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May 2002

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2002.5.29: Brandt <>
Thunderstorms in Indonesia
I have a very particular question. I would like to know if in January, during the wet monsoon-period, it is true that there are daily thunderstorms in Borgor in Indonesia. This is because I want to pay a visit to this town in order to experience as many Thunderstorms possible within a period of two a three weeks. I hope very much that you can give detailed information about this or give me an email-address of somebody who is able to give me that information.
From Editorial
I cannot guarantee it but it is quite often you can see thunderstorms.
In SE Asia, you can see thunderstorms often in the rainy season. For example May to Oct in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore. Once the weather is unstable, you can see the thunderstorm every day. But I say the chance is about 30%.



2002.05.27: Aril <>
Ubud, Indonesia
Hello, I am very interested in travelling to Ubud, I am a visual artist/writer and musician. I am really looking for a place that I can stay for a month. I hear June has an arts festival. Can you suggest any place to stay for a month that is beautiful yet affordable. I read the Indonesian dollar amounts but didn't know the current exchange. I guess what Im looking for is a place that I can get some creative work done and at the same time not be too far away from a good cafe.
Please let me know, since I am thinking of coming in June. ALso if you have any suggestions on airlines, please let me know.
From Editorial
Regarding to your questing, please let me ask you a few question.
1.) How much is your budget per day in US$
2.) How big for the room do you need for your artistic work? Do you need a studio apart from your bed room?
3.) What type of cafes do you like? There are a few nice cafes in Ubud.



2002.5.24: samantha gray <>
Visa for SE Asia
I am taking a year out after university and am going to work in Australia for 6 months before flying to Hong Kong and then making my way overland through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia.
What is the best way to go about getting visas for Cambodia and Vietnam as I will not be able to apply before i leave Britain.

From Editorial

For your plan, you can take a visa for Vietnam in Hong Kong. Then you can take a visa for Cambodia in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. For Thailand and Malaysia, you don't need any visa before you enter these countries. You can get them on the border, unless you are planning to stay in Thailand more than 2 months. If so you can apply the 2 month visa in Phnom Penh. ITIS Travelers provides most of the visa information on our web site. Please check the pages for Hong Kong, HCMC and Phnom Penh.



2002.05.09: Andrinna <>
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
My b/f and i are planning to backpack to Phi Phi Island on July 31st to August 3rd 2002.
I heard that there are 2 islands in Phi Phi, one is Phi Phi Leh & another is Phi Phi i right?
Could u recommend us which island is the best for backpackers on budget ways.
Anyway, I've been one of the island few years back in 1996, there are rows of stalls/bazaar selling knicks-knacks,bakery & restaurants too.
Also, there is a PADI Diving Centre.
Just couldn't recall which island is this. Would appreciate if anyone could assist us on transports, budget accommodations & etc. Last but not least, are there any full moon party held on July 31 till 3 August 2002 and where would it be the funkiest place to party hard! :>:>

From Editorial
We have a lot of information to plan your trip to this island. Please look the page first.
The island you can find accommodation is Phi Phi Don only. No development is allowed on Phi Phi Ley. There are many PADI centers on Phi Phi Don. However the season you are planning is not so good for the islands in the west coast of Thailand. It is the middle of the rainy season. The islands on the east coast do not get rain so much in August.

? 2002.05.05: Maxine <>
Bentan, Indonesia
I am requestion photos and information on Bentan island , Can you please help that is all I want. Thanks
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