This issue - Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
Two years have passed since we last looked in depth at this region. It has become more popular and facilities have improved substantially but it still retains its charm In this issue of the newsletter we bring you up to date with more information, more hints and tips and more photos. We also have, as always, the latest news from Thai Airways International.
Although the holiday season is rapidly approaching there are still excellent prices available on flights and hotels, so don't forget you can easily find cheap air fares from any starting point to any destination, using the Connected Globe Flight Finder. For accommodation, you can find real bargains in good hotels if you book with Agoda.
So now, on with our review of the web sites we have reviewed for this issue:
With the launch of the "Buy One Get One" campaign, THAI invites its customers to experience travel in Royal First Class or Royal Executive Class, by purchasing one full fare round-trip ticket and receiving a second one free or receive a 50 percent discount for every two passengers. THAI's "Buy One Get One" campaign is made available to customers with travel originating from Bangkok only. THAI extends an open invitation to all THAI passengers and prospective customers to experience premium class travel with THAI. Designed for both business and leisure travelers, THAI's "Buy One Get One" campaign is extremely flexible. Both passengers must travel together on the first sector, but have the freedom of travelling separately for the remainder of the itinerary. Members of THAI's frequent flyer program, Royal Orchid Plus, may benefit from choosing the "Buy One Get One" campaign; both paid and free tickets are eligible for full mileage accrual.
Full details of the offer can be found on:
Buy One Get One
This informative site from Exotissimo gives a wealth of useful and interesting information about Laos. The "Highlights of Laos" section gives a map and detailed pages on Vientiane, Luang Prabang & Northern Laos, Southern Laos and Special Interest Ideas. The "Useful Information" section tells you all about Airport Tax, Clothing, Electricity, Food, Health, Hours of business, Language, Money, Public Holiday, Religion, Shopping, Telecom, Tipping, Visas, Water, Weather. There are similar pages on Cambodia and Myanmar.
You can find this mine of useful information (with several very good photographs) on:
Highlights of Laos
The web is packed full of great information if only you can find it. This site is a great example. All the information you could ever want for deciding whether to go to Cambodia and planning the trip once you have decided. First there is a general area covering Season, Safety, Language, Currency, Basic Travel Costs, Bank/Exchange, Immigration/Visa, Border Crossing, National Transport, Local Transport, Mail/Telephone, Customs, Festivals, Then you have detailed information by town. Banks, hotels, transport, internet cafes and border crossings. You'll find everything here with excellent navigation buttons allowing you to find what you want quickly and easily. The site also covers the other countries of South East Asia in similar detail.
You can study this jewel of a site at your leisure on:
Here's something different. Some fascinating background information on the peoples of the region and what their lives are like. The site is produced by the Bethany World Prayer Center and is therefore slanted a bit towards the view od Christian missionaries, but the information is clear, well presented and interesting.
You can explore this site and learn more about the fascinating peoples of SE Asia on:
Cambodia Prayer Profile
South East Asia is very photogenic and some of the travellers that post to the internet are excellent photographers. The reult is sometimes quite stunning, and here on Todd Morris' site is an excellent example. Photos of quite stunning quality that illustrate very well the quotation he gives from Mark Twain: "Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice, and narrow-mindedness. Broad wholesome, and charitable views cannot be acquired by vegetating in one tiny corner of the globe."
Form your broad wholesome views, on:
For useful books on travel, you will find a comprehensive listing with prices and reviews on my books page (with links to buy direct from Amazon.com) on:
There is excellent hotel accommodation available in the region at international standards. However, you don't need to pay international prices. There are substantial discounts available if you know where to look. Our research suggests that the best deals are usually available from the Agoda reservations system which you can find on:
Back issues of this newsletter are available. You can find them on:
The countries covered in other issues are:
Far East Air Fare deals from ConnectedGlobe
There are some excellent prices to be found on flights to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. For flights originating anywhere in the world use the ConnectedGlobe fare finder page.
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