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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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Wonderful Stay at Perhentian Island, Malaysia

Posted by shaziie on 16/10/2008 at 00:07

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 th ...

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elephant trips

Posted by jimbo on 10/6/2008 at 18:51

has anyone tried the 3 day elephant trip near Luang Prabang, is is worth it ...

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Big Fish Travel Guides looking for submitting writers

Posted by kiki_tree on 21/11/2008 at 14:53

Hi Everyone, Big Fish Travel guides is working on their first edition of Travel South East Asia and is looking for stories of personal travel experieces. Anything good, bad or funny that happened to you on your travels. If you would like to submit a story please send your writings to and check the 2009 edition of Big Fish Travels to South East Asia. ...

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Thailand trip October 2008

Posted by mic59 on 19/10/2008 at 18:53

Made it to Bangkok and took a train straight away to Chiang Mai. I was a bit surprised, from what I'd heard I thought I'd have to spend a day or two in Bangkok. Unfortunately I made the stupid error of accepting a tuk-tuk lift. From there I was ferried to shops I had no intention of buying from so that he could get a gasoline voucher. Stayed a few days in Chiang Mai but there wasn't as much to do as I'd hoped. Although it depends what you go for. If you want to arrange a trek there's no end of ...

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1 Month in the Far East (Thailand - Cambodia - Vietnam - Laos)

Posted by BaznChaz on 30/8/2007 at 21:14

We (group of two) are arriving in Thailand on the 15th December and will be returning back on the 10th Jan 2008. We intend on visiting the following places: Thailand (Bangkok) Cambodia Vietnam Laos Thai-Islands If anyone has any advice/hints/tips on the best way to travel around and maximise the trip, but not skim-through the towns/cities, possibly fly as to bus around information wouold be most helpful. We intend on staying a few days in BKK and thereafter travel around (backpacki ...

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Posted by nackia on 21/2/2008 at 18:06

I was wndering if anyone actualyl took malria tablets before travelling through south east asia. I've read the frequently asked questions and it says you generally dont need it, and i wont really be travelling to any remote towns maybe day trips out from the capitals in Laos Cambodia Vietnam. I had a friend who had severe side effects so now im in 2 minds i certainly dont want malaria. ...

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Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Laos in a month

Posted by blackskin on 26/8/2008 at 16:55

We island hopped for a month from July 25, 2008 to August 24,2008. It was really.... adventurous, exciting, hot, eye opening, somewhat sad and a bit upsetting (I wont mention that here cause I mentioned that on the Laos page and I am in the process of ridding myself of it). Anyway, we started our adventure in Bangkok. We were here for four days. Wow! the ride on the river boat was exiting and really convenient for hopping from Wat Pho to Wat Arun. These temples are magnificence, don't miss th ...

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Personal experiences in Cambodia

Posted by lennybruce on 6/7/2008 at 23:15

I made my first, and certainly not my last, trip to Cambodia last year. I was in Malaysia on family holiday so I limited myself to six days in Siem Reap to see the temples and to spend 2.5 days doing some light voluntourism. In those six days I was incredibly moved by the indomitable spirit of the Cambodian people. In those six days I also became close with my tuk tuk driver and his family. I wrote 2 articles on my experiences there if you would like to see things through my eyes before you ...

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Chiang Mai Trip Report - June 2006

Posted by exacto on 16/9/2006 at 10:05

Hi guys, We've already posted a great deal about our trip to Chiang Mai in June, but I just wanted to add a few more bits of info here. I think anyone could get a good feel for the city in 3 or 4 days, but in my mind, the longer you stay in Chiang Mai the better. We stayed for 10 days, and never came close to getting bored. We could have easily stayed much longer. We stayed at the CM Blue House on Moon Muang Soi 6. It gets lots of great reviews, and they are all deserved. We also spen ...

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Nightmare at Royal Palm Resotel Phuket

Posted by phuketnomore on 23/7/2008 at 11:55

I have just returned back after a weekend stay at the The Royal Palm Resotel with my 9 year old son. At 1300 Baht per night it initially seemed like a great offer. Unfortunately it turned out to be a offer with several catches to it: 1. The hotel website did not and still doesn't inform potential guests that the pool together with the pool/snooker room is closed for renovation from July 1st until Sept. 30th. and that they are also renovating/extending their rooms. The former would have been i ...

