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Banned from visiting Thailand - What is the alternative?

Posted by alhamaqi on 18/4/2009 at 14:04

Hello everyone, I just found out that traveling to Thailand is banned by my government (actually it has been banned since the 80's but I thought it was allowed now. I was wrong). My mind was really set up on visiting Ko Phi PhiWhat is the alternative? I want to visit a magical island with beautiful scenary, culture, nice people and some nightlife as well. I will be traveling alone. Indonesia? Malaysia? Can I find something similar to Thailand in these places? Your responses are greatly apprec ...

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Guesthouse reviews: Gili Trawagan

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/10/2009 at 11:19

Given we don't cover Indonesia on Travelfish at the moment, following a request from Travelfisher busylizzy I'm setting up a few threads in the Indonesia section of the messageboard broken out into islands -- so one for Nusa Penida, another for Nusa Lembongan and so on. The idea is to provide a clearing house for traveller recommendations for places to stay while we umm and ahh about if we really want to research 17,000 islands or not! A few suggestions and one rule: a) The more contact deta ...

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Lombok to Flores

Posted by emma066 on 9/11/2009 at 21:40

Hi there, can anyone tell me how to get from Lombok to Flores by boat, how long does it take? Conditions? Cost? Thank you! ...

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Mosquitos in indo/Bali

Posted by christay2009 on 3/11/2009 at 16:46

My first night in Bali was okay, you can't judge anywhere that well on one night (unless it's at either extreme-amazing/terrible). However, I have managed to count more than 30 mosquito bites all over me including my fingers, back, legs, feet, eyebrow, stomach, neck, armpit... Essentially everywhere I was wearing repellant during the evening ad slept under a net. I am not sure I can take another ravaging of this kind. It does seem like there are loads of the buggers around. Anyone else ...

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North Sulawesi

Posted by swag on 6/6/2009 at 06:00

Hi all a general question for anyone that might have travelled to this part of s.e. asia. I am looking to spend a week near Manado to do some diving at the famed Bunaken island and area. Would love to hear from anyone that has had experiences e.g accommodation dive resorts food drinks etc and how you generally found the spot ...

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Guesthouse reviews: Nusa Lembongan

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/10/2009 at 11:18

Given we don't cover Indonesia on Travelfish at the moment, following a request from Travelfisher busylizzy I'm setting up a few threads in the Indonesia section of the messageboard broken out into islands -- so one for Nusa Penida, another for Nusa Lembongan and so on. The idea is to provide a clearing house for traveller recommendations for places to stay while we umm and ahh about if we really want to research 17,000 islands or not! A few suggestions and one rule: a) The more contact deta ...

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Baggage "handlers" in Bali

Posted by furneburner on 28/10/2009 at 18:54

Hi all, Never been to Bali before (going in Jan)and have heard numerous stories about locals taking your luggage while you are waiting to get your visa then charging extortionate amounts for it. Heard someone at work the other day say one demanded $20AUD! Whats the situation? How is it best to avoid it without any conflict? Sorry if i sound like a noob but that would be a situation that would really get me annoyed and probably end up with me telling them where to go...which i don't t ...

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Where first? Arriving in Bali

Posted by christay2009 on 1/11/2009 at 08:53

I arrive in Bali tomorrow from KL with no idea where to go? Kuta, I guess, would be the obv. First choice but I was thinking I might prefr to shoot up to ubud first and leave kuta untill the last few days before my return flight. I don't really have a plan of action which worries me slightly! Any help would be great ...

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Guesthouse reviews: Nusa Penida

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/10/2009 at 11:17

Given we don't cover Indonesia on Travelfish at the moment, following a request from Travelfisher busylizzy I'm setting up a few threads in the Indonesia section of the messageboard broken out into islands -- so one (this one) for Nusa Penida, another for Nusa Lembongan and so on. The idea is to provide a clearing house for traveller recommendations for places to stay while we umm and ahh about if we really want to research 17,000 islands or not! A few suggestions and one rule: a) The more c ...

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HELP. SUMATRA - Looking for Oscar Navarro Costa

Posted by miQuel on 6/10/2009 at 17:49

Hi all.. This is a copy-paste of a message from others travelers forums. 'I guy I met whilst travelling was in Sumatra during the earthquake. His mother has been e-mailing me if I know what happened to him, but seeing that I'm in Malaysia now I have no clue. She's worried sick about him. The last time I spoke to him he said he would be surfing somewhere in Sumatra. I have no idea where though. I'm sure he's fine but I was wondering if anyone has met Spanish Oscar (34 years) since the ear ...

