How to enjoy a holiday in Southeast Asia with very little money

Single mom, 2 teenagers, no money, wants to travel

Summer holidays, and six weeks to travel anywhere in the world. Where would you want to go? With two expensive teenagers (kids should come with a hazard warning when they are born - Hazardous to your wallet) and very little money, there are not many options open for you to experience a holiday of a lifetime. Keeping one eye on my finances, I started to explore all options. Luckily, as China is my home base at the moment, there are a few cheap options available from there. South East Asia looked like the best option as a single airfare from Shanghai to Chiang Mai, Thailand via Bangkok was definitely affordable. "Backpacking through South East Asia it is," I said to my kids who were eyeing expensive resorts on the net. For the next couple of weeks I poured over Lonely Planets, Guidebooks and websites on the net. After conducting my research, I was able to come up with a rough itinerary of what we could do and where we could go. I didn't look into where we could stay as I figured we'd find that out when we arrived. However, I did preliminary book a guesthouse in Chiang Mai, the Top North, as the prices are very reasonable and they had a swimming pool. I like to have my first stop booked so that when I arrive all exhausted and bedraggled, I can just go straight to my accommodation and relax.

Chiang Mai is wonderful. Many great restaurants and bars, the famous night market is on every night and you must try to be there for the Sunday to go to the Sunday Walking street market. Great bargains to be had and delicious street food to be bought. You can go on a hill tribe trek, elephant trek, combination treks to do all that plus see spectacular waterfalls. There is a daytrip to suit every limited budget. My son did a Muay Thai kick boxing course and my daughter and I did a Thai cooking course. Very cheap and an essential part of your Thai experience.

After a week in Chiang Mai relaxing, exploring, eating, drinking and developing a tan next to the pool, we decided to go to Laos. The cheapest way to get there from Chiang Mai, is to take a shared minibus to Chiang Kong on the Thai/Laos border, and then take a ferry up the Mekong River to Luang Prabang in Laos. You buy your Laos visa at the border.

Chiang Mai

Hii Tribe man relaxing in his house avoiding the heat of the midday sun
Hii Tribe man relaxing in his house avoiding the heat of the midday sun
Siobhan setting the frying pan on fire during her Thai cooking course
Siobhan setting the frying pan on fire during her Thai cooking course
The delcious food we made was worth it!  I recommend the Phad Thai Cooking School as the owner is a scream and keeps you entertained.
The delcious food we made was worth it! I recommend the Phad Thai Cooking School as the owner is a scream and keeps you entertained.
Young boy monks.
Young boy monks.
An old temple in Chiang Mai
An old temple in Chiang Mai
Tony and a giraffe neck woman
Tony and a giraffe neck woman
Enjoying a Thai massage
Enjoying a Thai massage
Hill Tribe woman
Hill Tribe woman
Swimming under waterfalls
Swimming under waterfalls
playing with baby monkeys
playing with baby monkeys
Elephant trekking
Elephant trekking
Hire a scooter to get around town
Hire a scooter to get around town

Laos for backpackers on a budget

The Mekong ferry can only be described as a very interesting experience. A two day trip with a stopover at some obscure cowboy town with a few ramshackled guesthouses and nothing else. After a couple hours on the first day, the Irish rugby team on the boat had already decimated all the cold and warm beers and were out of control. You struck up random conversations with other travelers to while away the time, played cards and discussed must-see places, what to avoid and how to save more money on the trip. When you remembered to look, the scenery on both sides of the boat was spectacular.

Arriving in the pretty riverside town of Luang Prabang, you are immediately hit by the abundance of ancient temples. Obviously, a very religious place at one point in time. We managed to get our tuk-tuk driver to find us a cheap and clean guesthouse to stay in for a few days. Luang Prabang seems to eminate peace. It's a bit of a hippy hangout and you could stay there for months. They make their own illegal whiskey called Lao-Lao which is freely available. Many bars give you a free Lao-Lao when you arrive, so if you want to save money, just go from bar to bar, get your free moonshine and leave. That way you can get royally sozzled without spending a cent! Great little restaurants, bars and spectacular scenery make Luang Prabang a must on any bucket list. If you are into drugs, then you won't have any problems as you get at least twenty offers a day from people trying to sell you dope of some kind.

