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What is the cheapest way to get to Laos / Thailand from the UK?

I want to start a cycle tour in Laos or Thailand. Anyone know the cheapest way to get there from the UK? P.s. I'm more than happy to combine different modes of transport. For example, in the past, ...
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Is there any specific destination in Southeast Asia famed for dentistry?

I've heard in the past that certain countries or cities are popular "medical tourism" destinations, but not paid a whole lot of attention. But this morning just three days before my next overlanding ...
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Which countries in Southeast Asia require travel insurance proof?

I've heard that some countries may require some travel insurance proof when entering to the country. Which countries require that and what kind of insurance? Do they accept any standard travel ...
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How to apply for Vietnam tourist visa

My passport is Canadian, and I live in Japan. I have a 10 hour stopover in Hanoi and a 16 hour stopover in Ho Chi Minh 2 weeks later. I'd like to explore the cities during at least one of these ...
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Are there any package tours that run from Singapore via Malaysia to Siem Riep/Angkor Wat?

My wife and I love Singapore and I'd like to introduce her to some more of SE Asia. The easiest way to do that is to start in Singapore and play the history card to go through places like Malacca and ...
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Looking for a zen place in the Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam Area where i can be incredibly productive [closed]

Headline basically says it all - i'm a Software Developer and i need to get away from all the noise to focus on a project. The only thing required is a good internet connection and fresh food. Beach ...
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Motorcycling through Southeast Asia on a motorbike [closed]

I would like to motorcycle through all of Southeast Asia over the course of a few months. I would buy a bike over there and travel as cheaply as possible. I would like to see all 11 countries of ...
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If I had 1 hour to explore Kuala Lumpur, what should I not miss? [closed]

Considering I get only 1 hour free time to experience the city of Kuala Lumpur, what is that one thing I should not miss? UPDATE I apologize if my question raised questions like '1 hour from where` ...
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Where in Southeast Asia in July is it always sunny, without rain, and with few clouds?

What are some places in Southeast Asia in July where it is sunny, without rain, and with few clouds? I know that in the south of Viet Nam it is the rainy season then. Same with northern Thailand, ...
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Extended (~24 hours) layover/stopover in Hong Kong

I'm traveling from Thailand to LAX in May and would really like to find an extended layover in Hong Kong, just enough time to see the city and I heard people doing that, but haven't been able to find ...
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Is December & January a good time to visit East Malaysia (sabah region, Borneo) for its wildlife? [closed]

Area: the sabah region in Borneo (Malaysia) Time: end of December or begining of January Activity: wildlife (Orangutan Center, Monkey Sanctuary, Turtle Island) related Backpacking to East Malaysia, ...
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Cellphone service in Southeast Asia?

I am travelling to various destinations in Southeast Asia. What is the best way to go about getting cell + data service? Is there a telecom that offers cheap roaming throughout a broad region, or will ...
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Cheaper Contiki-style trips than Contiki

I want to go on a Contiki-style trip while I'm young enough to do so. However, I looked at Contiki's web site, and found the prices a little bit high. For example, Beaches and Reefs (Start Cairns) is ...
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Closest skiing to Indochina

From a developed, connected part of SEA - oh, let's say, Thailand - where is the nearest skiing? Mostly thinking of shortest travel time (eg, to go for a long weekend), but would also be interested ...
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Are there any guest houses close to the Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos?

In a recent question I was looking for day trips or weekend trips near Vientiane. One of the very good answers was the Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan), which is about 25 km from Vientiane. Now one ...
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Day trip or weekend trip from Vientiane, Laos?

I'm looking for somewhere for a day trip or weekend trip not far from Vientiane, the capital of Laos. WikiVoyage doesn't offer anything specifically as it does for many other cities. The obvious ...
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Is sleeping outside really illegal in Laos? If so does that mean no camping too?

