Stuart McDonald runs the immensely popular South East Asia travel site 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.

To listen, hit play below or find episode 126 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:

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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Your thoughts on "Travel South East Asia podcast with Stuart McDonald"

  •! If you have not heard of Travelfish .org you are not seriously traveling through South East Asia. This website is packed with everything you need to know about travel in SEA. It is also a fantastic place to ask questions, to locate current accommodation, ideas for activities; just about anything associated with moving readily easily around SEA. I would go as far as saying that Travelfish and The Lonely Planet Guide go hand in hand as must have companions when traveling through this wonderful maize of countries that make up South East Asia.

    on March 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm Reply
  • My travel highlight in Asia was Thailand. The wonderful temples, beaches, waterfalls and hotels are still in my mind. I whish i can come back soon to visit Chiang MAi and Pai again.

    on March 20, 2010 at 5:10 am Reply

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