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Figuring out last half of itinerary for my 1 month trip Vietnam Cambodia Thailand

Posted by SnowBird888 on 15/1/2016 at 03:40

Hey all! You guys have been very helpful for my trip planning! It is coming up very shortly and I still need to figure out the last part and would like to know if what I have sounds like a good plan or if it seems too rushed or too much flying. My first half is set, flying into Saigon arriving Jan 29 Feb 2nd leave for a 3 day 2 night Mekong River trip into Phnom Penh arriving on the 4th Feb 8th bus up to Siem Reap until the 13th That is set in stone. My plan next is to fly into Phuket on ...

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Viewed 1,073 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by SnowBird888 on 25/1/2016 at 00:58


onward flight requirements - workaround?

Posted by antoniamitchell on 20/1/2016 at 01:32

Hi, Just heard of this outfit that will "rent" you an onward flight, which gets automatically cancelled after 48 hours, to get around airline requirements to have an onward flight: https://flyonward.com/ Has anyone used them before? If legit could be a good alternative to buying a cheap throwaway ticket..... ...

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Viewed 770 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 22/1/2016 at 23:55

The NYT on where to go

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/1/2016 at 22:08

This year's NYT list of places to go features three destinations on turf covered by Travelfish, with Da Lat in Vietnam, the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh and Bali's tourist heartland Ubud all getting a mention. I love Phnom Penh, but it struck me as a bit of a safe/lazy bet, while I don't like Ubud at all and haven't been to Da Lat recently enough to have a valid opinion. I dunno, can think of many other places that I'd have switched in for these three - especially Ubud. What do you ...

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Itinerary help! Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand Feb 2016

Posted by SnowBird888 on 14/12/2015 at 20:42

Hello! New here. My trip (I'm a 30 year old solo female traveler) is rapidly approaching and I haven't put much of an itinerary together, so I'd like some help/advice! I fly into Saigon, arriving January 29th, flying out of there on February 28th. I know that isn't long enough to see all of what each country has to offer, but I'm hoping to get a nice taste of each. I'm more interested in history, culture and nature than I am in partying. A very rough itinerary: Arrive into Saigon, spend a week ...

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Viewed 1,665 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by SnowBird888 on 3/1/2016 at 23:18

motorbike hanoi to ho chi minh city.

Posted by bentravel on 17/12/2015 at 05:56

Hello everyone, I'm a newbie and this is my first post in this forum. I will be arriving in Hanoi Vietnam on the 28th of December and plan on spending N.Y.E before i set of on a motorbike trip from Hanoi to ho chi minh city. I plan on purchasing a bike in Hanoi before the 2nd of January and leaving on the 2nd. Plan on riding for about 3 weeks in total but im open to all suggestions and willing to change plans. I won't be doing this alone so i need some keen people to join me on this ad ...

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how much time for Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia?

Posted by edi on 20/12/2015 at 15:37

hi, I have 4, maximum 5 weeks off. I would like to see all these four countries - Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. As I know it may be too little time to see all of them thoroughly, I thought of seeing just the northern parts of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and the western part of Cambodia. The Halong Bay and Sapa as well as Angkor temples are a must see for me. The itinerary destinations are pretty close to each other, so i guess i would spend as much time on getting from one place to an ...

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Beach or island SEA late August with family...help!

Posted by northland on 12/12/2015 at 11:18

Hi, we are a Canadian family with kids from 7 to 16 planning a trip to SEA in mid August. We'd like to start with a nice beach or island, preferably with good snorkelling/diving, not too busy. This is our first August trip so the monsoon has me stumped! We plan to go to Angkor Wat afterwards so Bangkok seems like a good hub but we're open to ideas, thanks and hope to get some good ideas ...

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Postal Success from Burma, Vietnam, Laos?

Posted by FernR on 22/11/2015 at 06:21

Hi all, Does anyone have a sense of whether mail works reliably (ie, for sending packages back to the US) from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, & Vietnam? Trying to figure out whether we'll be able to mail souvenirs back... Any special tips? (Like bring your own bags, or whatever?) Thanks for any thoughts, /Fern ...

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Air pollution northen Thaïland and Vietnam march-may

Posted by benzine4 on 7/12/2015 at 01:19

Hello, We will travel from february to end of may in SEA: we start with Cambodia in february (meeting friends) then march North of Thaïland because after that it's too hot than Laos and Vietnam from north to south. 1.We read that the worse months for air pollution were march -april for thaïland and october-december for north Vietnam, which looks incoherent to me,can you help? Is it an issue for someone with asthma? 2. If you think it's a bad idea for someone with lung issue, do you have a ...

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Bangkok early january

Posted by Kentishvegan on 27/11/2015 at 11:30

Hiya first time traveller flying to Bangkok solo be arriving January the 6th:) anyone else arriving around this time? I have no set plans past staying in Bangkok for two nights feel free to pm me ...

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Viewed 1,063 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 5/12/2015 at 09:08

June 2016 Itinerary suggestions

Posted by jimbojh on 3/12/2015 at 09:39

Hi, I will be flying to Vietnam (Hanoi) on June 11th with a few friends. I understand that this is monsoon season in the majority of places in southeast Asia. We have only booked outbound flights, and have between 4 and 5 months to do everything so I'm pretty sure time is not a problem here. https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zjQZ23-p65K4.kMrSeZeCBAYI&usp=sharing I have linked a copy of a google maps with a very rough itinerary. Of course this is just me looking at different destination ...