In the HitchWiki entry for Laos it says: It is illegal to sleep outside in Laos. If you are caught, you will be fined. [source required] As you can see nothing is offered to indicate the ...
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What is typical (traditional) Lao / Laotian food?

When travelling in Laos, I was disappointed at how similar the food seemed to Thailand. Obviously, there's bound to be some overlap (b/c both proximity (like any neighbours) and the relevant history ...
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What is cheapest way to fly around SE Asia in a circuit - hub with roundtrip tickets or sequence of oneway tickets?

Is it better (cheaper) to hub out of Singapore and buy round trip tickets from hub or buy one way tickets around the region? (I fly to SG Thursday. I am planning to visit SG, Bali, Jakarta, Vietnam, ...
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What happens if you don't have a passport photo when you get to the Laos border for a visa-on-arrival?

I've read online that one of the requirements for getting the visa-on-arrival when entering Laos at a border crossing is that you must have a passport photo. But what happens if you are unaware of ...
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Is there a way to know if a spring/water has sulfur?

Is there a quick way or a cheap test (like some kind of strip which would change its color if sulfur is present) to know if the water in a spring has sulfur content in it ? Specifically, I am ...
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Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?

I'm an Australian citizen backpacking around Southeat Asia, currently in Bangkok. I would like to criss-cross China several time on this trip to visit some of its neighbouring country by crossing land ...
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Last minute / standby air travel options in Asia?

I've seen a few questions about 'staff standby' tickets - where you get a cheap ticket with 'low priority' - eg, if there's an empty seat, you can fly. I call it "staff standby" because the ...
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Are there international ferries between Pontianak/Borneo and neighbouring countries?

I'm "planning an unplanned trip" around Asia starting in about a week and I keep finding out I've got more travel friends around the place who I should try to visit. I want to avoid flying as much as ...
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How often do cameras get stolen while someone is using them in SE Asia?

I'm traveling to Vietnam and was wondering how much I should be on gaurd about theives looking to cut my camera strap and run off or grab it while driving by? It's a nice looking SLR camera with a ...
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Where can I get free maps? (particularly of Southeast Asia)

Are there any places I can obtain free printed maps of SEA or countries within? I'm travelling from San Francisco, USA and am going to Thailand and Bali, Indonesia. Feel free to extend this question ...
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Is any Southeast Asian country easier for obtaining a visa for China?

In my experience it can make a lot of difference at which consulate in which country you apply for a visa in an upcoming country on your trip. For instance I seem to recall that it was easiest to get ...
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Cheapest place to fly from China, Taiwan, or Southeast Asia to Ishigaki, Japan?

I'm pondering meeting up with a friend in Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan on my upcoming trip. I'll be on a tight budget hitchhiking from Singapore to China with no real plan or itinerary so any departure ...
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If travelling with luggage in SE Asia and not staying in hotels, where can I leave my belongings?

I'm wondering whether it is possible to live in hostels, airBNB, and bungalows and yet still be unencumbered with a "rollaboard" type luggage one might bring along. Typically, do these places allow ...
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Where in Southeast Asia is free camping permitted?

I've been inspired by the success of my old question "Where in the Balkans is free camping permitted?" and soon to embark on a similar kind of trip in a very different part of the world. Do any of ...
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Are there any countries in South-East Asia that don't require a motorcycle licence to ride one?

I only have an European car drivers licence and I'm wondering if it is possible to rent/buy a motorcycle somewhere in South-East Asia and ride it. Is it allowed in some countries in that area? Or are ...
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Overland route from Southeast Asia (Malaysia) to South Asia (India, Nepal, or Pakistan)

I'm contemplating an overland advernture trip starting in Southeast Asia (possibly Malaysia or Singapore) to South Asia, ideally to the Hunza Valley in Pakistan, but just getting as far as any entry ...
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Cheap flights in South-East Asia

What companies offering domestic flights in Thailand and countries near it like Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma? Currently needed directions are: Bangkok-Angkor Chiang Mai- Angkor Angkor-Hanoi ...
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Which (South) East-Asian contries are the cleanest? [closed]

I had been in Thailand recently and I was negatively surprised with how dirty the country is. Garbage was everywhere - along the roads, in the temples and museums, even in the sea. I expected the ...
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What visas do I need for traveling to South East Asia if I'm a Canadian Citizen?