From Luang Prabang, you can take a local bus, very cheap, to Vang Vieng, a real wild west type of town. There is nothing much there, except the themed bar/restaurants where you lie down on beds all day and watch reruns of Friends at the Friends bar, or reruns of the Simpsons at the Simpsons bar. Accommodation is available but often booked up as people arrive and then tend to stay longer than planned. The life in Vang Vieng is easy. You can tube down the river in the morning and then spend the rest of the day getting drunk or high, your choice, while lying on the bed in the bar trying to focus on Jennifer Aniston in Friends. Just note, that in Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng there is only one ATM in each town which often doesn't work. Have cash on your person.

When you have had enough of tubing down the river and lying on beds talking to random strangers, and drinking beer or other highly alcoholic substances, then you can take another very cheap local bus to Vientienne, the capital of Laos. I must admit, I wasn't very impressed with Vientienne, the guesthouses were much more expensive, at least $20 a night, and the rooms were really crappy. We looked at quite a few, some so dirty, others reeking of urine, before we found one that suited us. From Vientienne, take a tu-tuk to the Thai border, walk across and take another tuk-tuk to the station and catch a night train to Bangkok. Definitely, the cheapest option to get back to Bangkok, and also very comfortable. Sleep with your valuables next to you and stash them away from the aisle.  You don't want to end up being robbed during the night.

Lovely Laos

Tony with his backpack
Tony with his backpack
Houses along the Mekong
Houses along the Mekong
Stalls selling souvenirs
Stalls selling souvenirs
Trekking through the jungle to waterfalls
Trekking through the jungle to waterfalls
Village temple
Village temple
Kids in river
Kids in river
Water buffalo
Water buffalo
Dry waterfall
Dry waterfall
Woman washing clothes in the pool under the dry waterfall
Woman washing clothes in the pool under the dry waterfall
Monk reading
Monk reading
Beautiful art work on an old temple
Beautiful art work on an old temple
Tuk-tuk
Tuk-tuk
Sign outside the tubing place in Vang Vieng
Sign outside the tubing place in Vang Vieng
The van that takes you to the start point
The van that takes you to the start point
Local bus to Vientienne
Local bus to Vientienne
Monk protecting himslef from the sun in Vientienne
Monk protecting himslef from the sun in Vientienne

Banglampu best for those on a tight budget

When you arrive at Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok, avoid talking to locals who'll try and persuade you to go to a nearby TAT office to book your travel tickets for the rest of your journey.  Avoid the TAT offices scattered all over Bangkok like the plague.  They will rip you off, big time and are infamous for fleecing many travelers by offering them 'bargains' at highly inflated prices.  Also avoid taking a tuk-yuk in Bangkok.  They will tell you one price, then make detours to all their sponsors selling carpets, gold, diamonds, expensive suits.  It always costs you a lot more than you'd planned.  Go outside the main doors of the train station and take a meter cab to Khao San Rd in the Banglampu District.  Banglampu is the hippy/backpacker hangout in Bangkok and abounds with street markets, cheap street food, bars, restaurants and clean cheap guesthouses.  There are some dicey guesthouses there as well, where you might have to compete for a bed with rats and cockroaches, but generally, this is the place to stay, especially if it's your first visit to Bangkok.  The vibe is unbelievable, absolutely humming, and if you are a people watcher, then this is one place on the planet where you'll never be bored.  I usually stay at one of the Four Sons Guesthouses, they have about four in the area, as they are very clean, closer to a hotel than the normal guesthouse with shared bathroom, as they are en suite.  They are about 100 baht a night more than the other guesthouses, but you get what you pay for.  If you love icecream, try Swensens, it's to die for.  In Khao San Rd and its environs, there are heaps of little travel agents offering trips to Ko Tao (excellent diving island) and other places in Thailand.  They can also arrange your visa for Vietnam as you have to get that in advance.  You can't get that at the border.  If you want to fly anywhere in South East Asia very cheaply, these little travel agents can also book an Air Asia flight for you.  On Saturdays and Sundays, you can find out the local bus number to take you to Chatuchak market.  Definitely a must as you can buy anything you can possible think of in this huge market, where bargaining is a necessity.  The little travel agents can also arrange day trips for you to see the other sights in Bangkok, when you get tired of watching drugged up Englishmen, drunk Australians and aging hippies from all over the world, in Khao San Rd.

When you are ready to go to Cambodia, catch a taxi or local bus to Mo Chit Bus Terminal, just behind Chatuchak Market.  There you can buy a local bus ticket to Aranya Prathet, the Thai town on the Cambodian border.

