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SE Asia (Starting with Thailand) - 11th August 2013

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1. Posted by macurtis (Budding Member, 18 posts) 20 Apr '13 13:39

Hey,

I'm flying out to Bangkok on the 11th August, no real timetable in mind as of yet but I want to travel around through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia for a few months then potentially on to Australia afterwards.

I'm looking to potentially help out at various volunteering projects whilst travelling around doing the typical tourist trail activities.

I did originally have plans with friends I met while travelling in NZ, but things change and I'm back to travelling alone. I would like to at least make a few contacts before heading out but ideally I'm hoping to find someone or some people with plans similar to my own. As the above no doubt suggests I'm extremely flexible with my lack of plans and the only thing that's set at the moment is the arrival date!

If anyone has similar ideas or will even just be in the same area at the same time feel free to give me a shout! It would be nice to have at least spoken to some people before I fly :)

Thanks!

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1730 posts) 21 Apr '13 05:28

These are well travelled places, and though you are going in the low season (possibility of heavy rains) there will be lots of fellow travellers about in all four countries if you want to join with someone.

Remember a visa, or visa letter for Vietnam (plus passport sized photos) and of course, Australia.

Take plenty of US dollars for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos where shops, etc accept them alongside the local currencies. A Vietnam visa at the airport is paid in dollars too.

3. Posted by macurtis (Budding Member, 18 posts) 21 Apr '13 07:02

Thanks for the advice.

I figured it will be easy enough to meet people out there, I just like having a few contacts before heading out especially if they have similar plans.

Do you know the policy on volunteers needing work visas? I've read and heard mixed reports and the official channels I've emailed haven't responded.

4. Posted by loulabell879 (Budding Member, 13 posts) 21 Apr '13 09:01

Hey I land in phuket on the 26th of august and am looking for a buddy.. I intend to do all that you have mentioned. Would love to meet up if your keen.

I'll pm you with a bit about myself :-)

5. Posted by tranthithanhgia (Inactive, 10 posts) 22 Apr '13 01:03

Hi!
I am pleased to become your guide when you visit Vietnam!
Nice trio for you!:)