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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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The Christmas rush and do you need to book in advance? Should you panic?

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/10/2016 at 22:42

From this week's newsletter: The messages have begun: Do I really need to book a room at X on Y over the Silly Season or can I just show up? These questions pop up every year around this time as people start to make their Christmas and New Year plans, go to book a bed and find everything they want (or even don't want) is full. Panic! I have a few thoughts on this, which I hope will help to calm at least some nerves. Most importantly, despite online travel agents boasting that they list six sq ...

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Advice for visa/beggining of the trip

Posted by thomasapt on 20/10/2016 at 17:33

Hello, me and my friend are traveling from Brazil to Southeast Asia for 2 months. On the arrival we are planning starting from Camboja or Laos, making all the coast throught Vietnam. We are arriving in Bangkok, so we need tips for the start of the trip, where should we start? How and where can we get our visa on borders, if we cannot go throught airport. Which way should be the best, considering we are going to be in new years eve in Vietnam! Thanks for all, I am really anxious haha ...

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Relaxing starting point in SE Asia for november?

Posted by jameslon on 17/10/2016 at 15:47

Im travelling in SE Asia in november. Im hoping ill figure my route out as I go (one of the appeals of traveling for me) but can anyone recommend a chilled out place to start that wont break the bank? Im a sociable person but initially I don't want a party scene. A few bars etc so I can meet other travellers would be good but I'm not interested in getting wasted. Basically all I need is a beach, wifi and a hostel where I don't have to share a room! Cheers ...

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One way ticket to south east asia

Posted by fishinwater on 9/10/2016 at 14:57

Hi guys, this may be a commonly asked question here but im looking for experience on the matter. SO, in January I plan on buying a one way ticket to Bangkok and travel around south east Asia until I either get tired of the journey or when I run out of money. Now, my problem here is what kind of problems will I run into with immigration, in the case that I wont have an exactly detailed plan on how long I will spend in each country. And I am not sure how it works with the different countries and ...

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20 years old, solo traveler SouthEast Asia

Posted by catalina on 12/9/2016 at 02:36

Hello, i am a 20 years old female and i am traveling alone for 3 months to southeast asia on october, starting in Bangkok! i am really exited yet nervous! I've heard only good things and amazing reviews! does anyone have some tips, suggestions or anything at all to say! hostel recommendations, apps or other?! thank you i would very much appreciate the help! C ...

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3 months in south east Asia - itinerary request please

Posted by Navy058 on 27/8/2016 at 05:40

Hi, I am planning to spend one month each in Thailand , Laos, and Vietnam . I shall be leaving in January and returning in April. I plan to start and finish my journey in Bangkok. My intention is to back (or flash) pack. I'm planning a budget of US 30 per day plus US 500 for internal travel. Im English although I live in Spain. I'm 72 years old. I would appreciate any advice on an itinerary. I do not envisage any over adventurous jungle treks or mountain climbing. I would also appreciate any co ...

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Finding best places to capture amazing photos in Mekong delta

Posted by lisajknapp on 17/9/2016 at 04:56

Hi there! Friends and I intend to travel some places in Mekong delta like Tram Chim, floating markets to take nice photos, by the way, we wanna have a joyful time in Ho Chi Minh city and Phu Quoc. Anyone know which is best sights to shoot nice photos? We found that boats and even small boats are main vehicles when visiting there but we have no idea about price for each one. Any advices for us ? Thank in advance. ...

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The Big One, First time, 6 months need help!

Posted by lajoy9 on 10/9/2016 at 15:08

Hello there, thanks for your wonderful Website.I have a few questions along my itinary, so please bear with me, even if the post is a bit long. My husband and I will be leaving on January 14 th for 6 months in South East Asia. We planned our itinary based on some of your suggested itinaries but we changed it a bit according to our preferences. First Bangkok then up to Northern Thailand(one month). We cross over at Chiang Khaong. to Laos. Stay in Laos for one month going south to Champasak or K ...

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Ticket buying - HELP! :)

Posted by andreagarcia07 on 13/9/2016 at 08:17

Hi! This is my first post. In November my boyfriend and I are embarking on our SE Asia adventure for 1.5 months, and I am confused on how to buy the flight tickets. We have already bought them for Indonesia and Japan, but then we are planning to go to Thailand (Bangkok & Krabi), Myanmar (Mandalay and Bagan), Vietnam (Hanoi and Danang), Laos (Luang Prabang) and finally Philippines (Palawan). Should I buy the tickets in advance or leave it flexible? Tickets are already relatively expensive a ...

