Stuart McDonald runs the immensely popular South East Asia travel site Travelfish.org. We managed to catch up with Stuart to talk about his travels in the region, the genesis of Travelfish, and to get an overview on what to expect when traveling there.
Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia all get spotlighted in this wide-ranging interview, but we also look at times and strategies for travelling the area as a whole. We recommend planning to spend at least three months of a RTW trip here … and to knock half your to-do items off the list. Transport can be slow or terrain difficult, and the number one problem seems to be travel burnout as people attempt to do too much with too little time. Relax, spend some time on the beach and enjoy yourself.
The Travelfish site has plenty of information and excellent, active forums. They also package up their information in handy PDF guides, like this Vietnam pack or their Laos pack. The membership system means you get free updates to current editions, which is great for potential return trips.
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