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summer in se? budget help!

Posted by maisie_russell on 10/8/2011 at 21:14

me and two friends plan to have a gap year before uni and spend some time in thailand, laos and vietnam. probably may to july next year. what sort of budget would we be looking at needing for 2 and a half months? ive looked up flights and the best ive found is £550 for a return to bangkok. were up for hostels, but would prefer a more private room in them? were planning on being on a backpackers budget, but would like a nicer hotel once in a while? we definitely want to see erawan falls, ride an ...

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Posted by kgroarke on 27/7/2011 at 23:10

Hi, due to head of on a trip around se asia next week with my girlfriend nd i plan on being in thailand around October time. Just wondering whether it is necessary to book homestay's well in advance or is it possible to book them, say a couple of days in advance??? Really want to do one in thailand...but as my plans will be changing as i travel it would be difficult to book this far in advance....has anyone ever had this problem? Also does anyone have any suggestions for a good homestay that ...

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Hanoi to Ko Phag Ngan in 1 day

Posted by melee75 on 26/7/2011 at 10:49

So I'm planning to go to the Full Moon Party on August 14 and am trying to figure out how quickly I can get from Hanoi to Ko Pha Ngan , in one day if possible. On August 13 (one day before the party) using Air Asia I know I can fly from Hanoi to Bangkok and get it at around 11am. From Bangkok I can fly into Surat Thani arriving at 3:30pm. My question is how to get from Surat Thani to Ko Pha Ngan after 3:30pm. I've been researching this but havent found anything concrete saying I can do it ...

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South East Asia December 2011 HELP!!

Posted by mattyoliver on 3/8/2011 at 20:24

Hi Guys, I’m planning a trip for early December to Asia. I have about 25 days to play with. My plan so far is to fly into Bangkok & visit the Similan Islands on a liveaboard for a few days & then check out Ko Raya Island too. Would you recommend Ko Raya? I don’t know very much about it so if anybody can recommend any more islands close by that are worth visiting that would really help too. I’ve already done Koh Tao, Phi Phi, Samui & would like to visit some different places! ...

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A destination in east/SE Asia for 2-weeks september/october

Posted by moonsahde777 on 3/8/2011 at 19:40

Hi! We currently in Cambodia and move to Vientam soon after spending almost 3 weeks in this amazing country... We plan to do Vietnam for also about 3 weeks and after this we also save some time for Thailand in the end for like 3 weeks of parties and shopping before coming back to our homes in Israel... This leaves us with a gap of 2-3 weeks between Vietnam and the end in Thailand which we want to fill with another Asian country we haven't been. So far we've been in Thailand (2.5 months), Laos ( ...

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Travel Itinerary - Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam. Any suggestions?

Posted by rossco on 1/8/2011 at 09:47

I am planning on travelling from Sep 12th from Bangkok. I need to be in Singapore on October 24 - 26th. Other than that I am flexible. Any suggestions on improving the itinerary? Sep 10 -12th Bangkok Sep 12th - Oct 24th Cambodia and Vietnam Oct 24th - Nov 14th Southern Thailand Nov 15th - Dec 21st Northern Thailand and Laos ...

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4 months - Burma, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand

Posted by think87 on 2/8/2011 at 01:01

hello heading to asia again oct 28th and unsure of the best way to go about the route. 1 month in Burma 2 weeks Thai islands near bangkok 1 - 2 weeks Cambodian islands and nearby towns 1 month Vietnam 1 month malaysia Really just looking for the best order to do this weather wise as well as minimal backtracking. Its all up in the air at the moment, any advice is great. going to work out the details of each area later just looking for best times weather wise for islands, malaysia etc Also im ...

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3 month route through Thailand/Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos - constructive criticism wanted!

Posted by kmc on 30/5/2011 at 17:08

Hi all, My wife and I are fortunate enough to have nabbed 3 months off our respective jobs from the end of September this year through to Christmas which we're going to spend going through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Having read most of travelfish, sketched out a route on a map and tried to avoid retracing our steps as much as possible, I think we're getting close to something sensible. Would appreciate any comments - at the moment I think we'll aim to spend about 1 month in each of ...

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Bangladesh - Dhaka-Khulna

Posted by davina1947 on 23/9/2009 at 02:17

We are planning to travel on the Rocket(paddle steamer) from Dhaka to Khulna. Anyone have any info about this. We don't know what to expect. ...

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Feedback on proposed intinerary: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia

Posted by morgiane on 28/7/2011 at 02:42

Hi all, Was interested in feedback on our proposed itinerary for Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. What do you guys think? Any "must-sees" missing? Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia (67 days) - we generally like to travel in the slower side, preferring on spend at least 3 days in the majority of places, and longer in major cities/sites (though there will certainly be exceptions) - most into nature & food, followed by culture/history. not big on "party places" - tried to structure ...

