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    TRAVELLING IN ASIA BY TRAIN

    by DennyP Updated Mar 29, 2012

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    ASIA
    ..Asia is a huge area of the world with many countries and can only speak of the countries that I have visited. Transportation is a big subject usually on travel..So here I will just mention about the trains that I used in my trips through Asia. On my journeys through Asia on my way to London by train I must say that the various train journeys through the different countries varied as much as the countries themselves. A lot of the journeys were o/night and I used sleepers. I wasn't dissapointed with any really.Although the Vietnamese trains weren't at the top of the list..
    The fares I found to be very reasonably priced everywhere that I went. The beds were clean and apart from what I was told I found them to be safe with many countries having their own "railway police" on trains and stations. I really love to travel by train as I beleive it to be the safest way to travel..Having said that one needs a lot of time to travel extensively by train..which most travellers do not have. Short train journeys though are definately a great option.

    My tips on train travel are:
    When booking your ticket ask for a bed/seat in the middle of the carriage (for safety reasons) and...
    Also being in the middle of the carriage you are away from the toilets(at either end of the carriage and also the smell) if any..
    The middle of the carriage also makes the constant noise of doors "being slammed" between carriages kept to a minimum.
    One other advantage of being in the middle of the carriage is the sounds of the wheels(bogueys) "clikkety clak " etc. This sound is also then kept to a minimum..
    These are ALL important if you like to sleep!!!

    Not only do I book my ticket in the centre of the carriage but ALSO try and book the carriage to be in the centre of the train( for safety reasons) .
    I always carry ALL my own water on trains DO NOT USE TRAIN WATER UNLESS IT IS BOILED
    Also, carry fruit and tinned snacks,and an unbreakable mug for coffee/tea ..Other items are located at train stations ,fresh bread, milk, cheese, fruits, and bottled water,usually available. Some dining cars have good food at reasonable prices and cold beer.

    On my many journeys through asia by train I always booked my tickets for long , and/or over /night journeys:
    My tickets were: 2nd class /4 berth/ soft sleep/ bottom bunk/ and booked ALL my tickets point to point a day or two day before I travelled.

    Neccesary items I found to carry with you on the train for long journeys are:
    A can opener, a bottle opener, a knife, fork,and spoon,. a metal mug for tea and/or coffee bags..powdered creamer and sugar.
    best site for worldwide train travel www.seat61.com

    O/NIGHT EXPRESS SINGAPORE TO KUALA LUMPUR &BANGKOK BANGKOK-AYUTTHAYA-SOKUTAHAI-CHIANG MAI   THAILAND HCMC.-DA NANG -NHA TRANG -HUE- HANOI   VIETNAM VIETNAMESE/CHINA BORDER NANNING TO  BEIJING  CHINA TRANS MONGOL.EXPRESS BEIJING -ULAN BATAAR -MOSCOW
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    INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL AIRLINES I USED IN S.E.AS

    by DennyP Written Mar 21, 2012

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    ASIA
    ..There were times that I used flights within Asia and also getting to and home from Asia..These are the airlines that I used and a part from a few delays and one cancellation.Some of these flights were within countries others were international flights..Most were fine..I may add I don't like to fly.

    Lion Air from Jogyakarta (Java) to Denpassar (Bali) good flight although a four hour delay..Budget airline. This airline is usually delayed!!
    Jet Star from Perth(Oz) to Singapore. good flight ..budget airline .book well in advance..
    Vietnam Airlines from Da Nang to Hue.this flight was cancelled till the next day.Passengers furnished with good o/night accomodation.A reasonably low cost airline..
    Vietnam Airlines From Hue to Hanoi This is a good airline..not really expensive.
    MAS (Malaysian Air Service) from Hanoi to KL to Sydney. excellent airline.
    MAS (Malaysian Air Service)from Bangkok (Thailand )to Kuala Lumpur to Singapore to Sydney
    Jetstar from Darwin (Oz) to Denpassar (bali) a good budget airline.
    Air Asia Bangkok (Thailand) to Yangon (Myanmar) excellent budget airline..book well in advance..
    Air Asia Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Sabah (Borneo) .. .. ..
    Air Asia Sabah (Borneo)to Sarawak (Borneo)
    Air Asia Bandar Seri Begawan (Bruneii) to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia..
    Air Bagan Yangon (Myanmar) to Bagan (Myanmar) this is an excellent airline..
    Air Bagan from Bagan to Mandalay (Myanmar) .. .. .. ..
    Air Yangon from Mandalay (Myanmar) to Heho (Myanmar) also a good airline although this was turbo prop.
    Air Lao for Chiang Mai (Thailand) to Luangprabang (Laos) a good airline ,expensive.. also turbo prop.
    Air Asia Denpassar (Bali) to Darwin (Australia) This is a great airline to fly budget with..

