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location Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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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, and now Cambodia, and will continue hitchhiking around Asia for the next eight or nine months.


Feb
22
comment Do I need to apply for two separate visas for Australia and New Zealand?
@BurhanKhalid: Quite sarcastic indeed.
Feb
21
comment Somewhere tourists can lightly study Mongolian calligraphy in Inner or Outer Mongolia?
I could be back there in a few months after I finish travelling around Cambodia and Vietnam, but this time waiting for the weather to warm up a bit. (-:
Feb
19
comment Is it usual for Japanese sentos to offer cheap overnight stays like their Korean counterparts (jjimjilbangs) do?
Ah as a woman I can't comment but that's definitely a factor. I've only been on my own when I've had no other affordable options and I've found them really surprisingly clean, comfortable, and quiet. It's true that doors don't lock but Japan is probably the world's safest country as far as theft. Anything highly valuable will be with me when I go to the bathroom or vending machine.
Feb
19
comment Is it usual for Japanese sentos to offer cheap overnight stays like their Korean counterparts (jjimjilbangs) do?
Oh much more expensive than the Internet cafes I've used then. It would be better to edit the prices into your existing answer by the way.
Feb
19
comment Is it usual for Japanese sentos to offer cheap overnight stays like their Korean counterparts (jjimjilbangs) do?
Can you offer some typical prices? Otherwise very informative.
Feb
17
comment What do shops mean when they are open 7/7?
In Romania and I think also Bulgaria such shops use the term "nonstop", which is not exactly how we use it in English (-:
Feb
17
comment Where to buy a hydration pack / reservoir / bladder / camel bag in Phnom Penh, Cambodia?
As in user26886's answer, the bicycle one did but only had a lower quality smaller bladder but a couple of higher quality packs to choose from. The expat owner there told us the motorbike shop wouldn't have them but he helped us to find the other shops of which Giant had the best range of all shops.
Feb
17
comment What do shops mean when they are open 7/7?
Exactly what I was going to say, except you even said it in French (-:
Feb
17
comment Where to buy a hydration pack / reservoir / bladder / camel bag in Phnom Penh, Cambodia?
It turns out one of the Flying Bikes shps does motorcycles and the other does bicycles.
Feb
17
comment Travelling in Taiwan during Chinese New Year? Good or no good?
One thing to note that I found out last year is that pretty much nothing happens in Taipei and it will even be quieter there than the rest of the year, since most local people travel to their hometown for the holiday. It was easy to get a hostel and get around but nothing special to see. When you get out of Taipei I hear it would be the opposite.
Feb
16
comment True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?
The visa office is just opposite the airport on the main road "Confederation de la Russie", and stands out well on Google maps.
Feb
16
comment True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?
I fear my answer is very long and rambly so feel free to suggest edits or do some readability improvements.
Feb
16
comment Are American Express credit cards widely accepted in Japan, specifically, Osaka?
The Cirrus logo'd cards also work at 7-11 but there have been periods in recent years where they did not! Other convenience stores not though so specifically 7-11. Most post offices have one or several ATMs but in small post offices they'll be inside not accessible outside PO hours. CitiBank ATMs always seems to work too if all else fails.
Feb
16
comment Where to buy a hydration pack / reservoir / bladder / camel bag in Phnom Penh, Cambodia?
Great news, it's our plan to go there tomorrow. Though from today's trip by the airport looking for a place called Camper we've learned that Google Maps is riddled with miles-out errors in Phnom Penh.
Feb
16
comment Where can I try Chitty cuisine in Malacca?
Yes Nyonya is pretty easy to find these days since it became fashionable at some point, but some of the dishes you list are definitely not ones I've heard of before so could be proper Chitty dishes! (-:
Feb
15
comment True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?
How long ago and did you have to return another day to pick it up?
Feb
15
comment True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?
@AnkurBanerjee: You did it yourself in the office near the airport in PP?
Feb
14
comment Are the terms “visa denial”, “visa refusal”, and “visa rejection” used in the same standardized way in countries that use English?
I thought it was self explanatory that it would only cover places that use English. I suppose I can edit that it to make it clearer.
Feb
13
comment Where is the “Office for Foreign Aliens” in Siem Reap, Cambodia?
@MeNoTalk: That was including everything, but the $45 apparently also already includes a fee! I think I found that it's $35 if you do it yourself at the office in the PP airport. I suppose I could ask yet another question about that ...
Feb
13
comment Are the terms “visa denial”, “visa refusal”, and “visa rejection” used in the same standardized way in countries that use English?
Here's a funny thing. I search for the form number at the bottom of the Canadian one and found canada-visa-rejection.blogspot.com which has a HTML version of the form but also uses the terms "rejected" and "rejection" in several places. I'd say those are all added in for the site and are not official in any way but confirms my growing feeling that at least "refusal" does in fact have a set official international meaning but that many or most regular people are totally unaware of this officialese.