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Border Crossing - Lao Cambodia

Posted by hotchily on 18/2/2010 at 08:11

For those interested in this crossing - it's an interesting one as the Cambodian guards are still on the take. Quite funny though Lao side ask for a $1 US to get the passport stamped (a) you can get away with giving a small amount of Kip and say you haven't any other $'s (b) pay up the $1US (c) don't pay - then they wont stamp the passport - you go to the Cambodian side and they wont take you and send you back to the Lao side - they laugh (especially when it's hot) Cambodian side - now ...

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Losing my appendix in Ko Samui

Posted by Jleef on 11/2/2010 at 20:02

A little different from your usual travel trip, even from those I've already posted myself, but hopefully some will find it of some value or entertainment =) Any advice afterwards is of course most welcome! ...

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Trip Report, Nov 09'

Posted by donmillerx on 7/12/2009 at 14:52

Hey there... Just returned from my first solo trip through S.E.A. and wanted to share a few experiences. Please note, this is only one persons' opinion, it does not necessarily reflect the views of others. It's difficult to sum up a month long journey in only a couple of paragraphs but I'll do my best. The journey started as most do, in Bangkok… I personally, couldn't wait to get out of there. Just sensory overload, I guess. I spent two nights at the Lamphu Tree House… Overpriced. 7 ...

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Attention: Those wanting to book open bus tours.

Posted by miaweelow on 4/2/2009 at 13:21

This is my third time in Vietnam and I love the country. But its also regrettable that the quality of service rise and fall like the passing tides. I am writing this to give a heads up to people wishing to make use of the open bus tickets from Hanoi to Saigon and vice versa because we found out through many tough experiences that this isn't the best way to see Vietnam. We bought an open bus ticket from our hotel at Hello Hotel, 5 Thanh Ha lane, Hoan Kiem district in Hanoi, and were suppose ...

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The full moon party, in my own words...

Posted by Jleef on 5/2/2010 at 11:23

For somebody travelling on their own, who's never been to a rave before and normally would never think to, it was a bit of an eye opener... ...

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Cycle Asia Video

Posted by themuths on 21/1/2010 at 04:37

I've already written extensively about the cycling trip that I just completed with my wife and three other friends here: Cycle Asia, and on my blog Watch Out World! I've just completed a 55-minute movie, combining photos and videos with music. It's obviously aimed at my friends and family, but if anyone is interested in seeing what a SE Asian cycling trip is like in much greater detail, you can download the film here: A SE Asian Adventure. Hope you enjoy it if you've got time to watch it, ...

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The world is our oyster, so where to go next?

Posted by samandphil on 3/2/2010 at 01:45

As you can see from our blog, we've been travelling now for 6 months and now we'd like some tips for where to go next. Stay in Asia? Go to South America? Which countries? We're looking for more adventures - please help us find them. thanks! sam and phil ...

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Itinerary assistance/ diving assistance needed.

Posted by Dancharles100 on 25/1/2010 at 19:20

Me and my girlfriend are going travelling for 6 months in SE Asia. Were looking at 1 month in thailand, 1 month in Vietnam, 1 month in Laos, 2-3 weeks in Cambodia. 2-3 weeks in Malaysia, 1 month in Indonesia. And 1 month in the phillipines. I no it's a silly question but will we be able to "see everything" in this time frame? We want to try and use bus/trains as much as we can. But will fly if we have to. We also wanted to do a padi open water dive course at somewhere near the start of the ...

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Posted by sessachief on 25/1/2010 at 10:15

Good hotels, from what I thought was a reliable source. Bi Saigon in HCMC. Helpful people, good sized rooms. BUT Run down and dirty. That is my wifes view. Angella in Nha Trang. Good bet we paid 28 US a night including breakfast. Just off back packer zone and 7 mins walk to beach. Best bet Louisiana brew house on the beach for chilling out. You can use their pool as well for the price of 25 000VND More to follow. Oh yes train Journey an adventure, the Hotel Bi Saigon whacked us for tickets ...

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2.5 months Thailand/ Malaysia / Indonesia

Posted by Andy1982 on 25/1/2010 at 00:29

Hi everybody, We are planning our trip to Thailand / Malaysia / Indonesia. We have about 2.5 months to do the trip (June-mid August) And we still need some advice: We are planning to go to Thailand first (Bangkok), stay there some days, travel down to Koh Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha-Ngan. Fly to Chiang Mai to see the north and then back to Bangkok. From Bangkok we would like to fly to Bali and see Indonesia- traveling towards Jakarta and fly from there to Kuala Lumpur, see Malaysia and ...

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Phnom Penh Diary

Posted by seems33 on 21/1/2010 at 15:18

My first trip to Phnom Penh was initiated as a result of a great deal offered by Jetstar. I booked us for 3 days at the Intercontinental , hoping a good hotel room would keep my son and husband suitably pampered while I traversed the city! Phnom Penh is not my first choice of a travel destination in Cambodia, as my dream is to go to Siem Reap and photograph the temples of Angkor . All the same,a dear friend(who lived in PP for four years) had shared enough stories to make me want to visit ...

