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First trip to SE Asia. Suggestions?

Posted by jordan on 9/11/2010 at 05:10

Hi all, Sorry for yet another 'where should I go' question, but I have been reviewing itineraries and there is so much to see. I have a little under a month, and this will be my first trip to the area (have only been to China within Asia, for 3.5 weeks). I would like to go to Thailand and Vietnam, and possibly stop in Cambodia/Laos if time permits. I was hoping to do a 'sample' of the countries, so on subsequent trips I can choose which I would like to explore more. I am 25 y/o male from Los A ...

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Boat trip from Yunnan to Laos

Posted by elizydizy on 16/6/2011 at 13:38

Does anyone know if there is a boat trip along the Mekong from somewhere near the Tiger Leaping Gorge to Luang Prabang? Estimate of time? ...

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Viewed 2,939 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by caseyprich on 16/6/2011 at 14:26

How Long do I need

Posted by emily2310 on 15/6/2011 at 19:17

Hey, I am off travelking early oct, and I have 6 months in Asia. My plan is to go to North Thailand, Laos, Vietnam then Cambodia where I am hoping to volunteer for 3 weeks in Phnom Penh, so will only really have the weekends free over that period. I then want to be in southerm Thailand for around Xmas, as meeting friends. I have 10 weeks in total, 3 of which will hopefully be volunteering. Is this enough time, tosee everything, I don't mind if its rushed as in not chilled, cause I have the next ...

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Viewed 2,654 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Thomas922 on 16/6/2011 at 11:42

Travelling SE Asia starting November require some help

Posted by lottie01 on 15/6/2011 at 19:07

Hi, i have deicided to go travelling in souteast asia around about November time and was wanting to visit Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia, i have no set timeframe for how long i will be away for, but was wondering whats the best route to go..... would it be best to go as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia or can you recommend another way. once ive decided on what countries i'll be visiting in which order. i'll slot the cities and areas i wish to visit. thanks for an ...

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Viewed 3,788 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Thomas922 on 16/6/2011 at 11:33

Cambodia and Indonesia: ridiculous itinerary

Posted by silverteeth on 16/6/2011 at 09:39

I have three weeks off in August, and I'm thinking I'd like to go back to Southeast Asia. (I'd been about 2 years ago, mostly to Laos, kind of bookended with Thailand). I've been having trouble deciding between Indonesia and Cambodia, and I thought, why the hell not do both? At the same time, though, it does seem kind of ridiculous. Currently, I'm thinking, very roughly, that I'd fly into Siem Reap, make my way to Phnom Phenh by way of Battambang, fly via Kuala Lumpur to Yoghyakarta, and t ...

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Viewed 3,499 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Thomas922 on 16/6/2011 at 11:21

Newbie needing Itinerary Help!

Posted by VanessaL on 11/6/2011 at 16:53

Hey All, I have been living near Guangzhou, China and have traveled some throughout this part of China and I am gearing up for my first real backpacking adventure starting mid-July through the end of August. basic itinerary so far: Guangzhou > Kunming and Dali Dali > Luang Prapang, Vang Vieng, Ventiane ??? > Phnom Phen Phnom Phen > Siem Reap Siem Reap > Bangkok Bangkok > Guangzhou I'd like to get a week or two of beach time in Cambodia and Thailand if possible, and in an ef ...

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Viewed 2,198 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 15/6/2011 at 09:35

Yunnan China _advice and Itinerary

Posted by kandpfishos on 10/6/2011 at 11:18

G’Day We will be in SE Asia later this year, and our trip really starts in Yunnan China. We will be in this single area for about 30 days. We would appreciate your comments and fine-tuning of our itinerary for the Yunnan component of the trip. We are twomid/late-60’s Australian blokes, accustomed to independent travel and each other (we have lived and travelled together for over 35 years – so we know each others foibles and habits too well!) We will be entering into Kunming on/about 22 ...

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Viewed 3,560 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 12/6/2011 at 10:15

National Day Holiday in China?

Posted by kandpfishos on 11/6/2011 at 03:00

G’Day We posted a separate Yunnan trip itinerary in this board. This post concerns National Day Holidays and what to expect. We know nothing - zip, nada, empty headed - about the China National Holiday. We will be in this area around thattime: Lijiang – 3 days – by local bus (fromQiatou/Tiger Leaping Gorge) Shaxi – 5 days – by local bus from above Question: This period coincides with National Day Holidays from, we think, 1 October to end of the next week. We have read that all ...

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Viewed 2,256 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by kandpfishos on 12/6/2011 at 07:01

22 Days in Asia July to Aug

Posted by Gatti_LDN on 3/6/2009 at 16:51

I have a bit of a dilemna. My GF and i are looking to go traveling in july (mainly because of her job as a teacher and my need to be in work in august :( ) We're thinking of visiting Malaysia / Borneo in this time, but we're worried about the monsoon / typhoon season. Is it still as worth doing as say October / November. ...

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Route advise needed: from Hanoi to Bangkok

Posted by Leonie1991 on 5/6/2011 at 23:11

Hi there, I've been planning my trip around the world but I'm not sure what the best route is from Hanoi to Bangkok. I'm going to travell south from Beijing and the most logical is to cross the border at Hanoi. Adventually I have to end up in Bangkok to take a train that will take me through Malysia but I need some route advise about getting from Hanoi to Bangkok and still actually see some of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodja. I have about a month. Can anybody give me some tips? Léonie. ...

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Viewed 17,905 times, with 13 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 7/6/2011 at 23:12

Can I fly between the following places?

