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To old to backpack at 50?

Posted by TonyM on 2/6/2012 at 03:04

Hi everyone, Don't let my age influence your ideas! Travelling solo July and Aug 2013, not ideal due to rainy season but no option. Looking for adventure, relaxation and anything SEA has to offer, open to your thoughts on how and where to go. I have a basic itinerary in mind but open to suggestions. 1 week Philippines. 1 week Hanoi inc Halong Bay. 1 week Phon Phen. 1 week Laos 1 week Chang Mia, more the if you think it's worth it. 1 week elsewhere in Thailand or head ove to Rangoon, your ...

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Viewed 3,560 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by OttawaValleyGuy on 3/6/2012 at 18:38

What do I do?

Posted by TonyM on 27/5/2012 at 18:00

Hi everyone, I'm travelling to Hanoi where I might buy a motorbike and hang around Hanoi and Halong Bay for a week, I need to then get to either to Vientiane or Phnom Penh both of which I've allowed a week before heading across into Thailand. Question is the best way to do it? Am I best to avoid a buying a bike and go by public transport and hire bikes when I reach these destinations or can I transport my bike on the train? What's the best route to travel given my time constraints, Vie ...

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Three weeks?

Posted by babel on 30/5/2012 at 03:13

Hello everyone, We have three weeks. We will be travelling to Bangkok on 5th June. We would like to go to Cambodia and from there to Laos and then to come back down to Thailand for the Phi Ta Khon Festival in Dan Sai on 23rd June (leaving from Bangkok again on 27th June). We would first like to know if this is feasible and if so can anyone suggest an itinerary including means of transport through the various stages. We are used to roughing it and therefore would prefer to bus, train or cycle rat ...

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Posted by jajaradak on 10/5/2012 at 04:22

Hi everyone, I'm a Malaysian girl, aged 25. I plan to backpacking to all these countries for about 1 month and half. I would love to try backpacking alone, as all my friends could not join me. I will travel on a tight budget, the cheapest as I able to. So I will somehow try to use land transportation as much as I can. From Kuala Lumpur, I will take flight to Bangkok-Kanchanaburi (Erawan waterfall, national park, limestone)- Seam Riep-Phnom Penh-Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)-Dalat (mountains, waterf ...

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Thailand, cambodia laos 2-3 months

Posted by ashley23 on 26/5/2012 at 21:37

Hi there im 23 female who plans to travel solo to SE asia for up to 3 months and needing some major advice. Ill be comming from canada beginning of september however first things first i dont know if i shold fly directly into either bangkok or phuket to start the travels Since im going solo Id really like to arrive somewhere ill meet people in a similar scenario, possibly find a travel buddy.. get my grounding ext. I want to experiance it all : Cultural, relaxing (deffinatly lots of beach time ...

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Viewed 2,709 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 28/5/2012 at 07:52

2 months in SE Asia

Posted by auldreekier on 27/5/2012 at 07:11

Hi. My husband and I are interested in travelling to SE Asia for 2 months, Jan and Feb 2013. We are first timers to Asia and we are not sure of how many countries we can realisically visit in that time frame. We thought we would visit Thailand Cambodia Vietnam and Laos but after reading the messageboards we realise 2 months isnt really long enough to do all these countries, so my question is.. which 2 countries (or 3?!) would you recommend? We are not backpackers, we are in our 40's, so we li ...

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Viewed 4,118 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 27/5/2012 at 21:20

Sth East Asia in 8 weeks

Posted by TonyM on 22/5/2012 at 19:24

Hi everyone, I am planning a trip in Sth East Asia, July and August 2013, is that a good time to go, want to avoid the crowds and works for me re work. Planning to buy motorbike in Hanoi and wondering if the time I have will be enough to do Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand ending up in Phuket. With limited time would you do the top end of Vietnam and jump across to Laos or is it worth checking out the Sth of Vietnam, where would you spend more time, Vietnam or Laos. Is buying a motorbike t ...

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Viewed 2,009 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 25/5/2012 at 04:40

Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in 3 weeks?

Posted by elysek on 22/5/2012 at 22:53

Hi All! I am travelling to the Philippines in July, landing in Manila on the 12th and then flying down to Cagayan de Oro to start a 2 week volunteer placement there on the 15th. After I'm finished I have until August 22 before I fly out of Manila again. I was thinking about flying either to Bankok and working my way over to Vietnam through Cambodia, or visa versa before flying back to Manila to fly back home to Canada. My concerns are that I may be spending too much time travelling, so I want t ...

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what to do with my backpac?!

Posted by Lisa86 on 17/5/2012 at 02:42

Hi What do you do with your big backpac if you were going on a 3day trek? I have a little backpac I would take on my treks but im unsure if it is safe to leave my big backpac at a guest house while im on my trek..? is it safe? what to do? ...

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I'm back & planning my second trip!!

Posted by potta_boro on 17/5/2012 at 13:21

Almost a year on and im having withdrawals so im planning another trip for around about early september, only this time ill be travelling solo!! My trip this time will be for roughly 2.5 months, and last time although i wanted to go to Cambodia and Vietnam i couldnt because of funding/time issues so my tip this year will be THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM and i need advice on a few things: I think im ok on budgets, having spent 3.5 months in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines so i ...

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Chiang Mai to Singapore in 21 days, help?

