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Apr
8
comment Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?
@Lewis: I think you need to show both your flight in and your flight out. It doesn't have to be return but you will need to show both parts if it's not return.
Apr
8
comment Renewing or getting a new visa in Vietnam?
Vietnamese visa-on-arrival must be pre-arranged and is only possible for arriving by air, not by land border. This is very different to what most countries call "visa on arrival". The process for getting a Vietnam visa is pain-free it Sihanoukville, Cambodia and you get it the following day. You might want to find out how Vietnam feels about numerous successive visas though.
Apr
8
comment Renewing or getting a new visa in Vietnam?
See also: Possible to extend a Vietnamese tourist visa in Dong Hoi?
Apr
8
comment Possible to extend a Vietnamese tourist visa in Dong Hoi?
See also: Renewing or getting a new visa in Vietnam?
Apr
8
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'm not going to call him, I'm just going to fix them. (-:
Apr
8
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 decided my backup plan is to go back to Laos from Vietnam and get a visa in Vientiane again. The China embassy there is very quiet, friendly, and free of fuss.
Apr
8
comment What are the current requirements and process of obtaining a multiple-entry Chinese visa for an Australian citizen in Ho Chi Minh City?
Eek! I bizarrely did not take a photo of my Chinese visa after I recieved it, though I did with every other visa on this trip and my last trip! I don't have the old visa number written anywhere either. I did find my old passport number plus my entry and exit dates for both of my visits on the double-entry visa at least. I guess I just have to ask at the consulate.
Apr
7
comment How to change flight dates without paying a high price?
Based on the excellent answer, I would vote to reopen this question if it were re-worded along the lines of "How to choose an airline when I might need to change my dates?" or somesuch.
Apr
7
comment What does the flight jargon “fare class” actually mean? Is it the same as either “fare basis (code)” or “travel class”?
So maybe we could have fare basis as a synonym then? It would be great if you guys could do a tag wiki by the way, since you grok this black art.
Apr
6
comment What does the flight jargon “fare class” actually mean? Is it the same as either “fare basis (code)” or “travel class”?
You, sir, have written the perfect answer! Do you think I made a reasonable new tag or would fare basis be better? Or one that covers both. I saw "fare class" in about four questions and "fare basis" in only one. But both turned up more times in answers and probably comments.
Apr
6
comment What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?
@pnuts: The hitcher should never insist on anything. Hospitality is something you accept, never something you insist upon. People are free to offer hospitality or not if they like the cut of your job. The only time you should insist as a hitcher is if they're being inappropriate and you insist they stop and let you out.
Apr
6
comment What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?
@MastaBaba: Multiple friends and acquaintances who've hitched in Iran insist that it's very easy to hitch with being expected to pay.
Apr
6
comment What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?
Personally I never like to use the waving arms gesture for hitchhiking because it's an emergency gesture when I want somebody to stop because I need real help. I know in many places people would stop for somebody in distress who wouldn't stop for somebody hitching.
Apr
6
comment What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?
I haven't been to Iran yet, but all the countries I've hitched in where the thumb gesture isn't used, such as some countries in Eastern Europe and some countries in Asia, you use a "path the air in front of you" gesture. But at least the thumb isn't offensive in those places, just not recognized.
Apr
6
comment Are there accommodation embargoes for booking in Iran?
When are you going? I'm hoping to get there this year too.
Apr
6
comment Can I convince embassies to accept my overpaid credit card as a proof of funds?
To extend a visa in Mexico they were always happy just for me to wave a credit card in front of them. But some rich countries will even scan your accounts to see if there were recent large deposits and if so they'll count that as suspicious like a family member is putting money in your account temporarily just so you can get the visa. So it depends a lot. I would expect US and EU to both be in the latter category.
Apr
3
comment Where might I observe refugees escaping across the North Korea-China or North Korea Russia border illegally?
I'm assuming there are no memorials in China. Probably not in Russia either. Possibly in South Korea, but nobody is making across that border as far as I know. My question was triggered by that question. I may not see people escaping but it would feel great to stand in the spot where many people fled despotism. I would feel terrible and helpless and want even more to find a way to bring and end to such evil.
Apr
3
comment Can tourists or other travellers in China get in trouble for using a VPN or other method to get around the “Great Firewall”?
@RussellMcMahon: In fact I'm really playing devil's advocate showing what a hardline approach to questions about illegal stuff could mean. Who knows what constitutes breaking the law in some place or other? Only lawyers and judges and juries from those places really. In the news just recently they've been closing down stuff related to firewall-escaping VPNs. Should I support this policy or ours? Not apply it to my own questions? Or just challenge it?
Apr
3
comment Where might I observe refugees escaping across the North Korea-China or North Korea Russia border illegally?
In any case well known answers don't need Stack Exchange questions.
Apr
3
comment Is it advisable for US citizen to attempt a visit to Cuba w/o going through an agency?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because "we basically declared we wouldn't give advice on how to break the law."