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Old 08-19-2011, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone Been to South East Asia???

Not for snowboarding (do they even have any), just for fun.

Planning a trip and wondering if anyone has been somewhere sweet in the area and has any suggestions.
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malaysia is very nice. borneo is epic.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Singapore is a must see country, Hong Kong is crazy with gadgets and nightlife and ridiculous shopping, Malaysia is amazing with sights to see, Taiwan is somewhat different...
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Singapore is a must see country, Hong Kong is crazy with gadgets and nightlife and ridiculous shopping, Malaysia is amazing with sights to see, Taiwan is somewhat different...
Thanks for the info!

What makes singapore a must see? Is it sight seeing type stuff? Just a beautiful country? Shopping?

Just trying to figure out the best place based on what I want to do and what my wife wants to do....not totally aligned

P.S. We will be in kuala lumpur for sure because we are visiting family that lives there. The rest of the trip is what we are trying to figure out. Visiting one or two other areas near by for about a week.
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Since the violence and protests has died down in Thailand has gone away, it is worth a visit for scenery, beaches, and Thai food (they have other from other countries in cities like Bangkok. In the big cities, there is American fast food if you want although places like Pizza Hut can be more like a fine dining experience). Of course, it is better to have someone who knows Thai or get a guide if you want the best experience.

Hong Kong is not generally considered Southeast Asia but if you are open to visiting it, it is an awesome city. Allocate enough money though because many things in Hong Kong are expensive. Nightlife, dining, shopping, scenery, and much more can be found in Hong Kong.
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i grew up in manila, philippines. as the only latin country in asia, it has alot in common culturally with mexico and south america. one of the places in SEA where your dollar will take you the furtherst in terms of food, lodging and knick knacks (if you are picking up local handmade goods - i would!). with the exception of muslim extremists in the deep south the country is pretty safe to travel in (just keep your wallet and passport somewhere smart like not your back pocket), and many people speak english.
edit. didnt sell the PI enough, great beaches, international city, volcanoes - plenty of natural and manmade attractions! (no gloss like hk and s'pore tho!)

hong kong and s'pore are both great destinations for food and boutique shopping but keep in mind that these are huge industrial cities with little or no natural environment to enjoy. s'pore can be enjoyed on a budget but as a rule is a very expensive place (think vacation in manhattan).

tapei is a fun city, more affordable and authentic than hk or s'pore imho, also with more country sightseeing available.

indonesia, borneo and new guinea are all also cheap like the philippines but as u get away from the chinese influence of the north you have things in this region such as muslim extremism, piracy and general lawlessness that you want to be aware of.

australia, nz, tahiti, samoa, never been, love to go, sounds out of my $$, colorado suits me fine atm! pm or post if u have more ?, as i have pretty extensive experience in the region and all im doing is waiting for it to snow!

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I spent three months in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos last year. For beaches you can't go wrong with Thailand - find a nice, quiet resort on Ko Phangan, Ko Samui or Ko Tao and spend your days chilling on the beach, eating freshly-caught and then grilled fish, and riding scooters around the island. It's fantastic and cheap.

A really plush room in a beach-facing hotel set me back 15 a night, roughly $24.
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Good stuff in here. Thanks guys.

It sounds like we'll likely fly into Hong Kong so we will probably spend a few days there emptying our wallets.

From there, I think we are leaning towards Thailand, although exactly where hasn't been decided. Phuket has been recommended by some friends and I like the idea of a small remote island...and my wife would love it.
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If you are going to HK do your shoppping on the way out. You don't want to be carrying to much expensive gear.

Do you scuba dive? Have you thought of learning? Thailand is a great place to learn and dive. If you have never done it you should give it a go. Its is a close second to snowboarding when it comes to favorite pastimes!

Phuket is ok but very very touristy. Check out Koh Samui - koh samui - Google Search

Malaysia is also a great spot. As said above. Borneo is the shit. Stayed in Kota Kinabalu for a week. Cool town. The reefs are a bit fucked around there though from dynamite fishing.
Or Koh Phangan - koh phangan - Google Search

If you have time take some days in Bangkok. As said about now the trouble has died down you should visit. Very fun city.

You didn't mention what time you were going or how much time you have? I am a big believer in know a few places well rather than trying to see the whole area in a week.
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Good stuff in here. Thanks guys.

It sounds like we'll likely fly into Hong Kong so we will probably spend a few days there emptying our wallets.

From there, I think we are leaning towards Thailand, although exactly where hasn't been decided. Phuket has been recommended by some friends and I like the idea of a small remote island...and my wife would love it.
I've never been to Phuket so can't really comment, but was in Thailand back in May. Went to Ko Chang Island, which is not quite so far south as Phuket, and east of Bangkok, it's not far from Trat. It was pretty quiet when we went, but I think it wasn't peak season. I actually prefer it that way, as I found it quite relaxing. Stayed at the most expensive place in the area of the island we chose (for the exchange rate, figured we might as well, it was still ridiculously cheap for what it was ) The wet edge pool with a bar in it got quite a working, many beer towers were charged to the room. There's activities to be had if that's your kind of thing, did a snorkel tour and an elephant ride and had a great time.

Also spent a week in Bangkok. As far as suggestions go, if you want to go to temples, pick one or two and go. Don't try to visit every single temple as you'll just be wasting your time once you begin to realise how much of the same thing you'll be looking at. Oh and taxis everywhere, I think I was taking 2 or 3 taxis a day because they were so cheap.
You can do the tiger temple tour too if you haven't done something like that before. I paid to go in and play with the baby tigers and that was pretty cool, had four of them chasing down a toy I was swinging around at one stage.
You can get tailored suits in Bangkok (and other asian countries) too, I picked up 2 suits and 5 shirts that I'm pretty happy with. Obviously, they aren't Saville Row or anything, you get what you pay for, but not bad nonetheless. Just don't go with the guys that stand outside their shops trying to get you in, those will be the low quality suits that you'll pay really good prices for, but the suits will fall apart in no time. Sites like tripadvisor can point you in the right direction.
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