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Budget and pre-book advise please

Posted by ajf on 3/9/2012 at 08:33

Hi All, I'm looking to do Thailand, Phi Phi island, Angkor wat and Holong bay in November this year. How much should I budget? (tours and travel agents here in South Africa seem to be quoting me quite high around R25 000 for the trip) and should I pre-book accomodation if I'm doing independant travel etc? ...

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S.E Asia onwards to New Zealand. First time Freedom Backing.

Posted by Greatlookinguy on 2/8/2012 at 21:00

Yyyep, that's what I'm calling it. Freedom Backpacking! Heh. Probably what you regulars have been doing all the while, but then yours truly is a planning freak deluxe a la grande. And whenever I've travelled around Eastern Europe (am a lad based out of London) I've been the one planning out every single last detail of the holiday for my friends and myself.. from where to stay, what to do, when to do it, the tips, tricks and secrets, even prepping locals via C0uchsurfing, WAYN and other websites ...

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What technology should I take to stay in touch?

Posted by JustinC474 on 30/8/2012 at 14:06

Hi all, So I'm heading to Bangkok the last week of September and am planning on being in SE Asia 3-4 months. I'm obviously going to want to stay in touch with my friends and family back at home, as was wondering what the best way to do that was. I'm thinking that my IPod may prove sufficient, since I can check email on it and go online as long as I have Wi-Fi. So that being said, is it pretty easy to find Wi-Fi access throughout SE Asia? This may be a stupid question.... but I've never been to ...

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SE Asia in 3 weeks

Posted by chapeakee on 28/8/2012 at 03:57

I am going to SE Asia for a medical mission trip in southern Vietnam then staying for 3 weeks in December/January. I am a young medical student who want to see all the nature, unique things, party, and some historical sites (probably in that order). I dont mind cheap accommodations/lodging/food but I dont have much time so I will probably fly from place to place. beside that I guess I am a backpacker. I was going to try to squeeze in the following. please adjust the time or add or subtract activ ...

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Travelling without pre-booking bus/train/flights - a Goonie in pursuit of a real adventure

Posted by AndyPandy on 26/8/2012 at 04:34

Hi all, I'm still in the thick of putting together my "wishlist" of places to visit for the 4 countries I'll be travelling to next month. I'm getting SO EXCITED!! Your tips have been duly noted and I'm very aware of not trying to cram too much in the 12 weeks I have to play with. Definitely want a real adventure of my own with a bit of downtime thrown in before going back to work in the new year. Can I just ask, for peace of mind, are there any places in particular when travelling be ...

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Critique our itinerary: 26 days in SE Asia

Posted by pcharrig on 21/2/2011 at 01:45

My wife and I are trying to plan the rough contours of our trip to SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia) in November 2011. We will be traveling with our 10-month-old, so we are not making too many precise plans, but we know want to spend the majority of the time in northern Laos. Traveling with the kid means that flights will be easier than overland travel, so we need to get our flights figured out first, and then we can fill in the details. That being said, we would like to be efficient in the f ...

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Vaccintaions for our vacations !?!?!

Posted by TommyKay on 21/8/2012 at 06:37

Hey guys , I appreciate that lots of people have probably asked this same question many many times before but... if somebody could please answer which jabs they would recommend for Thailand, Laos, Vietnam in a four month period before heading on to Australia...? The problem is im a bit of a tight ass and after forking out for travel insurance for 16months which i have no problem paying as it is definaley a must just as i dont have a problem paying for the jabs i will need on our travels, howeve ...

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Two and a half weeks in Thailand

Posted by Tremblett on 18/8/2012 at 23:39

I've done a lot of research on suggested itineraries for Thailand for such little time, but am constantly second guessing what I come up with after reading mixed opinions from everybody. Here's what I have so far... - Bangkok for five days (which includes trips to Ayatthaya as well as Khao Yai Park) - Kanchanaburi for upwards of two days - Chiang Mai for between three to four days - Koh Pah Ngan for three days - Koh Tao for two days One thought I had was to spend one less day in Koh Pah Ng ...

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fellow travellers

Posted by j4s on 3/6/2012 at 17:26

anybody looking to travel across SE Asia Nov 2012? ...

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8 Weeks in SE Asia - Okay Itinerary?

Posted by beamodisett on 26/7/2012 at 14:39

Hi Everyone, I am planning a trip right now to visit a friend in Myanmar and I want to visit other countries as well. Below is a dream itinerary that hits all the points I want to see, can you let me know if this is way too much? I have two months... Fly into Bangkok and spend a day or two adjusting, then spend 10 days in Myanmar before flying back to Bangkok to make my way via Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong where I'd like to get the slow boat to Luang Prabang. I'd make my way south via Vang V ...

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Northern Laos to Thai Islands

Posted by Sufire29 on 15/8/2012 at 00:51

Been scrolling this site for months - it has given me great info! This is my first post. I'm off to Thailand/Laos for 21 days - arrive in Bangkok on Nov 23 and depart from Bangkok on Dec 15. My plan 2 days in Bangkok Sleeper train to Chiang Mai 5 days Chiang Mai (during Loi Krathong) 2 days boat to Luang Prabang 5 days Luang Prabang/Nong Kiaow maybe 6 days.....? 1 day Leave Bangkok Up to Chiang Mai is somewhat set - I'm not booking anything after that and will just go with the flow. I was h ...

