Asia - South-East Asia Mainland
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Hi guys, my partner and i are from the UK and will be spending 18 months travelling Southeast Asia at the start of 2014. Ive done some reading regarding visas, and from what i gather you pretty much get them when needed. I was originally thinking id need to book for 6-12 months for each country we plan on visiting, but im now assuming thats not the case.
So, for example, our main base, if you will, will be Thailand. Well probably spend a few months travelling and getting acclimatized before border hopping to somewhere else. Each time we travel to a different country, i take it we apply for the visa several days in advance for roughly the amount of time we need it?
So, for instance, if we wanted to goto Vietnam, we would swing by the vietnamese embassy in Thailand, order our visas and then off we go?
And, if we wanted to extend our visas whilst there, visit the relevant govern... more »
My friends and I are going on a trip to Vietnam and want to do the Halong Bay cruise. Although we thought it is more easy to go directly to Halong City on our trip from Hue, because the drive from Hanoi to Halong City is about 3/4 hours. But every topic over here is talking about a tour starting in Hanoi. Does any have the experience of a tour starting in Halong City or is it necessary to go to Hanoi and start the tour overthere?
I already saw some touroperators in the other topics, but maybe some of you have advice about a budget one?
Thanks in advance!
Hey, are there any direct trains from bangkok to laos? I am planning to travel to laos from bangkok for about 10 days, what's a reasonable of money to take? Thanks.
Does anyone have any idea if going through Myanmar by bike from China through to India would be at all possible? I suspect not, but am optimistic that recent changes in the country may have brought about possibilities of such things? But regardless of that, I understand things from the Chinese side may make it difficult and then its pretty rugged country in far eastern India upon arrival. Just intrigued to hear from any cyclists who may have dreamt of the same thing or even managed to pull this off??\
I'm planning on visiting SE Asia next year. I'd like to visit Vietnam, Thailand (incl. the islands), Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. I'll be staying there for 2-3 months. I don't want to rush but I also don't want to stay in one city for a month. I guess, I won't have enought time to visit all these places. What would you skip then?
A standard itinerary for a 2D/1N tour will look like this:
Day 1: Pick up in Hanoi, van to Halong, lunch, cruise to the islands named after their shapes, a visit to a cave, an optional activity of kayaking or swimming, dinner, karaoke/card playing, sleep (apparently the boats moor at a common area)
Day 2: A visit to either another cave or some beach, lunch, go home.
Aside from that "party cruise" that doesn't mention which boat it is using, that's basically it.
Pricing supposedly vary by quality of boat (most have gone to elaborate description of materials used, etc), cabin situation, food quality and as one tour agency told me, journey of cruise (did they mean where you will be taken?). I realize there are gazilion junks being used everyday but several boats are identified if you do your research. You can basically tell how they are classified (1, 2, 3 stars, deluxe, et... more »
I may be over optimistic, but my current plan is to organise a taxi trip from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear, visit the temple for maybe two hours, then go to Anlong Veng or O'smach border, say goodbye to the taxi driver, cross to Thailand, find public transport to Nang Rong, or anywhere with a hotel, that would allow me to visit Phanom Rung on the next day.
Is it a stupid plan?
Are there enough public transport options on thai side by the end of afternoon?
If I have to spend a night on the way, would it be better near Preah Vihear or Anlong Veng?
On a side note, as I expected to stay only in Siem Reap, I had no intention to take anti-malaria drugs. If I have to spend a night in Anlong Veng, would it be wiser to take some or unnecessary?
I am looking to spend 2-3 months traveling around Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia from late July. After reading numerous threads and researching through my Lonely Planet books for last couple of days I am still not 100% sure on the best way to attack this from a logistics perspective
I am wanting to have a holiday full of adventure and 'extreme' activities but would also like to spend some time by the beach relaxing and finding some surf.
I will be landing in Hanoi. should I spend some time in Hanoi, then go into Laos for 2 -3 weeks, work my way down the coast of Vietnam and then finish in Cambodia?
I am more than happy to take the journey nice and slow and really enjoy absorbing the culture and landscape
1. Itinerary: Does anyone have a suitable itinerary that I could base mine loosely around?
2. Transportation: What is the best way to attack this? An... more »
We are arriving in Vientiane and have a one hour connection for a local flight to LP. If we arrive with our visa forms filled out and the appropriate passport pictures, will we have time to get our bags, get through customs and get a visa and still make our flight to LP?
We won't be in Bangkok or we would get it there. The "rush-order" visa services are charging over $100 each or more for an expedited visa and we leave in 15 days.
Hi there. I'd like to ask if there is a government owned department stores in Hanoi along the lines of the Tax Department Store in Saigon?
I'm looking to stock up on the excellent coffee and bao loc tea balls.
Something close to the Old Quarter would be preferred.
I didn't realize that i couldn't exchange my dong once i got overseas。i am in China now and returning to Canada on May 15th（Calgary). If anyone knows somewhere I can exchange it, or is interested in buying it, i have about $100 worth, and will sell it to you for $90. Thanks for your help,
My girlfriend and I are going to teach English in Ho Chi Minh for a month or two in September then we are planning to travel round South Vietnam and Cambodia, Can anyone offer any suggestions of what to do? where to go? etc. We will probably have a budget of around £4000 between us if this helps.
Obviously we know about the main attractions like Angkor Wat and Cu Chi and they will no doubt be on the trail. I was thinking maybe traveling by boat up the Mekong Delta into Cambodia seeing Phnom Penh, Siem Riep and Battambang. After this I am a little stuck as to where to go. I think we would like to end on a beach for a few days before we leave to relax. (Unless we decide to head up to Hanoi through Laos and stay longer or to come home but that is for another day)
Any ideas would be appreciated.
At the end of June, I'd like to stay in Yangon for two nights. I've been looking at TripAdvisor and Agoda, and I've got the impression that all the hotels (except the $200-a-night hotels) are, um, kind of disgusting! I've traveled a lot in SE Asia and I'm used to finding reviews for 2- and 3-star hotels that say "clean" or "plain but clean." I'm looking for something under $100/night for one person that is, at least, reliably clean. Doesn't have to be fancy.
At that time, I will have spent 2 weeks traveling in Burma already, and I thought it would be nice to poke around in Yangon for a couple of days -- and stay someplace comfy, but not break the bank.
Anyone have any honest suggestions? I'm also looking at walk-ability: It seems staying in the center will be most convenient? I'm open to suggestions.
Edited by: macl00
I was wondering if I should book my flight before I leave or do it later on when I'm there or in Cambodia? I have an extra five days and was thinking of going up to Hue/Hoi An. I'd be coming and returning to HCM. I kind of like the idea of keeping things open for whatever happens but I wouldn't want to get stuck and lose a day. More important is getting back to HCM for my midnight flight to Tokyo.
Any thoughts would be great. Thanks.
OK Steve, trying one last time on here as i know you go on here, lost your email and so get in touch through this - i am heading to HCMC tomorrow and will be there for a few days.... hope you find this!!
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