Bustling Banglampu, best budget place to stay in Bangkok

You can get your hair braided with beads in Khao San Rd
You can get your hair braided with beads in Khao San Rd
Shopping in Khao San Rd
Shopping in Khao San Rd
Bar near Khao San Rd
Bar near Khao San Rd

Cambodia, be prepared for extreme poverty

Spend the night at a guesthouse in Aranya Prathet and be prepared for an early start the next morning.  Take a tuk-tuk to the border post.  You can buy your Cambodian visa there.  Walk across to Cambodia, fighting against the throngs of young traders pushing their large wooden carts into Thailand.  Be prepared to have to pay a bribe to get your visa application pushed to the front of the pile.

From Poipet on the Cambodian side, negotiate a fare from on of the taxi drivers waiting on the Cambodian side,, to take you to Battambang.  There is not much to see in Battambang, but there is an orphanage you can visit and donate some rice to.  They appreciate all the help they can get.  You can catch a motorbike taxi to the Killing Cave and see where the Khmer Rouge murdered many people, with still alive and free, Brother Number Three's big house in the valley below.  Guesthouses in Battambang are cheap, but very crappy.  Console yourself with the fact that it's only for the night.  The one we stayed in was so tiny, you couldn't swing a cat, it had no windows and we all got very claustrophobic.  But then, it only cost $5 for the three of us for the night.

The next morning, we caught a ferry across the enormous lake, to Siem Reap.  It was a whole day ferry trip, you sometimes go through narrow waterways where they have to use long poles to push the boat off the reeds in the shallow water.  Other parts of the trip, you could be in the ocean as you see only water.  The floating police station, shops and church was interesting, as was the tiny houses on stilts.  Hard to imagine anybody living like that!

Siem Riep is the complete opposite of Battambang as it is geared to cater for Tourists.  We stayed at an amazing guesthouse with a rooftop bar called, Popular Guesthouse and I can definitely recommend it.  Bars and restaurants abound from exorbitantly expensive to dirt cheap.

Take a tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat in the evening, you get in for free after five, and watch the sun set over the ruins.  Truly spectacular!  The next morning, take the tuk-tuk to Angkor.  Make sure you have a map as the ruins are over a large area.  You can walk from ruin to ruin if you have a lot of time and are energetic.  We found it easiest to Have our tuk-tuk take us from ruin to ruin and wait for us.  You will be pestered by little kids who should be at school, trying to peddle postcards and other souvenirs.  You can pick up really good Lonely Planets, all copied, really cheaply from the little waifs trying to flog them.  The ruins, Angkor Wat...there are no words to describe them.  I think, it is one of those places that everbody should see and experience before they die.  A word of warning, the steps are narrow and very steep at many of the ruins.

We could easily have stayed longer at Siem Reap as we really loved it there.  But, we had to move on to the next adventure - Phnom Penh.  Buy a bus ticket and take a bus to Phnom Penh.  Alternatively, you can take a boat all the way down, but we decided we were already boated out.  The road is full of pot-holes, and seems long, so make sure you have a good book to read on the trip.  Phnom Penh is filled with very poor people, lots of beggars, little markets and the large Russian Market.  When in Phnom Penh, you have to go to the famous S21 prison and the Killing Fields.  Both extremely sobering experiences.  In the evening, head to Happy Herbs Pizza for the famous pizza sprinkled very liberally with a strange smelling herb, which makes you well, happy.  Guesthouses are a little more upmarket and expensive than in Banglampu, Thailand. 

Next stop, Vietnam!  Buy a bus ticket and take a local bus to Ho Chi Min City, previously known as saigon.  Make sure you have your visa before you head to the border!  Cambodia has many atms so withdrawing money is nor problem and most atms give you US$.

