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Backpacking since Christmas Day, 1989. Hitchhiking since mid 2010.

For the first time I managed to save enough travel funds in less than six months in Australia.

I've been hitchhiking around Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and now Vietnam, and will continue hitchhiking around Asia for the next five or six months.


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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
@SargeBorsch: Hmm kinda like Flight of the Conchords except that they were original and funny d-;
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
Has any attempt been made to objectively quantify it?
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
Besides running water, many caves have bats and some have birds. But yes I didn't think of caves at all when I thought of the question.
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
And the occasional hum of the submersible and its equipment d-;
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
It would be great to know if somebody has actually measured decibel rating around Svalbard to quantify just how quiet it is.
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
@GayotFow: I was most interested in natural places. I don't know the answer. The idea just popped into my head while I was searching for mnemonic images to help remember Vietnamese vocabulary! Thought it would be intriguing in our "factoid" category. I also thought "I bet somebody has even investigated and measured this". So I am after objective known quantified quietest places. Not just mellow or serene or peaceful places generally since we're not allowed opinions and polling and stuff on Stack Exchange.
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
Almost all questions on all Stack Exchange sites are trivia questions to the people who are not interested in them. If I found I was near one of these places I would absolutely consider visiting during my wanderings around the globe. Anyway feel free to ask a question on meta if you feel strongly that we're opening the floodgates to having too many questions or whatever it is.
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comment How many visas are required to visit Kazakhstan (from India)?
@AmitAmola: Travelling overland to Kazakhstan from India? That would make this question make sense.
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comment Is it safer to travel with another person when hitchhiking in western Europe?
I think this answer is fine in its current state. I did want to mention that in my experience when I travelled by train in Western Europe I found it very anonymous, not friendly. I met loads of friendly people hitchhiking there though. And I met a couple of friendly people on trains in eastern Europe and many friendly people on trains in India, especially the cheaper trains and cheaper carriages.
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
@DavidRicherby: Well a bit but we debated factoid questions ages ago and the consensus was that if they're travel related we're OK with them. Also read Joel Spolsky's blog post about the long tail. He's the creator of Stack Exchange and the long tail is having lots of little questions rather than just few big questions, as long as they're on topic. What's the best selling album of 1973 is not a travel question. But if you know what or where it is then asking about visiting it is a travel question. If you're concerned that we don't close any questions as being off-topic then you're new here (-:
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
No it's good now with the disclaimer you added! (-:
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
I tried to anticipate that when I talked about ambient sound measured throughout the year. So I'm looking for quiet on average, rather than quiet at some random time and noisy at some other random time. That would mean a quite "place and time" so I tried to anticipate that and aim for something objective and measurable.
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
Apparently the place in Northumberland is part of a military base so it's quiet when there's no exercises taking place, but not so much when they are.
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
@MarkMayo: No I said I wasn't originally asking about soundproof chambers, but since that would probably be of interest to geeks for a visit, I allowed for it too, but would also like the quietest umm "regular place" for want of a better way to say it.
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
And can the public visit?
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comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
It would be hard to measure "most silent" by picking which sounds to be part of the measurement and which to somehow subtract. The question is based on the commonsense idea of simply "least noise of any kind whatsoever". I chose "ambient" to try to describe that, but maybe it just makes it more technical and complicated? \-:
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comment How close to the end of my Vietnam tourist visa can I still get an extension (through an agent)?
@Marie: I updated my answer with everything I can think of. I have an Australian passport. I overhead the hotel owner and a Korean guess discussing that the price is also different between Koreans and Australians. I don't know why.
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comment True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?
No worries mate. You can buy me a beer next time we're in the same town (-;
Apr
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comment True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?
Yes I roughly knew that. I'm expecting that's why your extension is more difficult than mine was so it's relevant information.
Apr
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comment True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?
How many months were you asking for? Are you on a tourist visa?