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1. Posted by crisy123 (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

hey guys,
Im travelling to south east asia in sept, il be travelling there alone but will be meeting up with friends when i get there. does anyone have any tips on where to go, we are limited on time, we hgave two weeks in thailand, cambodia, vietnam and laos, making it 8 weeks altogether, i know its short but will make it as fun as ever anyway. Hope you can help :-) xx

2. Posted by crisy123 (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

also, can anyone tell me about the visas il need for each of these places as im getting different answers from different ppl xx

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 5y

Quoting crisy123

also, can anyone tell me about the visas il need for each of these places as im getting different answers from different ppl xx

If you need a visa or not depends on the passport you travel with. For Thailand, if you are from the US, UK, most of Europe, Oz or NZ you can show up at the airport in Bangkok and get a Visa Exemption stamp in your passport. This allows you to stay in Thailand for 30 days free. Most of the Communist countries or former Communist countries charge for a visa. Some you can get at the border and some you must get ahead of time and some you can apply online.

Thailand Visa Exemption:
http://www.mfa.go.th/web/2482.php?id=2490

Some visas you can get over the internet and some you can get in Bangkok.

Use Google and see what the requirements are for your country passport.

http://projectvisa.com/fullcountrylist.asp

When in doubt call or contact the country's embassy!

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 5y

Quoting crisy123

hey guys,
Im travelling to south east asia in sept, il be travelling there alone but will be meeting up with friends when i get there. does anyone have any tips on where to go, we are limited on time, we hgave two weeks in thailand, cambodia, vietnam and laos, making it 8 weeks altogether, i know its short but will make it as fun as ever anyway. Hope you can help :-) xx

For Thailand wait until you get to Thailand to change any money over to Thai baht for the best rate. I think Thailand does tourism better than the other countries on your list. When you land at Suvarnabhumi Airport you have regulated meter taxis available to take you to your hotel. If you arrive between 6 a.m. and just before midnight you also can use the new Airport Rail Link. In Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia US currency is also used as a de facto currency. Do not leave those countries with their currency because no one wants that currency making it hard to exchange. Change the currency at the airport before you leave for the next place. If you intend to use a debit or credit card make sure you notify your card provider that you will be overseas. Otherwise your ATM withdrawals may be denied because of suspected fraud.

In Bangkok you have excellent transportation. Besides the Rail Link to get you into the city and cheap meter taxis you also have the Skytrain and a subway. (The price you pay for a meter taxi is for all passengers not per passenger! Also when you use a taxi in Bangkok use the meter and the price is cheaper than bargaining the fare. Meter taxis are cheaper than tuk-tuks. Always use small bills and even coins for paying for cheap things like taxi rides.)
http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm
http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/52
http://bangkok.sawadee.com/skytrain.htm

Don't blow off Bangkok! Bangkok is worth a visit! In Bangkok you can arrange for flights, bus or train rides to other cities. In Thailand you can get tours through local travel agencies on short notice. They will have a list of popular tours to consider. For hotels in Bangkok (and other areas) mention a price range and usually someone will come up with a suggestion. If you are young - many younger tourists head for Khao San Road. But no Skytrain service in that area! There are hotels in other areas that can be reach by city rail services.

For Thailand Google up scams in Bangkok. Most of them will come back as tuk-tuk scams, gem and gold scams, bus problems with buses booked in the Khao San Road area and some scams related to beaches like jet ski scams and overpriced transportation in Phuket. Buses booked in the Khao San Road area often are the buses with most problems. Anytime you use a bus (plane, taxi, train) keep your valuables with you at your seat or in plain sight. Do not put valuables in the checked in bags! This means currency, passport, small electronics, medicines, eyeglasses, jewelry, etc. Some tourist might steal it. Buses booked in Khao San Road often have stories of people hidden in the storage area rummaging through checked in bags. Buy bus tickets at real bus stations! Bring bags that you can lock! Use the security box at your hotel for safeguarding your valuables and keep the key on your person or at least out of sight. Guests you allow into your hotel room are often the first culprits to blame if something comes up missing.

A simple Google check will give you the "what to see and do" in the various countries. Also the "how to get from (somewhere) to (somewhere else!) A Lonely Planet Travel guide will come in handy. Don't lose or damage your passport. A photo copy of the visa page and your personal data page will come in handy if your passport becomes lost. If you are young keep in touch with your families because they always worry. Avoid bringing valuables with you because you never know what will happen. Be wary of "over friendly" people you meet on the trail. If all of you are women there are men who make their living off of lonely or unattached women!

Research older posts for more detailed information.

Have fun.

5. Posted by Thatoeminn (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y

You should not forget travel to Myanmar. It's the best country for the travel. You can visit everywhere inside Myanmar. I know you will get wonderful time here and much more comfortable way to travel. No matter who you are where you from, more easier to get visa now. I m sure you will never forget after you visited. So just try on