Cambodia, land of peddling postcards

If you don't want to walk at Angkor, you can pay to get elephants to carry you.
If you don't want to walk at Angkor, you can pay to get elephants to carry you.
Heading up to see the sunset.
Heading up to see the sunset.
Sunset over the ruins.
Sunset over the ruins.
Landmine victims play music to raise money for further medical treatment.
Landmine victims play music to raise money for further medical treatment.
Ruins
Ruins
Ruins
Ruins
I love how the tres are growing out of the ruins
I love how the tres are growing out of the ruins
Bayon
Bayon
Postcard sellers
Postcard sellers
Steep steps at the ruins
Steep steps at the ruins
Ruins
Ruins
Ruins
Ruins
Tuk-tuk
Tuk-tuk
Young people pushing their wooden carts at the Poipet border.
Young people pushing their wooden carts at the Poipet border.
Killing cave
Killing cave
Some of the skulls and bones gathered from the floor of the cave.
Some of the skulls and bones gathered from the floor of the cave.
Fishing on the lake
Fishing on the lake
House on stilts
House on stilts
Floating church
Floating church
House surrounded by water
House surrounded by water
Tiny huts the poor live in just outside Siem Reap
Tiny huts the poor live in just outside Siem Reap
Showing respect at the Killing Fields
Showing respect at the Killing Fields
Skulls dug up at the fields
Skulls dug up at the fields
It's good to  remember what happened, so that we don't do it again
It's good to remember what happened, so that we don't do it again
Ankle chains used on prisoners at S21 prison
Ankle chains used on prisoners at S21 prison
Happy Herbs Pizza to take your mind off some of the horrors seen at the museums.
Happy Herbs Pizza to take your mind off some of the horrors seen at the museums.

Vibrant Vietnam

The bus ride from Phnom penh to Ho Chi Min City is quite a short one.  There are many good guesthouses at a reasonable price, all in the bar/restaurant area.  The War Crimes Museum is a must see and gives you a completely different perspective on the Vietnam War.  It was nothing like the Hollywood movies and far more horrible for the Vietnamese people.  Ho Chi Min has a good feel about it and is quite laid back.  We could have stayed longer, but by this stage of our journey, we were keen to hit the beach.  We bought a hop on hop off bus ticket from Ho Chi Min to Hanoi.  Very cheap, but definitely not a trip for the faint-hearted.  In retrospect, I think I'd pay extra and rather go by train.

Our first stop was Mui Ne Beach.  A relatively short bus trip, but they drop you off at a slightly expensive resort.  As my son was feeling poorly, we decided to just stay there and be a little more upmarket for a change, rather than walk up and down the dirt road looking for something cheaper.  The beach was okay, but a bit deserted.

The bus trip to Nha Trang was long and a nightmare.  Uncomfortable, jammed in, no place to sleep during the night and none of the stops along the way had decent toilets.  Squatters i can deal with as we have them in China, but strong urine-smelling holes in the cement that you were supposed to try and aim for and pee into was just plain disgusting.  However, Nha Trang was a pleasant surprise after the nightmarish bus journey.  Beautiful beaches, great restaurants and bars, and really good value snorkeling trips to some nearby islands.  Another place we could have stayed at for a while.

Next stop was Hoi An, very pretty old French colonial style buildings.  Most people get clothes made by the tailors there, that's the big business for the town.  Lots of great places to stay at, maybe a little more expensive than Nha Trang.  Not too far from Hoi An was Hue which I was really pleased we had decided to stop at.  The guesthouse was simple but comfortable and much cheaper than those at Hoi An, a much more popular stop for most travelers.  we actually preferred Hue.  We walked across the river up to the ancient Citadel and then took a motorbike tour from Thu.  She has a little bar/restaurant cleverly called 'Cafe on Thu Wheels' which serves delicious food, cold cheap beer and she arranges her brothers to take you on tours of the area on their motorbikes.  Definitely to be recommended.

Another nightmare bus trip from Hue to Hanoi.  Definitely a train next time, but as I had bought the bus ticket, I had to use it.  I think if the bus was traveling during the day it wouldn't be too bad, but at night it is just plain awful and you arrive at your destination feeling like a zombie.

Hanoi is very different to Ho Chi min and is very busy, bustling, moving at a frenetic pace with thousands of motorbikes everywhere blocking up the roads.  Guesthouses are reasonable and you can sit on the street corners at the little illegal beer stalls.  They bring out plastic chairs for you to sit on on the sidewalk, sell you ice cold beer, but if the police come, they quickly whip the chairs out from under you and hide them away.  From Hanoi it is easy to buy a ticket to Halong Bay where you can spend a night on a boat, or two days sailing on a boat through the magnificent karst landscape and explore the caves and stay at a hotel on an island.  Definitely something not to be missed.

From Halong Bay, back to Hanoi, a couple of days exploring, and then for a change, flying Air Asia back to Bangkok at only $22 a ticket!  You can't beat that!  Air Asia often has really good bargains like that.  From Bangkok, you can head down to Hua Hin for a few days on the beach there.  Hua Hin is only a few hours away from Bangkok by bus. 

