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7 Weeks = Indochina and Thailand, or should we cut Vietnam out of the plan?

Posted by Banana17 on 27/11/2011 at 17:27

Hi everyone, Me and a friend will be doing a trip to SEA in May-June and we have 7 weeks. Now my question: Would you suggest visiting Thailand - Laos - Cambodia only for these 7 weeks, or also making a short trip to Vietnam to visit Hanoi , Ho Chi Minh City, and Ha Long Bay. We are on a tight budget and will not be traveling by plane. I am aware of the fact that going to Vietnam would include the so called "bus ride from hell" from Vientiane to Hanoi and the very long train rid ...

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Phu Quoc to Battambang / Siem Reap

Posted by djkeith on 9/1/2012 at 10:44

Hey, I'm trying to find the best way of getting to Battambang or Siem Reap from Phu Quoc. Is it best to get a ferry back to Rach Gia and then fly to Siem Reap or would it be best to bus it all the way? Any help with this one is greatly appreciated! ...

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Some help with where to start!

Posted by djkeith on 15/12/2011 at 17:34

Hey, I've decided to quit work and travel round the region for three months and have booked a flight to KL. Ideally I would like to start in Laos, and take in Cambodia, Vietnam and finish in Bangkok and have looked at the region itinerary on this site, which looks extensive and was wondering if anyone else had tried this one out and if so, how worth while they found it? I love old architecture and seeing the sites as well as spending time drinking a beverage on a beach! In terms of budgeting ...

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Planning a solo trip - where to start?!

Posted by AJ on 22/7/2011 at 04:06

Hello everybody, I'm planning to spend some time in SE Asia later this year (October/November time). Budget will determine exactly how long but probably looking at 6-7 weeks. I've travelled in India and Nepal before, but no further east. I'd love to visit Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. I'm quickly realising that's a lot of ground to cover in my relatively short space of time... So perhaps one trip this year and save up go again next year. It's been a while since I've travelled solo and ...

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Seoul Airport

Posted by jonseyo on 2/1/2012 at 20:02

Hi there! I am travelling to Cambodia Jan 16th, flying from Vancouver with a stop-over in Seoul. My concern with the stop-over is that I only have 40 minutes until the flight to Phnom Pehn. Does anyone have any experience with this short of a layover? Am I going to be sprinting through the airport? Any chance my bags will be making it to PP? On the way back I have about 11 hours, so thought I might do a day trip, any one know if I need to arrange a visa/paperwork to leave the airport? Thanks f ...

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Cell phones in S.E.A?

Posted by missgeo on 29/12/2011 at 00:24

Hey there, I'm going to be bouncing between Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam for just over 2 months and I like to have a cell phone with me when I travel just in case of emergencies. When I went to the UK I bought a cheap one in London from Vodaphone that worked everywhere I went. I'm from Canada and I don't have an unlocked mobile so I would need a phone AND a SIM card. If I buy one in Bangkok (cheap junky phone that does the basics - text and call) would that seem unreasonable or poin ...

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1 year to see the highlights of South East Asia?

Posted by laurentiu on 12/12/2011 at 10:16

Hi all, I wanted to say that this is a great resource and I find myself visiting the forums everyday. I am planning to visit SEA and want to do it at a slow pace to see most interesting places. Do you guys think that is enough time and what is the advice on traveling on a budget? Is it better to buy a motorcycle in my case? Also I need to get online to update my web sites once in a while. What is the internet situation in guest houses and everywhere? Thank you for the help! ...

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Advice for Honeymoon

Posted by MsSparkle on 1/11/2011 at 11:42

I have never really planned a vacation and usually wing it. I generally have kept all my vacations relatively simple - usually one main place and 2 or 3 side trips. For my honeymoon, we have around 3 to 4 weeks and would like to spend it in Asia with more well planned travel. We have been to Asia many times including Hong Kong, various cities in China (not the Shanghai or Beijing), Bangkok, Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, etc. For our honeymoon, I am thinking Bali for a few days and Singapore - we wou ...

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~4 Week Vacation Itinerary

Posted by alljokingaside on 20/12/2011 at 18:29

Hi, So, after some research (woefully scant), I've stitched together this rough itinerary and I'd like your input! I'm aiming for a mix of R&R, culture, and adventure. Fly into HCM city -> Hoi An (by train; I've heard the Vietnamese train is wonderful. hmm.) -> Pakse, pretty much immediately to Don Det -> (possibly Ban Lung?) -> Siem Reap -> either Bangkok/Phnom Penh (depending on flight/visa costs // travel time ). Travel's planned mainly by buses or train (and overnig ...

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So much choice so little time!

Posted by mattspeak on 25/11/2011 at 03:09

Hello – firstly, thanks for reading. I'll keep it quick – I'd love to get everyone's thoughts on where I should go this Xmas seeing as how there's just soo much choice – AirAsia makes any part of SE Asia possible! Off to KL on the 19th Dec. Have 3 weeks. Living in Manchester (UK) sunshine is a bit of a novelty... so I'd quite like to guarantee sunshine. I know that the W.coast of Thailand is your best bet but I came to Thailand last winter. Where can we go that's... - Near guaranteed s ...

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Viewed 1,349 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 23/12/2011 at 03:23

Planning my 2nd trip..

