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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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SE Asia Itinerary

Posted by ade7 on 14/4/2008 at 21:38

Hi, A friend and I are travelling to SE Asia this summer from 26 June to 10 Sept (giving us 76 days in total). I am aware that this is during the wet season for most of where I am going, though I dont think the rain will bother me that much. I was just wandering whether someone could have a quick look over my current itinerary and advise or reassure where appropriate. (Numbers refer to numbers of days spent) 1 fly to Bangkok 2 Bangkok 2 travel (flight to Chiang Rai, then bus into NW L ...

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Reverse Culture Shock

Posted by sahand1010 on 28/3/2007 at 21:31

Just returned back to the States after being in Asia for 3 years. Wow, its weird to be back home. Living in Japan, and traveling overland through 15 countries in East Asia did not prepare me for this. But, its good to be home. I started a little travel website to help friends and family track my adventures. There are tips and humor in the stories. And, I just finished upgrading the Photo Gallery and would love your input.... Check out my stories and photography: ...

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Nong Khai to Sukothai

Posted by swag on 23/3/2008 at 08:02

Hi all have just returned from a month in Thailand and have some info on the following trip if people need it. Head to Nong Khai bus station early to catch red+white bus No 221 to Udon Thani bus station No 2. Bus leaves at 6.50am and costs 38thb.Arrives Udon Thani at 7.50am. Be sure you catch this bus otherwise buses head to old bus station No 1.All buses to Chang Mai etc leave from No 2. Bus to Phitsanulok leaves 8.15 am and costs 240thb. There is a 3 hour trip to Loei were you can quickly go ...

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report: North of Thailand by car

Posted by cybervlad on 27/2/2008 at 18:17

November, 2007. Our "crew" are consist of 4 members. And our plan was easy: 1) Arrive to Bangkok 2) Fly to Chiang Mai, visit Doi Suthep, rent a car 3) Chiang Dao 4) Doi Ang Khang 5) Thaton 6) Doi Mae Salong 7) Doi Tung 8) Mae Sai 9) Golden Triangle (Ban Sopruak) 10) Chiang Saen 11) Chiang Rai 12) Drop the car, fly to Bangkok, overnight, then fly to HadYai and go to Koh Lipe. We booked in advance all the flights and hotel in Bangkok for one night near airport. We don't book o ...

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cybervlad you're back!

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/1/2008 at 18:48

cybervlad you're back! So how was the trip? ...

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Chang Mai - Hanoi please help

Posted by nackia on 18/2/2008 at 18:48

Hello, We are trying to organise ourselves for our holiday in March. We are catching the train from Bangkok to Changmai and spending a few days there and we then want to move onto Hanoi. - Does anyone know any flights that do this - or if we go through laos the best way to get into laos from there and then onto Vientiane airport?? we will then travel from hanoi to Saigon through Cambodai back to bangkok - so any other advice would be welcome. Thanks ...

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Hiring a driver in BKK

Posted by hannesnaomi on 15/2/2008 at 04:45

Hi there, Have heard mixed reviews on this topic. Wondering if it is worth it to hire a driver for a day of sightseeing in BKK. Will be there over Easter Weekend if that makes a difference. Advice please? ...

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recommendations for n. east

Posted by fishtails04 on 28/1/2008 at 14:49

have posted several questions so thought it was time i returned the favour and gave some advice! just spent a month in cambodia and heading northeast from phnompenh was def when it started to get most interesting. recommendations: KOMPONG CHAM - stayed with a family at excellent village homestay: authentic experience not artificial tourist one, basic but comfy, saw real day to day life, ate amazing food, got to talk with pol pot survivors, walked and cycled through village with hosts. highly ...

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Any tips on my 7 week travel plan??

Posted by kelpeta on 23/11/2007 at 19:06

Hi My boyfriend and I are going travelling for 7 weeks through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia between december and feb. We've got a rough plan of where and when but any feedback from those of you who have done it would be great! We know its a tight squeeze to see it all, but we could cut into our island time (at the end) if need be. Any places we dont have that are a must see?? Any places we could drop off the list?? Also, our plan is to 'go with the flow' (ie. no pre-booking) ...

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northern chiang mai area experiences

Posted by mishandlauren on 21/1/2008 at 08:55

A few great tips from our latest trip last month- Mae Salong has a fabulous guesthouse not in the books- Maesalong Little Home Guesthouse next to Shin Sane GH but much nicer for similar price. Somboon, the owner, is very friendly and accomodating. Chiang Saen is a bit of a pit, and Gin's GH, recommended in most of the books, is a big pit. Renting a car, though not cheap, was a fabulous experience for 4 of us ( about 32$USD per day), driving to Chiang Dao, Mae Salomg, golden triangle, Chian ...

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32 Day Trip

Posted by simonbrighton on 1/12/2007 at 03:13

Hi, hopefully someone can help me out.. I plan to fly into Singapore and then head to Kuala Lumpur heading north still I plan to visit Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and then return to Singapore to catch my flight back home... I've got 30 days in total of travel when I arrive in Singapore - can someone suggest a detailed itinerary which is rather varied but hits the main sites... I've been to Thailand before but only to Bangkok and Phuket... I need a Visa for Vietnam - which I ha ...

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Nthn Thailand Nov 06

Posted by marianwarren on 30/1/2007 at 10:36

Hi everyone Chris, Tiarn and I, are back home after our 10½ week trip. We flew with AirAsia directly to Chiang Mai 2 hrs after our arrival in Bangkok. We also stayed at CM Blue Guest House. We were originally going to stay at a slightly cheaper GH (with a reputation for pushing their tours) but after all the great reviews, we decided CM Blue was a better option and wasn’t disappointed. Our hosts Tim and Tony were a font of information and the room was spacious and reasonably quiet. We d ...

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Thre weeks in Krabi area - July and August 2007

Posted by therese on 16/8/2007 at 12:29

Flew to Krabi with Air Asia - great deals but only a 15kg allowance; so I mailed my book pile from Bangkok before flying. Booked an airport pickup by email with my guesthouse booking - cheaper than negotiating with the "sharks" at the airport. I paid 350; sometimes it's 400 baht depending on the car and time. There's also a local bus for around 30 baht. Spent a few days in Krabi Town; stayed in the heart of things at @KRABI PURA which is next to the moto ...

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Island hoping down the Andaman coast

Posted by glynsheard on 14/8/2007 at 03:55

Hi I am looking at working up from Koh Lipe over xmas and new year and travelling up to similian islands. Just Island hoping. How easy is it to get about? Where is best to stay if we are looking for relaxed chilled people? Any ideas would be great! ...

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