TransitionsAbroad call Travelfish Website of the Month

Leading travel publication, TransitionsAbroad has declared Travelfish Website of the month for August 2008. It’s always great, and very encouraging to receive praise, but even moreso from a publication of the calibre of TA. The full review reads as follows:

“ is a beautifully designed and minimalist website where the content is truly as good as the form. Travelfish is one of the only website-only publishers that pay independent, anonymous researchers to go and visit destinations in Asia which include Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Thai Islands, and Vietnam. Travelfish covers destinations that nobody else does. The coverage of Vietnam, for example, includes entire provinces that you’ll read about nowhere else, on- or off-line. That makes it an ideal information source for independent travelers looking to truly get off-the-beaten track.

Readers are able to make contributions to the site through Travelfish’s hosted forums and blogs, but the editors have limited unedited content in order to focus on the real strength of the website—independent, unbiased reviews, and opinions by travelers who know what they’re talking about.

There is much free content on the site in the form of guides, features stories, suggested itineraries, FAQs, and other resources. In addition, specialized Travelfish guides in PDF format can be (purchased for a very small payment) which cover selected islands, cities, and sites intelligently.

In addition, within the PDF guides every single one of the accommodations listings (and there are over 3,500) has been visited, in person, by one of the researchers at Travelfish. As a result, they represent the largest single repository of accommodations advice for the countries covered.

In the view of Transitions Abroad, represents the state-of-the-art in the dissemination of reliable travel destination information.”

Transitions Abroad website of the month, August 2008

Thanks! Launches Updated Vientiane Guide

Travelfish, the online Southeast Asian travel specialists, launched on Monday their updated 15-page downloadable guide to Laos’ riverside capital of Vientiane, the latest in their series of titles navigating independent travellers around the region.

Laos is Southeast Asia’s latest hotspot, named by the New York Times as its top pick for a 2008 country destination. Vientiane, one of the world’s most laid-back capitals, is the gateway for many travellers to Laos and offers a taste of the somnolent Buddhist — and communist — nation in one easy-to-digest bite. Sample spicy Lao food, stay at one of Laos’ increasing number of stylish hotels, and see the sights, ranging from traditional glittering temples to a bizarre sculpture garden perched on the banks of the Mekong River.

The downloadable PDF guide to the city once razed by the Thais is an invaluable research tool for intrepid travellers, boasting more than 100 detailed listings for accommodation, restaurants, bars and sights. It’s far more up-to-date than old-style guides like Lonely Planet and Rough Guides, and much lighter to carry with you.

With more than 34,000 words of tightly-packed travel advice with attitude, the guide will arm everyone from backpackers to luxury tourists with insider information to help them make the most of their journey.

The compact guide also includes information and listings on Phou Khao Khouay National Park.

For just US$4.95, with a seven-day moneyback guarantee, the guide is an essential addition to any Vientiane-bound traveller’s bag.

With the debut of the Vientiane updated guide, has also launched its first country pack of guides. The Laos combination pack is comprised of guides to Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Champasak and Remote Southern Laos. Together the guides retail for $15.80 but buy all four guides for just $11.85 — 25% off.

Travelfish is an Australian-owned company aiming to arm Southeast Asian travellers with up-to-date information that is more accurate than traditional guidebooks.

Note: Bloggers — please contact Stuart or Sam directly to request a free review copy.

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