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Vientiane to Cambodia Dec '06 Trip Report

Posted by marianwarren on 17/2/2007 at 04:20

Hi everyone 7am tuk tuk (90,000K it’s about 10 kms) to Southern bus station to catch the 7.30 bus to Savannakhet (7 hrs 55,000K) Boy! they love those karaoke DVDs. Stayed at Phonevilay GH (2 rooms 55,000K each with h/w & a/c) Although I think if they moved out most of the furniture there would have been room for an extra bed. Note: 2 twin beds, 1 single wardrobe, 1 desk and chair, 1 stool, 1 coffee table, 2 basket chairs, mini fridge and TV (all in a 4m x 4m room, finding space for our bags ...

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Sapa to Luang Prabang by bus. June 08

Posted by thegingerbird on 24/6/2008 at 19:13

Hi First off don’t do this journey if you get travel sick, get sick when you see other people vomit or are scared of heights! If the answer is no to each of these then the journey is long but the scenery is absolutely stunning and well worth the time. You can get the bus from opposite the petrol station. However by this point of my travels I could not be bothered to organize myself properly and paid double for the hotel to bring me there and sort out my seat on the local bus. The bus ...

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Trip report - Bangkok, Laos, Cambodia

Posted by syzafar on 12/9/2007 at 04:10

hi, just got back from bangkok, laos, and cambodia. thought i'd post some tips. i skipped the obvious stuff (like going to wat pho) and included what i found useful or interesting. Bangkok: - if you're taking a taxi into town from the airport, make sure the meter is running. some taxis will attempt to charge you a flat rate of 500 bhat (~USD15) instead of the average meter rate closer to 300 bhat include expressway tolls. - i took a cooking class at the Blue Elephant. if you have the time ...

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Bangkok - Chiang Mai-Lopburi-Koh Tao

Posted by petrouschka on 25/5/2008 at 19:37

We made a trip by train and bus with our family (3 children). We had a great time in Thailand. We never felt in danger and people are very helpful. You can see our tripjournal at: It's written in French though... In Bangkok we liked to visit the Snake Farm, Chinatown, and Lumpinipark. We stayed at Lamphu House a great guesthouse next to Kao San road. But you must better make a reservation if you want to have a room! We also loved to visit Lopbu ...

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trip advise: 23 days bangkok - laos - ha long - angkor wat

Posted by wwaegemn on 9/5/2008 at 20:36

Hello, We are a group of 4 Belgians that are travelling to south east asia from July 15 to August 6. We are thinking of doing the following trip, including some off-the-beaten track parts in Laos and Vietnam. Can anybody give information whehter this is doable in three weeks during the wet season? 15 brussels – Bangkok 16 bangkok (arrival noon + night train to Vientiane) 17 Vientiane (arrival + visit city) 18 Vientiane (trekking) 19 Vientiane (trekking) 20 Vientiane (trekking) 21 ...

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Khao Lak Revisited

Posted by tezza on 14/4/2008 at 12:52

I booked a Similans live-aboard trip with Khao Lak’s Poseidon Bungalows in late January, which gave me a couple of days to recheck Lak itself. Rebuilding now seems virtually finished at the southern end of the Lak strip. When I visited last in 06 there was still a lot of reconstruction going on at the Sunset Beach end of Krabi Thong Beach (the area tucked in against the high headland) and the true Khao Lak Beach just south of the same headland. This seems to be 99% completed now and both ar ...

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Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand in 15 days?

Posted by sputnik0 on 24/4/2008 at 22:54

Hi all you seasoned travelers... please impart some wisdom on us! My 2 girl friends and I are trying to plan a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand June 23-July 8. We have our ticket there already so the dates can't be changed. We are flying into Ho Chi Minh and flying out of Bangkok. In between those days we want to go to Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh and Chiang Mai as well. Most of the itinerary on this website are for longer travel time, but we can only stay in SE Asia for 15 days. =( ...

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