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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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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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