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Im a lone ranger..haha..wanna cut cost on tuk tuk for Angkor Wat....anyone interested?!
Are there neighborhoods in Districts 5 and 6 where there are many tailors all on the same street? I don't mean the kind of tailors that make clothes, I mean the kind that fix clothes, sew on buttons, etc.
i may need to talk to a lot of them to find one that can do what I need. That's why I ask where they are concentrated. Thanks.
I just finished a 3 week visit to Myanmar and wanted to share some thoughts and advice for those planning a trip.
I was traveling with both the LP 1996 and LP 2009 guides. I arrived with '96 and picked up '09 at the guesthouse in Yangon. I held onto the old one because there was actually a lot more background information in it and less of the snarky comments about avoiding Burmese cuisine etc.
Costs became a big factor in my trip. One thing to always keep in mind is that there is no way to get more money once in Myanmar. As of now no travel agencies accept credit cards, no one cashes travelers checks, no ATM's etc. (Perhaps some luxury hotels take cards for a large fee.)
This matters because price hikes are sky high. I know I don't have the MOST up to date guidebook, but I experienced several guesthouses charging up to 5x the price quoted in 2009 Lonely Planet. In Meiktila f... more »
Anyone who has done this by Moto, please message me. Is it worth doing or has it been made more into a road now?
My girlfriend and I have booked flights to Vietnam, into HCMC and out of Hanoi for a couple of weeks towards the end of April/beginning of May. My suggested plan is:
4 days HCMC with trip to the Mekong Delta
Fly up to Danang and then bus to Hoi An for 3 nights
Taxi to Hue for a night or two
Then fly from Hue to Hanoi for the final 4/5 days with a night in Halong Bay
I realise this is a bit of a rush but would people recommend longer/shorter in HCMC/Hanoi or perhaps a few more days in Hoi An and Hue? My impression is Hue is a little smaller and worth seeing for the architectural and cultural heritage but Hoi An is a better place to spend 2/3 days.
However, any recommendations gratefully received!
What are the best hotels in Ho Chi Min City that are smack bang in the middle of everything e.g. near local food stalls/shopping/markets and night activities.
(not dirty,touristy like Kao San in Bangkok. I always stay in The Bedroom Boutique hotel in Onnut Area Bangkok which has everything except loads of tourists)
I want to use the hotel for our starting base daily.Also a location easy to hire motor bike,take some day tours or mekong and overnight tours at economical prices.Good vietnamese food around.
My budget for a newish very clean well lit quiet room is usd 25 to 30 for a double room.I plan to arrive on 20th june.
Deeply appreciate your choices and your favourite places.
Also any hidden gems in Phouc island,Hoi An, Trang,Hue,as plan to spend 23 nights total.
I'm currently in Hoi An and looking to make my way down to Sigon via the Ho Chi Minh trail. However I'm in need of a motorbike or scooter. Preferably automatic. Ideally someone having my idea just ending their trip and looking to sell would be good. Any shouts or advice?
Please sugguest some special attractions/ tour in Hong Kong. I would like to take this chance to explore this city, including nature, culture & heritage.
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Right, I have this sudden urge for Chinese food (pregnant?) but I have no idea where to go. I have tried a couple of restaurants on Sivathe. They were OK but nothing special. Anyone knows somewhere better?
There are many threads on how best to get from Hanoi airport to the Old Quarter and many of them involve scary stories of being ripped off by taxis (which are absolutely true!) or the necessity of paying alot for a prepaid taxi. However only a few seemed to recommend the airport transfer bus and those which do often seem to be followed by people saying its a bit of a pain or crowded etc. So I thought I would share our recent experience (Feb 1 2012) in the hope it will help or reassure some people (a retired couple behind us in the visa line ended up getting a USD35 taxi because they were so scared of the transfer by normal taxi and thought the bus sounded tricky) .
Anyway we got the bus (walk out and turn right, walk less than 100 meters and the bus is on the left - in front of taxis). A guy approached us with a map showing us where it would drop us (right outside the Vietnam ... more »
After travelling in Nepal, India and Myanmar we have reached Thailand and are finding it far too busy and touristy, despite this we are enjoying to relax on the beach before heading north to Chiang Mai. We are looking for some more less developed destinations to relax, see more culture and go trekking so thinking to not hang around long in Northern Thailand, maybe 2 days in Chang Rai - is it worth visiting?
Then head over the border to Laos and take a boat north up the Mekong. I know that people usually head south on a boat to Luang Prabang. Has anyone done the trip north from the border Udomxai on the Mekong? Is the water high enough at this time of year?
We will go trekking in northern Laos before looping down to Luang Prabang. If anyone has any tips about this area then that would be great.
how do we do subj easiest? Money is an issue, but if it can be done more easily by spending a little more, we are open to that. We are continuing on to Phonsavan and LP later.
I will be arriving very late (10:20 PM) D: at the airport in Phnom Penh and was wondering if I should be making a hotel reservation in advance. I'm going fairly cheap and want as few hassles as possible...
How is the guesthouse situation around March 3rd?
Any suggestions for a good guesthouse would be appreciated - I can figure out the rest of the trip.
Thanks all for your help - the search did not answer much about arriving late. I'm trying not to be lazy... ;P
Can anyone please provide me with a reliable email address for the government tourist departments (not travel agency) in
b) anyone else, if there are any - eg Luang Prabang or Pakse
I'm going to finish my MSc in the next few days and before I'll start my PhD I want to take some time off and travel to the south east Asia.
I'm planing to travel to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand (only to start and finish there - already been there for a long period before).
I'm looking for some partner/s for this trip, so if you are mature, responsible, funny and interesting (we will need to talk during all of the long bus rides :) ) and planing to travel during March-June, I'll be happy to travel together,
I will land in Bangkok during the second week of March.
All the best! :)
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