Michael Lee

Michael Lee

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    I and my wife are planning to spend 10 days in Thailand. Which cities and how much time should we spend each place?

    Chang Mai then catch the overnight train down to Bangkok. Unless you want to be swamped by Tourists stay away from pattaya or phuket. There is heaps to do in Bangkok with day trips down to the tiger temple and bridge over river Kwai etc. death railway. War memorials, very moving almost 8 years ago

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    where is the best place to look if i want to volunteer overseas for around a week assisting in the construction of a school or church etc??

    There are a heap of places in Cambodia and Laos that are screaming out for volunteers. Beautiful people, so friendly and welcoming. Huge buzz helping out. almost 8 years ago

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    Aside from mui ne are there other places you can recommend visiting that are near saigon? Interests are: architecture, food and beach.

    Go up to dalat. Nice and cool. We did a bicycle ride down the hill from dalat to mui ne. It was about 82kms but my 9 year old daughter did it easy and great to visit mountain villages. almost 8 years ago

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    Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia tops spots not to miss???

    Did this trip in 2009 with my wife & 2 kids, & had a blast. We have been to Cambodia again twice,but would love to get back to Laos. So peaceful &beautiful. When in luang prabung have to go to the moon bear rescue center, out at the entrance to the popular waterfalls. Run by an Aussie &is good to see the bears being able to play &live their lives again. In Vientiane we went out a bit &stayed at the riverside Eco resort which is built on a river. Fantastic bungalows & staff great & cheap. When we went to Thailand we caught a slow boat up the Mekong from luang prabung which takes 2 days, but was awesome seeing the river & it's many villages &kids etc. the stop over in a small town isn't great though. just out of luang prabung is a number of elephant safari attractions. We did a 3 day, 2 night stay, where upon arrival, you get given your own elephant which is yours to look after for the duration. Washing,feeding,riding bareback etc. my 7 year old will never forget it &fell in love with these gentle creatures. In Cambo we always love Siam reap with the temples etc but it is getting a bit touristy in the town &getting sleazy with prostitutes &some drugs. Really disappointing as it is such a great place and to fly in &see Angkor wat from the air is awesome. Try Battambang. We have been there twice & loved the Eco hotel we stayed at. A day trip on tuk tuk will cost about $30 &our guide took us every where! Killing caves, temples that not many tourists visit, towns markets. Really good &you see rural Cambo. Sihanoukville was ok on the beach,we decided to go out to bamboo island for two nights,which is like being castaway with basic bungalows &one restaurant, but was fantastic &great experience. went to kep last time &stayed at jasmine Eco resort with great tree top bungalows &peace. Nice waking up to the sound of gibbons in the trees. We hired motorbikes for about $5 a day &travelled around ourselves to kampot &local attractions like pepper plantations &fish sauce factories. I can tell you straight, after Laos and cambo, Vietnam is very disappointing. The people are not friendly &will try to rip you off. That said, we had a great time in phu quoc, Hanoi, hoi an & dalat. almost 8 years ago