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I have loved all your recommendations and input. We will fly down from Chiang Mai and at the end of this week fly to Singapore for 4 - 5 days there. Would you please suggest a 6 - 7 day itinerary for this area, including the best way to get around?

My husband wants to wing it" (no reservations any where) and I'd like to have somewhat of a plan. We then want to see the southern part of Thailand - Phuket, Krabi, Ko Lanta? 14. I think I am now somewhat prepared for the fact that we may have rain for most Cuisine of Asia ( the time - but it was the only time we could go. We start in Bangkok for 3 days, fly to Chiang Rai for 3 days, go on an overnight trek then stay in Chiang Mai for 3 days.

My husband, 15 year old daughter, 13 year old son and I will be traveling in Thailand and Singapore from July 23 - Aug. Like all the others, I would love some recommendations on our trip. It has been so informative and helpful.

I am so happy to have found your website. Go trekking into the hills of Thailand; eat as much street food as you can get your hands on; visit the temples in Angkor; take the slow boat to Laos; haggle at markets in Vietnam Get out there and challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone. But also be aware that there are things to see beyond the overflowing hostels and bottomless buckets of booze.

I'm not saying you shouldn't go to these places in Southeast Asia — by all means, party it up and have fun. In Vietnam, however, you have to either obtain your visa beforehand, OR apply for a visa-on-arrival before you leave home. As an American , for example, you can get a 30-day stamp in Thailand (no visa required unless you're staying longer), a visa-on-arrival in Cambodia ($20 and possibly a passport photo at airports and land borders), and a visa-on-arrival in Laos ($35).

Depending on where you're from and where you're going, visa requirements differ for every country in Southeast Asia. Think about where paying a little more will really enrich your trip. Your daily budget in Southeast Asia depends on where you're travelling and how comfortable you want to be. You can survive on as little as $20 a day in some countries, but for this money you'll be sleeping in very basic accommodation, eating at simple food stalls, and travelling on local non-a/c buses.

Cambodia, for instance, also allows you to get an e-Visa online that negates the need to visit a Cambodian embassy or consulate. Most countries in Southeast Asia allow fairly easy visa-free entry, or visa upon arrival, for stays ranging from two weeks to three months. Conditions for entry regarding US citizens vary widely throughout the region.

Everywhere we went, thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Burma, Malaysia, and Laos, we encountered the same type of travelers, loud, arrogant, completely disrespectful of other travelers and local poeple or places..A on several occasions we had to change guesthouse to find a more quiet place, especially away from you english people. That is what travelling is all about. You'll be journeying into the unknown with no time limit of when you'll be back.

That might sound scary but exciting too! If you're on an open ended trip then you only need to book a one-way flight. It really depends which way you come from, but most travellers begin at Bangkok in Thailand, as it's seen as the ‘gateway to Southeast Asia'.

First things first, make that first step and book your flight; don't wait, you're travelling solo remember, the longer you put this off the more doubt will set in. This is all on you.