Posted by potta_boro on 19/12/2011 at 10:46

Its been a while considering I was on travel fish everyday from may-November!! I completed my first ever 'backpacking' trip in November an it was the best thing I'd ever done, absOlutely loved it! With a lot of help from travel fish!! I basically travelled Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and phillipines, not everything went to plan and I spent probably double what i planned mainly due to accommodation and domestic flights, it was basically a long holiday (all because my gf is too girly) so didn't ...

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Viewed 1,545 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 23/12/2011 at 03:08

Laptop Concerns

Posted by alljokingaside on 20/12/2011 at 19:00

Hey, I'm thinking about bringing my newish 11.6" laptop with me to travel for roughly 4 weeks in southern Vietnam, southern Laos, and a few spots in Cambodia. I won't feel all paranoid about buying tickets and whatnot while traveling and it is more comfortable. I was wondering what experienced folk here recommend for protection. atm, I just have a DIY netbook sleeve- it's an old hoodie with a fedex envelope liner (water protection [no bleed through after a few minutes under the faucet; m ...

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Viewed 1,602 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 23/12/2011 at 03:02

much needed help

Posted by nigeyb on 6/12/2011 at 08:08

Hi. Myself and 2 mates are looking to do a 3 month tour starting 31 Jan. We are all travel virgins and not on a gap year as slightly older ( 30-40!!!) we have no plans other than to fly from London to KL and then?? I have been reading on the forum and all information is Bering taken on board. Our plan was to do the norm as in Thailand,Vietnam and Cambodia but havnt got a clue what's hot and what's not. We may even think about diff places like Philippines and we even thought of ending in oz but a ...

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Viewed 1,665 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 22/12/2011 at 08:06

18 year old girl travelling on my own...

Posted by Phiddy on 1/12/2011 at 16:01

Should I be worried? I'm travelling through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam (and possibly Bali) for three to four months from January next year. To be honest I'm not too worried because I know that my route is very well trod and that the public transport and internet links are very good etc. but I don't see a lot of 18 year olds (particularly girls) on forums like this who are travelling alone. I will hopefully have a couple of friends who might be in the region at the same time, but I want ...

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Viewed 6,963 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 22/12/2011 at 08:00

1 month to see it all!

Posted by DavisDuo on 25/10/2011 at 05:15

Hi there, My husband and I are landing in Bangkok December 12 and flying out from Bangkok Jan. 12. We're traveling to enjoy the food, scenery, get back to the basics and enjoy life. We're not so much into the partying scene. We do like to have a drink every now and again. Not interested in drugs and sex. Just wanting to have a good time and experience the culture. We're outdoorsy. We don't mind not having A/C, we want to trek, obsessed with the ocean (scuba and snorkeling is a must). Maybe do a ...

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Viewed 2,144 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 22/12/2011 at 07:58

first-time to SEA - itinerary crit - Cambodia/Laos/Bangkok

Posted by frangrit on 16/12/2011 at 13:13

Hi folks. I'd love your feedback on my itinerary. I am a first-time traveler to SE Asia, female, in my mid-thirties. The trip is about 5-6 weeks, this winter. I'm joining a friend for some of Cambodia and all of Laos, but will likely be on my own for the rest. I'm not really a partier, have some budget, but not luxe. Hoping to avoid many 6 hour bus rides. Interested in food/cooking, cities, photography, art/culture/language, maybe a little hiking, and generally relaxing. I'm getting stumped on ...

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Viewed 2,145 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by frangrit on 17/12/2011 at 07:23

3 week Asia Itineary Suggestions

Posted by steph0426 on 15/12/2011 at 16:48

Hi, We are a young couple travelling to Asia from April 6-29 for 3 weeks. This is our preliminary itinerary. Please comment! Apr 6 - Land in Bangkok Apr 7 - 9 - sightsee bangkok and day trip to Attutaya Apr 10-11 - Chiang Mai Apr 12-13 - Chiang Rai (May join tour for CM and CR, any suggestions for tour groups? ) Apr 14-15 - back to bangkok sightseeing Apr 16-19 - Fly to SiemReap , see Angkor Wat Apr 20 - Bus from Siem Reap to PP Apr 21 - PP (more like a layover to go to hk becasue Siem ...

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Flight paid for but now I can't fly. London to Hanoi by train?

Posted by PeterW on 20/11/2011 at 18:05

Hi all I've already purchased a plane ticket to Kuala Lumpur about a month ago from Air Asia. However, on Monday I went kickboxing and while sparring a good right hook has resulted in a hole in my left ear drum. I have to go back to the Dr on 1st Dec (2 weeks after it happened) and if the hole doesn’t close I’ll a skin graft which involves surgery and my flight will be ruled out for a good month or two after my op so I’ve been pretty gutted. I’d be lucky to get this done by the end ...

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Viewed 2,586 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by PeterW on 15/12/2011 at 04:37

SEA in October

Posted by dash_rock on 11/12/2011 at 01:40

Howdy - I would like a relaxing beach holiday with a bit of culture during October. I am hearing very different things about weather in October as I'm after somewhere with warm days which are relatively rain free. Can anyone offer any suggestions. Many thanks ...

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I know this seems lazy but..

Posted by Phiddy on 10/12/2011 at 16:45

Which is the best website to use for getting a flight from Ventiane to Hanoi ?? The reason I'm posting a thread is that I have spent the last few hours reading through travelfish and looking it up through other websites, the cheapest flight I could find was over £100... I suspect this is because that is what the cheapest flight costs, but I just thought I would double check that I'm not missing anything. So has anyone else found flights between Ventiane and Hanoi for cheaper? I'm stuck on my ...

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