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Travelers Cheques?

Posted by Wanderluster on 31/3/2012 at 01:53

The last time I traveled to Southeast Asia was in 2009 and for the duration of my trip I used American Express Travelers Cheques. There were no real problems associated with cashing them and did so with relative ease. I am once again headed for the region (Thailand, Laos, Indonesia) and was wondering if there has been any change in regards to the prevalence of cashing locations and whether or not travelers cheques are still a good idea. I of course will be ordering some Baht beforehand, but w ...

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Trip suggestions

Posted by waverunner on 2/4/2012 at 01:52

Hey fellow travelers, I'm 24 y.o. female travelling solo. That will be my first exotic solo travel so I'm really excited also a little scared I'm in a stage of planning and I'm looking for advices. I'll travel for around 30-40 days and I'll start on 2 Nov. in Bangkok, my final destination is Ha noi. In Thailand I'll visit Bangkok for 4 days (take a day trip to ayutthaya) then I'll go via airplane to Chiang Mai and stay there for 2 days, then I'll take the bus back to Bangkok. I want to visit ...

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1st time traveller

Posted by wolfiehogan on 1/4/2012 at 07:05

hi guys i am flying in to bangkok on the 21st off june for a 3 month trip around the region. my question is has any body got advice or tips for me to look out for until i get settled in as i have never done any thing like this before. it. ...

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Most tolerable overland travel?

Posted by minerman on 30/3/2012 at 14:00

I am planning on doing a mix of overland travel and flights on my upcoming trip. I'm trying to figure out which overland trips are more tolerable. There's a few trips that I am questioning and they all seem kind of bad. What parts should I skip with a flight? Bangkok to Siem Reap Pros: Most of the travel is in Thailand, should be nice. Cons: Khmers try to scam you at the border. Phnom Penh to Vientiene Pros: A lot of cool towns in between. Don Det looks cool. Cons: Lengthy trip and hassle ...

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The Region Trip vs something like Intrepid Tour

Posted by biojack on 22/1/2012 at 05:07

This is a fantastic website! I have been learning so much in the last two days. I was wondering if anyone would be able to estimate the cost of and time needed to organize my own tour like the Intrepid Great Indochina Loop. I just recently became unemployed and I think this is a great opportunity to travel. If I go to SE Asia I might only be able to do a single trip and I'd like to see a few places in each countries on the loop. I decided to put my belonging in storage and I'd like to get on a ...

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Viewed 4,428 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 26/3/2012 at 16:52

9 Week SE Asia Trip

Posted by realacefool on 19/3/2012 at 21:35

Hello, I am travelling to SE Asia for 9 weeks from early June to early August with one other person. Our preliminary plan is to start in Hanoi and work our way south till we reach Bali, passing through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. After reading a few posts we are considering cutting out Vietnam or maybe just starting in Saigon and working our way from there. We are also considering cutting out Indonesia and saving that for another time, so that we can see ind ...

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High vs Low Season

Posted by rledez1990 on 25/3/2012 at 13:00

I'm just wondering if all SE Asian countries have the same high/low seasons? And do prices vary more on islands than in cities (i.e. more on Koh Samui than in Singapore?) We're going to be travelling around Asia for 3 1/2 months approx 1st March-1st June, so just trying to work out how much we should budget. Thanks! ...

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Travel Advice Viet/Thai/Camb

Posted by ndeeds on 18/3/2012 at 22:33

Hello there fellow Travelfish'ers!I am brand new to this forum, and feel very lucky to have stumbled upon it! There seems to be tons of helpful, and informative people around here. I have some basic beginner questions that I hope you havent seen too many times, but i figured I'd give it a crack. I'm 27m with my girlfriend and looking to experience as much as I can while traveling to SE Asia for the first time... I have been thinking about a November '12 trip, and am in the VERY preliminary pla ...

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Apparent scam targetting solo female tourists, what is it about?

Posted by Katty on 1/3/2012 at 07:40

Hi there, I am a solo female traveler and I have had the same spiel given to me from 2 different people in 2 different cities, the first one was in Siem Reap, I am a photographer and had my camera out as I was doing some photography, a male came up to me and said 'nice camera' I said thanks and smiled, he asked where my accent was from, I said Australian, he went on to say he had a niece planning on coming to Australia to study and could I come back to his hotel to speak to her to give her advi ...

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20 days itinerary - Help needed

Posted by franjroman on 18/3/2012 at 23:08

Hi guys, I'm planning a first trip to SE Asia with my girlfriend (we are 25 yrs old) for next January. The length will be about 20 days (i'd love to stay more time there, but it's impossible for us). The main idea is to mix the "must sees" and some beach time, What do you think of this itinerary? Due to the shortness of the trip, we will be travelling by air. I know that is far better to travel slowly, but we don´t have more time, and probably it's a "one in your life" t ...

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Help Planning S.E.A 2months...

