Ian C

Ian C

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    Can anyone suggest a good route of Laos to take in only 12 days?

    I did a two week trip in 2009 and had an amazing time in Laos. Here's roughly what my itinerary was: - I caught the train from Bangkok to Nong Khai, stayed at Mutt Mee guest house - I recommend this place (http://www.mutmee.com/). Go and check out Budda park which is an odd yet enticing set of massive sculptures - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aussie_ian/3287117224/in/set-72157613304401766/ - Headed over the border to Vientienne. You probably only need a day or two to have a look around, this is the new capital city and has some markets on the river and some interesting Russian and French architecture. - Caught a (public) bus to the Phonsavan, to see the Valley of the Jars. This is a very windy bus trip that will take you a day, and from Phonsavan you can organise a tour of these amazing granite jars that are carved out of the rock - see my flickr photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aussie_ian/3312333326/in/set-72157614000912910/ - Stayed a night at Phonsavan, then took a chartered van to Vang Vieng. This is the Laos "party town" where you can go tubing down the river and stop in at little bars blaring techno music and swing off ropes and slides in the water. It's lots of fun. - After a few days in Vang Vieng, caught the bus to Luarang Parabang. This is the old capital, and is the biggest city. There are lots of things to do here, with bars and little clubs etc to go to. There are also some day trips you can do to some nearby waterfalls, which were awesome. I stayed at the Symphony Guest house, I have no idea where it was but it was awesome and run by a a very nice family who gave me lots of friendly advice and tips. I took a photo of the sign, so if you decide to stay here it might be of help (print it out and give it to a taxi driver!) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aussie_ian/3312422020/in/set-72157614000912910/ - After a few days in Luarang Parabang, catch the river boat up the Mekong to Pak Beng (you'll do a night's stopover) then to the border town with Thailand. Tips: DONT try and stay anywhere where the Lonely Planet guidebook recommends, because everyone has the same book and will all go to the same place, which will be twice as expensive over 9 years ago

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    I will be in Bangkok for a week. What is the main area where the go-go's, disco's and Bars are located? I am looking to party hard

    If you want a close place to the party action stay at this hotel which is very close to transport and party areas - Admiral Premier 138 Sukhumvit Soi 23 , Bangkok 10110 BANGKOK +66 2 120 8000 over 9 years ago

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    Whats the best & Cheapest way to convert $AUS to $US

    I've always used my bank card at partner banks in the US (check with your bank which ATMs in the USA you can use) and found the exchange rate is better than the foreign exchange at airports, etc. Also, get enough cash out to last you a week, as there's also a conversion fee. over 9 years ago

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    How do I find the lowest airfares on the Internet?

    Try adioso.com over 9 years ago

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    Where is a nice, inexpensive, quiet hotel on a beautiful quiet beach with great snorkelling in Thailand

    Koh Tao is my favorite island and there is lots of great snorkeling, especially Shark bay! over 9 years ago

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    I would like to know where the best hostel is in Tokyo, Japan?

    Good question. I don't know whether you could ever find the "best" hostel in a city the size of Tokyo, but a tip I will offer is to ensure that the hostel doesn't have a curfew. I checked into a hostel in Tokyo once that didn't clearly advertise it, only to be told that they locked the doors at 10pm and opened them at 6am! over 9 years ago

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    where is the best place for breakfast in Sydney

    Tiger bakers on Victoria St, Darlinghurst. almost 10 years ago