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6 months south east Asia and Indonesia

Posted by RobsandJules16 on 1/7/2016 at 02:33

Hello, I have been reading your forums and newsletters since January all which have given much detail on different areas to visit and things to do. Thank you! My boyfriend and I have been saving for 11/2 years and have finally gotten to the buying ticket stage!! Now we just need a rough itinerary and route. Please can you help? We have £8000 between us for living after tickets, equipment, visas and vaccines. We have 6 months to travel around South East Asia and Indonesia, arriving in Bangkok ...

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Dental care in Southeast Asia (anywhere)

Posted by gottagetaway on 22/3/2011 at 06:10

For the last several months I've been gearing up for an epic tour of SE Asia (see some of my previously submitted /travel threads). Since I'm planning to quit my job before I go I've been making sure I have health checkups while I still have insurance. I went to the dentist yesterday, and they tell me that getting six fillings, two root canals and two crowns, will cost me nearly $3000 USD! My first thought was -- "well there goes my trip!" I'm going to get a second opinion from ano ...

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Island Paradise suggestion

Posted by uncleanslim on 26/7/2016 at 12:44

Hi everyone, I am in the midst of planning my 2nd SE Asia trip and would really like to start things off (after the obligatory layover in Bangkok) with a bit of beach time. Last time around we really enjoyed our time on the quieter part of Koh Lanta and Gili Trawangan, but not so much the built up holiday maker vibe of Koh Lipe and the lack of snorkelling in Langlawi. We were initially thinking of going to the Philippines (El Nido/Coron) but after looking into it, it seems like the air travel ...

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Travel for 6 months partially low altitude partial high

Posted by sanfairyanne on 20/8/2016 at 01:30

I'm going to be traveling for six months, 80% of that time will be low altitude, however, on some occasions I want to do some high altitude trekking. I can't give the insurance company the specific dates and of course I don't want to pay a huge premium high altitude insurance for the full six months. Before I start speaking to insurance companies I wondered if anyone had any advice. I suppose the obvious choice would be to take a more regular insurance then contact my insurance provider when I'm ...

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Myanmar Consulate General Opens in Chiang Mai

Posted by Captain_Bob on 30/7/2015 at 09:35

"The newest Consulate General in Chiang Mai will provide visas to Myanmar as well as offer services for Myanmar citizens and improve linkages between Chiang Mai and Myanmar." http://www.lifechiangmai.com/new-myanmar-consulate-general-opens-in-chiang-mai Looks like you'll be able to get your Myanmar visa directly instead of paying way more and waiting longer via a travel agent. ...

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Samui in November 2016

Posted by TABORDAN on 2/8/2016 at 16:37

Hi from Canada .Looking for any Canadians on the island in November ,I will be in Mae Nam for a few weeks then I suppose ill head off to Phangan ,.Any body want to connect via facebook and make some plans ??? ...

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Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

Posted by zirkel on 31/7/2016 at 03:19

Hi, we're travelling around from tomorrow until August 24. We understand our schedule's kinda cramped. Feel free to suggest anything about our itinerary. If you think, we should spend more time in a place, or take another mode of transportation, feel free to comment please. Day 1 - Bangkok - take a train to Cambodia (we've been to bangkok a few times so we prefer going somewhere else this time. Days 2 and 3- Siem Reap Would you recommend staying in Mekong Delta for two days with homestay at ...

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general advice on itenary

Posted by markhill93 on 23/7/2016 at 11:52

Flying into Bangkok 15th October, doing a stag do in pattaya for ten days, afterwards I'm backpacking on my own and looking on travelling for upto 3 months, time isn't an issue. I want to do most of Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia, can any recommend a specific route to take? hoping to get as much sun as possible as well. Also have a budget of around £3000- £3500, is this possible... I don't mind doing lots of things on the cheap. Thanks! ...

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Itinerary Bangkok, Vietnam. Cambodia

Posted by Aelfred on 13/7/2016 at 12:20

i have flights booked to and from Bangkok for Feb 2017 for a three week stay. I am really struggling with an itinerary. We are a couple in our mid sixties and reasonably fit but not keen on backpacking. We plan on three days in Bangkok at the end of our stay and about a week on a beach. We have been advised to try Chiang Mai but I'm worried that it will be too commercialised for us. Is it feasible do travel to Siem Reap and how long would we need there. How do I choose a beach stay? We like ...

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Advice on Itinery Planning

Posted by LauraLeaf on 5/7/2016 at 18:19

Hi all, First post so bare with me! Me and my husband are planning a trip March/April 2017. We have 24 days and have pinpointed the destinations we would like to visit. What we would like to know is if the plan sounds realistic as we don't want to be too rushed & logistically what is the best route to take to cover our desired destinations. Bangkok- 2 days but this could be split Chiang Mai/Pai- roughly 6/7 days Siem Reap- 3/4 days Hanoi /Sapa/Halong Bay- 6/7 days Koh Samui- 3 da ...

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