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Bangkok - June and July 2006

Posted by exacto on 16/8/2006 at 08:32

Hi Marian and everyone else. Here is Pam's and my trip report for the Bangkok portion of our travels this summer. Additional reports covering other places will follow. Pam had never been to Thailand before, so we decided to stay in the Khao San Road area when we first arrived. Our travel from Los Angeles, via Tokyo, was scheduled to arrive at midnight BKK time. We booked at the Thai Cozy House, just around the corner from Khao San Rd, since they boast a 24-hour front desk. That worked ou ...

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Things I Lerned Today: Flying From Vientiane to Siem Reap

Posted by SteinOfOrange on 6/5/2007 at 09:51

For those who are even less adept at research than I: There is a 10$ usd airport departure tax at the Vientaine Airport, there are no atm's in the Lao airport, this first thing you see when you walk off the plane into the Siem Reap visa/entry hall is an ATM that dispenses USD baby, and a taxi into Siem Reap is 5$ usd. I let the taxi driver talk me into going to the GOLDEN TEMPLE VILLA. Free internet, great rooms for 15$ usd, and solid location. They have rooms for 30$, so it must get eve ...

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A Few Tips on Travel in Vietnam

Posted by cfantacone on 27/11/2006 at 02:50

I lived in Vietnam for most of 2005. I thought I’d offer some recommendations. If you like adventure, I highly recommend travelling central Vietnam on motorcycle. You need not drive yourself but can ride on the back of the bike. This is not for the faint of heart as the winding mountain roads, which offer some breathtaking views of the country, can be dangerous. However, with a good English speaking guide (many are available in Nha Trang) it can be an amazing experience allowing you to me ...

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Luang Prabang-Friendship Bridge-Nong Khai and driving in Isaan

Posted by murwill16 on 25/4/2007 at 11:13

3 March 07 we flew Luang Prabang to Vientianne after once again a very pleasant stay in Luang Prabang. The rate of construction of new buildings as, and conversion of old buildings to, guest houses or hotels had certainly increased in the 2 years since last we were in Luang Prabang. This time our priority was Isaan in Thailand so we paid the airport taxi control for a taxi direct to the friendship bridge, I think about 10USD. On the way we sounded the cab driver out about taking us all th ...

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Some good guest houses and English speaking guides- Hue,Hoi An and BMT

Posted by jackfamily on 24/4/2007 at 15:55

We (2 adults and 3 children) have just returned from a month in Vetnam. I thought you might find some of these recommendations helpful. Halo Guest House in Hue - small and friendly, quiet street, first floor family room has great balcony and the staff will bring you breakfast up there. Cost us $15.00 per night B and B for all 5 of us. Tel 054.829371 email: 10A/66 Le Loi Hue Thien Nga Guest House in Hoi An- really really clean- best banana and mixed fruit juice for break ...

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Lessons from the Andaman Isles February 2007

Posted by charterboy22 on 25/3/2007 at 11:08

This short(not really) report will chronicle an epic journey made by 6 Americans(5 ladies and one guy) through the peninsula over Chinese New Year 2007. The beginning: We left our teaching jobs at an International School near Shanghai and flew to Shenzhen which is a city that abuts Hong Kong and Macau. We needed to fly out of Macau to take advantage of Air Asia's flights to Bangkok. Our second day we were planning to take a ferry from shenzhen to macua and then board our 2:00 flight for Bangk ...

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Luang Prabang to Vientiane Trip Report Dec '06

Posted by marianwarren on 14/2/2007 at 09:11

Hi Again A frantic start to the morning, as our tuk tuk arrived 30 mins before the arranged pick up time to take us to the mini bus station. The free pick up is included in the LP – Vang Vieng ticket (100,000K 9.00 – 14.00). It looked like it was to be a squeezey journey as all 13 seats were taken and we had some very wide and tall passengers but after our first pee stop we were able to rearrange ourselves as there were 3 mini buses and the last was only partly full. So we ended up with 7 ...

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Huay Xai to Luang Prabang Nov/Dec 06

Posted by marianwarren on 2/2/2007 at 06:24

Hi Everyone We crossed the Mekong at the Chiang Khong/Huay Xai border point. 5B each for the exit stamp, 20B for the short ride across the river. Stayed at the Sabaydee Guesthouse $6 each for 2 rooms as no triples, but we scored the 2 top storey back rooms with the views over the Mekong (partially obscured by trees – this may change as there was a structure being built at the back, at least 2 stories maybe 3) Clean, quiet and the bathrooms had a drainage point which meant you didn’t g ...

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6 weeks in Thailand and Cambodia

Posted by EmjayReet on 4/2/2007 at 17:38

Hi everyone, I havent managed to get around to doing an official trip report however I thought I would direct you to my blog, that I wrote while travelling through Thailand! There are lots of photos and the blogs cover Bangkok, Chaing Mai, the Overnight Train experience, Ko Pha-ngan, Khao Sok National Park, Phuket, Karon Beach, Ko Lanta, Phi Phi Island, Kanchanaburi, the overland crossing between Bangkok and Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and all the bits and pieces in between. I hope that ...

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Kah samui and Phangn

Posted by tsargood on 13/1/2007 at 14:13

Hi Somtam, I have just stayed at Haad Yuan on Koh Phangan, the Bungalows I once stayed at called Haad Yuan Bungalows are no longer in the same place ( they are listed on the accom page of this site) they have moved up onto the rocks near Ocean Song Bungalows and now cost 200 baht a night. Also to Exacto, Thanks for the tip on UbonVilla Samui, loved it! very nice owners, really looked after us, highly recomend it!!!! I will wright a more detailed report of my time here when i get home. Cheers ...

