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Laos - sandals/boots for trekking

Posted by indiansummer on 22/1/2010 at 04:12

Hi, I know this subject comes up quite a bit but I just wanted to make sure that I could get advice specific to the area and time of year I'm travelling so apologies for any repetition. I'm going to be in Northern Laos for a month from the end of Feb and am planning on doing a fair bit of trekking while I'm there, including the Gibbon experience. I just have no idea what to wear on my feet - should I take boots? Also, do I need to worry about leeches at this time of year? Thanks! ...

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Picture flashcards?

Posted by plearmond on 3/1/2010 at 04:20

Just wondering what people thought about taking a small flipbook of picture cards to help with any language barrier. (Mostly food, transport items). Would it be useful? Any ideas for other pictures? Cheers! ...

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Proof of Vaccines at Borders

Posted by Drapes1 on 13/1/2010 at 04:47

Hi Folks I'm planning a trip through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Bali next month and I've already got all the appropriate vaccines (Hep A, typhoid, dyptheria, tetanus and malaria tabs). Somebody told me that you may need to provide proof of these vaccines at some border crossings. Does anyone know if there's any truth in that at all? Thanks ...

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Posted by Amarusol on 13/1/2010 at 07:29

Just curious if anyone has any experience using the PacSafe luggage system. The mesh that goes over your backpack. Is this worth the investment? Heard it could be awkward to work with. ...

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How to set up mosquito net when ceiling is very high

Posted by hansmerkl on 29/12/2009 at 04:08

I just came back from Laos and Thailand. I have one of the mosquito nets that needs to be hanged from the ceiling. It has worked fine for me in India since most rooms had an easily reachable hook over the bed. In Laos, however, the ceilings were often very high and the bed was in the middle of the room so I couldn't figure out how to set up the net. Does anybody have advice for setting up such a net or should I just get another one? I have seen some that look like little tents that have ...

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Helmets and Moto Taxis

Posted by jareduk on 20/1/2009 at 05:19

This is going to be a short post as this is the third time writing it! Do moto taxis have helmets (Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos) or do you have to have your own? If you buy your own, is it easy to sell them on (I don't really want to carry a helmet round Aus, NZ, and the US!!)? Cheers Jared. ...

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How/where to store money & cards?

Posted by cheeco on 15/7/2009 at 18:38

Whoops- hit enter before I wrote my question. My husband and I are planning a 6-9 month trip to Southeast Asia in the fall. I am contemplating the best way to carry around the stuff I usually keep in my wallet- money, credit and debit cards, ID, etc. I have worn a money belt before, and found it very uncomfortable and hot (and I was just flying from Canada to South Korea- not hot areas!). My first option is to just put my normal day-to-day wallet in a small pocket in my backback and lo ...

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Tropical camping gear?

Posted by Sampan on 7/12/2009 at 14:10

Hi all, I've been travelling Thailand for a while now and one option that's becoming more and more interesting is camping. Would anyone know of any good places Were to find quality camping gear suitable for tropical climate in Thailand or Malaysia? Also, if any of you with experience of camping in SAE has any tips, gear-, or otherwise, i would really appreciate it. Happy trails!! ...

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Trouble finding backpack

Posted by stevejames00 on 17/11/2009 at 19:38

Hi, I'm struggling to find a backpack which is around the 50-60L size that has a zipped main compartment so I can lock it. I live in the UK and would like one below £100. I've found plenty of good sized bags but they all have drawstring to close it. Is it essential to have zips so it can be locked? The only zipped ones I can find are about 75L which is way too big. ...

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What is the most versatile mobile phone to use in Asia?

Posted by gregoreye on 3/6/2009 at 01:12

This fall and winter I'll be travelling through southern Europe (Spain, Portugal, France) then to India, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. What mobile phone is best to use for all of these regions? I like the IPhone's features, but all of the ones sold in Canada are locked and I want a phone that allows a change of sim cards. Is it best to wait until I arrive in Europe to purchase a phone? Is EBay a good resource for buying unlocked smart phones which are quad-band? All suggestions/advice appreci ...

