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British National flying to Vietnam from Bangkok - Can I get the Visa on arrival?

I will be flying to Vietnam from Bangkok this summer and am trying to figure out if I will need to apply for my visa in advance. As I understand it (from various 'vietnam visa' websites) as I am from ...
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How to visit the Pantanal (Brazil) without a multi-day tour?

I've been reading about the Pantanal (Brazil) and the information I have is that the two main cities in this area are Campo Grande and Cuiaba. The problem is that the blogs I've read state that the ...
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How can I find the cheapest private hotel room (as opposed to a bed in a dorm) using online tools?

I tried the standard tools like Kayak or Momondo, but there the cheapest option is always a bed in a dormitory. In particular I was searching for Amsterdam and the first few pages of results (sorted ...
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Getting between Brussels Midi station and Brussels Airport?

For an upcoming flight, it's looking quite a bit cheaper to take the Eurostar to Brussels, and fly from there, rather than fly direct from the UK as I would normally do. The Eurostar bit I know well, ...
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Planning my Singapore tour as a photographer

I am visiting singapore. I am a traveller + Photographer. I will arrive at 5.00 AM 14th Sep and Departure is 7.00 AM 16th. So I got only two days. I have booked a hotel from Geylang area (Without ...
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Visiting Helsinki during 5h wait between flights

Is it realistic to do a quick visit to Helsinki, if I have 5h waiting time between flights? If so, what kind of transport should I take and what is the landmark mostly worth seeing?
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Things to keep in mind when going to the Amazon rain forest

I am planning to visit the Amazon rain forest. Not the touristy places but a real adventure with a private guide (still trying to find out about that but most likely to French Guiana or Suriname, ...
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Where to go in (the vicinity of) Paris to find Art Nouveau antiques

Planning a weeks trip to Paris, focused on locating Art Nouveau antiques (furniture, mirrors, lamps etc) for purchase. I know of the flea market in Saint-Ouen and plan to visit it. Are there any more ...
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Is AirBNB legal and legit in Canada?

This answer mentions AirBNB technically being illegal in New York and that causing issues sometimes with unprompted withdrawal of rentals. Are they legal in Canada, and specifically Toronto?
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When transiting Moscow (SVO), citizens of which countries need a transit visa?

According to Wikipedia it seems that anyone can make the transit without a visa, but I'm not convinced. Where can I get some more official information on this?
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What do airlines do if the flight is canceled due to bad weather?

What do airlines typically do if a long-haul flight is canceled due to bad weather? I'm interested if they prefer to change your ticket to other date or just return the money. How can you protect ...
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What are the polite ways to draw attention of a waiter around the world?

I would usually call the waiter by trying to catch his eye or raising my hand eventually. But I suppose there are other customs depending on the region of the world. What are those? Is snapping ones ...
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London to Glasgow by train with stopovers

I plan to travel with my family from London to Glasgow and back during the summer. I will be travelling by train or other public transport. I would like to make a few overnight stops on route. Perhaps ...
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Getting to San Andrés

Last year in Valencia, Spain I happened to talk to a Colombian woman who generously praised San Andrés as a destination. San Andrés y Providencia is an archipelago (and a departamento) in the ...
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Does female sword fighting as entertainment still exist in Japan?

The "Lonely Planet Tokyo" iPhone app describes female sword fighting as a bygone form of male entertainment: Surprisingly, striptease almost failed to catch on due to the popularity of a rival ...
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Avoiding human trafficking when getting a massage in Japan

I'm currently unable to distinguish between Japanese, Korean and Chinese ethnicities. How do I avoid exploiting victims of human trafficking while having a massage in Japan? Is human trafficking more ...
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What time does the train from Yerevan arrive in Tbilisi?

Two friends of mine told me they were taking the train yesterday from Yerevan, which would travel overnight, and arrive today in Tbilisi. Unfortunately they didn't tell me what time the train is ...
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Is there any highway, road or something else that covers the Grand Tour?

Recently I read about the Grand Tour. It seems to be a journey or route that was very popular in late renaissance (17. and 18. century). Since it leads trough countries I wanted to visit again, and ...
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How reliable are portable WiFi hotspots in Japan?

Instead of getting a prepaid SIM chip, I'm thinking of renting a mobile wifi hotspot. I've found these two so far. Two questions: Are these reliable? I will be mostly in the big cities. If I'm not ...
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Where to park a car near Hirtshals (Denmark)?

One of the options for a future trip to Iceland is to go to Hirtshals (Denmark) by car to take the ferry. This will allow us to take our own motorbikes so we don't need to rent one in Iceland. To ...
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What is more effective seeking luggage damage compensation from the aiport or airline?

We found air luggage to be damaged after a flight and reported the damage right at the airport. The airport then advised us to seek damage compensation from the airline as this would go more smoothly ...
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How to prepare for a trip to the Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park?

I'm a huge mountain fan and I'd really like to go to the Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park. Since today I only did some hiking tours in the Alps and therefore I don't really know what I should ...
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Darwin to Timor by boat

Need a quick bit of advice. I can't seem to find any information about boats from Darwin to Timor. I've been informed there are no ferries. Anyone know how to or had experience getting from Darwin to ...
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How should I prepare for a visit to the rice terraces?

When we're in Guilin (China) we can take an excursion to the rice terraces Now I have no idea what its like to visit them. Should I expect to get wet feet or pants and make sure I bring a towel ...
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Downloadable maps of China

Have met travellers cycling in Tajikistan, and they're hoping they can download maps of China - either road or cycle tracks (or both). They've searched high and low, and haven't found decent ...
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Can I upgrade only a portion of my ticket with miles on Singapore Air (SQ)?

