Travelling around South East Asia ( Cambodia / Vietnam )

Travelling around South East Asia ( Cambodia / Vietnam )

11 posts
31 Dec 2012
tonycsm
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tonycsm
Just wondering if anyone has travelled around the region ( not using the usual tourist packaged holidays). I'm looking to go somewhere completely different for a month or two with my partner in 2013 and Cambodia and/or Vietnam sounds very appealing so I would appreciate any comments/experiences from those who have been there.
Thanks in advance.  
Posted 31 Dec 2012
Mike103
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Mike103
I travelled around Indonesia and Thailand ... and I swear by The Lonely Planet Guide. Enjoy.

Posted 31 Dec 2012
QandD
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QandD
indonesia, head towards the islands of Flores and Sumba........stunning

Posted 31 Dec 2012
tonycsm
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tonycsm
Thanks guys..sounds great..... what's it like finding hotels and travelling around using local transport? Costs etc would be helpful...sad
Posted 31 Dec 2012
QandD
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QandD
local busses are dead cheap, try and do home stays........living with the locals in their villages.............cheap but can be interesting for the faint hearted!!!!
Posted 31 Dec 2012
tonycsm
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tonycsm
QandD

local busses are dead cheap, try and do home stays........living with the locals in their villages.............cheap but can be interesting for the faint hearted!!!! ]


We don't mind a bit of that...wherever we go, we try to eat where locals eat etc.. as long as we don't get killed or poisoned, then I'm sure we can manage. smiley

Posted 31 Dec 2012
QandD
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QandD
SE Asia is very friendly, never had any trouble there

Posted 31 Dec 2012
I am off to Asia at the end of Jan for a few months, i have a few bookings out there and as my travel etc is paid i'm going to have an explore after too! I am visiting HK, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore... And HOPEFULLY Borneo! I can't recommend what to do or see (YET!), but i can recommend this webstie for ideas etc - 

http://www.travellerspoint.com/

The people in the forums are really helpful and there are plenty of ideas on there... Have a great time away whatever you choose to do! Oh, and here, here for the Lonely Planet guides!
Posted 4 Jan 2013
QandD
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QandD
Lonely planet is a good starting point.....but not live by it, there are lots of places you can discover my talking to the locals!!
Good luck!!!!!!!!!

Posted 4 Jan 2013
tonycsm
Photographer
tonycsm
Ellamae10

I am off to Asia at the end of Jan for a few months, i have a few bookings out there and as my travel etc is paid i'm going to have an explore after too! I am visiting HK, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore... And HOPEFULLY Borneo! I can't recommend what to do or see (YET!), but i can recommend this webstie for ideas etc - 

http://www.travellerspoint.com/

The people in the forums are really helpful and there are plenty of ideas on there... Have a great time away whatever you choose to do! Oh, and here, here for the Lonely Planet guides!


Thanks for the link Ella... I'll give it a try!

I think I'll confine my trip to Cambodia, Vietnam and maybe Thailand but I'm not that bothered if I don't get time to visit the latter.

Posted 4 Jan 2013
Toxicimaging
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Toxicimaging
I travel to SE Asia regularly and was in Vietnam in October for a month and traveled around by bus, train etc, train from Hanoi to HMC with a stop off at Hue was about £45, did a couple of touristy tours Hue, Halong Bay, food is cheap if you eat with the locals, if around Hanoi try the freshly brewed "Bia" and many types of baguettes available from the street traders... excellent. Local's are friendly and helpful, though watch out for the "student" scams and random people stopping on their scooters as they will try to fleece you..Overall I love Vietnam and will go back. In 4 weeks I spent a grand total of £800 and that included a night in the Hardrock Cafe in Saigon for two of us at £80.00. Cambodia is well worth a visit if only for Angkor Wat which is simply superb, suggest taking US dollars as it is accepted everywhere and less messy than the Cambodian Riel to deal with, again great people..some breathtaking scenery.... oh remember your camera!
Posted 5 Jan 2013
Edited by Toxicimaging 5 Jan 2013
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