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Sep
16
comment Is it really permitted for travellers to work while visiting Georgia on a tourist visa?
Brilliant find! Here have a few crumbs of rep ...
Sep
16
comment Crossing the Lao/Thai border at Ban Than - no border office?
It would be great if you could add a map or map link so we can see exactly which route you're on. There's a good chance it's a border crossing only Thais and Laos are allowed to use. I tried to cross from Cambodia to Vietnam at such a crossing a few months ago. And was turned back. There's also a chance we're overlooking something.
Sep
16
comment Which countries, if any, offer on-arrival work visas?
@JonathanReez: Really? Do you have a link for that?
Sep
9
comment Is there a free public outdoor gym somewhere in Dalat, Vietnam?
No I stayed there for almost one month and never found something. It's pretty labyrinthine though, so I could've still missed it.
Sep
9
comment What is the difference between type C and type SE plugs?
The two flat prong style plugs used in various countries such as Mexcio and here in Laos also often have this problem. I'm thinking of buying an extension cord for the times when the socket is high and the adaptor and/or power supply/charger etc is heavy enough to make it fall out. With an extension the heavy bit can then be on floor/table/etc. Anyway the socket in my current hotel is nice and tight so no probs (-:
Sep
9
comment What is the difference between type C and type SE plugs?
I've had many experiences in some countries where these "two round prong" plugs just fall out of the sockets. So I've also thought there must be a slight difference in prong size between two otherwise similar standards. As well as poorer quality plugs and sockets in some places of course. South Korea is generally up to European standards though so I wouldn't worry about plugs falling out there. In India it was a big problem if I remember rightly.
Sep
9
comment Can a foreigner get a visa for China in Taiwan?
By the way, note that there is a deleted answer here with 6 downvotes which looks like a SPAM for China Travel Services. It even has a comment from Gayot Fow saying "This is a HORRIBLE service!!! They are rip off artists".
Sep
9
comment Can a foreigner get a visa for China in Taiwan?
So basically, 1. get an agent in Taiwan to it 2. leave Taiwan and 3. Leave Taiwan and get an agent to do it. ?
Sep
8
comment Is the Lao / Myanmar border slated to open soon for foreigners?
I never heard that the final "s" was due to a French plural though I had heard that English got it via some French quirk. Let me ask on Wiktionary and/or Quora ...
Sep
8
comment Is the Lao / Myanmar border slated to open soon for foreigners?
@MarkMayo: 'Laos" is the name of the country, "Lao" is the adjective. "Myanmar" is both the name of the country and the adjective. In the question title I intended them both as adjectives. Oh and the Lao language is essentially the Thai language in the same way that New Zealand is essentially Australia. ie. if you value ignorance and like getting into fights with the locals.
Sep
6
comment Is the Laos/China border at Boten/Mohan open 24 hours?
Actually I asked on the Chinese side as I was exiting and extrapolated the rest. I ran into some issues with currencies and passport photos on the Lao side and wasn't sure what the time difference was yet at that point. But while dealing with those issues the visa on arrival guy said I was good to go, got on his motorbike, and went home. So I believe I extrapolated correctly but a second opinion wouldn't hurt! (-:
Sep
6
comment Where exactly is the night market in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna (China)?
Ah so it looks like it has indeed moved. Nice find!
Sep
3
comment Why do hostels require you to 'rent' bedding?
I have most definitely been charged for sheets at some hostels, usually in the most expensive countries. One I particularly remember was the famous Af Chapman hostel-on-a-boat in Stockholm. They were testing a new idea of paper sheets, which were much cheaper than buying cloth sheets. They were very heavy duty tissue paper and I used mine throughout my trip in western Europe. This was in 2000 when the AUD was very low. These days I work in a hostel and we have a strict no sleeping bags policy because bed bugs are very expensive to get rid of, requiring infested rooms to be close for weeks.
Sep
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”?
The more answers we have here that are Googlable and tell people that searches for Chinese laws is futile can only help more people. Just keeping it something that some people in the know are aware of but not talking about doesn't help anybody. Hence I'll probably ask more questions of this nature if I run into any.
Sep
1
comment Is advance booking required for ferries from China to South Korea?
Based on my experience taking ferries between South Korea and Japan six times and China and Taiwan once or twice, I never booked in advance and would be surprised if it's required here either. It's probably possible to book though but I wouldn't guess the ferry is full most of the time.
Sep
1
comment Is advance booking required for ferries from China to South Korea?
I've arrived in China four times, each time overland. Two entries on each of two visas. I did need to show my ticket out of China both times I applied for a visa. I never had to provide an itinerary either when applying for a visa or extending a visa there. There was a space on the form but I left it black and that was not a problem.
Aug
29
comment Is there a way to check that the conditions on your plane ticket are actually what your travel agent said they are?
@AlexS: JAL used to do it that way but I believe they changed and I haven't flown with them for years now.
Aug
28
comment Which Australian bank/account incurs lowest fees using an ATM card overseas?
Is there an annual fee or a minimum balance required for the account? Many years ago when Cirrus (or Plus?) first appeared I got a Citibank account because they were the first in Australia to have it, but I needed $10,000 minimum balance and had to pay a regular fee once my account went below that. Are there any relevant rules such as those that we should know about?
Aug
25
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 "pat the air in front of you" gesture. But at least the thumb isn't offensive in those places, just not recognized
Aug
18
comment Entry into U.S.A without stamped visa
OK so we're the visa experts as I expected. If that one's acceptable here so is this one. People shouldn't get trigger happy when spotting keywords.