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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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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. 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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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 1,369 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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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 1,191 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 1,613 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 897 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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Viewed 969 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by gecktrek on 11/11/2015 at 16:51

60 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

Posted by rickg99 on 1/11/2015 at 20:28

Hi we are traveling to SE Asia in Jan & are looking to visit the more popular areas. We are in our 40s looking for beaches and history culture. looking to fly & bus train whatever. Thx Rick ...

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Viewed 952 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 5/11/2015 at 10:02

Can someone help trouble-shoot my itinerary? (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar)

Posted by FernR on 1/11/2015 at 05:10

Hi all, I'm wondering if someone could quickly trouble-shoot my itinerary; I'm just about to start buying tickets, and would be extremely grateful if someone could just eyeball my itinerary and make sure we're not doing something stupid. I've got: Dec 23: Fly into Ho Chi Minh City (Overland thru Mekong Delta to Pnom Penh. Boat to Siem Reap .) Dec 31: Fly Siem Reap to Vientiane (on Lao Air?) Jan 3: Fly Vientiane to Luang Prabang (Lao Air?) Jan 5: Fly Luang Prabang to Hanoi (Lao Air?) Ja ...

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Experiential things (cooking, art workshops, etc) in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma

Posted by FernR on 3/11/2015 at 08:31

Hi all, Our family (two parents, 22-year-old, 19-year-old, 15-year-old) are very big on 'hands-on experiences' while traveling; when we backpacked through Africa/Asia 20+ years ago, some of our best things were doing a batik workshop in JoJakarta, doing a cooking class, etc. So, in * Phnom Penh * Siem Reap * Luang Prabang * Hanoi * Burma (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake) Are there any particularly phenomenal experiential things (that preferably aren't prohibitively expensive)? Best tips f ...

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Two Months: Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, ?

Posted by Dayyanum on 1/11/2015 at 20:48

Hello all, (Cliff Notes At Bottom) I'm planning a trip back to Southeast Asia from December 29th through the first week of March (just over 60 days). I've already been to Cambodia and Thailand, and while I would love to go back, my main focus is on countries I've never visited. Vietnam is my biggest focus, and while I know it's a cliche, I'm definitely going to tour the country by motorcycle (I ride quite a bit, and rode the Mae Hong Son Loop in Thailand). My plan is the classic 'South t ...

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Trouble when buying single flight tickets in between countries?

Posted by blaaat on 28/10/2015 at 18:42

Hello! I plan to go to southeast asia at the end of november - beginning of december. My intercontinental flight from Europe lands in Singapore, and my trip homewards also leaves from Singapore . In the meantime, I plan to visit Cambodia (7 days) and Phuket , Thailand (3 days). I've researched cheap flights and came up with the following, affordable and not overly time-consuming, scheme: 1. Singapore - Phnom Penh (Jetstar) 2. Phnom Penh - Phuket with layover in Bankok (Bankok Airways) 3 ...

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Viewed 789 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by blaaat on 29/10/2015 at 12:19

Seeing red over fake reviews

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/8/2015 at 19:33

From this week's newsletter: "So you can't throw a satay stick without spearing some news story about fake reviews online, but what is this fake review thing you speak of? Here's a primer regarding Jo's Dormotel in a popular city near you. Please note, these examples are fictional. Fake Review Level 1 Joe joins Tripadvisor using his email address and off the bat adds a review for his hotel saying it is awesome and that Jo is a really cool guy. Fake Review Level 2 TA will ...

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Viewed 2,420 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by lana22 on 24/10/2015 at 00:51

Help with Myanmar itinerary!

Posted by Mellowyellow on 9/10/2015 at 09:05

Hello all! Im currently in Railey near Krabi in Thailand and planning on going to Myanmar in a couple days via Ranong. Can anyone let me know where I can head from there? Im not too interested in beaches and would like to head up towards Yangon or elsewhere around. Also if anyone can suggest where I can visit a bit "off the beaten path" I'll have about 3 weeks in the country. Thanks in advance! Melissa ...

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Viewed 781 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by Mellowyellow on 23/10/2015 at 20:30

Four wheels good, two wheels bad?

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/10/2015 at 23:33

From this week's newsletter, A few years ago I was in Phuket enjoying a couple of cold drinks at a sunset viewpoint with my friend Jamie Monk. Jamie runs an excellent website to Phuket and over a Chang Beer or three we chatted about Phuket and what people like doing there. One thing he mentioned was that he had seen a lot of interest from his readers in hiring a car for their stay in Phuket. Phuket has a very broken and corrupt transport system and so it is generally a good idea to sort out ...

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