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Luang Prabang Trip Report - June 2006

Posted by exacto on 18/9/2006 at 05:09

Marian, This is the last of our trip reports from this last trip. I think you'll be heading off to Luang Prabang on your trip too, so I hope this info is helpful. Cheers. We flew into Luang Prabang from Chiang Mai on Lao Airways. It was a good flight, and getting the visa-on-arrival at the airport was easy. We'd thought about taking the river trip via Huay Xai instead, but decided that the threat of rain was too great at that time of year. (as it turned out we were wrong. it hardly r ...

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Homely stay, clean and quiet safe guesthouse.

Posted by ericgoh on 17/8/2006 at 17:28

I checked-in Dragon Lodge on 7th Aug night, Peter the owner came to the Airport to pick me ( as requested earlier) as I arrived late in the evening and first time in Lao. He is so charming and friendly. Never doubt his Professional Services. The rooms are clean and bed are comfortable. Hot shower is a big plus with high pressure of water flow. Laundry services is so convenient and CHEAP. The standard international breakfast is also available. All these made my stay so homely, safe and comforta ...

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Chiangdao - February 2006

Posted by skinnylatte on 23/11/2006 at 19:36

We flew in to Chiang Mai from Singapore on a promotional fare from Tiger Airways. Cheap as chips. Thing with Tiger's cheap fares is that you usually land pretty late at night. In this case we got in to Chiang Mai after 8pm, way after the last public bus to Chiang Dao. We stayed one night in Pagoda Inn, realized they had given away our room because we got there too late (it was 10pm?), and they only had the fan room left. Went with the fan room. Stuffy. But wonderful guesthouse (we returned later ...

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Vang Vieng, Vientiane and Nong Khai - July 2006 Trip Report

Posted by exacto on 8/9/2006 at 10:36

Hi again, We decided to stop off at Vang Vieng after talking to a few Scandanavian backpackers who highly recommended it, calling it the wild west. They were right. The town itself isn't anything special, but its location right under spectacular limestone cliffs makes it scenic. Plus, it is a perfect spot for outdoorsy kinds of things, like river tubing, hiking, biking, and spelunking. Somtam has called this town a tourist trap, and it certainly does have more than its fair share of int ...

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Laos and Northeast Thailand trip report oct-nov 2006

Posted by babytraveler on 15/11/2006 at 07:30

First, thanks for a great site. We used Travelfish in conjunction with two guidebooks (LP and RG) and found it a good help. We've some suggestions for improvement, but I'll report first. We had six weeks in Thailand and Laos, with three weeks in each. It was our first time to both countries. We started in Bangkok (of course) where we stayed at the Nanachart on Sukumvit soi 25. It was a good place overall and v.clean. We spent a couple of days in bangkok, sightseeing (I really liked Jum Tho ...

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Siem Reap and Angkor - Trip Report

Posted by exacto on 25/8/2006 at 00:44

Since we'd be heading to Siem Reap in July, during the rainy season, we initially thought that we'd fly there and back. But the price of a RT air ticket made us take another look at the land route, and we're glad we did. The tales of asia website has heaps of info on making the land trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap. It was pretty easy really. We caught a bus at the Northern (Mo Chit) bus station in Bangkok to Aranyaprathet. It cost 212 baht per person and took 5 hours. Then we hired a tuk ...

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Mekong Delta trip report part 2

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/9/2006 at 08:47

Leading on from my earlier overview of the Mekong Delta trip I did a few weeks ago, now that I've escaped the frozen hills of Sydney and am back in a steaming Saigon, here's part two. I've got just about all the listings onto the site now, so for detailed information on particular destinations, please refer to the Mekong Delta part of Travelfish. Upon arrival at Saigon I got a motorbike from the airport ($2) straight to Cholon bus station where I jumped on a bus straight to My Tho (21,000D). ...

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Sam Neua - August 2006 - an excellent place

Posted by aemilys on 3/9/2006 at 08:59

Where to begin? First of all, this was part of my first ever trip to Asia, my kids are finally old enough that I can leave them and travel on my own so I took off for four weeks in August 2006. I planned and saved for a whole year. I knew that I would start in Bangkok, then move on to Vientiane but after that I'd left it uplanned. In retrospect I think I may have done this on purpose (safety valve - convenient to go back home and tell everyone I'd been to Chiang Mai and Ko Samui, Luang Pra ...

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Ko Samui Trip Report - July '06

Posted by exacto on 28/8/2006 at 06:43

Hello again. Here is our trip report for the 12 days we spent on Samui in July. We had initially intended to go there for a 7-day fast at Spa Samui, but after we arrived we opted out for personal and financial reasons. Because of that, if we had it to do again, we probably would have only spent a night or two on Samui, and spent the rest of the time on Phangan or Tao. Even so, we had a pretty fabulous during those nearly two weeks. Getting there can be a chore. We didn't make advance t ...

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Mekong Delta trip report – part 1

Posted by somtam2000 on 23/8/2006 at 12:04

I’ll write a more detailed trip report in a few days time when we’ve posted all the detailed reviews onto the site, in the meantime, as a means to escape the excrutiating Saigon heat we’ve got today,here’s some general pointers. The route I took through the Mekong Delta, was Saigon -> My Tho -> Ben Tre -> Vinh Long -> Tra Vinh -> Can Tho -> Rach Gia -> Phu Quoc -> Saigon. The trip had originally been planned to also cover Soc Trang, Bac Mieu and Ca Mau in the far south, and Ha Tien an ...

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