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Apr
19
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.
Apr
19
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.
Apr
19
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.
Apr
19
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 (-:
Apr
19
comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
No it's good now with the disclaimer you added! (-:
Apr
19
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.
Apr
19
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.
Apr
19
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.
Apr
19
comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
And can the public visit?
Apr
19
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? \-:
Apr
19
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.
Apr
15
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
15
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
15
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?
Apr
15
comment What are the current requirements and process of obtaining a multiple-entry Chinese visa for an Australian citizen in Ho Chi Minh City?
I guess I better award you the bounty even though you missed the key point that they don't issue this type of visa at this consulate. I'll balance that by accepting my own answer.
Apr
14
comment How close to the end of my Vietnam tourist visa can I still get an extension (through an agent)?
Yes some places may have a rule about the number of days, but in other places the answer will be pragmatic, based on efficiencies of agents, officials, and transporting the passport. Vietnam seems more officious than Cambodia where I also extended a visa recently.
Apr
10
comment Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?
@EsotericScreenName: Yes I've been checked by the airline one time only, on a one-way flight to Malaysia from Australia and used a printout of a $10 train ticket to Singapore to satisfy them. I asked one of our first questions on the site about proof of onward travel in the lead-up to that trip.
Apr
9
comment Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?
@EsotericScreenName: My impression was they only care about the onward flight at the time of visa application. Nobody asked me about it at any other time on my previous two visits.
Apr
8
comment Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?
@RussellMcMahon: I've changed my plans since asking this question anyway since I now know that HCMC will only issue me a single-entry visa. So this question is now just for the general case rather than my specific case. Everything you read online though says they won't give you a visa unless can show flight tickets specifically. The Internet is wrong sometimes nonetheless. I think we might even have an older question on just that point ...
Apr
8
comment Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?
Wow. Everything is looking dicey. I think I'm going to go back to Laos and do it all the easy, cheap way that worked so well on my last trip. This time I'll pay attention to what airline they book and leave a note here!