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Trip Report: The Bus to Pakse

Posted by exacto on 19/4/2010 at 04:38

In January, 2010, I took the bus from Savannakhet to Pakse . The trip started off well when my tuk tuk driver in Savannakhet quoted me the local price of 5,000 kip for the ride out to the bus station. I bought my bus ticket for 35,000 kip, and after an outrageously overpriced breakfast sandwich at a food stall, climbed aboard a used Korean bus for the 250 km journey to Pakse. The bus departed right on time at 0900, but that didn‘t mean much, since as soon as we left the station, the bu ...

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vietnam part 2:mekong delta

Posted by jonyd1 on 11/1/2011 at 08:16

So, finished up with part 2 - hope you like. The whole thing with some pictures, again, is here Chau Doc Arrived on the boat from Phnom Penh in Chau Doc in the early evening, accompanied by some light rain. As I did not want to go wandering around at the moment, I just grabbed the first cyclo that came up to me, who, while on the way to the hotel, decided that it would be best to continue looking back at me instead of forwards. This ended with us going head first into a pedestrian walking t ...

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5 days in Vietnam trip report

Posted by Shahmatt on 15/1/2010 at 09:29

This was originally posted by Shahmatt here, but I've reposted it here. Somtam2000 Hi everyone. My brother and I spent 5 days in Vietnam last week. Here is a review. Warning! Long read ahead :-) We landed in Hanoi on Thursday night at around 8pm and took an airport shuttle bus (30,000 Dong each) to the Hanoi old quarter where our hotel was booked. This was the Hanoi Cozy hotel. On arrival the hotel manager informed us that he had our booking but the room was on a "high floor" and ther ...

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Just left Koh Phayam - Dec 2010

Posted by danceswithrose on 12/12/2010 at 16:07

Easy to get to via the pier, we took the fast boat over 350BHT and someone we had met in Ranong called 'Waan' had her sister from Saithong Bungalows to meet us at the pier. Saithong Bungalows is right next door to Mr Gao's. We got a hut right in front, and it was about 5 steps to the sandy beach. This was home for the next 20 days. The huts are basic but fine. I did think the cleanliness of the bathroom was poor tho and they could have definitely done with buying a new toilet seat. We go ...

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Our 4 month SEA Itinerary

Posted by thatvaletguy on 29/11/2010 at 10:46

Hello fellow Travelfishers, My brother and I are gearing close to the trip of a lifetime and we would be very thankful for some expert advice from some experienced travelers. Here is our rough itinerary: Four countries: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia (In the order) Jan. 10th - April 25th $4,500 each Thailand: Bangkok - 2 weeks Pattaya - 2 weeks Chiang Mai - 4 days Laos: 2 weeks Luang Prabang, Vieng Vang, Vientiene Vietnam: Hanoi/Halong Bay - 2 weeks Ho Chi Minh City - 2 weeks Cambo ...

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cambodia/vietnam part 1

Posted by jonyd1 on 5/1/2011 at 02:42

Hey everyone - I recently returned from my first trip to SEA (thanks to all who helped me out planning it!), and I have decided to do a little (big) writeup of the whole thing. I'll start with part one here. I will also be posting them here: http://defaultquestions.com/ along with a few pictures, so feel free to check that out Hope you enjoy! ... A 4am departure from the U.S, 20-something hours of flying, and a midnight arrival at Siem Reap 's airport. Met my soon to be tuk-tuk driver for t ...

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Nong Khai to Sukhothai

Posted by danceswithrose on 28/12/2010 at 15:41

When trying to find out how to get a bus from Nong Khai to Sukhothai via internet, the bus station and various other means, it was not exactly forthcoming. OK, so we did it anyway and this was how... From the scant information we could gather in Nong Khai we managed to ascertain we needed to go to Udon Thani first and sort out how to get to Sukhothai from there. The bus trip to Udon Thani cost us 35BHT each from the Nong Khai bus station. People at the Nong Khai bus station soon directed ...

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BOOKING, PLANNING AND ALL THAT HASSLE... HELP

Posted by louisb1991 on 10/10/2010 at 21:44

A friend an I are hoping to travel for 2 months summer 2011. We like the 4 country route planned on travelfish but are just looking for any extra tips, useful information, visa info etc to help us out. Do we just get a flight and a return flight an go with the flow when we are there? Is it hard to find hostels? Anything that can help will be much appreciated ...

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Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos - scam report

Posted by trimetrov on 11/11/2010 at 05:04

Been back from a 5-week trip through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos awhile now, but felt I had to report on the various scams and travel operators my girlfriend and I used. First off - Vietnam was scam central. We quickly learned that the more English they spoke, the easier it was for them to scam you. No English = no scam potential. After 22 hours of flying, and arriving in Hanoi at 11pm, you will be witless and vulnerable. You are ready for a shower and sleep. And you will do stupid things ...

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Open Water Trip Report

Posted by SBE on 16/3/2010 at 08:47

Travelfish ran a 5th birthday competition with loads of great prizes last summer and I was the lucky winner of one of them… an open water dive course on Ko Tao … so here’s my trip report. I did my course at Master Divers which is run by Ayesha (who posts on Travelfish) and her boyfriend Wilco. All the staff there are very friendly and from what I saw it was a pretty professional outfit as far as the diving is concerned too. Ayesha and Wilco helped me find (discounted) accommodatio ...

