy season in the area but it it the only time we can all go before starting "the real world" in August. I was just looking for input on what I have been planning. We will be going to China for about 2 weeks before flying into Bangkok. We wanted to go north from there then into Laos & Vietnam then ...

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Viewed 1,949 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 4/1/2013 at 22:23


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