Off to Thailand/Cambodia/vietnam/laos in June and august!
Apart from the obvious (pants, socks, toothbrush. etc..) so far on my list i have
Please cud someone tell me wot the is weather going to be like durin june to august?
Any other help would be greatly appreciated!
Lucky you , you've got the rainy season (in Thailand at least). Dont worry though, it usually only rains for a few hours a day.
Get some flip-flops
Some hard currency.....€/$/£
Just check out the tools section of this site on what to pack
Don't forget the Purell, do you know how dirty money is.
pen&paper. if there're ever any language barriors pictures tell a thousand words!
I've said it before and I'll say it again. A sarong.
Whether you are male or female, there are a million and one uses for a sarong.
A few good strong plastic bags are v useful, as you can only get cheap flimsy small ones in shops there....You can seperate clean/dirty stuff, which is especially good if you are there in rainy season- you may need to put damp stuff in your bag and it can get a bit nasty.
Dont buy toiletries before you go, Thailand is sooooo cheap for these items. Buy a sarong there too, they sell them everywhere.
Make sure your rucksack locks up completely, if not get some tie wraps, fasten up any openings - the Thais have a tendency for a bit of a rummage on the buses! But so long as its locked up and packed well you shouldnt have a problem.
Oh and dont bother with travellers cheques they are waste of time.
Laos and Cambodia use American dollars (no ATMs apart from one somewhere in Phnom Pehn, but I never found it!) Dont get stuck with their currency either, no other country will touch it.
Make sure you give exact entry dates for Vietnam visa, they are very strict. And dont let anyone take your bags off you at borders, they charge you money to get them back, and its a rip off!
But enjoy it, you will - ignore the Lonely Planets warning about Tubing in Vang Vieng, its wicked fun!
Another thing, get a Nationwide Account sorted before you go -
NO WITHDRAWAL CHARGES!!!!
I will be travelling in the same area later on this year and I am quite concerned about the money situation. Since I will be travelling for about 4 months in countries where there doesn't seem to be ATM's (Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma), how am I suppossed to carry enough money to see me through for such a long time?
Clanger, you say that the travellers cheques are a waste of time... Carrying a bunch of crispy notes all over SEA sounds like looking for trouble. Are there any alternatives?
Vietnam in major cities you have no problem with ATMS, and there are some in Phnom Penh in Cambodia at the very least (on the main road along the river, there are at least 2, both of which can give you USD as well as local). You generally also have the option at some travel agencies and high class hotels of getting cash advances on your credit cards.
In Lao, it is actually illegal to pay in USD, although many places quote in USD (exchange to USD is easy at 10 - 1) and will accept it. Exchanging to Lao Kip is easy enough and rates are normally very good. Just don't get stuck with large chunks before you leave. Cambodia most people use USD, and only the local Rial for small change. Excahange rate is again easy at 4 to 1, but it's perfectly possible to go the whole way through Cambodia without changing any money to Rial, and just picking up a few bits as change (as no USD coins are used, so for prices less than a dollar, you get Rial back). I sued Rial where I could, just for the variety of using another currency!
But you should ALWAYS have a stash of USD available as well. A couple of big notes hidden away, and then a chunk of small demoniation notes as well to be used as required. Whatever you do, don't keep it all together in one place. 3 or 4 places are much safer.
Note that all notes need to be relatively new and crisp and unmarked, or they won't be accepted in most of Asia.