Reputation
30,308
Next tag badge:
90/100 score
20/20 answers
Badges
15 103 299
Impact
~1.1m people reached

May
22
comment Will having used one previous double-entry visa for China make me eligible for a multiple entry visa now?
Whether or not you can provide the necessary paperwork and proof, you might not be able to obtain a multiple-entry visa for China, depending on where you apply. As an Australian citizen I've found I can't get a true multiple entry visa in either Vietnam or Laos, though I can get a double-entry visa in Laos. Here's a new question just on where you can get true multiple-entry visas: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/48052
May
22
comment Do any Chinese embassies or consulates grant multiple-entry visas to people from a third country?
Similar older question before we knew that China distinguishes between double-entry and multiple-entry visas: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/19241
May
22
comment Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?
Similar: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/48052
May
20
comment How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
No I didn't read the signs or they were all in Vietnamese only or I read and then forgot. In this area of Vietnam every town and city has a lot of official/government/army buildings.
May
19
comment How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
Well nobody asked for or received any money from me.
May
19
comment Do we have any kind of statistics for how often rebels actually take tourists hostage in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia?
@Calchas: Yeah pretty much the same as WikiTravel/Voyage.
May
18
comment Dual Canadian and British citizen - healthcare coverage in the UK?
This answer would probably be improved with a link to an official site with more details.
May
17
comment What kind of hat to wear for business in India?
Whereas if you had been going to Australia you can get sunburn even on an overcast day, as 70-80 percent of the sun's rays – above all, long-spectrum UVA rays – go through clouds and fog. India's pollution must have quite different characteristics to normal cloud and fog.
May
17
comment In Bacau, Romania, what is the current name of the street that used to be called “Filimon Sirbu”?
If you think a question doesn't belong here if you don't think many people care about the answer, it's time you familiarized yourself with the Joel Spolsky / Stack Exchange concept of "the long tail". Travelling back to your ancestral home is travelling.
May
17
comment In Mongolia, are dairy products offered to tourists typically processed?
I didn't really see dairy products "offered to tourists" though the local markets were full of strange unappetizing dairy products you've never seen before. Then again I didn't really go to places offering things to tourists. People in my hostel did offer me one type of hard curd thing and I didn't mind it. I believe I also had a few mass produced airags from supermarkets. I don't recall seeing raw milk there, but I was only in the capital and the tiny cities between it and the Chinese border.
May
16
comment I did not receive visa papers when entering Mexico and have a flight in 2 weeks. Can I exit and re-enter through Guatemala to fix this?
I was lucky because I'd flown to Mexico before and knew about the tourist card and was worrying that it didn't seemed to be mentioned on the bus.
May
16
comment When someone in India asks for my “Good Name”, what are they expecting?
And of course if you ask a Chinese, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese for their first name, that will be their surname, whether or not they're Christian. I can't remember if the same applies to Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, and Thai people.
May
16
comment When someone in India asks for my “Good Name”, what are they expecting?
Just be sure not to give them your mediocre name, and never every give them your bad name!
May
16
comment Why is the Lonely Planet Mongolian phrasebook so small?
I actually think that in this case they're really not making new editions of the Mongolian book but just reprinting the same content with a new cover design every few years. It must keep selling or they wouldn't even have to do that. But it's certainly not one of their more popular titles, which get completely overhauled every few years. The new editions tend to get fatter to compete with new editions by other publishers. But for Mongolian there's no competition. I've got a collection of about thirty LP phrasebooks of various ages.
May
16
comment Practicing Mongolian pronunciation before visiting Mongolia
Mongolian isn't tonal so pronunciation isn't as critical as for Chinese. It does have a couple of slightly hard sounds or at least unusual ones. You should do fine from Youtube and I used a course on Memrise for audio vocab flashcards. Cyrillic is dead easy, just watch out for a couple of letters changing shape in italics. I'd rate Mongolian pronunciation as easier than Chinese, probably comparable to Korean in difficulty for an English speaker.
May
13
comment How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
Well today I'm trying a route through Buôn Hồ - Pleiku... let's see what happens...
May
13
comment How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
I had already noticed that here in Buon Ma Thuot there's a lot more restricted government buildings with "no photography" signs, etc. But I haven't seen a "large white C" sign yet. Certainly not on the highway I was going to head down. I didn't think it was that close to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, but I also hadn't thought of that before heading that way.
May
12
comment How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
Googling is find various stories from past years about problems travelling too near the border or in certain parts of the Central Highlands, or in the highlands generally. Also some reports of restrictions being eased over the years.
May
8
comment Are there any hostels in Iran?
To the posters, it's perfectly fine to ask and answer your own question here and it's also perfectly find to answer about a place you own or work for. You don't have to make a fake or pretend question, you can just be upfront about it. You do need to tell us that you're affiliated though. But if other people have the same question and will find this on Google it's a fair question and telling us you've got a hostel, especially if there are not many about is absolutely OK. Just don't do fake questions or answers.
May
6
comment What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?
@MarkMayo: Damn my inbuilt autocorrect!