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Indian Memories #1 [Goa & nearby] [06 Mar 2013|10:29pm]

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China - Beijing-Xian train tickets [09 Sep 2012|07:54pm]

Hello everyone,
I am here to ask for your help.
Me and my husband will arrive at Beijing at 9 october 2012. On the 11th of October we want to take a night train from Beijing to Xian.
We are looking for a person who kindly can buy for us beijing-xian train tickets on this date (11 october) as we are aware that it is almost impossible to buy train tickets 2 days before departure.
We will pay for your help if you can help us! Thank you!
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Sri Lanka in August [30 Jul 2012|07:40pm]

Hi, all!

I would be very appreciated for all hints on places of accomodation in Sri Lanka, particularly in Arugam Bay. I'm going to travel with my friend and child of 9y.o in the 2nd part of August. As far as I know, there are a lot of gest houses in Arugam but their quality and accomodation conditions leave much to be desired. I've got booked room in hotel, but it is a little bit expensive and not in Arugam or in a place suitable for a very newb surfers =) So, probably I wanted to get information regarding available gests with acceptable conditions and contact details in Arugam or to have some fresh ideas on where we can combine more or less comfortable timespending with our atempts to become surfers )))
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Visa advice needed regarding SE Asia (China, Vietnam, India, & Laos when entering from Vietnam) [15 Nov 2011|05:38pm]

[ mood | determined ]

I have a tentative solution to our departure delay for our exploration of everything Asia has to offer. Still choked up about the costs of the vaccines, but it's done-nothing can be done about it now, but wheels are turning and I am good at finding solutions to logistical problems and dealing with red tape. This means we probably need to start getting our visa applications process started, though I'm not sure if the visa for India and/or China is valid from the date it's stamped, or valid for a period of time and then you can enter within the next x number of years for y amount of time. That's my conundrum. Also, the Vietnamese visa is not processed consistently depending on where and when you try to get your visa. Visa on arrival, they often charge outrageous fees with threat of deportation. I'm hoping to be able to get the Vietnamese visa in Phnom Penh, and I need the visa that adheres to the passport because I'll be going into Laos after Vietnam, and when entering Laos from Vietnam, even at the land border, they want proof that you left Vietnam, even though you are standing at the border waiting to cross, so it takes longer to get the visa that "adheres" to the passport vs the visa they give out which they remove upon exiting the country, so it's like you were never there as far as your passport is concerned. The visa that adheres takes longer to process and I don't like the idea of being without my passport for 4-5 "business days" whatever that is considered to be in Phnom Penh. Another one of those things that I'd like to have all taken care of before we leave, but since it is such a long trip, I don't know if getting a visa in the US before leaving would help if it's only good for a few months or a year to enter Vietnam. It may be a year before I make my way into Vietnam. Does any of this make sense? Has anyone done this before or have experience/advice to give me regarding this? I've heard that it's possible to get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong, but again, the rules are not universally enforced. China is definitely a place I want to spend some time, so I'd hate to miss out on it because of a visa problem. I've also heard that it can take an entire day of waiting at the office in Hong Kong to submit your application (if you're lucky enough to have filled it out EXACTLY right, otherwise you start over again at the end of the line) and then you have to come back in a few days and wait in line again to get your passport back, hopefully with an approval for visa. Probably costs more to get it on the spot in Hong Kong, too. I've worked out everything else but these things, but these things are still an issue and I'm the kind of person that has to have a definite yes or no, or at least detailed, step-by-step instructions in the process and need to know what to expect. It's the anxiety of not knowing that causes me to have panic attacks and really get worked up, and they would probably not let me in if I looked all frazzled about the situation. I hate that all three of these countries inconsistently enforce/process visa applications. Vietnam can't even guarantee you what the price will be when you apply.
If you read all of this, you are a real trooper and you get a star next to your name. A gold one. Good job, and thanks for listening to my rant.
Now if you know of anyone who could give me some solid answers, that would be much appreciated!

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Safety Information? [06 Oct 2011|03:36pm]

[ mood | anxious ]

Hello. I am going to be travelling through Indonesia, Philippines, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, & Japan. I leave in five months.

I'm interested in knowing about any safety issues that a white American might face. Would I be targeted for crime? (since everyone know's we're all loaded) Is it safe to travel on crowded boats or vans/buses? Especially in SE Asia like Cambodia and Laos. Also would like to know about safety in Manila and on the island of Palawan. Thanks!

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Taiwan [20 Aug 2011|01:31pm]

Hi, im going to Taiwan, taipei in october for about a week.
Can you guys recommend me some interesting and cool places to visit?
Im interested in bookstores, food places, music scene, art scene and shopping district.

Thanks! :)
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2 bedroom villa for rent in Bali, Seminyak [15 Jun 2011|02:51pm]

‎2 BR villa in Seminyak for rent weekly/monthly. Primary location, close to KuDeTa and Ultimo restaurant. Private swimming pool, lush garden, open plan living room. Pool service and daily maid. International TV and wifi internet.
Discounts available!
More info at
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Cost of living in Asia for two travelers? [28 Dec 2010|04:30pm]

[ mood | curious ]

My boyfriend and I are planning to travel to Asia, and would like to stay about a year, starting in Indonesia, then to Philippines, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, & Japan before finally heading home.

I'm hoping that we can get by on $60 or less per day (two of us) Does this seem doable? We will probably spend most of our time in India and China.

Thanks for any information you can give me!

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[28 Sep 2009|10:11pm]


Me and a friend are planing to go to India in November, and we plan to stay there for maybe 6 weeks (depending on how much time I can get off from work)
We don't want to miss anything, but at the same time we don't want the trip to be to rushed...

