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1. Posted by Matt2258 (Budding Member, 6 posts) 18 Oct '06 18:59

Traveling to SE for a few months and are hoping to camp in some places. The countries we are planning on going to are southern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, is this a crazy idea? Has anyone ever tried camping in these countries, whie trekking or on beaches?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3534 posts) 18 Oct '06 22:45

Matt,
I have to vote 'no' on the camping idea. Why carry around camping gear when you can rent rooms for $5? Between the rain, mud, insects and safety issues, it just seems like a foolish idea.

I do hope someone who has actually camped in SEA will chime in and offer first hand knowledge.

3. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member, 352 posts) 19 Oct '06 02:54

I would agree, seems to much hassle to me. Although in some National Parks there maybe no accomodation so you might have to choose camping.

4. Posted by Mr Gee (Budding Member, 91 posts) 24 Nov '06 01:46

nevermind the cost or convenience! you'd die if you camped, its so humid you'd literally sweat yourself to death in a tent, not a good idea.

5. Posted by Loulabella (Budding Member, 37 posts) 25 Nov '06 06:11

i didn't exactly camp, i am far too lazy for all that tent assembly stuff but when i was in india i often just slept on the beach in my sleeping bag and i never had any problems, i have slept on the beach in quite a few countries and never experienced any difficulties. I really enjoy to sleep outside - sure i could have easily afforded to always stay in rooms but there is something about sleeping outside and waking up to the sunrise that i love. as long as u r not the kind of person who stresses about getting robbed i think it isn't a bad idea.

6. Posted by paul j (Respected Member, 217 posts) 25 Nov '06 07:35

I think tents are a bad idea in hot countrys unless you want to block bad weather ie rain and wind.
If you are gonna sleep outdoors just use a waterproof overcover that you can tie to a couple of trees and sleep under incase of potential rain.carrying tent gear in hot countrys would be more hastle than its worth as it would weigh a ton and take up loads of room in your back pack.Just take a really thin doss bag incase it might get a bit chilly.A hammock might be a good idea aswell.

7. Posted by paul j (Respected Member, 217 posts) 25 Nov '06 12:45

There is always an adventage to sleeping outside.
people do it in England , if you enjoy sleeping in the outdoors then do it,as it can be a nice experience (rain or snow)Camping out can be great,especially if you dont have to worry about cold weather.

8. Posted by till (Full Member, 73 posts) 1 Apr '07 16:58

i agree that it depents on where to use the tent because of the weather... myself i sleeped in a tent in india (darmkot) next to a waterfall. i can tell you that i was a cool exp. but remeber to take enough covers along because it was in daytime 30 degrees but at night there at the fall the temp could drop to 5 degrees we frose our buts off...
futher in the north of india it depends where you place your tent, never near a city or little town (it is not safe believe me), but if you want to go there in the wood never say to anyone of the local where you are gonna go (this i learned) because they will try to take everything from you by cutting up your tent and sometimes you...

try to sleep if you are close to a city in the temples ( a lot of the temples are onwed by local enterprises and they can refuse you to stay, but be patience and sometimes the person who takes care of the temple will let you sleep but will wake you up in the morning before first light to go because they will do this in secret) a lot of the real babba's will let you stay so they are ok

hope this could help you a little

9. Posted by titikaka (Budding Member, 9 posts) 2 Apr '07 08:03

Don't travel in yala, pattani, narathiwat & satul because you have dangerous form criminal.

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10. Posted by the_wynner (Budding Member, 17 posts) 6 Apr '07 13:46

I camped out a few times in Thailand, but only in the cool season. That was hot enough. You could buy a cheap tent over there and get rid of it if you don't like it. I recommend a hammock tent. They are extremely light and take up little room.