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Travel Advice ?

Post by Jesters13 » Tue 16 Dec, 2014 10:00 pm

Can we share advice / experiences here ? Can't find a similar thread, maybe it's time for a travel thread to star ?

We are heading to Japan in April for 3 weeks and i would love to hear from anyone who has been on what to see & do ?
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Post by iano » Tue 16 Dec, 2014 10:26 pm

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Post by dan » Wed 17 Dec, 2014 2:19 am

Japan is awesome. Spend at least 10 days in Tokyo. Take Shinkansen to Kyoto, Hiroshima. Osaka sucks.
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Post by Ted » Wed 17 Dec, 2014 12:18 pm

Ditto, happy to hear some thoughts on Japan. Plan is to land in Osaka, then Kyoto then Tokyo. Have absolutely nothing planned in Japan, just wanted to go somewhere after a busy year and 7 months with no stamps in the passport.

We will leave Brisbane around 27/Dec but will make a few stops before getting to Japan on about 1 or 2nd Jan. Nothing has been booked yet as it is unlike us to book anything more than 2 weeks out.
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Post by dan » Thu 18 Dec, 2014 2:53 am

Nye is a bit of a fizzer. Go to Nagano and go skiing or just play in the snow, it's a few hours by train. Tokyo is an amazing city, ride the yamanote line and hop off at wherever looks cool. So jealous.
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Post by Ted » Thu 18 Dec, 2014 6:32 am

Thanks Dan. Any more hints for Tokyo (or Kyoto/Osaka)?

We will not be in Japan for NYE. Was going to until some research indicated as you said. So NYE will now be in Melb, KL or in the air. Aim to get to Japan just after.
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Post by unwritten law » Fri 19 Dec, 2014 8:54 am

Kyoto is worth a few nights, many old temples to see up on the hill, plenty of history.

Like Dan said 10 days could easily be spent in Tokyo alone. A mate recently went to the robot restaurant, Google that. Looks like an epileptic nightmare with fit birds.

Didn't think much of Osaka besides the hostel that had heaps of jap porn on vcr stacked out the front reception. Each single room has a small tv and vcr player and a box of tissues in the corner. #notquiteacouplesretreat

I have found the tripadvisor city guides in the app/Google play store very handy. No doubt there will be one for Tokyo, probably for others too.
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Post by dan » Fri 19 Dec, 2014 1:03 pm

Yep, yodabashi camera at akihabara and akihabara in general. Go out to odaiba to see what the future was going to look like in the 80s. Have lunch at the bar from lost in translation. Go to Shinjuku train station at peak hour on purpose. Then find a bar that seats merely 8 people and get blitzed on a nomihodai session. Eat everything you can.
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Post by dorift » Wed 11 Feb, 2015 8:21 pm

Anyone been to Pattaya? Only about 9 or 10 weeks away now, any advice would be interesting.
Actually nervous about how much to budget for with regards to spending money
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Post by iano » Wed 11 Feb, 2015 9:06 pm

Wikipedia wrote:Nightlife[edit]

Walking Street, Pattaya

Two transsexual cabaret performers in Pattaya, Thailand
Pattaya has derived part of its reputation as a tourist destination due to the sex industry[19][20] and the resulting nightlife, and in many ways the city has become what it is now because of this.[21] Prostitution in Thailand is technically illegal but reality shows that it is tolerated as is the case for Pattaya[22] with its vast numbers of host bars, gogo bars, massage parlours, saunas, and hourly hotels, serving foreign tourists as well as locals. This is prevalent in the Walking Street as well as other areas around the city.[23] Efforts have of late been made to clean up the city's image.[24]

Pattaya also has Asia's largest gay scene[25] based around Boyztown and Sunee Plaza. The city is also famous for its flamboyant kathoey cabaret shows where transsexual and transgender entertainers perform to packed houses.[26]
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Post by dan » Wed 11 Feb, 2015 10:15 pm

dorift wrote:Anyone been to Pattaya? Only about 9 or 10 weeks away now, any advice would be interesting.
Actually nervous about how much to budget for with regards to spending money
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Post by Ted » Wed 11 Feb, 2015 10:43 pm

Haven't been to Pattaya, but was in Phuket last year.