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Help please!!

Posted by meganconway on 14/8/2012 at 08:04

Hello! I'm sure this has been asked 1 million times but i just cant seem to find what i'm looking for so i would really appreciate it if some of you's would be kind enough to answer my questions!! I am going traveling in January - fly in Bangkok and plan to travel SE Asia for around 6 months. In that time i want to see Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Indonesia (Bali in particular) I'm not sure what would be the best route to take, i have heard most people travel North to South or South t ...

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Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia in 3 weeks

Posted by squaretiger on 2/8/2012 at 06:31

Hi all. New to the site and looking for some advice on a rough itinerary my friends & I have put together for our first time to SE Asia. We've chopped out loads already, but I think we might still need to trim.... 3 of us going, two guys, one girl. Any advice & tips you can give on the below would be smashing 24th Dec -Edi to Bangkok 25th Dec - Arrive Bangkok (am) 26th Dec - Overnight train to Chang Mai (10pm) 27th Dec - Arrive Chang Mai (pm) 28th Dec - CM 29th Dec - CM 30th De ...

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Leaving in an month, budget, itinerary nerves/worries. Advice appreciated

Posted by RTWnewbie on 9/8/2012 at 15:53

Hello everyone. Firstly I will explain this is my first time doing any kind of travelling, I have just finished uni and like a lot of others had a real desire to travel and embrace the world and all its weird and wonderful differences. I will be going along with my long term girlfriend too. So, down to business. Our plan is to travel around SE Asia until the 6th January from which we will fly to Perth. (Already booked) We have a rough guide from reading on these forums of a route we would lik ...

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Seeking advice: 3 week itinerary (Thailand, Malaysia and Angkor)

Posted by Emanuela on 7/8/2012 at 12:53

Hey everyone, We are a couple looking for advice on our itinerary - 3 weeks - August 11th to Sept 2nd. We are flying to and back from Bangkok. We are aiming at staying more east of these countries to avoid the rain and prefer to avoid big cities. This is what we have in mind so far but have nothing booked: 11-13 BKK 14-15 Kanchanaburi or Ayutthaya 16-21 Koh Tao (diving certification?) or Ko Pha Ngan 22-25 Perenthian islands (?) 26-28 Jungle train to Taman Negara (trekking in the ...

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Advice needed - Long term travel plans!

Posted by adammcintyre on 4/7/2012 at 16:06

So, first of all, I'll say thank you in advanced to anyone who can give my some guidance. I have been waiting to post in this forum for a while and spent a good amount of time over many a beer, trawling through this forum, reading people's plans, feeling jealous and dreaming of the time I start my trip. I have browsed several other Forums, including LonelyPlanet and I look forward to being a member of this community, it seems people here give more honest and down to earth feedback, as well as ...

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Seeking Advice: 6 month itinerary

Posted by Msalkinder on 13/6/2012 at 18:36

We're very happy to have found this insightful forum. Thank you everyone for the information. We are a married couple currently living in NYC (originally from Brasil and Israel) and have began to plan our six month excursion in SEA. We plan on leaving NY in mid-January . The dilemma: We wish to visit a number of destinations in SEA: Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia as well as 6 weeks in Nepal and parts of northern India. Could anyone give us a suggested route to take advantage o ...

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How to choose a good insurance ?

Posted by tarjan on 7/8/2012 at 05:46

Hello evrybody, I am going for a 6 months trip to south east asia from november this year. I have looked at quite a lot of different insurance but when I look at the reviews they all look the same : The worse insurance.... Could someone advice me an insurance which has been helpful after some troubles ? PS : Sorry if there is already some question about this topic I couldn't find anything! Jean, ...

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Tricky Itinary - need advice!!?!

Posted by HollyN on 2/8/2012 at 05:16

Hello.. again Most un-organized trip so far! I am travelling for my first time with a friend in September, we are looking at arriving at Bankok for 19th September, visiting a friend over there, staying in Bangkok for 2/3 nights then over to Pattaya for 2.. However, we need to be on Koh Phangan for a conservation course from the 29th Septmber through to the 10th October. So.. from, say 24th/25th September, we have 5 days of travel first so wonder if anyone has advice as to where to have a quick ...

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Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia in 3 months? help!

Posted by chaplins1980 on 2/8/2012 at 09:29

Hi Everyone I am plotting our trip around SEA and have come up with what I think is a reasonable route! (he says...!) I just wondered what other people thought about the possibility of it being done in 3 months. My itinery is: Thailand: Around 4 weeks Ayutthaya Sukhothai Mae Sot Phrae Nan Phrao Chiang Mai Chiang Rai Laos: Around 3 weeks Luang Prabang Vientiane Savannekhet Pakse Champassack Don Khong Don Det Cambodia: around 1 - 2 weeks including Thailands Islands Siem Riep Battambang May ...

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