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One month in one place, where would you go?

Posted by katielane18 on 26/7/2011 at 15:13

I am starting a job in Thailand and I have to be there on the 17th of September. I am going to be running really low on money by then so I am thinking that I will just go somewhere and plant for a month or so. It doesn't have to be in Thailand but should be in SE Asia. Where would you guys go? Here is a short list of things I am looking for but none are requirements, just ideals. 1) Beach 2) Cheap (lodging, food, beer) 3) Has things to do (either activities or sights) and a fair amount of people ...

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0ne month in Cambodia/Thailand/Laos

Posted by kateyb on 23/7/2011 at 05:11

I am planning a trip for March 2012 and I was wondering if any of you think that this itinerary is doable. For starters I am not into the party scene and I am mainly interested in the cultural/historical side of travel. I am not a beach person. I have never been to Asia before. I will be flying on points, so I am flying in/out of Bangkok as that is the only option. 2 nights Bangkok 4 nights Chang Mai 1 night on either side of Thailand/Laos border-what side do you suggest? Mekong River trip-1 ni ...

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Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia - 3 months

Posted by rossco on 25/7/2011 at 20:40

I'm planning on travelling from Sep 11th, visiting Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Not got any specific routes sorted but was thinkin of starting Northern Thailand through to Laos, then down Vietnam into Cambodia and finishing up in the islands of South Thailand finishing just beore Xmas. Would be great if they were other travellers interested in joining in up with me! If easier, add me on Facebook -!/PhiPhiMan Cheers, Ross ...

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Backpack First Aid Kit

Posted by cheapswill on 22/8/2006 at 12:37

I'm going to be traveling around SE Asia in September and October. It's my first time backpacking and I need some advice. What items and medicines should I throw in my pack for First Aid purposes? ...

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Ideas needed

Posted by Sparts on 19/7/2011 at 19:00

Good morning folks. Been a while since I posted here but I know the usual drill - so don;t shout me down please So I am being lazy this time around and am going to take my inspriation from you guys. I have 17 days at my disposal to visit SE Asia at the end of September. Our flights land in Bangkok. I've visited Bangkok, ChaingMai, Koh Phangan, Siem Reap, Perhentian Islands, and KL a couple of years ago. I was also in Timor Leste, Singapore and Bali (v unimpressed with Bali btw - Bangkok on th ...

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first backpacking trip : 28 days itinerary -- help anyone?

Posted by bazooka on 16/7/2011 at 17:00

hi there! im planning my first backpacking trip for's what i have so far.. day 1: Manila to HCMC day 2-4: 3days in/around HCMC day 5: HCMC - Can tho day 6-7: 2days Can tho day 8: Can Tho - Chau Doc day 9-10: 2days Chau Doc day 11: Chau Doc - Phnom pehn day 12-15: 4 days in/around PP day 16: PP - siem reap day 17-21: 3days angkor + 2days in/around SR day 22: SR - Kuala Lumpur day 23-27: 5days in/around Kuala Lum ...

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Route advise for january loup around asia

Posted by lucky1mickey on 16/7/2011 at 19:55

i would like some help in deciding which way round to travel , cambodia, vietnamam, laos. departing bangkok end of january. should i go north through northern thailand first , then laos, vietnam, cambodia, or head to cambodia first, onto vietnam, laos , thailand? would like the weather to be on my side, have six weeks. can i get a visa on arrival for laos, where should i get a vietnam visa.? have travelled thailand and cambodia before, 1st time vietnam and laos, help? many thanks. ...

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First-time backpackers, planning on spending 18months in SE Asia... Crazy?

Posted by swampgum on 11/7/2011 at 18:14

Firstly, I have to take the chance to say what an incredible site this is, and how genuinely helpful the articles and advice here have been in convincing us to do this trip! So we are a 23 & 26y.o couple, neither have travelled overseas before and we definitely feel like it's time for our first adventure together. We will be flying in from Australia to KL late April 2012 and plan on backpacking for around 18 months. We've done a solid amount of research and basically want to do an entire l ...

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Where is a good place to go for 10 days.

Posted by joniels on 12/7/2011 at 10:53

Hi everyone I've just taken leave for 10 days at the end of October (I live in South Korea) and I dont know what a good, inexpensive, holiday would be for that short a period of time. I think maybe to go somewhere that has an interesting festival happening at the same time would be nice - but any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks ...

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3 Weeks in SE Asia - solo, woman hardcore backpacker

Posted by foubee on 8/7/2011 at 09:04

I will have 3 weeks to travel around. I will fly in Bankok on August 8 and will fly out on August 30. I am interested in Cambodia/Vietnam/Laos/Mynanmar. Maybe I should save Thailand for later...any advice how to map out my itin? which countries should I pick. once i land in bankok, i will only move around by land...all border crossing.. any advice?? Pleeeeeeeeeeease!! ...

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