Favorite thing: OK, your questions are somewhat ambiguous but I will try to answer best I can.
If you are flying into Laoag then you may as well start there, is this a R/T flight? There really isn't all that much to see in Laoag and the biggest advertised place to see is the casino and maybe select areas along the coast, neither of which are great, also maybe an old church or two. From Laoag you can catch another bus, local usually which will take you another hour to the pugudpud area. The bus will drop you off on the road and there you will have to rent a tricycle to take you the rest of the way to the beach areas. There are several resorts there now and most of them are on-line, search or google pugupud.
If you are taking a bus to the north from Manila it will be a long ride, 10-11 hours, maybe more, welcome to the Phillippines. Get yourself a delux bus, a lot less crowded and lots more comfortable. If so then I would start at Vigan and work you way north. Vigan is probably the most interesting although still not a lot to see and accomdations will be pretty basic as is Laoag. You don'tmention what you are looking for so I am not sure what to suggest as far as how many days in each. Again, to give you some ideas I would google these areas and get a Lonely Planets guide which has some good descriptions of each of these places, what to see, where to stay, restuarants and other misc. things. Even that is going to be pretty brief as there just isn't that much to see and do.
Monsoon season in SEAsia
Favorite thing: Well, there is never a bad time to go to SEAsia! It will be hot and humid and it will rain. What I have told other VT'rs is that when the Monsoon rains start, it is an experience that you have to experience. You will have some good rains and it can be thunderous and it can really be a neat experience. Take a very lightwieght rainsuit with you. Not suggesting that you run around in the rain but you will probably get caught in it. You should also have some decent weather so that you can do things. As far as beating the heat and humidity, best suggestion is to be in shape as much as you can, this will help you acclimate to the weather, but this is also considered the cool season from the rains so it wont be as hot as it would be in Mar/Apr. You will also be there for some of the great fruits of the season! That is a plus in itself!
My suggestion, don't deny yourself a great trip just because of the rain, especially if you've never been there before. What would you tell you're students if they had an opportunity like this?! It will not rain all the time and it rains a lot during the night.
Favorite thing: take a bus or fly to KL, stay in KL for 1 to 2 nights, I recomend Imperial Hotel at ( StarHill ) in Malay name is Bukit Bintang ( area in KL ) about RM130 a night, u can walk from the Bukit Bintang station, it is at the middle of KL something like Orchard Rd in Spore, just travel by train around KL and walk a little.
Search for Taman Negara package, never miss this one
Bangkok is more of sex tourist, night life, go to Hollywood Disco at Ratchada, PatPhong's Soi Nana and Soi Cowboy for night life
From Bangkok, you can fly to Phuket or take a bus to Pattaya, take Air Asia to fly around if you want to save time and money
For detail travelling in Bangkok, go to Yahoo Answer, Thailand look for a member name Khun Bob, he is an expert and will try his best to answer all your question about Thailand....enjoy
Favorite thing: When people use the word ASIAN they normally mean the people in China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. The Russians, Middle Easterns, Indonesians are not included in the term even though they live in Asia. Nor are the Pakistani, Indians, Afghani, Iraqi, and Iranians included.
I find myself using that same bias by learning and habit even though the word ORIENTAL would be more a appropriate term for the group that is usually considered as Asians.
I have worked with many individuals of Oriental heritage (those who were originally from Asia and those who are second generation in USA).
I have lived for a year in Southeast Asia (Vietnam in particular).
In all those cases, I referred to the people as Asians.
November weather in Thailand
Favorite thing: Hard to beat the Andaman coast anytime of the year. Was there last Nov 1st and weather was great for that time of the year. We actually love that time of the year because it's right after the rainy season, everything is lush and green. We had rain occassionaly during the day but only lasted 10-15 minutes, we just duck into a coffee shop, had a snack, enjoyed the rain and kept on going! There were times when it was a little cloudy as well when it didn't rain, but that never bothered us on the beach or riding the motorcycle while out exploring. Weather shouldn't be an issue in the Phuket area that time of the year.
Low advertised hotel rates
Favorite thing: Hey Expat, Comesta!
What I believe actually happens is that many tour agents and agencies have a certain number of rates set aside at special rates, lower than usual. Once they are gone they do not change their advertising, obviously to draw in more customers. Airlines, Hotels even car rental agencies do the same thing. Of course I have no doubt that some agencies out their do not have actual room rates at the low advertised rates to purposely deceive the customer. But I have also found Asia Rooms to be pretty good in the past. To avoid this happening you have to be on top of this at the earliest date possible after they publish the rate and be ready to buy. When we head to Asia I am trying to plan and make reservations at least 10 months out. Sometimes I get good deals and sometimes not. Unfortunately not everyone can do that for many reasons. Did you try to contact Asiarooms to inquire/complain. Of course nothing may come from it but you never know, all they can do is ignore you.
