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Vietnam-Thailand '09, Impressions & Logistics Part 2

Posted by DLuek on 7/7/2009 at 02:02

Finally left sweltering Vientiane in April via the international bus to Udon Thani. Found the Friendship Bridge crossing to be quick and easy. Arrived at Station 1 in Udon, and had to tuk tuk it to Station 2 across town - 100 baht. Caught an 8PM departure from there to Chiang Mai , and had an uncomfortable ride through the night. Arrived at Arcade Station in Chiang Mai around 10AM, and took taxi to Old Section of town for 80 baht. Songkran was starting in 2 days, so our first choices ...

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Vietnam-Thailand '09, Impressions & Logistics Part 1

Posted by DLuek on 7/7/2009 at 02:00

Started in Singapore - first time there, very nice city, great food... The mixed Asian buffets around Bugis are outstanding, including the vegetarian ones. Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple in China Town is exquisite. Singapore subway is nice and easy. Stayed at Asphodel Inn one night (don't recommend). Ended up at Fragrance Hotel - Emerald, and found great accommodation for U$30/night. Flew Jetstar from Singapore to Saigon for around U$60. Used for visa on arrival servi ...

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Chiang Mai to HaNoi, overland via Laos

Posted by brucemoon on 13/5/2009 at 06:06

For those interested, I have made a blog about our journey (because I can add photo's and little vids). Please go to: That 'site' also holds our journey along the travelworn route in Vietnam & Cambodia. Cheers ...

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Crab in Kep - AMAZING!

Posted by jessieo on 20/6/2009 at 19:42

Given Vancouver's proximity to the ocean and its hordes of cruise ship tourists looking to spend a lot of US cash, you would think that seafood restaurants would line our beaches – fresh fish chargrilled to order, salmon cedar-planked in front of you, baskets of still pinching lobster and crab plunged into their final boiling baths. But in reality – we don't really have any of this. Our closest big city neighbour – Seattle – capitalizes on its coastal location and port city past with an ...

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Halong 2D/1N tour for family in August

Posted by happytraveller03 on 9/6/2009 at 05:44

I am going with my partner and young kids to Hanoi in August and thinking of a 2 day/1 night tour to Halong Bay. So confused by the issue of doggy travel agents and the huge difference in prices from $30 to $200. Thinking of booking direct with the operator if there is such a thing. Soem people have suggested Columbus Cruises. Any other recommendations of a reputable, reliable and not a budget operator would be greatly appreciated. ...

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Last minute getaway in Vietnam

Posted by EmileG on 29/4/2009 at 13:59

It's a 4 day national holiday in Vietnam starting from tomorrow and having confirmed I have no clients over the holiday period (I am a UK national working in advertising here) I am hoping to find a last minute ticket somewhere in Vietnam or over the border somewhere. But all plane and bus tickets seem to be sold out now... any ideas on a local-ish low cost getaway? Thanks to anyone who can help. Emile ...

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Created my own Travel Guide

Posted by jaytuk on 29/4/2009 at 03:31

I just thought that I would let you guys know about this pretty cool site where you can create your own travel guide. I just created one based on my last visit to Vietnam. It was cool to be able to share it with friends and stuff. Hope you enjoy it! To create one on a Vietnam Travel - ...

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Two weeks in Laos

Posted by Intrepid82 on 23/4/2009 at 06:16

I am planning two weeks in Laos in Nov/Dec 09. I will be going there after a visit to Cambodia. I would like to see North AND south but am not sure if it will be possible to squeeze everything in. I dont want to be rushed, and I definitely want to leave enough time for Luang Prabang (at LEAST 5 days I am thinking). Can anyone offer advice on a suggested itinerary? I would like to do a bit of trekking & possibly kayaking, visit some small villages and less touristy places, soak up some b ...

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malaysian paradise

Posted by wstephen on 31/3/2009 at 05:30

We're looking for a quieter beach setting in Malaysia for the January, February time frame. Any suggestions, please? ...

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Vietnam - Cambodia, another Asian 'trip'

Posted by brucemoon on 24/3/2009 at 09:40

I'd love to put all the experiences onto this site, but... Space... Anyway, anyone interested can go to our blog on: cheers ...

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Ko Siboya

Posted by tezza on 7/2/2009 at 18:43

Siboya is a medium sized island south of Krabi - just to the north and closer to the mainland than Ko Jum I rate it equal in "untouristy" to Kos Sukorn, Libong and Yao Yai. Main activities are cash cropping and fishing. The 3 resorts on the west coast have minimal impact. I picked Siboya Bungalows, the first resort to open. It is situated on a long flat area behind the beach. This area is about 100m wide to where it merges into a low slope towards the coastal road. Most of the 20 bungalows ...