Posted by tonysouth on 5/6/2011 at 11:11

Hi Folks, I'm backpacking for a couple of months in SE Asia and, in order to save time, wanted to fly between cities. These are the flights I've planned: 1. Bangkok -> Chiang Mai 2. Vientanne -> Hanoi 3. Hanoi -> Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon 4. HCMC/Saigon -> Phnom Penh 5. Phnom Penh -> Siem Reap 6. Siem Reap -> Koh Samui Are there any legs that I will not be able to find a flight? Also, is there an orbitz/priceline aggregator website for all of the regional airlines where I ...

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Viewed 1,980 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by tonysouth on 5/6/2011 at 13:01

New feature: Cheap flights in Asia with the Discovery Airpass

Posted by somtam2000 on 8/5/2008 at 06:25

I've just added a new feature story to Travelfish, detailing the Discovery Airpass system that allows you to fly with Bangkok Airways, Lao Airlines and Siem Reap Airways. If you happen to have used the pass in the past, please comment below on what you thought of it. Thanks! ...

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Vietnam & Laos - Too many places, too little time

Posted by kiwiexplorer on 2/6/2011 at 07:20

Hi guys, Two of us are travelling to Laos and Vietnam in August, with around 3 weeks only, and although we have cancelled out many places already, we are still stuck as to what we should see and do in such little time. If anyone could offer their advice as to what is a must see, where we should spend more/less time in, or cancel out altogether then that would be much appreciated. Especially if anyone has experience with "The Laos Loop" and "the Gibbon Experience" it would b ...

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Viewed 3,017 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by kiwiexplorer on 2/6/2011 at 09:36

Best way to take money?

Posted by HexagonalBolts on 31/5/2011 at 01:45

Hello again everyone. As you might have read, I'm going travelling for several weeks all around the region. What is the best way to take money? I've heard lots of contradictory answers, and some people suggest a nationwide card, but I believe they have stopped doing free withdrawals. So should I use traveller's cheques? Or should I still use a card? Or...? ...

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Viewed 7,440 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 1/6/2011 at 06:32

My 3 week trip to Thailand and Cambodia.

Posted by Fixman on 31/5/2011 at 10:20

I got invited to be a guest in a competition on Pattaya from the 22 to the 29 of July, and I was thinking of extending the trip another three weeks. My original itinerary is: 6 days and 6 nights in Bangkok (30 July to 4 August) 1 day in Sukhothai (5 August) 4 days and 5 nights in Chiang Mai (5 to 9 of August) 4 days and 4 nights on either Phuket of Ko Phi Phi (10 to 14 of August) 2 days and 2 nights in Ko Phi Nga, and attending the Full Moon Party (14 and 15 of August) 5 days and 6 nig ...

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HongKong-Macau travel tips

Posted by gauravbhatia81 on 31/5/2011 at 11:23

Hello, I am planning a trip to HK & Macau coming August end or September. Coming from Singapore and plan is to stay for 4Days in HK and then 1 day in Macau and return to Sgp from Macau. Appreciate any suggestions for the same. Thanks ...

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Viewed 3,398 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Thomas922 on 1/6/2011 at 00:23

Solo traveller looking to meet up (India, Cambodia and Vietnam)

Posted by ruby1977 on 29/5/2011 at 08:03

Hi, I am a very easy going, down to earth Australian female traveller with a pretty flexible itinerary; looking to meet other solo backpackers throughout the journey. My basic plan is (for 2011): - 25/6 - 7/7 India - 8/7 - 31/7 Cambodia and Vietnam. I am looking forward to just seeing what happens; I am not much of a 'scheduled' sort of person. Look forward to hearing from you if suitable... Jodie ...

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Viewed 3,987 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by ruby1977 on 31/5/2011 at 15:30

Domestic flights - in advance or while I'm there

Posted by akhetan on 30/5/2011 at 11:39

Hello all, I've trawled the site but have not found a (recent) answer to this question. I'm travelling Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia for 6 wks in June/July. I have flights booked to and from Bangkok. I am planning on a combination of domestic flights and some buses. Would prefer to book flights while there in order to maintain flexibility. Could someone tell me if this is a bad idea and I should do it in advance -- will they book up? Are they much more expensive? The specific flights I'm c ...

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Viewed 3,836 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 30/5/2011 at 12:27

3 week itinerary to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam

Posted by jessel on 28/5/2011 at 19:29

Hey guys, just wanted to run my proposed itinerary by you, as its doing my head in, and would be nice to have another perspective. If you could let me know if I am doing too much, if its overly ambitious or recommendations. I know 3 weeks is way too short to try and do what I'm proposing, but thats all the time I can commit! Day 1 (Sun 19th June) – Arrive in Bangkok (8am) – Spend day in Bangkok – markets/temples Day 2 (Mon 20th June) – Leave to Koh Chang - (6 hr trip) à arrive mid afte ...

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Viewed 9,877 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 30/5/2011 at 07:36

Please advise on this travel plan to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia!

Posted by parth82390 on 26/5/2011 at 05:21

Please advise on following trip plan covering Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Please advise on the following plan, thank you for your help in advance. I have bolded the items that I still need advice on. Seeking to experience a mixture of adventure, scenery, relaxation and partying during the trip. June 8- Land in Bangkok June 9- Travel from Bangkok south to Koh Tao June 10 : June 17- Experience beaches, diving, full moon party, etc at Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.Is this too much time dedicated ...

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Viewed 3,435 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Tilapia on 27/5/2011 at 21:44


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