    Jet Star in Darwin with my mascot.. Air Lao..in Luangprabang with my Mascot.. Vietnamese Airlines with my mascot Boarding Air Asia in Bangkok Thailand.. Boarding Air Bagan in Bagan Myanmar
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    BUSSES ANOTHER WAY TO GO IN S.E. ASIA

    by DennyP Updated Mar 9, 2012

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    BUSSES
    . Although I always travel by train whenever possible sometimes there aren't any trains to catch!! ..This I found to be the case in Laos and Cambodia, unfortunately after huge conflicts in these places the trains no longer run.
    The busses that I took were (long distance busses) and they were excellent , fast, and clean through Laos and Cambodia and Vietnam , of course local city busses in Vietnam, Myanmar, China and Thailand. All so different all so interesting ..like the busy local bus in Biejing to Badaling (and return) to visit the "Great Wall". The small and really crowded local busses in Yangon Myanmar..Also busy and crowded local busses in Saigon Vietnam, overnight sleeper bus from Saigon Nha Trang that was a trip!! also there was Hoi An to Hue to link up with the train again..and local busses in Bangkok Thailand. they were all for me a great experience. What appears to be absolute chaos I found to be organised chaos.. but always friendly...

    LONG DISTANCE BUS STATION SIEM REAP CAMBODIA BUS STOP OFF FOR FOOD NEAR PHNOMN PENH CAMBODIA LONG DISTANCE BUS LUANG PRABANG TO VIENTIENNE BUS STOP FOR LUNCH VANG VIENG LAOS A VERY CROWDED LOCAL BUS YANGON  MYANMAR
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    Best budget airline in Asia.

    by cachaseiro Written Feb 22, 2012

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    Air Asia is a malysian airline that has hubs in several places in Asia and it´s one of the best and cheapest ways to move around Asia.
    It´s a budget airline, but we are not talking Ryanair kinda airline where sitting in the planes is pure punishment, but a pretty nice airline with good seats, friendly service.
    They sell food and drinks on the planes for a resonable price and i have been really happy when i have flwon them.
    I have used them many times over the years and will use them again for sure.

    Air Asia. Air Asia.
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    ANOTHER FORM OF TRANSPORT TO USE

    by DennyP Written Feb 10, 2012

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    DIFFERENT TRANSPORT
    I used all forms of transport when I was travelling through South East Asia..I always travel the major routes by train unless there were none available as in Laos and Cambodia where I used busses for all long distant travel...but when I arrive in town or city and stay awhile, I use local cheap transport..ie: tuk tuks or Beamos..etc..
    I must say I do love sometimes and always try the local Cyclos or the equivalent..These are not fast to use but usually very interesting and vary a lot from place to place...Always establish your fare cost before setting out...prepare to haggle and prices will depend on your bargaining skills, be firm about the price, Don't bargain too hard though , as these people work very hard for little money.

    GREAT TIME HERE WITH A REALLY COLOURFUL WHAT ABOUT THIS HOW NICE ARE THESE
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    International Driving Permit" vs "License"

    by Copter808 Updated Jan 22, 2012

    There seems to be some confusion between an "International Driver's License" and an "International Driving PERMIT". Not sure about other countries, but in the USA,"International Driver's LICENSES" are not valid as they are not issued by any recognized governmental agency. International Driving PERMITS are!

    Anyone who wants an International DL can get one through the internet quite easily. Those who sell them correctly say they can never be suspended or revoked. What they DON'T tell you is that it is true only because they were never valid in the first place!

