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6 weeks in SE Asia During monsoon

Posted by erikmaez on 5/11/2009 at 05:55

I am going to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam from june 16th-July 31. My question is for people who have been there during these times... Is the rain really bad everyday? Should I reschedule or will it be ok? Is there anything that I wont be able to do/see when it is raining? Any other general advice?? Thanks sooooo much for you help very much appreciated!! ...

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Tour of SE Asia - where and at what time

Posted by dispoiler on 26/11/2009 at 22:43

Hello everyone..this is my first post so bare with me... I am planning to visit S/E Asia setting off in mid/late April. I want to go to Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, however my time scale is upwards of a year.. So my question really is, which countries should I go to at which points in time? I dont want to pin myself down to s specific schedule but I also dont want to miss Angkor Wat at its best or get stuck in the north of Thailand during a monsoon. It seems that its ...

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Singapore to Vietnam in 5 weeks??

Posted by srose88 on 26/11/2009 at 02:54

Hello Myself and a friend are about to book tickets for a 5 week visit in SE Asia (possibly a little longer as we're getting a flexible outgoing flight). The plan was to fly into singapore and make our way through Thialand and Cambodia to Vietnam (flying out of Hanoi. The first leg from Singapore to Bangkok - we have looked into a train journey for this (www.seat61.com) described as the 'jungle line'..any recommendations? In general are tains/buses especially challanging in SE Asia? ...

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Hanoi, Halong Bay & Tet New Year

Posted by basho on 6/11/2009 at 19:52

An article about travelling in Vietnam during this time and what happened. Outside Context - the travel writing is back! Quote: I remember thinking that seen from a distance through the eyes of, say, an observer from another planet, what was happening here would look like some sort of strange and ancient ritual dance. The Taxi driver and we moved around each other twisting and swaying, we were all pointing at maps and towards distant objects. We were haggling with big arm gestures and s ...

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Cambodia's best beaches/islands?

Posted by Thewatersedge on 5/11/2009 at 15:14

Hi We're travelling to Cambodia over New Year and into January. We have about 8 days to hang out on a beach. I've been reading about Shihanoukbille's beaches and islands but would love to know which islands/beaches and accommodation people recommend? I don't want to be with too many tourists or in a resort - quiet, pretty, good food and good accommodation - and happy to move between beaches to get a mix. Any suggestions? Thanks very much Jo ...

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budget information for thailand trip

Posted by lampyclip on 28/10/2009 at 09:59

Hi just for info on day 3 of our trip and our budgeted 1000 baht per day (there are 3 of us), is proving a bit tight if you (like us) enjoy a couple of beers with your meal. Average cost of a dish is between 100Baht (street stalls) or 140 to 250 baht) in a basic restaurant. Beer is between 70 and 120 b a bottle! Theses are Pattaya pricesm leaving today for Koh Samet - lets see if any cheaper! ...

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thailand, cambodia and hcm vietnam

Posted by splashtree on 16/9/2009 at 16:08

hi all. quick post on how the travels are going so far. about 1/3 throu SE asia so i thought i'd post. flew into bkk on 1st sept. stayed near khao san in sawadee khao san. 720b a nite but nice room and very good service. chilled out for 2 days and took in the crazyness on bkk. did a sight seeing tour for a day and had a blast. 3 nite total. hotel rating 6.5/10. nice but pricey went down to pattaya. 400b arranged throu hotel agent. nice minibus with ac. stayed at pattaya sawadee just becaus ...

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Vietnam/Cambodia itinerary - help!

Posted by latestarter on 26/10/2009 at 07:20

Hi, I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. We arrive in HCMC on 12/12 for 3 weeks and plan to fly to Hanoi for a couple of days and do a 2 night/3 day trip to Ha Long Bay. We must see Angkor Wat so plan to fly from Hanoi to Siem Reap for 2 nights, leaving there on 18 or 19th Dec. We have booked to stay in Phu Quoc from 22-27 (only bit booked so far except flights from UK!)and will fly back to spend a couple of days in HCMC before we leave late o ...

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transport airport to pattaya

Posted by lampyclip on 28/10/2009 at 09:54

Hi from the hotel lobby looking over the bay of pattaya a bit of information if you are planning to go to Pattaya from the airport. Go to level 1 far right hand side of the airport (far right if you are standing outside looking at the airport0 and there you have national buses every 2 hrs starting at 07h00,145 baht and if not, lots of private pre-booked busses that have spare seats so depending on availability you can get one for 200 baht with the advantage that they drop you off directly at you ...

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First time in Asia

Posted by yayorc on 23/10/2009 at 06:03

Hi all, Other than a week working in Tokyo and going from hotel, to office buildings, to nice restaurants, I'm planning my first trip to Asia at the end of November. I am flying solo in and out of Bangkok on November 28 and December 13 respectively, and am having trouble deciding where I should go. I have two ideas: 1) travel the coast of Vietnam, north to south, for the length of the trip or 2) head to Chiang Mai, and head down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, S ...