Hope that helped
Favorite thing: As a UKer, you'll be able to receive a new 30 day Thai 'visa exemption' stamp each time you re-enter up to a max of 90 days in a 6 month period.
For Cambodia, you'll be able to receive a 30 day visa upon flight or recognized international border arrival. U$20 + passport photo.
For Vietnam you'll need a visa in advance unless pre-arranged for a flight arrival by a Viet travel agency. Since you don't know your itinerary yet, then I'd suggest getting it as you're around SEA. Viet visa is cheapest in Cambodia and doesn't take long. HOwever, you'll need to make sure that you've received a full 28 day visa and not just a two week one.
There are also travel agencies in SEA which offer 'visa services' meaning they've got 'runners' who submit your passport and visa applications while you're out drinking your Mai-Tai or pina-coladas. Cost is an additional U$5-10 for their service.
Where is Asia?
Favorite thing: Asia? Specifically where are you talking about? Asia isn't small and there are thousands of beach places that VT members can suggest from Australia, Vietnam and of course Thailand. Also not sure what kind of budget you are on which may also dictate where you want to go to.
Thailand is a great place with an intact culture and the people are super friendly. The beaches around Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Khao Lak, and Koh Lanta, and hundreds of islands, just to name a few of the great places. Accomodations can be found any where from 5-10 US to 5000$ a night. Again, this can be said of many of the asian countires. Help us help you by narrowing it down for us and we can give you better and more specific ideas as to what it is you're lookin for.
Itinerary for South East Asia
Favorite thing: Your tour itinerary can look like this:-
1. Singapore (3 days)
2. Melaka (3 days)
3. Kualalumpur (KL) (3 days)
4. Langkawi (3 days)
5. BACK to KL to take a flight to Phuket(1 day)
6. Phuket(3-4 days)
7. Bangkok (BKK)-Pattaya (3 days)
8. Chiang Mai (2 days)
9. Back to BKK to catch a flight to Siem Reap
10. Siem Reap (Cambodia) 4 days
11. Phnom Penh (2 days)
12. HCM City (Vietnam)(3 days)
13. Hanoi (for Halong Bay) 3 days
In Malaysia, there is Monsoon season between Nov and Feb. So avoid going to Tioman, Redang, Perhantian
I haven't been to Vietnam, so can't suggest much about the itinerary in Vietnam
This can give you a rough ideaRelated to:
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: Very easily. There are several low cost air lines that service asia such as www.airasia.com and www.tigerairways.com that will help you get to both places and still enjoy yourself, and still have money left over depending on how you budget and how you like to travel of course. But you can do this very easily.
Good luck, be safe, enjoy and have fun!
Let me or other VTer's know if you have any specific questions.
Leopards in Thailand??
Favorite thing: I am curious to know where you heard that this could happen in Thailand? I have never heard of a "leopard" in Thailand outside of the zoo or animal park. That of course doesn't mean that it is not possible, just never heard of it. Tigers yes but not a leopard. Interested in what other VT'rs have to say.
How to get cheap airline tickets
Favorite thing: I know about new travel portal http://www.bookcheapest.com. Bookcheapest.com provide online booking of airline tickets,bus booking,car rental and holiday pcakges at cheap rated all over the world.
- Budget Travel
Don't plan to far ahead
Favorite thing: Hi,
How long are you going for? We chose mainly overland as we were traveling for 13 months and were trying to keep the cost down and we also had more time on our hands. The exception was Thailand to Cambodia. We flew from Bangkok (Thailand) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia). I do know that we paid more than 15 pounds. Which airlines are you looking at? I personally would not book ahead so that you don't tie yourself down too much. Also remember you need a visa for Vietnam in advance ( we met people who had been lied to by travel agents about this).Related to:
- Budget Travel
World Wide Electric Guide
Favorite thing: For information on appliance usage world-wide you may visit the following web site: http://www.kropla.com/electric.htm. This site has a listing, by country, of voltage. It discusses laptop usage, has illustrations of the plug types you may encounter, and discusses converters, and transformers. This page is also listed in the Electricity section of Fodors Travels Online Resource Guide.Related to:
- Work Abroad
- Business Travel
- Family Travel
Foreign voltage/plug adapters
Favorite thing: You have to look at the info on the power supplies. If you see, the power supply is good for 220-110 Volt, than yes, you can - all you need is an inexpensive plug adapter. This is the case with most laptops but you better to check. Makes sense, since laptops are supposed to work everywhere. Same (most likely) with video and photo camera battery chargers.
For instance an adapter like this is probably what you need:
Or in general:
Hairdryer is an other issue. You may need not just a plug adapter but also a voltage converter:
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