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Vietnam, Cambodia Thailand help

Posted by ruffuz6 on 22/11/2015 at 07:16

HI all, very spontaneous and sudden decision to go to above countries from 26/11/2015 to 03/01/2016. We have no clue about countries so need your help with transport, where to stay, what to see etc etc We should arrive to Saigon on Friday 27/11/2015 1pm Leave for Koh Rong on Monday or Tuesday. how long? Go to Siem Reap. how long? Fly to Bkk, how long? Go to southern islands, phuket, phi phi, samui, full moon party NYE ko phan ghan back to BKK for flight. Would really really appreciate ...

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3 months to spend in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam starting June2016

Posted by Artix on 22/11/2015 at 20:15

Hi guys, So myself and my partner are planning a trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in June. I've started to look around for routes and places to visit, but would love to get some suggestions. Maybe someone been on a similar trip within this time frame?? We decided to spend 1 month in each country, but now having thoughts of; 6 weeks in Thailand 3 weeks in Cambodia and 3 weeks in Vietnam What do you think, would be the best option to explore these countries? As everyone else we would l ...

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Viewed 1,219 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by Gogomobile on 24/11/2015 at 17:33

Pretty last minute... 18 days Vietnam/Cambodia(/Laos?).. please help with itinerary

Posted by mimishu on 8/11/2015 at 22:01

Hello all Spontaneous vacation and very overwhelmed with all the options! - arriving Thu Nov 12th morning in Ho Chi Minh, leaving Sunday Nov 29th from Bangkok - couple in mid 20s - budget to fly to minimize travel times - no need to check all tourist boxes - looking for a combination of sightseeing and off time - idea was so far 6-8 days in Vietnam (from south to north), 2-3 days in Laos if it fits in, 6-8 days in Cambodia Any help/thoughts appreciated and feel free to bug me with questions ...

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Viewed 1,410 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by mimishu on 18/11/2015 at 18:14

2 Weeks around SE Asia

Posted by jacquelinem28 on 14/11/2015 at 17:55

Hi! I am planning a two week trip around SE Asia for December (I know, late planning). We plan to start in Seoul and then fly over to Indonesia (Bali most likely) first? Would this make the most sense? Where do you recommend to fly into? I was thinking that it would probably be best to get an international flight out of Bangkok back home... (I'd like to do the Gili T Islands, maybe Ubud?) then do Cambodia (Siem Reap and Phenom Penh?) then Thailand (Bangkok and maybe 1 island.. Koh Tao). Unfortu ...

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43 day backpacking

Posted by wal431522 on 16/11/2015 at 16:54

Next summer I am going backpacking in Southeast Asia. We're flying into/out of Bangkok, with a total of 43 days in between. We're wondering how foar "outward" as in, into Myanmar/Burma and Cambodia, we should travel, to insure enough time for us to get back to Bangkok for our flight. We are comfortable with visas, so that's not a problem, the only question we have is are we going to be spreading ourselves too thin making a loop through all three countries? How should we handle our tri ...

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Viewed 799 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by exacto on 16/11/2015 at 20:44

travel health

Posted by broy on 18/10/2015 at 10:21

My wife and I traveled Southeast Asia quite a bit in the 70s and 80s. Since then my wife had her spleen removed and as a result has to deal with a compromised immune system. Malaria is a particular risk. We thought about traveling to Malaysia in January/February but recently read that the incidence of dengue has doubled in the past year. Not deadly but certainly not a lot of fun. I realize that there is no such thing as "risk free" in the tropics but wanted to get travelers opinions of ...

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Viewed 1,227 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 15/11/2015 at 05:34

Expats dying in Southeast Asia

Posted by somtam2000 on 25/10/2015 at 22:11

Khmer440 has a solid piece on expats dying in Southeast Asia which is well worth a read. It certainly rings true to me and very little to argue with in it. "One day I was sat next to a South African nurse on a bus to Battambang. We spoke about the curtailed longevity of many expats living in Southeast Asia. As we headed across the sunbaked plains of north western Cambodia, I think we concluded that expats make a decision subconsciously or otherwise, to trade the lifestyle here for a shorte ...

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Viewed 1,658 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by trey2993 on 15/11/2015 at 01:12

Not booking return flights for 4/5 month travels

Posted by jimbojh on 14/11/2015 at 06:00

Hi, I will be travelling to SE Asia from UK in June, but am undecided how long I want to go for as yet. I will be returning between October and November but the question is does anybody have any experience booking the return long haul flights whilst over in south east Asia. This would give me ultimate flexibility and also mean that I don't have to dish out as much now for both legs of the journey. Any suggestions... ...

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Viewed 919 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by DLuek on 14/11/2015 at 20:58

Indonesia needs Jawas

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/11/2015 at 19:01

From this week's newsletter: I was watching Star Wars (the original) the other night with the kids and they got asking after the Jawas - who were they, where were they from, and what did they do for a job. I settled on "scrap collectors" as a catchall for their occupation and our high year-old daughter asked, "So if they're the recyclers, does that mean everyone else are dumpers, like in Bali?" According to numerous media reports through 2015, Indonesia is the second bigges ...

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