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one month itinery help!! first time

Posted by millieharry on 17/10/2009 at 16:15

Hello I am travelling to Thailand with my friend on November 28th through to 20th of december. So weve basically got 27 days. Arriving in Bangkok we need some suggestions on where to stay in Bangkok and where else to go from then on. We want to travel to Chang Mai and possibly Laos, or Vietnam or both . Do you think we have enough time. Any itinery suggestions / tips would be greatly appreciated. ...

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4 months in SEA - travel blog in german

Posted by maria_s on 12/10/2009 at 20:44

hi everyone, if anyone is interested, I am writing a travel blog on my 4-months-trip trough SEA. it's in german though :) ...

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Viewed 2,980 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by maria_s on 12/10/2009 at 20:48

Laos as i go...

Posted by christay2009 on 1/10/2009 at 16:42

The border crossing between China and Laos was fairly easy. There is a direct bus [more than one] from Kunming to Mengla. It cost me Y204 for the overnight sleeper although i think a day time option exists also. Once in Mengla there are various options and it seems they depend mostly on luck! We were messed around for awhile [i was even with a mandarin speaker]. At first there was only a direct Luang Nam tha bus at 10:40 [it was 7:20am] but then we were told by some...i can only describe him ...

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Luang Prabang to Hanoi by bus - tough route but full of adventure

Posted by peachbanana on 27/8/2008 at 14:27

I just got back from vacation in Laos and Vietnam. I have some information to share in case you want to try. It was a long route in 9 days: Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang - Phonsavan - Nhong Hat - Muang Xin - Vinh - Hai Phong - Halong - Hanoi. We started from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train and from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang by plane, from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan by local bus (8 hrs) to see Plain of Jars. And from Phonsavan you can take a local bus or songtaew to Nhong Hat (3-4 hrs) ...

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First trip to Thailand report

Posted by Geezy on 26/8/2009 at 19:23

OK, i arrived in Thailand 2 days ago. I am 28 and have never been away on my own before. I had arranged accomodation in Th Koh San in the Sawadee Bangkok in. I thought i would be ready for Thailand but after over 30 hours awake and jet lagged, my driver dropped my off at the end of Th Koh San and i had to find my hotel myself. This place absolutely blew my mind! Anyway, i feel i am ready to move on from here because i have seen quite a bit in the last 2 days, i am all 'templed out' and staying ...

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NEW LAOS INFO SLOW BOAT/BUS TRAVEL

Posted by paulspad2002 on 19/8/2008 at 15:51

well as i have just returned from my trip to laos in to ventiene and out of huey xai i thought i would update some info and issue a few warnings on places and prices in laos after arriving from bangkok on a 16 hr train journey to nong khai and being delayed and having to change trains i was weary and tired...arriving in ventiene getting taken to the wrong station for the bus to L.P then being threatened to the police cos i complained i was soon helped out by a good tuk tuk driver...the trip fro ...

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Leaving tonight - Vietnam - Laos - Cambodia

Posted by angfonz on 21/8/2009 at 10:02

Its going to be fun - and hopefully not too rainy. I'll make a long post about it once I'm home - but it might be of use noting that I will be tracking the entire trip via GPS. I'll log gp coords for many of the things to do and see that we encounter. I'll also be staying in many of the guesthouses recommended here on TF, so I'll log geoposition coordinates for those and any others I stumble past. Hopefully that information will be useful to Somtam - A lot more people are using GPS thes ...

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Viewed 2,390 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 21/8/2009 at 10:10

border crossing

Posted by splashtree on 20/8/2009 at 05:18

left it late i know but really would like some advise. flying to bangkok next week, east to siem riep, across to phnom phem and onto hcm city. from hanio west to luang prabang to across to chiang mai. where are the best places for border crossing. im currently trying to speed read a travel book but any imput would be greatly appreciated. ...

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Wonderful Stay at Perhentian Island Tunabay Resort

Posted by shazu on 10/9/2008 at 01:07

Hi, my name is Lou. For island, sun and sea lovers, especially if you are visiting Malaysia, may i personally recommend you to a great resort in Pulau Perhentian. I stayed 5days 4nights in this resort called "Perhentian Tunabay Island Resort" The resort is rated as the #1 Resort in Perhentian Islands. The rooms are simply but nicely furnished, with comfortable beds, aircon and fans and hot water. I went round to a few hotels in the island and I honestly think this resort is the cleanest. T ...

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Lao Bao to Dong Ha: How to Hitch a Ride in Vietnam

Posted by valaria7 on 25/7/2009 at 16:09

Hey Travelfish Travellers! Wondering if anyone else has had the humerous experience of travelling in a mini-van from the Lao border (Lao Bao) to Dong Ha in Vietnam? We did this little trip recently and in addition to some pretty typical "crazy" driving, we happened to fall in with some cigarette smugglers (we originally thought they had drugs). Three of the "passengers" lept from the vehicle with their bundles a few km's from Lao Bao and zoomed on motos through a customs checkpoint, ...

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