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My very own baci ceremony

Posted by austral31 on 28/2/2009 at 14:27

In January 09, I visited a group of Lao students doing fieldwork for their university studies in a village approximately 40kms from Vientiane . The village chief invited me to stay with his family in his house while I was there so I slept 2 nights with them. The chief had studied agriculture abroad after finishing high school and then by reading books, the newspaper and watching television, he managed to learn enough English to the point where I could have a reasonable conversation with him. Hi ...

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Ko Libong

Posted by tezza on 4/1/2009 at 17:57

Ko Libong is the biggest of the Trang islands, and along with Ko Sukorn, the least touristy. This is a place you come to to swim, lie on the beach, snorkel, maybe take a walk along a rainforest lined road or thru a fishing village - and just relax. There are no tourist restaurants or bars outside the resorts. The resorts can arrange trips to adjacent Trang islands, nature excursions and diving. There are only 3 resorts, spread along a nice beach approximately 3km towards the southern end of t ...

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Ko Yao Yai

Posted by tezza on 22/12/2008 at 19:50

I visited Yao Yai in mid November. The best beach I saw was Loh Paret, about one third along the west coast from the south. This has to be a least a km long with nice sand and not too shallow at lower tides. The only accommodation right on the beach is YAO YAI ISLAND RESORT - pretty nice but a look at the website shows pretty pricey. This place had a good crowd of people in mid November when most other places were very quiet. Not so HEIMAT GARDENS who’s 6 nice rooms were all taken. This place ...

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Warning: Pick Pockets in Nha Trang!

Posted by alfbort on 5/2/2009 at 15:20

I already posted this on a thread in the Trip Reports forum but thought I'd put it here as well as a warning to others. Basically I let my guard down and got pick pocketed in Nha Trang last night. It was my own fault really and there is even warnings in my guidebook about the particular area in Nha Trang where it happens. I was in Why Not Bar with a few other fellow backpackers when one of the guys had gotten very drunk and needed to be brought home. I said I would walk him the few minutes t ...

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Bangkok Airways Discovery Pass Info

Posted by michmich11 on 29/5/2008 at 12:24

Just booked a Discovery Pass with Bangkok Airways for my upcoming trip. Speaking to the US office (located in India apparently...) here's the deal: I had to provide ALL the flight details in advance (not only the 1st leg of the trip as I had thought). However, these dates and times can be modified as long as you book an e-ticket, as opposed to a paper ticket. For some reason the flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang could not be issued as an e-ticket and so my entire transaction had to be pap ...

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Krabi, Thailand to Penang, Malaysia?

Posted by jenniemcmartin on 3/1/2009 at 20:26

Has anyone done the trip by bus or train and how long did it take? Thank you!! jennie ...

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Ko Jum/Pu

Posted by tezza on 12/12/2008 at 19:10

I returned to Jum in November, this time staying on Luboa or North Beach, the rustic backpackers' style beach. I have a report on Luboa Hut and the beach in the "Places We Missed" section of the forum. Jum hadn't changed - still a very laid back island with 4 very nice beach areas and about 20 bungalow places to stay, including some flashpackers and midrangers. A new high end joint was going in at the south end of Ting Ray beach. It is possible to walk the length of the west coast by rock-hopp ...

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Railay/Ton Sai/Krabi changes

Posted by tezza on 15/12/2008 at 10:53

I hadn’t visited this area since March 07 so I made a point of getting back there last month. Some of the changes I noticed: * Long tails (shared) from Ao Nang to West Railay now 80baht, from Krabi town to East Railay 150 (!!!!), from Ao Nam Mao to East Railay 60. * Songthaews (daytime) Krabi town to Ao Nang 50, bus station - Ao Nang 60. * A van went directly from the Krabi pier to Ao Nang for 200 - I talked it down to 120. * Quite a few of the songthaews which run to villages south of Kr ...

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Ko Tarutao

Posted by tezza on 12/12/2008 at 18:25

I spent some time in late Nov on this big, mountainous rainforest-covered island very close to the Malaysian Andaman border. It is 100% National Park and has no other accommodation. Accommodation is in 2 areas - Ao Malaka at NP HQ and on Ao Molae abt 4km south. There are basic facilities at Ao Son another 4 km south where you can capmp. NP will transport you down from the HQ pier. All are fine beach areas. Malaka has good value bungalows, longhouse rooms for 4 with outside bathrooms and tents ...

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