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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 soaking up the atmosphere in Kuala Lumpur before setting off around Asia for the next nine or ten months.


Nov
20
comment Books in Malaysian language in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian, or Standard Malay, is the official language of Malaysia and a standardized register of the Malacca dialect of Malay. It is over 95% cognate with Indonesian and is spoken natively by over 10 million people. As a second language, it is spoken by an estimated 14 million, mostly Malaysians from ethnic minorities. It is a compulsory subject in primary and secondary school.
Nov
20
comment Books in Malaysian language in Kuala Lumpur
Malay is a major language of the Austronesian family. It is the national language of Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia and it is one of four official languages of Singapore. It is spoken by 270 million people across the Malacca Strait, including the coasts of the Malay Peninsula of Malaysia and the eastern coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, and has been established as a native language of part of western coastal Sarawak and West Kalimantan in Borneo.
Nov
20
comment City in Peninsular Malaysia to immerse in Malay language?
You should add the details from this comment into your answer!
Nov
20
comment City in Peninsular Malaysia to immerse in Malay language?
Just shows how little us outsiders know about Malaysia. By the way you may not have noticed that I specifically rules out Indonesia in my question. It would be the right answer for some other question but not for me who wants to stay in Malaysia for now and who will be travelling overland. But pointing me to the right bits of KL is also good - thanks!
Nov
20
comment Is there any service to make budget bookings on Internet?
Adioso has become my primary flight search engine. It consistently finds flights and fares that SkyScanner doesn't find yet it has all the flexibility options. I'm not sure it deals with the OPs full question though which seems to be about more than just flights, but I'm not sure what's really being asked and it's written in a way that requires too much energy to read again in detail to figure it out.
Nov
20
comment Is there any service to make budget bookings on Internet?
I've voted this down. The titles just says "bookings" but booking what? A hotel? A flight? A tour? The question is a very hard to read "wall of text" which includes some kind of historical thread. Some proper editing can probably save it. Adding more walls of text headed "EDIT" do not help.
Nov
15
comment Absolute cheapest transport from Malaysia to Singapore with e-ticket that can be bought online from overseas?
@jpatokal: I tried many trains at many times on many dates on three browsers on two computers. Neither any of that nor just scrolling down worked for me. Can you give any examples that actually work for you?
Nov
13
comment Absolute cheapest transport from Malaysia to Singapore with e-ticket that can be bought online from overseas?
I seem to be having trouble using the KTMB site this time. No matter which pair of stations I choose and which date I choose, the site seems to tell me there is no availability. Am I doing it wrong? Does that warrant a separate question?
Nov
12
comment Absolute cheapest transport from Malaysia to Singapore with e-ticket that can be bought online from overseas?
Well even the $10 one is cheap enough to not use and not get a refund. But last time I did use it
Nov
12
comment Absolute cheapest transport from Malaysia to Singapore with e-ticket that can be bought online from overseas?
@MarkMayo: It could be though when I hitched from Singapore to Malaysia I ended up taking the bus just over the border. That was probably because Singaporeans don't pick up hitchers though. In any case I need an e-ticket as proof of onward travel to show when I board the plane from Sydney to KL.
Nov
10
comment How cheap are the cheapest accommodations in Saudi Arabia?
I work for an HI hostel in Australia - I always have membership (-:
Nov
10
comment Which are safe and unsafe regions in Iran?
Is it the same with the Iraq border I assume?
Nov
10
comment Which are safe and unsafe regions in Iran?
@MichaelHampton: Ah, I thought that might be the case but wasn't sure. Maybe Iraqi citizens aren't welcome either?
Nov
9
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
You've prompted me to post a new question.
Nov
9
comment How can I properly use a step-down transformer with 220V/240V options on a 230V line (Australia)?
Go for 240. The official change to 230 will just be a safety margin. Everybody in Australia who is vaguely aware of such things just thinks of it as 240 and only people with a technical interest would even know about the official change to 230.
Nov
9
comment Is there a cheapest city / airline / season to fly one-way from anywhere in Europe to Australia?
Adioso has the same search option, though they call it "Anywhere". And actually I find it consistently seems to find lower fares and more options than SkyScanner.
Nov
9
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
Funny, all my Iranian friends and all the travellers I've met who've been to Iran, including hitchhiking around the country, make it sound very pleasant and hospitable to travel in and I'm not at all worried about it. Maybe not for Israelis and oddly none of my Arab friends want to go there, but I don't get the impression western travellers are targeted there right now.
Nov
9
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
But how safe is it? (No flying, this is specifically an overland adventure ... if I go for it) (-:
Nov
9
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
@MarkMayo: Thanks for the reply - I was actually thinking Kyrgyzstan would be easy and Kazakhstan would be tough - but haven't been to either yet ...
Nov
9
comment What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?
Another thing is that in some countries, such as mine, a new passport is exhorbitantly expensive whereas trying a trick, while not 100% guaranteed, costs nothing. So if you're flexible such tricks may still be valuable, and indeed worked in my case at the Thai-Lao border, the China consulate in Vientiane, and the Mongolia consulate in China.