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Posted by Kayleen on 6/11/2009 at 10:44

Hi, I am going to SEA for a month in february and Im not sure what kind of pants i should take. I was only planning to take one pair of pants and buy a sarong when i get to Bangkok. The trouble is that I am very small and im finding it very hard to find pants in the Travel shops. Do i need to get pants from travel shops? I will need them to be quick dry as I was only taking one pair. Does anyone have any suggestions on what is good to take? Cheers kayleen ...

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Olympus Mju 8000 Tough

Posted by mlr on 3/8/2009 at 21:03

Hey! I have been noticing some posts that mention the above camera but has anyone out there got one that they have no problems with and that they are happy with the image quality of? I was considering buying one for out upcoming trip to SE Asia but i am unsure now!? Can anyone suggest a good alternative to the above (waterproof, dust proof, good picture quality, etc) or would i be best sticking to my current Olympus digital camera which i am really happy with & taking along some underwa ...

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HELP: ipod question

Posted by Dylan on 13/11/2009 at 19:38

Hi all, I'm currently in Kamphaeng Phet, about to leave for Chiang Mai tomorrow. Unfortunately, the little propriety adapter for my ipod shuffle (charger and computer link) broke in my bag today! Does anyone know an electronics store that might have one in Chiang Mai? Any help would be much appreciated. And I suppose if no one has any suggestions on this front--are there any good english-language bookstores in Chiang Mai where I can stock up on paperbacks to help supplant my iPod as ...

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Black Wolf Cedar Breaks 55L - Okay?

Posted by cheapzen on 13/10/2009 at 16:57

Hey guys, going to Thailand for 4 weeks in November and looking to get a backpack around 50-55L. I've been looking around and for it's price the Black Wolf Cedar Breaks doesn't look too bad... Can anyone confirm/give advice? Thanks :) ...

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Travel equipment shops in Sydney CBD

Posted by c1ee on 25/5/2009 at 08:49

I am starting to plan for a backpacking trip, and was wondering if anyone knows of shops in the Sydney CBD area that I can check out backpacks and other equipment? The only brand I am aware of is Kathmandu, and the only Kathmandu shop in the city is one around the back of Town Hall station. Is there any other shops/brands that people can recommend I check out in Sydney CBD? ...

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URGENT!! Flying tomorrow shoes or boots

Posted by Pokol on 16/10/2009 at 01:18

I'll be in Sapa next week. My question is, should I bring trekking boots or is it alright with just sneakers? I want to do short trekkings, not much. Also, if worse comes to worst, any place in Hanoi where I can buy this kind of gear? Thank you!!!! ...

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Organizational Travel Journal

Posted by jessie604 on 1/7/2009 at 08:13

Hello! I'm heading out on a 3 month trip thru asia. Does anyone have a good suggestion for a book that can be used as a calendar/journal/important info organizer (visa numbers, hotel confirmation numbers, phone numbers etc). Sort of like a year planner but more directed to traveling? Any field-tested suggestions? ...

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Best way to travel by land from Thailand to Laos,Cambodia

Posted by cij on 11/10/2009 at 02:31

For our 4 weeks of our holiday we want to travel from Thailand to Laos,Cambodia and Malaysia I know we wont have a lot of time in each place but was wondering if anyone knew the best route to take by land aside from airflight to each place? And travel time scales from each place to another? if anyone has any info they could share, that would be very much appreciated. thanks, cij ...

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iPod vs Cheap MP3 player vs portable CD player?

Posted by ssaint on 21/9/2009 at 22:25

Hi! I'm going to be going on a 7/8month long backpacking trip in November, but i'm torn between taking a cheap MP3 player or my iPod, or an old portable cd player? im leaning to the portable old school CD player so i can get AA batteries instead of trying to recharge an iPod, and also i can then buy/swap any random albums... but it will take up more space and weight. I've never bacckapcked before so any advice would be great! Thanks! xx ...

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Kelty Redwing 3100

Posted by jclarkson on 23/9/2009 at 01:37

I just got my Kelty Redwing 3100 and am thinking of returning it to get the 2650. The 3100 is about 50 litres and I think I could get by with the smaller bag for a three week trip and was wondering if anyone had any experience with either bag. Specifically, will I be okay taking it carry on on any and all regional flights. Thanks Josh ...

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