Currency - Citibank is about the best for foreign exchange ATM withdrawals. But failing that, exchanging A$ with the street exchangers was still getting a decent rate. Don't go with any hotel exchange.

Taxis - I hear they are trying hard to clean this up, but there is still a black market for this. I just had to tell myself that in most cases, people were quibbling over a couple of A$ so just go with it and enjoy the time.

Budget - assuming accommodation is covered, taxi fare for 45mins of driving was under 1000baht (so say A$30). Bottles of water at 7-11 were about 10-20cents, icecreams about 70cents and beer about a dollar. Food at beachside restaurants could be had for under A$10 per head. Touristy areas were dearer of course. I have always worked on A$100/day per person for most countries. I reckon in Thailand we were spending under A$30/head for two meals and some incidentals. Of course, go high class on anything and you can easily blow A$100 for say a cooking class or a few cocktails.
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Post by cGr » Thu 12 Feb, 2015 9:15 pm

dorift wrote:Anyone been to Pattaya? Only about 9 or 10 weeks away now, any advice would be interesting.
1. Eat where the locals eat. Just because a place is popular with the tourists doesn't mean you wont get sick.
2. Go with the flow, nothing is ordered and it works wonderfully.
3. Watch out for the good looking girls, they'll be better hung than you.
4. Bring back an extra suitcase full of clothes. Better made and a fraction of the price here.
5. Make sure your travel insurance is paid up if you're getting a smaller flight around Thailand (consistently the worst I've been on). Watch out for the hosties, see point 3.

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Post by Jesters13 » Sun 21 Jun, 2015 9:52 pm

Who has been to South America?

Looking at heading there next year prob just Peru & Bolivia.
Has anyone been?
Looking for any advice, tours to do, or things to avoid!

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Post by dan » Mon 22 Jun, 2015 10:46 am

yep, i went for 6mo backpacking

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how long do you have?? if only a few weeks then i would fly to santiago, swan around a bit, fly to cusco, then maybe galapagos. bolivia is a fantastic country but very poor, and hard (but rewarding travel) - might not be what you want from a short holiday.
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Post by Jesters13 » Tue 25 Aug, 2015 10:43 am

Dan, we booked our tickets hooray!
Fly into Cuba for a week then onto South America, Lima first stop for a few days, then fly into Cusco to do the inca then we have about 10 days before we fly out of Buenos Aires.
Question? Did you do the Salt Flats out of Uyuni, Bolivia? I have heard it's better to do it from Tupiza? As the drivers are not as drunk? Eeekk! Can you just rock up the morning you want to go out to the flats? We are looking at a 4 day tour. I hate not being able to make concrete plans I have heard Bolivia is the worst for this.
Any advice about Bolivia would be appreciated!
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Post by dan » Tue 25 Aug, 2015 4:50 pm

nice 1 jess - cuba will be awesome! jealous.

yeah i did salar de uyuni out of tupiza. most people start at tupiza as it lets you finish the tour on the salar - sunrise on the salar after a 3 day journey across the atacama desert is a pretty epic climax. having the climax at the beginning isn't as special.

when i was travelling i would say you need to arrive in tupiza at least 1 day before departure - so say arrive in tupiza 10am monday if you want to leave tuesday morning. the tours are typically in landcruisers and they need to fill the car before they leave, so get into tupiza, spend the first morning sorting out your tour, then go for a horse ride or something. that said, i reckon the internet is probably a lot bigger in bolivia now, so you can probably find a travel agent who can book you on a salar trip a few days in advance - say when you are in la paz or somewhere before the trip.

bear in mind, everything in bolivia runs at "manyana" speed. the main way of getting around in bolivia is by bus, and the buses in bolivia are absolutely fucking horrible. they are old, slow, a bit theivy, dirty, uncomfortable and slow. if you want/need to run things to a tight schedule, bolivia is not the country for you.
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