Posted by kelcatalina on 15/5/2012 at 13:34

Hi to all, My friend and I will be traveling to/through Thailand in July for 3 weeks (July 21st through August 11th). We would like to backpack (train/ferries) from Chiang Mai to Singapore spending a few days at the prime spots on the way. We were debating on whether to start in Chiang Mai or Bangkok (due to the amount of time we have- 21 days) and we decided we just CAN't miss out on the opportunity to spend some time in Northern Thailand. We know that it is little time but our "brainsto ...

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Typical Backpacking plan - share your wisdom!

Posted by Niksput on 14/5/2012 at 07:16

Hey I'll be doing 12 weeks in Southeast Asia from Mid-June onwards. I have added all of the typical locations to my itinerary - Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Hue etc.. I am however looking to go off the beaten track slightly. Could anyone offer some more good locations for me to check out, which are likely to have at least a few Westerners? Thanks, Jake ...

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Viewed 1,811 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Rasheeed on 15/5/2012 at 23:40

Cambodia - Laos - Thailand Jul/Aug

Posted by chinezero on 21/4/2012 at 06:34

Apologize for double posting this..can't figure how to edit my last post. The intent on this is how to get about from each place. Fly from Seoul to Bangkok/Siem Reap (Seeking help on flights and best cheapest places to get tickets) 9-13/14 July - Cambodia Looking at a Siem Reap to Phnom Penh up to Laos direction. (Recommendations on places to visit/see?) Also traveling within the country overnight trains, buses, flights, etc? 14-26 July - Laos How to get from Cambodia to Laos ? Flights? Tra ...

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Viewed 1,754 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Kabana111 on 15/5/2012 at 11:40

Beaches in October

Posted by Spuck on 20/4/2012 at 04:21

Hi Fishies, Wondering if anyone has had experience with Beaches in the S E Asia region in October? We're doing a trip around Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia but want to sneak a beach trip in, reading all kinds of conflicting advice. For example, SEA on a shoestring (Lonely Planet) reckons Perhentians are fine in October, but lots of accommodation websites (who should be better informed?) state they're mostly closed for monsoon season. Other places we've looked at include Sihanoukville, Ko Phi ...

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Viewed 11,678 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 15/5/2012 at 05:53

Advice for Solo Woman Traveler

Posted by Skrohn1 on 12/5/2012 at 11:29

Hi fellow travelers, I am an active, well traveled, 58 year old woman embarking on my first solo trip to SE Asia. I am very excited that i will be traveling for 6 weeks and have had a wonderful time planning my trip. I have arranged hotels, home stays and day trips in a number of my destinations. I will be traveling with one piece of carry on luggage - a rolling duffel. I would love any tips from you experienced travelers especially regarding safety: I will be spending 2 overnights on a ...

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Viewed 2,443 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 13/5/2012 at 15:46

Budget advice please!

Posted by AnneWiide on 12/5/2012 at 11:18

Hi, a friend and I are planning on travelling around SE Asia from September to February (roughly 5 months total). We were just wondering what kind of budget we should be aiming for. Here's what we're thinking of doing: Indonesia: 4 weeks Laos: 4 weeks Thailand: 4 weeks Cambodia: 2 weeks Vietnam: 4 weeks Maybe a bit less in Indonesia and Vietnam and a bit more in Thailand if it's cheaper. We originally planned to budget £6,000 ($9,600) but were wondering if we could get away with less than th ...

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Viewed 8,298 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 13/5/2012 at 12:31

4000 Islands, Beaches in Cambodia, or Beaches in Vietnam?

Posted by ekumbier on 26/4/2012 at 04:39

My girlfriend and I are traveling in Southeast Asia right now. We have heard great things about 4,000 Islands in Laos and the islands off the coast of Sihanoukville. We fly out of Hanoi on June 15th and plan to visit northern Laos, Siem Reap, and go up the coast of Vietnam. I was wondering where a good place to be to kick back and relax for a few days. Would early wet season/hot season affect our experience in 4,000 Islands? I've read that Cambodia's wet season really picks up later in th ...

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Viewed 3,655 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by siya87 on 11/5/2012 at 13:10

Tour vs independant travel

Posted by ajf on 11/5/2012 at 04:14

Hi All, so I have limited time and a tight budget, should I go with a tour or go on independant travel? I'd like to see Vietnam, Cambodia and a Phi Phi Island, Thailand. I've found a few deals that look good for tours in vietnam and cambodia and I'm happy to organise my own travel in Thailand. So with a tight budget and limited time (3.5 weeks) what would everyone recommend is my best travel option? ...

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Viewed 1,588 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by ajf on 11/5/2012 at 06:14

SEA 8 Weeks Itinerary

Posted by dominicpenney on 10/5/2012 at 05:25

Hi Folks Myself and my girlfriend are looking for trip advice. We have 8 weeks and not much money but want to see the best of Thailand, Loas, Vietnam and Cambodia has to offer. We like beaches, beautiful views and good food. We aren't bothered about visiting big cities or anywhere that is over-run by tourism. Any 'must-see' places you can recommend would be brilliant... ...

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Viewed 2,155 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by dominicpenney on 11/5/2012 at 06:09

7 Week south asia tour

Posted by jm7bct on 4/5/2012 at 17:36

Me and a friend are flying in to bangkok in a few months and need a good plan of what way to go round to a number of locations. we wish to visit Ho chi Minh (vietnam), da nang (vietnam), Hanoi (vietnam), laos (not sure where in laos is best, suggestions please?), then to chang mei (thailand), back to bangkok, then to phuket, then to phi phi, then krabi, then to ko phangan in time for the full moon party on 4th august, then to ko tao for a few nights and finally back to bangkok where we will be ...

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