4 Countries in 6 weeks, a holiday of a lifetime and all for $4000!

Vibrant Vietnam

Guillotine at the War Crimes Museum
Guillotine at the War Crimes Museum
Street butchery in Ho Chi Min
Street butchery in Ho Chi Min
Rummaging through beach debris at Mui Ne
Rummaging through beach debris at Mui Ne
Nha trang
Nha trang
Sunset at Nha trang
Sunset at Nha trang
Little sampans for fishing from
Little sampans for fishing from
Spices at the market in Nha Trang
Spices at the market in Nha Trang
Pickled Sea Horses
Pickled Sea Horses
French colonial architecture in Hoi An
French colonial architecture in Hoi An
Hoi An
Hoi An
Hoi An
Hoi An
Hoi An
Hoi An
Travel in the towns on a cyclo
Travel in the towns on a cyclo
Cafe on Thu Wheels
Cafe on Thu Wheels
Hue old pagoda
Hue old pagoda
Thu's brother's motor bike tour
Thu's brother's motor bike tour
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Fruit seller in Halong Bay
Fruit seller in Halong Bay
Cruise boats in Halong Bay
Cruise boats in Halong Bay
Traffic in Hanoi
Traffic in Hanoi

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sophiewf 7 years ago from US

This was great information.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Cindy, looking at your photos was a delight. It was like I was with you on your trips. :-) By the way, this hub is a hubnugget nominee. Yippeee...and for spring too. Remember to cast your vote and ask all your friends to vote too. Here is the link: http://hubpages.com/community/Hubber-Poll-March19-...

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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Ripplemaker! It was great sorting through photos to put on the hub as it made me remember the good times we had that holiday!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Wow this was a thorough read and very informative too. And cool pictures, to boot! A real travelogue! Next time that you travel through the region, include the Philippines in your itinerary and I can show you around LOL Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed it a lot :D


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I really loved the pictures! I would have had to buy postcards from those 2 little cuties! Sounds like a great vacation. cindyvine, you lead an interesting life :)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Chris A, Philippines is definitely on my list! Was hoping to get there before leaving China, but I leave China in June. Glad you found the hub informative.

K@ri, there were just too many cuties selling postcards, but we bought so many cheap souvenirs and t-shirts, we had to buy another suitcase in Bangkok just before we left. Our backpacks were too full!


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Schwag 7 years ago from Clarksville, TN

Absolutely wonderful. You can check out my glowing review of your work here:

http://hubpages.com/community/Spring-HubNugget-Rev


Dave Seager 7 years ago

Brilliant article, loved the pictures too!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks guys, was hard ton choose which pics to put in the article as we saw so many wonderful things


sandi masori 7 years ago

What an amazing trip and what an incredible experience for the kids! I can't wait for my 2 year old to be old enough for a trip like that. One of the most gratifying experiences I've ever had was about 12 years ago in Thailand. I was in Bangkok on the backpackers street, maybe the one that you mentioned in your article, it was so long ago, I don't remember... anyway, I'm a professionl balloon artist, and back then, I always had balloons on me. There was a little Thai girl selling flowers, (maybe 4-5 years old), she was so sweet so I made her a balloon flower, and I have never seen a face light up like that before, it was amazing! She couldn't believe that I meant the balloon for her, and her smile was electric. Anyway, sorry for the tangent, but your article really brought back the memory for me. It's a great article. The pictures are breathtaking. Thank you for taking us with you! - Sandi Masori (http://www.balloonutopia.com - @sandiballoon)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hi Sandi

Glad you enjoyed the pics and the articles. This holiday was definitely one I'll remember for the rest of my life, and I'm sure that my children will always remember it as well. Luckily, we've been in the position to enjoy a few good holidays like this. Check out my hub on our holiday in Goa. You can start taking your two year old on holidays now already! Don't wait!


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uganda-safari 7 years ago

Was fearing to take on a trip to that part of the world. Now am confident, YES WE CAN!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Yeah, the trip is not a hard one, especially if you follow some of the guidelines I've given and stay at some of the places I mentioned.


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orange 7 years ago from Kochi

Nice Hub, nice pictures too.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Traveling gets into your blood. Am currently in Xian checking out the warriors


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sophieqd 7 years ago

How holiday South East Asia little money

thanx a lot for the useful info

keep hubbing :)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks, Sophie


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Wonderful!!! I wish I was there. I must visit Asia, I have been delying the trip for years but now I just feel like packing and going there right now.