I am a Canadian Citizen and will be travelling to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. I will be in Thailand for 2 weeks, then Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos for 3 weeks, Then back to Thailand for a ...
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How well are allergies understood in Bhutan?

I have oral allergy syndrome and I'm going to be traveling to Bhutan in fall. I've encountered a very wide range of attitudes towards allergies in different countries, from totally getting it to ...
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Can I participate in the farming/harvesting of chocolate/cacao as a tourist anywhere in the world?

Even us chocolate lovers don't know much about where chocolate comes from. It comes from a plant. Can tourists help out where it is grown anywhere? Apparently most cacao/cocoa comes from Ivory Coast ...
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Backpacking to East Malaysia, where to start? where to end? [closed]

When travelling to East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), what is the recommended starting town? and which town should be the final landing point? I will be flying from KL and going back to KL afterward. ...
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better way to travel with money - travel checks or credit card? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When traveling to a country with a different currency, how should you take your money? Is it better to take travel checks or credit card, or maybe both, on a trip? I ...
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Volunteer travel in South East Asia / Africa

I want to go for a volunteer trip to south-east Asian countries or Africa. Although I found a website called STAtravel. I am looking for some more pointers for a lesser price. As far as skills are ...
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Crossing the Aranya Pratet/Poipet border

When traveling from Bangkok to Siem Reap, the direct route is via the Aranya Pratet/Poipet border crossing. This border crossing can be a financial pain for inexperienced travellers, having witnessed ...
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Not so famous places to visit from Singapore under $500 [closed]

I am planning to go for a 4 day trip to some place in south-east Asia for the Chinese New Year holidays in February. But my budget is strictly around 500 SGD. So, are there any interesting places to ...
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Travel without a purpose to Bali

I live in Singapore. I want to go on a trip to Bali for two days (Saturday and Sunday) . I don't want to stay in hotels. I have no real purpose for this visit. Is there any way to spend a night in ...
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What is the cheapest way to get from Central Europe to South East Asia between Christmas and the New Year?

My final destination is Thailand. Since rail is relatively cheap between SE Asian countries, I am not too concerned about where I initially land down there. Most direct flights to Bangkok for ...
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Travel between Ho Chi Minh City and Kampot

I'm looking for a relatively painless but interesting way to get from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Kampot in Cambodia. The most commonly suggested route seems to be the bus from HCMC to Phnom Pehn, ...
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Travelling with a laptop

What are some tips/suggestions for travelling with a laptop through a region like South East Asia? More specifically, Thailand / Laos / Malaysia. But again, also just looking for general tips/advice. ...
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Is there another destination like Thailand?

Last summer I stayed 7 weeks in Thailand. It was my first time in the Southeast Asia and it was one of the best trips in my life. It was a backpacker trip with my girlfriend. So, next summer I want ...
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How can I check if tour services are reliable?

What steps should I take in order to insure the following service is reliable The Dragon Trip and I can safely get to the starting point and find a group to join (not a scam) ? Does this Sunday ...
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Micro SIM cards in Vietnam and Cambodia?

I'm looking to get prepaid SIM cards while I'm travelling in SE Asia this fall. How is the availability of micro SIM cards (i.e. the kind you use for Iphones) in Vietnam and Cambodia. And more ...
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Vietnam from middle of August for a month? [closed]

I'm going on a 3 month trip starting with Vietnam in the middle of August. I'll be in Vietnam for about 1 month before moving on to Cambodia. I've read up on where to go in Vietnam and thought I'd ...