The preliminary plan is to fly to New Delhi and then go to Agra and see the Taj Mahal, and then go to Varanasi and the River Ganges.
From there we want to go to Mumbai... somewhere on the way to Mumbai we'd like to see some nature reserve/trekking/see tigers - if there is something like that?

We would also like to go to the Ellora Caves...

From Mumbai we want to travel further south, but not sure exactly where to go? Goa? maybe go to some beaches...

Then we'll fly home from Bengaluru.

Does anyone have any experience from traveling in India? Does this seem plausible?
Any tips or ideas? What places should we go to? What can't we miss?
Any ideas are very much appreciated and we are open to suggestions!
Thank you!

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Southern Thailand question [27 Jul 2009|11:04am]

Is it reasonable to stay in southern Thailand for 3 days?

I was planning on going to Phuket, Phi Phi and Rai Leh, visiting one place each day. I really want to relax on the beach but I am unsure as to what other types of activities there are to do besides snorkeling and rock climbing. Are there island boat tours, for instance? Any insight would be appreciated. Also, I may replace Rai Leh with another island but I am not sure which one. Could you please give me some advice?

I will be with my mom who is 55 years old and she wants to do some activities aside from just laying on the (beautiful and probably crowded) beaches.

Thank you!

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Bangkok to Siem Reap [22 Jul 2009|04:02pm]

What is the best way to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap? I have checked flight prices and they are ridiculous ($300-$400). I also looked into information for a bus but I am confused by what is being said. If I am correct, a bus from Bangkok to the border of Thailand/Cambodia is 3.5 hours and $6. And then a bus from the border to Siem Reap is 4-6 hours for only $10.

In total, the trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap would be 7-9 hours and cost $16. Could someone please confirm this? What are your experiences?

Also, I have heard that the road has been paved from Bangkok to Siem Reap but I have not been able to find a reliable source on this. The road being paved means that it's faster to travel to and from these places.

Thank you.

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Questions about traveling and living in Vietnam [04 Apr 2009|11:15am]

Hi there. I will be living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam this summer for 3 months. I am a female student and I live in Toronto. I just have a few questions:

  • How accessible is the internet? Wireless? Internet cafes? Am I able to bring my lap top?
  • Customs - what should I wear on the street as well as in the office (it's a student job)? What is considered inappropriate? Can girls wear shorts and tank tops in public in a tasteful manner?
  • Language - where can I learn Vietnamese in Vietnam (night courses or anything like this)?
  • What is the best way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Sapa, Halong Bay and Hanoi?
  • What are the best beaches in the south close to Ho Chi Minh City?
  • I have heard that the highways and roads in Vietnam can be quite dangerous. When traveling with a tour bus or a taxi to another part of Vietnam, how safe is this? Are the highways extremely dangerous and should tourists avoid them?
  • Is it safe to go out at night in Ho Chi Minh City?
  • Are there any neighbourhoods I should avoid?
  • Is there anything I should bring with me that I normally wouldn't think of bringing on a trip?

    Thank you very much!

    Xposted to asiatravel, vietnamese, ljtravel, world_travel
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    The Story of King Narasuan [28 Mar 2009|10:24am]


    The Story of King Narasuan, originally uploaded by Curtisvision.

    An important part of Thai history is the story of King Narasuan. He is the leader who reunited the Siamese people after many years of conflict. The play was conducted for free in one of the parks in Bangkok. In honor of the opening of the photographic exhibition - "City of Angels" "Bangkok-Los Angeles" "Two Cities. One Name." These images are part of that body of work that honors the beauty of both people

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    Khon BKK Style รำไทย [26 Mar 2009|10:55am]


    Khon, one of the traditional performance arts from Thailand, boasts of heavily adorned costumes and amazing muscle control as the performers silently act out the story on the stage. Some costumes require at least two people and about an hour to actually put on. One of the important aspects of this art form is the shape the hands make as it appears that the dancers are attempting to make their fingers touch the back of their arm.

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    Christmas in Bangkok [25 Mar 2009|09:08am]


    Christmas in Bangkok, originally uploaded by Curtisvision.

    With Christianity having the tiniest presence in this predominantly Buddhist city, it was nice to have the familiar Christmas tree during the holidays. The lights in this shot are part of a much larger tree that was made out back lit crystals that changed colors. Crowds were often entertained in this plaza, Siam Paragon. This area serves as the central hub for three malls and the junction of the two rail lines that serve as part of Bangkok's public transportation.

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    Cambodian Candy Trade [11 Mar 2009|08:30am]


    1-_DSC1426, originally uploaded by Curtisvision.

    Making sugar candies out of sugar cane. Soooooo sweet!

    This lady was part of a family of 6. Her husband warmed the sugar cane and stirred it while she made the candy wrappers. The children were either watching or playing on their bikes until we showed up. Then my friend and I were the center of attention. Such beautiful people.

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    Cambodia on the Water [03 Mar 2009|09:42am]


    I love the mystery and wonderment that comes with a new land. It creates such a humbling experience to see others fighting the same struggle we have encounter. All one!
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    Sunset Over Cambodia [23 Feb 2009|09:03am]

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    Indonesia for the holidays [04 Dec 2008|11:47pm]

    My friend and I are planning a trip to either Indonesia or the Philippines for the holidays. We were set to go to Indonesia, but we heard that the rainy season is the worst around the end of the year. Does anyone know how bad the rain is? Does anyone have experience traveling through Indonesia during December/January?

    Also, if you've been to the Philippines, is there anywhere you'd recommend visiting besides the beach?

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    [01 Dec 2008|02:01pm]

    Hello hello,

    I'm thinking of going to Singapore for a study abroad term at the National University. What is the city like for a female travelling and living alone? How is the University? Is travelling from Singapore to the rest of SE Asia relatively easy?

    Any tips would be appreciated!
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