Beautiful photos, and an unforgetable experience for your children, they are so lucky to have such an adventourous mom :)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Princessa, this is one of those hubs that I like to look through every now and then to remember this wonderful holiday!


panic away 7 years ago

what an amazing experience you and your kids will never forget it... that is so cool... I need to do something like that with my 2 sons... thanks for sharing it with us.


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Jezzzz 7 years ago

Wow, what a great trip. It was so interesting I had to bookmark it and add it to my travel wants list.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Panic Away, definitely a holiday you an do with your sons!

Jezzz, this is a holiday you have to do!


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BeauFla 7 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Wow! That really looks like a great trip. I have never traveled with my children, they are too young. Did you take special precautions in SE asia to keep them safe?


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

BeauFla, it was a fantastic trip! We started off taking anti-malarial stuff, but then my daughter got nauseous and sick from it, so we stopped and rather used anti-mosquito cream which worked.


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travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

Hello

Sounds like a wonderful hol and what a great experience for your children. Good on you. Your excellent story telling and great photos take me on a trip down memory lane.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Travelespresso! It was a fantastic holiday and one I'll never forget!


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Bbudoyono 7 years ago

Cindy I am waiting for your hubs about Indonesia. Bali and Yogyakarta are great.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Yeah, Indonesia is still on my list of places to go


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Pictures to enjoy.


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks HP!


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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks for the link Philipo, will definitely join up!


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harrisdy 6 years ago from New York

really nice... looks like a great journey!


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Harrisdy, it was an unbelievable holiday, one of those once in a lifetime experiences.


ciciaim 6 years ago

i can't eat the Thai's food!!! it's too spicy!

btw, thailand is a nice country, and i like the service in here! not too cheap but make the travellers are pleasure!

and what about vietnam? i think it's not a bad choice!

http://www.vietnamvisa-online.com/ --> good but cheap :


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Cicaim I've been to Vietnam and I agree, it's a great place to visit!


Jasmine nguyen 6 years ago

Wow, I love Thailand and Vietnam most. The people of both country are so lovely, amazingly honest. Last time I went to Vietnam. All were fantastic, we owe http://www.visaforvietnam.org a lot as they are the guide and a big part helping us exploring Vietnam and accessing the authentic value of the country.


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Okay Jasmine, I'll advertise your visa service lol


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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore

love the post!


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Lilian


AlexG 6 years ago

Some great information, could easily be used as an itinerary to follow in your footsteps.

Thanks!


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Alex, yeah, think it could be used as an itinerary


Emily 6 years ago

This is a really enjoyable pictures to see. It looks that all are so peace, orginal. You must have been very relaxing and that must be a great journey to experience.


Celine 6 years ago

Great hub


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Emily, it was a great trip!

Celine, thanks!


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omcj1234 5 years ago

Wow, what great pictures. I have so many friends from Southeast Asia. I can't believe I haven't gone yet.


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cindyvine 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

OMC, you better t packing cause you're missing out on so much!


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pisethz 5 years ago

I saw the photo of my favorite food in this article and I can tell spring role in Cambodia is very nice.


Meg 5 years ago

Wow...I am a single Mom of two teenagers thinking of a month in Southeast Asia this summer. It is so much to plan and I have never been to Asia. I wish we could talk.


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cindyvine 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

pisethz, South East Asian food is my favourite!

Meg, just follow my itinerary on here and you'll give your kids the holiday of a lifetime!


Vietnam Visa 5 years ago

Thanks Travelespresso! I like this way !


gil 5 years ago

Hi great information

its so funny

i know the lady that did you're hair braid in the kaho san rd

her name is TIK she is a very nice lady and she works close to WA's Place!!:))


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cindyvine 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Vietnam Visa and Gil, thanks for popping by and taking the time to comment! We're thinking of going back to Thailand for Christmas.


Vietnam visa on arrival 5 years ago

4 Countries in 6 weeks, a holiday of a lifetime and all for $4000! I thing cheap tour !


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MalceskiFan 5 years ago from Melbourne

Love the pictures but the pickled seahorses are disgusting.


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cindyvine 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

MalceskiFan we were too scared to try the pickled seahorses!


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jamila sahar 4 years ago

i am filled with wanderlust after reading this and seeing the photos, i feel like i've been on a mini vacation ! thanks for sharing

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