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1. Posted by charnmike (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

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Hello people,

me and my girlfriend are off travelling at the end of the year. We were just wandering obviously there is so much to see in asia australia new zealand fiji and los angeles but can anyone please recommend any kind of beautiful and non touristy attractions say you have either stay at an amaizing hotel in thailand or cambodia which was on a major route but off the beaten tourist track so that we can start to put some highlights and must sees to out way all of the tourist attractions that might be over crowded that you read about in all the books :).

Also can anyone recommend any good websites for booking cheap but nice and not shifty accommodation as we have previously been round europe and its not very easy to find accommodation on a website under one umbrella site. any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Right thats all for now im sure we will think of new things sooon!

Thanks once again

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1613 posts) 5y

You are all over the place. Start by finding a local library and check out some travel guides for the countries you are interested in. For Thailand it makes sense to see that city a little bit since most flights land there. In Bangkok you can purchase flights for destinations within the country and for other countries too. Thailand has excellent rail and bus service too. It is easy to get to Cambodia from Thailand.

Once you establish a budget price for your hotel rooms you can ask for suggestions in your price range. November through February is when many tourists choose to visit Thailand and hotels are at the highest prices. For the first night it might be better to have a hotel booked ahead of time. But this doesn't mean you can't get a place on a walk-in. If you have an address and telephone number of several places you could call from Suvarnabhumi Airport and check on vacancies.

I never use websites if I need a hotel in Thailand. Once you have been to a few places and they know you and have established that you are not a deadbeat they will hold a room for you with a simple email request. In Thailand I use the phone and ask the hotel to reserve a room.

One website that comes up on many travel forums is Agoda for hotels. Do a Google check on it. They may add taxes after you book a room so check if taxes are included. is another website that comes up on travel forums as okay. I never used either one. Right from the Suvarnabhumi Airport you can use one of the hotel booking desks if you want. Some of their hotels may be in locations not close to Skytrain routes. You can always book direct with the hotel!

Over 15 million tourists visited Thailand last year and most of them were pleased to visit places where roads were good, hotels were available and transportation was good. If you go in high season you have more tourists and higher hotel prices. But the weather is also less rainy and less hot during high season.

For what to see and do in Cambodia and Thailand you will get many links with a simple Google check. For Thailand - Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Phuket are popular. For Cambodia - Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Silhanoukville come to mind.

You have some time to work things out.

3. Posted by Pete-Jones (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Well I can help advise you on Cambodia, but as the post above mentions you need to have a little bit of an idea of what you want to get out of your trip the places you want to visit, the activities that you want to participate in and the time you are spending in each country, before looking into hotels.

Most people come to Cambodia just to visit Angkor Wat one of the 7 manmade wonders of the world and the surrounding temples and leave without knowing anything else about this fabulous holiday destination. Each part of the country has hidden secrets and offers different experiences throughout a Cambodian Holiday.

Cambodia is justly famous for its magnificent temples, but will soon be renowned for its abundant natural attractions and empty beaches. The tourist infrastructure in Cambodia has developed tremendously in recent years, including the opening of quality hotels and restaurants and the upgrading of roads and transport links.

Get back to nature see the famous Irrawaddy river dolphins and local tribes people. Take a mountain walk by a crystal clear volcanic lake and swim under a cascading waterfall. Go elephant riding or simply take time to relax on the sandy beaches and enjoy the fabulous seafood.

Cambodia offers the tourist so much variety, -snip-

In regards to hotels:
I always advise to book the first nights accommodation and then just follow the printed guides that you will find in most hotels, shops, bars and restaurants.
There is so much choise!

And a two week holiday to Cambodia is a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

4. Posted by urleandy (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y

You can have your travel also at Sri Lanka. There are lots of things that you can do there. From its lush mountainous regions, to its perfect beaches, from its incomparable wildlife population to its peerless historical monuments.