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:D I grew up using that thing. When I went studying abroad, I had problems with the toilet you guys called as the normal one (the sitting one). I literally wet my pants several times. Probably I should start a post about "How to sit on the normal toilet". Here are just some extra tips so you don't wet your pants on a squatting toilet. I will suggest you ...


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Here is a video that explains how people use this thing. Seriously, it's informative and visually presented and makes it much clearer.


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Ok, I'll take the risk in answering ;) Anyway, I'll take the notes from a Wiki How link, and add in bits from past experiences... Bring your own toilet paper. I used to think this was ridiculous. How could a public bathroom NOT have toilet paper? Then I went to Egypt where the majority of our group had Delhi Belly AND you had to pay for a couple of ...


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Nobody seemed to have given emphasis on what I consider the most important, the position of your arms when doing it: they must be extended away. No: Yes! I live in China and got used to them squat toilets, they are actually better for the transit, and learning this position is good for many other purposes, like waiting for the subway, watching the sun ...


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This is funny. When I first read the question, I thought it a humorous prank. But, half way through the page, I was sort of convinced that it may possibly not have been intended to be. I have used squat toilets for nearly all my life. At home, we have both the squat toilets and the sitting ones. I don't mind either, but I find the squat toilets to be more ...


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Most of the answers here cover most bases you need to know so I'll try to cover topics not mentioned yet. Do a short flush / send a bit of water down the pan before you begin. It'll help sending everything down later. Washing up after you're done: Sometimes, you find a soap bar left inside a toilet instead of liquid soap. I'd suggest you to use this for ...


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This past summer I followed quite a bit of it through Central Asia, in areas which I'd consider to be moderately difficult to navigate - like Uzbekistan. Wikitravel shows more information on the Silk Road, and it's worth noting there are several branches of it, depending on whether you go through the deserts, or through Afghanistan. Individual links on ...


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Yes, it is correct and fine to wipe your hand, face, neck with it, be it with hot or cold towels. You can see that pretty much everywhere in Asia. In Japan, you will be given one at hairdressers to specifically to wipe your face with it. Specially when it's hot and humid outside, a cold towel on your neck is something very nice!


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I grew up with those as well and only positive that comes out from using those is that you get a good work out and avoid keeping reading material in your bathroom. I am not sure about other parts of Asia but in India they mostly have western toilets in metropolitan cities. I had a tough time adjusting back to the squatter when I went back after 10 years. ...


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There are ferries between at least these points, China on the left, Japan on the right: Qingdao - Shimonoseki Tianjin - Kobe Shanghai - Osaka Shanghai - Kobe Suzhou - Shimonoseki Here's some other links with overviews and details: Seat 61 Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Randy's Japan Page Shanghai Ferry Boat "Xin Jian Zhen" Overview of Japanese Ferries Oh ...


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I don't think your Japanese will be much help, except for interacting with Japanese tourists. Where there are guides or directions in Japanese, there will almost certainly be guides or directions in English. Your kanji may help with Taiwanese signs or Korean newspaper headlines, but Japanese is not related to Mandarin and distantly if at all to Korean, aside ...


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I can't help with the logistics of actually getting the vehicle between Thailand and Australia, however despite what is and isn't possible there, there's no cheap way to do what you're asking. Australia has a relatively strict process for approving imported vehicles, which would normally only be worthwhile if the car was in some way special. If the vehicle ...


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The practical answers are Japan and South Korea, both ~6 hours away (plus connections) from Thailand, Korea being a smidgen closer. Both have very developed, mature ski facilities -- you may recall that Nagano, Japan hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics, and Pyeongchang, Korea will follow in 2018 -- that cater to all levels and needs. In Hokkaido, in ...


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I can't tell you the absolute cheapest, but I can tell you it's not commonly done. It is however uncommonly done - by people on "adventure" trips, challenges, etc. One current such adventure I could think of is "It's on the Meter - World Taxi Challenge". I had heard that they had travelled with their London Taxi from England to Australia so did some ...


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In Sweden there has been a huge increase in sales of RVs and though many do not use them all-year I personally know of three RVs used 9 months a year. There is also a very large number of especially German registered RVs going through Sweden every year, I do not know if they are used all year or not. All over Europe they are more popular than ever, 20% of ...


