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May
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revised I did not receive visa papers when entering Mexico and have a flight in 2 weeks. Can I exit and re-enter through Guatemala to fix this?
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revised Are there any car rentals in Europe that can be picked up in one country and dropped off in another?
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May
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answered Can I get a Lao visa on arrival when crossing the border from Vietnam at Bo Y / Phou Keua?
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May
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comment When someone in India asks for my “Good Name”, what are they expecting?
And of course if you ask a Chinese, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese for their first name, that will be their surname, whether or not they're Christian. I can't remember if the same applies to Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, and Thai people.
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revised When someone in India asks for my “Good Name”, what are they expecting?
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comment When someone in India asks for my “Good Name”, what are they expecting?
Just be sure not to give them your mediocre name, and never every give them your bad name!
May
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answered I did not receive visa papers when entering Mexico and have a flight in 2 weeks. Can I exit and re-enter through Guatemala to fix this?
May
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comment Why is the Lonely Planet Mongolian phrasebook so small?
I actually think that in this case they're really not making new editions of the Mongolian book but just reprinting the same content with a new cover design every few years. It must keep selling or they wouldn't even have to do that. But it's certainly not one of their more popular titles, which get completely overhauled every few years. The new editions tend to get fatter to compete with new editions by other publishers. But for Mongolian there's no competition. I've got a collection of about thirty LP phrasebooks of various ages.
May
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comment Practicing Mongolian pronunciation before visiting Mongolia
Mongolian isn't tonal so pronunciation isn't as critical as for Chinese. It does have a couple of slightly hard sounds or at least unusual ones. You should do fine from Youtube and I used a course on Memrise for audio vocab flashcards. Cyrillic is dead easy, just watch out for a couple of letters changing shape in italics. I'd rate Mongolian pronunciation as easier than Chinese, probably comparable to Korean in difficulty for an English speaker.
May
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revised What Vancouver car rental companies allow their rental cars to enter the US?
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revised Can I get a Lao visa on arrival when crossing the border from Vietnam at Bo Y / Phou Keua?
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May
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comment How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
Well today I'm trying a route through Buôn Hồ - Pleiku... let's see what happens...
May
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revised How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
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revised How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
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comment How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
I had already noticed that here in Buon Ma Thuot there's a lot more restricted government buildings with "no photography" signs, etc. But I haven't seen a "large white C" sign yet. Certainly not on the highway I was going to head down. I didn't think it was that close to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, but I also hadn't thought of that before heading that way.
May
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comment How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
Googling is find various stories from past years about problems travelling too near the border or in certain parts of the Central Highlands, or in the highlands generally. Also some reports of restrictions being eased over the years.