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The Bike Rental in London supports casual hire, which is aimed at tourists. You can buy either online, or using a credit/debit card at the docking station. The casual hire page even has a handy set of instructions in photo gallery form!


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In German cities you can use "Call a Bike" from the Deutsche Bahn. You need only a credit card to open the lock of the bike. You can drive wherever you want and leave it wherever you want. There are a iPhone and Android-App, too. More details at: http://www.callabike-interaktiv.de/index.php?id=401& (unfortunately only in German, but maybe you'll find an ...


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Copenhagen has "city bikes" available for use by anybody. You can pick them up from one of the bike racks scattered across town, insert a 20DKK coin as a deposit, and off you go. You get the 20DKK back when you return the bike to a bike stand. Copenhagen city bike website The only negative thing I found when using them was that they were very popular and ...


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In Brussels, there's a network of 2500 bicycles available spread over 180 stations, run by Villo. You can buy day-tickets for 1,5 euro, week-tickets for 7 euro, or a year-subscription for 30 euro. Further there's a similar rule like in Paris, you have to bring the bike back every 30 minutes, or you pay extra. You can pay at every station using a bank ...


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The word you are looking for is haikyo (廃墟, "ruin"), and Japan has plenty of them for pretty much every conceivable category of building... except temples and shrines. Unlike corporate enterprises that get abandoned as soon as they stop making money, temples and shrines were never intended as money-making enterprises in the first place, so their costs are ...


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I could not find any reference that confirms these claims. Anyway I found out this article in The Guardian: Cruise ships carrying more than 500 passengers will be prohibited from landing anyone. Only 100 visitors are to be allowed on shore at any given time, in an attempt to prevent damage to the region's unique ecosystem. So it seems that the limits ...


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Dublinbikes offers a 3 Day Ticket for EUR 2. The first half-hour is free, you should pay a small amount if you use the bike longer. You should also know that: On subscription, you also authorise the provider to request a €150 guarantee from your account.This amount will not be debited unless the bike is not returned after a period of 24 hours.


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In Paris, all you need is a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Blue Visa). It will charge you 1.70€ for the entire day, provided you return the bicycle every 30 minutes. Renting it for 30-60 minutes will set you back €1, but be aware that longer rental periods can be a bit expensive. You only need to drop the bike back for 2 minutes before you can take it ...


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In the Netherlands you can rent a bicycle at almost any railway station for €6,50 per day. They require a deposit. Depending on the model the deposit ranges between €50 - 145. Credit card use in the Netherlands is not that common, so often you need to bring cash to rent a bike. On this site you can find the station and the telephone number.


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In Ljubljana, Slovenia, they implemented bike service last month. You use it with smart card, which can be purchased at newsstands or special machines located at bus stations. After you buy the card, you have to register via internet (you need credit card). It's free if you check in your bike at a station after an hour. Here it is, explained into details: ...


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In Oslo, Norway, tourists can rent a bike at the Tourist Information Center(s). The price is NOK 80/day, which is about $15 USD. More info can also be found on this page.


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There is a system in Wrocław, Poland. There are 31 stations in the city. First 20 minutes is free, but you need to register first at http://www.nextbike.pl/ where you need to make a small (1 PLN) bank transfer to authorize yourself, and then you also need a mobile phone or a paypass debit/credit card to unlock the bike.


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In Lyon there is such a service (Vélo'v). You will be able to get a short-term card but only if your payment card comes with a chip. If it only has a magnetic band you cannot buy the card.


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Great answer by jpatokal. One more thing to add to the kaimyō topic is that Japanese temples are run by private people as a business under something you could call a "religion business license" which is 100% tax-free. These businesses however do not only operate religious services such as funerals but also a lot of other non-religious operations such as golf ...


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Gothenburg (Sweden) has 50 bicycle stations spread through the center which are perfect for tourists. You can get a seasonal (250 SEK) or 3-day ticket (10 SEK). You can even grab a bike for 30 minutes without paying anything. The bikes are removed during winter time (October 31st - April 1st). The city itself has many bike lanes which make it a nice place to ...


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Many cities in Denmark offer free bikes with only a 20 DKK (3-4 US$) deposit. This include: Copenhagen Aarhus Aalborg Frederikshavn (Danish link) Also a similar, but non-free, service is offered in Odense (Danish link).


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I suggest the Perhentian Islands. It's off the east coast of west Malaysia (so not Borneo) and is relatively less frequented by tourists. Access is easy from the town of Kota Bharu - part of the Jungle Railway route - from where it takes 1.5 hours by taxi (or slightly longer by public bus) to reach Kuala Besut. A speedboat ride should cost about 60 MYR and ...


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It seems the boats are leaving from Guayaquil and take 3 to 4 days. A page of the Galapagos Voyagers web site, gives some information about this. These are cargo boats that supply the islands with food and other goods required for all the tourists. One of the two companies that run these boats was the owner of the oil tanker that caused the 2001 Galápagos ...


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My wife and I booked through Barking Gecko Travel last January and had a really great experience. Barking Gecko Travel is operated by Travel Hub, so I think it would be fair to expect reviews about Travel Hub may translate over to Barking Gecko. The tour guides provided spoke great English and we really felt that we were being taken into the jungle and ...


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It's a bit of a drive, but when I was there I saw lots of wild koalas at Kennet River. It's along the Great Ocean Road though, so at least there's lovely scenery for the 160km drive! On local advice, we went up the road behind the caravan park into the hills (I think it was Grey River Road from looking on a map, but you might want to check if you can't spot ...


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Milan (Italy) has bikeMi. Most of the interesting parts of the city are covered with stations.


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Had you try Tioman Island? It's located at Southern part of West Malaysia.


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I have some additional information about Liechtenstein. I'll also add hints how to get from the shop to the capital, since there are the most sights. In Liechtenstein, there are four different bike shops that also rent bikes. These shops are: Sigi's Veloshop A small shop in Balzers, right in the South of Liechtenstein. It is approximately 10 kilometers ...


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Vienna has a substantial and well-used system with a dense presence in the city center, as well as an extensive system of well-marked and well maintained bike trails (on the sidewalks!). Unfortunately, the system itself is a bit awkward to use compared with the modern Bixi system deployed in London, Montreal, and Boston (and soon, New York City). To use a ...


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In Turin, Italy, there is [TO]BIKE, which offers rental of bicycles in various places in the city. You can buy a weekly or a daily subscription, take the bike at any bike station in the city (there 116 of them around Turin) and left it in every station (you don't have to take it back to the starting station).


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Batumi, on the Black Sea coast in Georgia, has a bike rental system that's available for casual hire called BatumVelo. There are references to it on the Batumi Wikipedia page and the Batumi Wikitravel page.


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Primanti brothers is an excellent and iconic sandwich place in Pittsburgh. Wikipedia link has a list of notable mentions this enterprise has received. There are multiple locations in the city. The Cathedral of Learning is the second tallest university building in the world and houses 29 nationality rooms which are a must visit. The Duquesne incline is an ...


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Kraków, Poland has a bike rental system called BikeOne. You need to register at the website before you can rent your first bike. Apart of that there are several private bike rental agencies, mostly in the city center.


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Though honestly, none of the dive sites in peninsular Malaysia are even remotely close to the mindblowing beauty of Sipadan. Then some eco-tourism on the Kinabatangan river (saw live wild Orang Oetang there) and there really is no reason not to go back to the Eastern tip of Borneo. If you really prefer peninsular Malaysia, the east side has better diving. ...



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