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If you are only talking about the non-Russian part of Asia, then the answer would be Minami Torishima which located in 24°16′59″N 153°59′11″E It's very near to Iwo Jima and has a alias "Marcus Island". In the map below Minami Torishima is marked with "A". You can compare it with the red line, which is actually the easternmost area of Indonesia. The photo ...


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You can get a Hydrofoil between Fukuoka and Busan. It costs 13 000 yen per adult one way and takes about three hours. A few leave each day but you will need to book ahead. You book online and when you check in you'll need to show the credit card you used to pay for it, or some other proof of purchase. There is also a 1 500 yen 'fuel surcharge' payment when ...


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Regarding the question if it is good or bad to travel with two passports, this is a duplicate as noted in the comments above. Regarding if the Brazilian or Portuguese is better, you should check the visa requirements of the different countries you travel to first. On a general note I would think that a Portuguese passport is better than a Brazilian one ...


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You most likely cannot do so in any reasonable manner through South-East Asia since you would have to eventually cross either through China, Pakistan or Afghanistan. China is impossible (the do not allow foreign license plates), and Pakistan and Afghanistan are not safe enough to do so. Just from the countries that you can drive through, you might have to ...


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Yes there are at least two. How far far east do you want? Slightly far east: There is a ferry between Vladivostok and Takaoka. There should be a ferry between Vladivostok and Toyama. (There may be a ferry between Vladivostok and Niigata but reports say it's discontinued for now) Extremely far east: There is a ferry between Sakhalin (Korsakov) and far ...


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Yes. Emirates offers nonstop flights from Dubai (which is on the continent of Asia) to both Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and São Paulo (GRU). Qatar Airways has nonstop service from Doha to São Paulo. Near-misses: Etihad has announced that it will fly from Abu Dhabi to São Paulo starting in June 2013. Turkish Airlines flies from ...


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If you want to bring it back here (to Thailand) you will almost certainly have to pay import tax on it (even if it was Thai to begin with). Prices hold very well here with secondary depreciation almost nil (primary depreciation is when it is first bought and goes from new to second hand - this is still low in Thailand) and prices hold for more than a decade ...


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After quite a bit of research, I wonder whether this isn't some sort of weird combination of stories. Turtle soup exists. That's not under debate. For this you need to go to China or the US, especially in Louisiana. Now most commonly, turtle soup in China is made with soft-shelled turtles. This is important, because they can urinate through their mouths ...


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my name is Karyne. I am French, 40 years old and started fulltiming 8 years ago in my RV. I have been fulltiming mainly in South Spain, South Portugal and some parts of France, and I'd like to share my experience and observation with you. First of all, to avoid confusion: we call European recreational vehicles "motorhomes", and US ones "RVs". Most ...


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Jim Rogers, the so-called Investment Biker (and author of the book of the same name), seemed to think that the Silk Road was navigable. He didn't seem sure as to exactly where it was, but took his (former) girlfriend over (a known) part of it on a motorcycle, then they headed north to harsher points north and east in Siberia. My guess is that if someone ...


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Crossing Bering Strait on a boat does seem possible but it's going to be difficult practically. Adam Katz put together a bunch of notes on how to do this. From the looks of it, it appears you might have to pay your way through it on commercial fishing vessels which operate in the area. According to this resource, navigating Bering Strait is hard because of ...


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Alternatively, you could take the ferry from Tianjin to Incheon (South Korea), spend some time in Korea, wind your way down to Busan, and then take the ferry to Japan from there. See this excellent post for information on the ferry to Japan from Korea. I recently met a German guy in Korea who was traveling around the world without airplanes, and that's ...


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I've read through all the answers and comments and, if I'm not mistaken, they seem to be always written by men. Using a squat toilet is surely much more complicated when wearing trousers, as most men do around the world, so I appreciate your points and debate. Squat toilets are not as much of a problem from a female point of view, if we think of women ...


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People in India who use Squat toilets at home wear a specific attire called 'Lungi' for this job. This makes the whole process more comfortable. Public domain image of men wearing lungis in Kolkata (Calcutta) thanks to WikiMedia Commons. In most of the public toilets, you will find space above the door where you can hang your trousers. The real problem ...



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