Posted by kleenmikey on 9/3/2012 at 08:21

Hi we are planning a year travelling, and our plan is to fly to Perth in July (2012) for 6 months staying and working with family, travelling around Oz for 1 1/2 months, visiting NZ for a month, back to Oz for month and a half again then going to S.E Asia for the remainder of our year so we'll prob have about 2 months (May-Jul). The flight we're booking will fly into Bangkok then leave Bangkok for home. We want to visit Vietnam Laos and Cambodia and then end the trip with a beach break maybe in ...

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Possible to have a good time with my packed itinerary?

Posted by minerman on 3/3/2012 at 19:01

So, I've never been to SE Asia and who knows if I'll get to go back. I have 4 weeks in june/july and I want to pack a lot in. I'm leaving my options open until I get there but I have some plans. I know the theme around here is to take it slow and not do too much, but I still want to hear what everyone thinks... Is it possible to do everything I have planned and still have a good time? If not, how do you recommend that I simplify my plans? 1. Singapore for about 2 days. Wife wants to see ...

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Viewed 2,015 times, with 24 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 19/3/2012 at 22:12

24Days in Thailand Laos & Vietnam

Posted by sacer on 16/3/2012 at 11:28

Hey guys, I'm planning to backpack SEA in May for 24 days. Bangkok, Luang namtha, Luang Prabang, Hanoi , and Ha long Bay are at the top of my list. I'd like to spend about 3-4 days in each of those places. I also need to get back to Bangkok, and I would like to avoid backtracking if possible. I'm flying into Bangkok on May 11, but I'm not really interested in visiting anywhere else in Thailand given my limited time. I'm mainly flying into Bangkok because the flight there was the cheapest. I' ...

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Planning 4 months is SE Asia with 4 yr old.

Posted by sunchild on 15/3/2012 at 12:51

We will be travelling from Sept to the end of Dec avoiding heavy tourist areas and looking for laid back cities and villages. Low key is our goal without much "if it's Tuesday we must be in Singapore" agenda. We love the beaches, markets,foods and people, and some of the ruins though I am most interested in the current cultural life. My spouse will need time to work via internet and I will have our 4 yr old to keep occupied. We spent a month in Bali last yr mostly off the beaten path a ...

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3-4 mths thailand, laos, cambodia, vietnam

Posted by brevan on 14/3/2012 at 10:04

Hi, in december I leave for 3-4 months to explore Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Would you pls check the itinerary? Is it realistic in that time if I travel over land or should I take flights? If you have better options instead of certain locations in my itinerary, pls let me know. If there's enough time even other countries are possible. Pls comment and thx for the tips in advance. Itinerary: http://maps.google.be/maps/ms?msid=213848993559035957185.0004baa2d47f5c6eecac4&msa=0 Thx! ...

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5 weeks in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia? Or only Thailand and Laos?

Posted by kavs101 on 16/2/2012 at 20:58

Travelling to Asia in the summer to Hong Kong for a week then to south-east Asia arriving in Bangkok. I have drafted a rough itinerary travelling to the south of Thailand then to the north and into Laos. Is it overambitious to try to include a bit of Cambodia or should I skip it and focus on Thailand and Loas? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. ...

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Trip Advice Needed

Posted by famous29 on 22/2/2012 at 09:53

I am planning a 6-8 month trip to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia/Bali. I want to see temples, landscapes and beaches just a laid back vacation. Any suggestions on which order to visit these countries in would be greatly appreciated. Any cities i should check out too feel free to list. thanks for the help ...

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SE Asia-Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

Posted by chinezero on 10/3/2012 at 06:50

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening! I am hoping to get some assistance in travel planning SE Asia. My intent right now is looking as such. I am not sure of places to visit quite yet except I do have a few hot spots I would like to hit. Travel Time will be Early July through Early Aug. Approx - 29 days. July 9 - Day 1 - Fly into Cambodia ( Siem Reap ) from Seoul, S. Korea. 8 days in Cambodia (This includes travel times) - Looking at a Siem Reap to Phnom Penh up to Laos direction. Now I have no i ...

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South east asia travel

Posted by journeyingasia on 7/3/2012 at 03:27

HI All, This is my first post and I'm excited to receive advise on my upcoming travels! I have quit my job (yay!) in Chiang Mai where I have been living for the past 2 years and now am planing to travel May through June. I am thinking about traveling by land to Kunming,China and taking 3 weeks or so doing that. I am then wanting to explore Malaysia and Indonesia for 8 weeks. I am looking for destination suggestions, transport advice, budget idea's, visa info and best beaches etc.... I am o ...

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Traveling with a 17-year old

Posted by deespyder on 7/3/2012 at 06:18

Hello everyone! I am a Filipino working inThailand for 6 years now. I will be traveling by train from Bangkok toSingapore. I absolutely do not have any problems with anything because I havebeen a backpacker for quite sometime now. My real deal now is a bitdifferent. I will be traveling with a 17-year old Thai. I have a lot of Thaifriends and one of them asked me if their son can go with me to Malaysia andSingapore. So I said "yes" until realizing that he was still 17 yearsold. Would it ...

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Viewed 1,775 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by deespyder on 8/3/2012 at 19:36


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