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    South Africa To Hong Kong

    by chocolatecake Written Aug 31, 2011

    Hi there, there is a low cost carrier AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, Thailand; to Ho Chin Min City, Vietnam; to Hong Kong. The best way is to fly from Kuala Lumpur->Ho Chi Min City->Bangkok->Hong Kong, please check their website:

    http://www.airasia.com/my/en/promotion/rr0260902.page

    They have BIG SALE at the moment!

    Enjoy your flight!

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    China Eastern - Shanghai Hub

    by SLLiew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Airline Flight Code: "MU"

    Took several internal flights in China using China Eastern Airlines.

    As it is based in the airports of Shanghai's Pudong and Hong Qiao, there are many convenient flight schedules when you are going to Shanghai from other parts of China.

    Most of the planes are new. Service is great. Flew to Huangshan from Shanghai using China Eastern. Arrival and departure was punctual.

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    Xiamen Airlines -

    by SLLiew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Airline flight code: "MF"

    Taken flights using Xiamen Airlines from Shenzen (Guangzhou) to Xiamen (Fujian) for business trips. If you book in advance, you can better price discounts.

    You can dial toll free (24 hours) 800-858-2666 for information and reservation.

    The major cities Xiamen Airlines fly to are Xiamen, Fuzhou, Jinjiang, Wuyishan, Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

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    More great airfare rates with hotels to Asia

    by balisunshine Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Just wanted to share
    another tip on traveling around Asia.
    I recently helped a friend
    book airfare from
    LA-Bali +8 nights in the Bali Meli
    +3 tours+breakfast+airport pick up
    +single supplement + exstention stay
    in Bali without hotel....
    and I don't remember
    what else for $1,500 all inclusive.

    Check out the link below.

    Dinig at Bali Melia
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    Travel Zoo...not just for animals

    by balisunshine Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A great site to recieve
    news letter e-mails from is Travel Zoo,
    which combines a list
    of top travel deals
    around the world from the USA.

    Example:

    Singapore airlines,
    which is a great airlines
    earlier this year offered a great promotion
    from LA to Singapore,
    Malaysia, Indonesia, or Thailand
    for under $800.

    The catch is that you
    have to book by a certain deadline....
    eventhough they sometimes
    extend these booking dates.

    If the dates do not work for you,
    I highly recommend
    that you sign up to their special promotions and you'll get great deals
    right in you mail box.

    No pets please!!!!
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    CHIANG KAI-SHEK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    by Sharrie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The international airport in Taipei.
    Many of the Asian airlines bound for Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle tend to have a transit stop at this aiport. Most famously, Singapore Airlines.

    However, there was a disaster a few years ago while transiting at this airport for Singapore Airlines. Hence, many are wary of going via this route.

    At the CKS Airport, there are some interesting shopping, esp. that of the souvenirs from National Palace Museum.

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    JAKARTA SOEKARNO HATTA

    by Sharrie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This airport is now more interesting after a recent renovation.
    Many craft-shops are available & though it's not the very best of all the Asian airports, it's quite a comfortable to browse through.

    It's not a big airport as Singapore's or Hong Kong's. So, don't go to the airport too early. But, Jakarta is know for the traffic jams. So, time yourself accordingly.

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    KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    by Sharrie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    KLIA is one of the latest additions.
    It's new & not difficult to navigate.
    However, getting to the airport may present more problems since it's not located anywhere near the city.
    But, I was told there are trains which will get you there. Just that I've never tried it before.
    So, check with VTers living in KL for more details.

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    NEW TOKYO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    by Sharrie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are 2 terminals at Narita Airport.
    Tokyo has 2 airports: Narita & Haneda.

    Narita caters mostly to international inbound & outbound flights.
    The airport is about 90 mins away from the city center. It's expensive to get in & out of Narita.

    Narita is also a huge & busy airport. So, please go slightly earlier & proceed through immigration as soon as possible. There are lots of shops to entertain you once inside the transit areas.
    Within the airport, there are also day-beds where you can rent & take a few hours nap. Showers facilities are also available.

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