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Bali & Thailand general questions

Posted by mitchell456 on 1/10/2009 at 21:56

Hi everyone Im off to Thailand & Bali in about 10 days. I have a few basic questions. I have read loads on the forum pages so forgive mr if I am overlapping something previously stated.. Here 'tis: 1. water - aquatabs, iodine or boil it? (I have heard about the huge land-fill issue caused by plastic bottles there) 2. rainjacket or umbrella or just get wet (oct & nov 09) 3. take or not take malaria tablets? 4. does Lomotil work well if I get a belly bug? 5. does Air Asia on ...

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Noordin Top confirmed dead

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/9/2009 at 19:11

Indonesia's most wanted Islamist militant, Noordin Mohammad Top, was killed in a police shoot-out in Central Java, police said on Thursday. You can read more in the NYTimes story here. It seems unlike the rumoured death a while back, this time they actually got him. Unfortunately as Sidney Jones of ICG says, it is far from over: "It's a major success for the police but it doesn't mean, unfortunately, that the problem of terrorism is over. It's still unclear how many people were in N ...

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Bali, Borneo, or elsewhere in December...?

Posted by firsttimer on 9/9/2009 at 02:33

Hiya I'm just planning a 3 month trip starting in mid October and have come a bit unstuck! This is my first time travelling along so would appreciate any help. I plan to fly to Bangkok, have 10 days on the islands (east or west depending on the weather...?!) then am taking a 30 day tour of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos with Gapadventures. I then have 2 weeks from the end of November before flying to Cairns, and don't know what to do with them!! I really want to go to Bali/Lombok/Komodo/Flores ...

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Earthquake on Java ... at least 32 dead according to BBC

Posted by SBE on 2/9/2009 at 21:46

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8233344.stm ...

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Overland from the Gilis to West Flores

Posted by tezza on 10/6/2009 at 16:32

The islands east of Lombok in Indonesia are pretty strung out, and some of them quite big - so it’s no surprise that a lot of people use aircraft to jump between places of interest. Of course this means missing a lot of local sights and having little interaction with everyday locals - anyway that’s what I told myself last month when I decided to surface-travel between Lombok and Labuanbajo in West Flores to pick up a Perama Cruise back west. I bought me a through-buses/ferry ticket from ...

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Ramadan in Bali and Lombok

Posted by ade7 on 19/8/2009 at 14:45

Hi, Is Ramadan a major problem for travel in Bali and Lombok? We are heading there shortly, coincident with the start of Ramadan and are worried about finding food and accommodation. Any help much appreciated. Thanks, Andy ...

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Indonesia Without Borders video

Posted by withoutborders on 19/8/2009 at 02:10

Some clips of our first video we made on our travels. (they got a lot better as we went on) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFkpFLbKeas ...

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arriving late, where to stay/long term rentals

Posted by musicalnomads on 17/8/2009 at 11:46

We have been using travelfish for quite some time now and love it! Thanks for all the help we have received from reading everyone's posts as well as the travelfish write-ups on all of SEA. This is a great site:-) We are arriving in Bali on Aug. 20 and since there isn't much written on Indonesia yet I need to ask a few questions and hope someone can help. 1) We arrive at Denpasar airport around 9:30 at night and don't know where to stay. We are thinking we need a cheap room for the night ...

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good travel guides....

Posted by SophieAlice363 on 11/8/2009 at 20:26

Hi guys! im off round South East Asia in october for about 4 months. I fancy Indonesia first, then flying over to Thailand, then the bus up to Laos/Vietnam and back down to bangkok. Would that order be ok? and as im a female going alone are there any places I should avoid/be wary of? (please don’t just say all of it, im shitting it already!) and are there any good travel books/guides out there except lonely planet? thanks very much xxxx ...

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reasonable per day budget?

Posted by ziplok on 11/8/2009 at 09:06

I'm heading to Indonesia for 2 months early next year and was wondering what would be a reasonable per day budget? I'm aiming for $50 per day, but who knows how things will go between now and then. Also, I'm landing in Bali, heading to Lombok, then the ferry to Flores. Any other suggestions beyond that? Thanks!! ...

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