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Similan Islands Liveaboard Trip Report

Posted by swag on 19/11/2009 at 05:00

Hi all, as the lucky recipient of the Travelfish’s 5th B’day giveaway Similans Live aboard diving trip I thought I’d post a report of my trip. The live aboard was run by Similan Diving Safari’s which is close to Nang Thong beach in Khao Lak. This is a Padi 5 star dive centre which is spacious, air conditioned and well layed out with plenty of gear available to be purchased. The live aboards run on a 4 night 4 days rotation with the boat leaving from Taplamu pier 14kms south of Kha ...

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My first shark

Posted by greenman42 on 30/12/2009 at 18:21

After thirteen days in Thailand, two of which were spent in Bangkok and another travelling, I've been on Koh Samui for ten days without having gone snorkelling yet. For someone who plans to do my Divemasters on Koh Toa, this just won't do. This morning right after breakfast I decided it was time to get my fins wet, as I'm staying in Lamai with a view of the ocean, right on the edge of the bay. I took a walk down the concrete road, which turns into a gravel track, which turns into an eroded path, ...

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suugestions for my first time in SEA.

Posted by scormick on 6/1/2010 at 09:37

Hi, First of all I would like to congratule you for this magnific site. It's amazing!! I'm from argentina and my boyfriend and I will be arriving at Bangkok on Jan 22nd. We will return on Feb 20th and we are planning to see Bangkok, Angkor Wat, Ho Chi Minh, Hue , Hanoi (plus Halong), Vientine or Luang Prabang and Phuket /Phi Phi. We are having some problems to fix our itinerary. Could you please take a look at it and share your recomendations?? Itinerary: 24/01: Bangkok - ...

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Xmas & New Year Hue and Hoi An

Posted by kayewhite on 12/1/2010 at 19:35

Over Christmas and New Year we spent 4 nights at the Orchid hotel in Hue and a total of 5 nights in Hoi An (3 nights at the Vinh Hung 1 Hotel and 2 nights at the Vinh Hung Riverside Resort). We thoroughly enjoyed Hue due to the great choice of hotel and the time we spent with Mr Trung of DMZ Tours. We booked a family room at the front of the hotel although there was just the two of us. The room was quite a large suite with a king and single bed and small balcony. Although our room fro ...

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Big question for a 1,5 month trip

Posted by mistiko on 22/11/2009 at 00:11

Hi to all!! I'm an Italian guy, looking for a dream comes true...I would like to travel around South East Asia next year, around April...I haven't planned anything yet and i'll be travelling alone. I know it's maybe a big question that involves so many topics, but...any suggestion?! I know it's already late and this is an opportunity i recently had... Thanks to all for reading!! ...

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Koh Payam-just back

Posted by grazee on 11/12/2007 at 19:57

Hi and greetings to all, Just returned from another sojourn to the “land of smiles” and its wonderful northern neighbor Laos. As I have posted before on my Thai travels, this time I will only cover the travels not mentioned in previous posts. Firstly, after flying down from Chiang Mai, we caught a cab from Suvarnabhumi airport to the southern bus station (1 hour 15 mins, 450 baht flat fee) to head down to Ranong and then onwards to Koh Payam. Small glitch, although there were still som ...

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Bangkok to Samui

Posted by greenman42 on 26/12/2009 at 10:44

After my long trip and my first night in Bangkok, I took a second night a little more sedately. I enjoyed a quick, and spicy dinner, at one of the many streetside restaurants, I must really start paying attention to the names of places. I then took a couple of walks up and down Koh San rd, just looking at the wares, I'm not that much of a shopper, besides its a bit early on to be adding to my luggage. There is not an inch of room in there, and with my broken wheels, I'm busy dragging a hole into ...

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South Africa to Bangkok

Posted by greenman42 on 17/12/2009 at 15:07

I'm finally here, and after a years planning, I've chucked my whole itinerary and am shaking it up a little. This is relatively easy as I had booked nothing other than my flight. After about thirty hours of flying, waiting and transferring I landed in Bangkok via Doha. Qatar was my cheapest option. I took the express bus (AE2) to Khoa San Rd, cost 150 baht. I think this was inflated for Dec, I remember reading on a post that it should cost a third of that. Oh well. what can we do? So in mid D ...

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Malaysia...pros and cons for travelers

Posted by andreahkg on 7/9/2009 at 20:18

I suspect one of the reasons Travelfish has little info on Malaysia is because there are definite challenges to travel in this country. I am a seasoned traveler accustomed to making my own transport and hotel arrangements and have just cut my trip to the eastern beaches of Malaysia short because of the lack of transport, lack of information, lack of "welcome" shall we say from this country. Thailand has a huge advantage over Malaysia as there are travel agents on every corner in the resort are ...

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