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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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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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fall getaway?

Posted by karmic_tramp on 17/9/2008 at 15:11

just found out that fall can be a nice time to go on a trip. the prices are cheaper and it is less crowded. i googled for a resort in asia and saw turi beach on the indonesian beach belt. it is now in my itinerary. you can see a gallery of the place here: http://www.turibeach.com/ ...

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SHOCKING GUEST HOUSE!!!

Posted by hayleymn on 16/2/2007 at 19:45

A group of us recently booked accommodation with the "ROSE GUEST HOUSE" in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Due to personal reasons, we had to leave Chiang Mai 4 weeks early. Perviously we booked our rooms and to ensure the rooms were reserved for us, we paid in full and cash. We approached the owners with our matter and in the beginning we didn't intend to receive a refund although as soon as we mentioned we were cancelling, they were VERY RUDE. They continued to be quite volatile, using offending gesture ...

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Would like to do something special for my gf on her bday

Posted by ctam2009 on 16/7/2009 at 13:12

Hey! I'll be in South East Asia with my gf from early September until Mid December, when we return home. I'd like to do something really nice for her/ take her somewhere really nice mid October, as it's her bday. We're starting in Thailand, but plan to travel North to Laos first. Tough to say where we'll be early to mid October, that's why I need your help. Can anyone PLEASE suggest something that she might love?! Budgets not a huge concern, but not looking to spend the whole budget ;) thanks ...

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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 www.guidevietnam.com 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: www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/brucemoon/ 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! www.ruba.com To create one on a Vietnam Travel - http://www.ruba.com/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: http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Vietnam/blog-373859.html 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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