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Oct
1
comment Is a Cambodian visa on arrival available at the Chong Sa Ngam / Anlong Veng crossing from Thailand?
That makes sense. Here in Vientiane there's a lot of Africans who were working in Thailand and hit some visa problems in some kind of crackdown after that incident.
Oct
1
comment Is China going to be added to the list of countries eligible for working holidays in Australia as part of the upcoming visa changes?
@AndrewGrimm: That's why I'm wondering what the quotas are for Japanese and Koreans.
Oct
1
comment Is a Cambodian visa on arrival available at the Chong Sa Ngam / Anlong Veng crossing from Thailand?
I had no problem last time I entered Thailand, on foot from Malaysia last December.
Sep
30
comment What's the status of this border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia?
VOA = Visa On Arrival (-:
Sep
30
comment What's the status of this border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia?
@MastaBaba: It is kinda close to Preah Vihear but there's another one right next to it. The conflict is a few years ago now and recent reports say it's fine to go there now. And there definitely is VOA available at that crossing.
Sep
30
comment What's the status of this border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia?
Yes either or both of my computer and my internet were horribly slow when I was trying to check. But some remote border posts in the developing world are not much more than a couple of huts on each side and a gate or two with all staff coming and going in just one or two cars or motorbikes and few people crossing. But also Google is sometimes wrong (-:
Sep
29
comment Is China going to be added to the list of countries eligible for working holidays in Australia as part of the upcoming visa changes?
@EdmundYeung99: Thanks. But I was actually wondering how many spots Australia offers to other countries rather than how many spots other countries offer to China. Though that's also interesting.
Sep
29
comment Is China going to be added to the list of countries eligible for working holidays in Australia as part of the upcoming visa changes?
I wonder how it compares to the quotas for other countries. Our gov. is probably worried about a flood of Chinese overstaying or finding some loophole so they're starting with small numbers.
Sep
27
comment Where to eat Suzumebachi (Giant Sparrow Bee) in Japan?
There's a new BBC documentary all about these giant hornets. Apparently when beekeepers find a nest they gas it then fry and eat the hornets as a delicacy. So during the season you can find where beekeepers are in the hornets' area. The documentary on YouTube.
Sep
26
comment Is it easier for a westerner to obtain a Chinese tourist visa in Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan?
@chx: You need to familiarize yourself with the Stack Exchange concept of "the long tail". Please check the blog, podcasts, and Stack Exchange meta.
Sep
25
comment South Korea vs. Japan. Which gets cold earlier in autumn?
Why not go north in Japan and then south? Go up one coast and down the other. It would a shame to miss either Hokkaido or Okinawa. I hitchhiked (and ferried) from Okinawa to Hokkaido and back to Tokyo on my previous trip.
Sep
25
comment Is it possible to cross the Wagan border by car?
Google maps often has disconnects on roads at international borders that you can in fact cross. These are pretty unpredictable but I've run into them on multiple occasions myself. - Which is not to say that you can cross. Only that Google might be right or it might be wrong.
Sep
23
comment Which ferry from China to South Korea is the cheapest?
That's a bargain! How long did the crossing take? Do you have a photo or any interesting points worth adding?
Sep
22
comment Hotel asking cancellation fee
@MartinArgerami: I don't know how I missed that! That detail has in fact been there from the beginning so 100% my fault.
Sep
21
comment Hotel asking cancellation fee
@AnthonyGrist: Indeed "debit card" does mean different things in different countries. As somebody who works in the tourism industry I avoid this term altogether.
Sep
21
comment Hotel asking cancellation fee
Most of the info in this answer is good but I'm downvoting it for the reasons Calchas mentions and also this comment: "To avoid such problems in the future, it is better to book a decent hotel instead of a guest house."
Sep
21
comment Hotel asking cancellation fee
You have not mentioned how many days before your booked arrival date you cancelled your booking. This is the most important detail and probably was in the information provided when you booked. I work at a backpacker hostel in Australia and we used to allow cancellations up to 24 hours before arrival but recently changed it to 48 hours before. We just lose too much money from turning away people wanting to book because somebody else has promised to book but then cancelling just before they're due to come.
Sep
20
comment What visa or documents are required for a visit to France as a Trinidadian?
& is not allowed in tag names apparently. Mods, please make trinidanian-citizens and tobagonian-citizens synonyms of t-and-t-citizens
Sep
17
comment Crossing the Lao/Thai border at Ban Than - no border office?
I don't understand the close votes here. This is a very common type of question I've asked myself here several times.
Sep
17
comment Crossing the Lao/Thai border at Ban Than - no border office?
The post at the link does clearly say that it was open to foreigners with visa on arrival in both directions a year and a bit ago. So this does provide an answer, only if you follow the link though. But yeah the more recent post I found makes it seem that it's no longer open to foreigners. So perhaps neither is conclusive.