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Ko Adang

Posted by tezza on 18/12/2008 at 18:00

Adang is a large, mountainous, rainforest-covered island in the Tarutao National Park less than 2km north of Ko Lipe and about 30km west of Ko Taruatao itself. I preferred Adang (and I did like Tarutao). Adang has no roads and fewer bungalows, so is even more laid-back. The beach at HQ is arguably better. Snorkelling off the HQ beach is better. The viewpoint is way more spectacular and little harder to access. The waterfall is much closer to the bungalow area and better signposted (until the la ...

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singapore bangkok laos vietnam hongkong beijing shanghai then to cairns sydney then working holiday

Posted by dbscuba on 7/10/2010 at 02:27

hi guys im new on here i have flights ready to book for the 29th of june 2011 to singapore im then wanting to travel up to bangkok by train/bus then on to laos through vietnam on to china, karst peaks, beijing, shanghai. as anyone ever done this by land. im not really wanting long stays in each place max 5 days just to see the best bits really i am wanting to know a realistic time and maybe cost to do this in as i have a flight to schedule from shanghai to cairns to start an holiday working visa ...

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Hoi An Motorbike Tours

Posted by sems on 6/10/2010 at 16:17

Sure you can hire a motorbike in Hoi An and scoot around (we did, from the man across the street from our hotel for 120000 VND, thats about $6 USD ) and that was fine, despite the fact that the Vietnamese aren't very keen on a map or a road sign we managed quite easily to get ourselves to My Son. Of course our hotel pushed for us to take an organized bus trip (yuck) telling us that "it was much easier" and it was "quite a long way to go", after much traveling in S.E. Asia I ...

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mosquito net/malaria/VITAMIN B COMPLEX/boots/general impressions...

Posted by Indoluso on 21/9/2010 at 05:56

Based on a trip through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in the wet season Small report concerning these after my travel experience. Don't take malarials, I bought malarone (!!!) and used it about 5 times, which is useless. Use anti-mosquito spray and you won't be bitten. If you want the perfect control over mosquitoes take vitamin B complex once a day. We were 3 travelling, two of us taking theses vitamins and one not taking them. We were bitten sometimes, he was very often devoured by mosquitoes! R ...

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hanoi taxi - bus from airport update

Posted by sems on 27/9/2010 at 11:59

In Hanoi now, wanting to avoid the airport taxis we went for the local bus option (down to the left as you exit the airport) we wanted to catch the #7 or #17 which take you to bus stations in the old quarter (for around 30 cents USD), so did many other tourists (all standing around going "do you know where the #17 bus is") but none of us had much luck in trying to convey our message to the Vietnamese people so we ended up on what I understand was a Vietnam Airlines bus for 30000VND. ...

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Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos in 4 weeks...

Posted by JourneymanTraveller on 4/7/2010 at 21:25

In January 2009, we travelled around South East Asia for 4 weeks - we had no more time than that and would have loved more, but we'll have time to go back one day. I have posted on it here so feel free to go and look: http://www.journeymantraveller.com/search/label/South%20East%20Asia Didn't want to have to re-write the whole thing here so I hope the moderators of Travelfish do not mind me doing it this way. ...

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Vietnam trip june 2010

Posted by swag on 28/6/2010 at 12:24

hi all just back from 3 1/2 weeks in nth/central vietnam.have added some pics to the travelfish pool.any questions or comments would be appreciated. cheers ...

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3 Months Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam & Loas Trip Report

Posted by miranda456 on 17/4/2007 at 17:59

[There should also be a link to an excel spreadsheet of our budget here soon] After spending 3 months in South East Asia, my eyes have opened up to the world, and I have realised how ignorant I was of many things. I am so thankful to live in Australia, and be born into a fantastic life of opportunities. I had a wonderful trip and would recommend it to everyone. You’ll see that we stayed probably a bit too long in some places, this was because my boyfriend was doing 3 university subjects ...

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itinerary help!!

Posted by beamer321 on 17/9/2010 at 05:00

i am planning a 2,5 month trip to thailand and surrounding countries. i fly into Bangkok on oct 5 and would like to spend the first 3 weeks on ko tao and ko phangan then leaving the country for a visa run not returning for 3 weeks so i can stay in thailand until i fly out of bangkok on the 18 of december . id idealy like to see angkor wat halong bay and northern laos. please help! ...

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Bueng Kan, Thailand (January 2010)

Posted by exacto on 19/2/2010 at 08:33

It isn't covered by Travelfish, but Bueng Kan, along route 212 midway between the towns of Nong Khai and Nakhon Phanom , is a good stopover point for bicycle tours or others making the trek along the Mekong River. There isn't enough here to make it an intentional destination, but if you are passing by this way, it is a pleasant enough spot to spend a night. Bueng Kan itself is a typical, unremarkable Isan town. There isn't much to see here, and exploring the entire place on foot, includi ...

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