If I book a trip such as JFK-SIN-MLE (New York -> Singapore -> Maldives) RT (round trip), would it be possible to use miles to just upgrade the JFK-SIN portion of the trip? Or even simpler, if I have ...
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What kind of food is served inside the Oktoberfest tents and at what price?

I'm trying to budget a multi-day trip to Oktoberfest and I'm unable to find the tents' food menu for last year. The beers were priced at ~10EUR, as mentioned by multiple websites, but nobody seems to ...
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Air travel with a competition sword?

I recently changed my competitive weapon of choice in my martial art (TKD) to a Gum Do, or sword. The sword is basically katana sized, unsharpened but it does have a point, as seen below (Although my ...
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Can I buy a VIA Rail bike box without travelling by VIA Rail?

I'm travelling with my bicycle but not by train. I need a bike box. Most bike boxes available from bike shops are too small for my bicycle, but I'm told VIA Rail boxes are very large (large enough ...
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Best way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles by public transport (no Greyhound)

What is the best (cheapest) way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles by public transport? I don't want to take Greyhound because I've had bad experiences with them and their locations are ...
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Will doodling on my passport make it invalid?

I chanced on an article today, featuring a guy who likes to draw artwork into passports. The article claims that the passports still work without an issue. Now I am pretty sure my passport says ...
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Is it OK to eat turtles in Cambodia?

Last night at a tiny town in the middle of nowhere in Cambodia (Chhaeb) I was invited to join my hosts at the guesthouse to drink beer and eat turtle meat. In my travels I can only ever recall the ...
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Cheapest way of getting from Tel Aviv to Amman as an Israeli citizen?

Is it possible for an Israeli citizen to get from Tel Aviv to Amman for less than $400 (cost of a direct round-trip flight)? I see that there is relatively straightforward border crossing through ...
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Online resource for finding cafes/wifi hotspots for working while traveling

Similar to my question asking about coworking spaces, are there any online resources for finding more temporary work spaces? Specifically, cafés, restaurants, wifi hotspots, etc? Internet ...
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City in Peninsular Malaysia to immerse in Malay language?

I like to self-study the local language in the places I travel to. I don't do courses or attend classes. I just arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It's a very multicultural city and though most signs ...
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How can I find out when cruise ships (of any line) visit a particular port?

I am considering going to some places that I know are on the itinerary of at least one cruise ship. Having been in Venice when a cruise ship went past, and later when it disgorged passengers into the ...
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Two Passports, One Trip (essentially)

I am both a Jamaican and US citizen and I am traveling to Russia for my studies. I have my student visa in my Jamaican passport. The details of my trip are as follows: I was going to fly to London ...
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passport damage to e-chip [duplicate]

The chip in my UK passport failed to work when I recently re-entered the UK. I have two queries about this. 1) Is there any convenient way of checking whether the chip is actually functioning ...
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What time does siesta start and finish in Spain?

Shops and restaurants, and many petrol stations, seem to close for lunch in Spain. Which is fine if you can plan for it, but having been stuck, with the family, in a car in 35°C temperatures for over ...
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Are the child-friendly trails in the Tatras?

Before having kids, we were avid hikers. Our kids are now at an age that we would like to introduce them to this great hobby. Only we don't know where to start, but would like to do so in the Tatras. ...
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Is it feasible to visit the Yarra Valley by public transport?

What public transport options are there for getting to the Yarra Valley from Melbourne, and do they stop at tourist sites or are they just local services? It looks like there's no train access to the ...
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I have a 16 hour layover in Morocco - can I leave the airport and go back in through customs?

I am a US citizen traveling from New York to Ghana. I have a 16 hour layover in Morocco and want to make sure that if I leave the airport I will be allowed to go back through customs to board my last ...
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What happens if you don't “collect” an Oyster top-up or transfer in time?

With an Oyster Card, there are a few different ways you can arrange to top up, or collect additional tickets, or have balances transferred. Broadly, they are: At a station with a ticket machine ...
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Is there any kind of car museum anywhere in Okinawa?

After watching too many editions of Jay Leno's Garage on YouTube in the last few days, culminating in one about a '70s Japanese car, I started to wonder ... Is there any car museum or collection of ...
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What are transit visas?

What is the purpose of a transit visa, under what circumstances is is it required, and what happens when an individual arrives at an airport without one?
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Bus between Gothenburg Landvetter Airport and the city centre

I am visiting Gothenburg in Sweden. I read on the Landvetter Airport website that there are buses running between the airport and the city centre (that are not the Flygbuss Airport coaches), but the ...
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Is a 4x4 a must in Iceland in April/May?

To rent a 4x4 small car is about 740 € (2 weeks) vs a small compact that is just 260 €. I have some experience driving off-road and I know that a "normal" car cannot go through some f-roads I've seen ...
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How can I find out what places in Central Europre can be reached in a given time from a city by public transport?

When traveling, I'm often interested in visiting the surrounding area. Unfortunately, map distance doesn't necessarily relate well to travel time, especially when considering public transport. There ...
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Does the US currently issue independent B1 or B2 visas, or only the combined B1/B2 visas?

I know the US has these two most common visa categories: B1, business visa B2, tourist visa (This question is not concerned with the other visa types.) I also read constantly about a B1/B2 visa, ...
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Offsetting travel cost by selling luggage space?

If someone is flying internationally with just a back pack as a hand/carry on luggage and has an unused quota of about at least 50 lbs of luggage allowed, can the traveler sell this luggage quota of ...

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