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Direct flights between SE/E Asia and South America

I'm afraid you can stop hoping, because with current airplane technology, direct flights between East or Southeast Asia and South America are effectively impossible. The maximum practical range of ...
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Does anyone recognize this temple in SE Asia?

Looks like Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand, north of Bangkok: (courtesy Justin Vidano via Wikimedia) While the tubular central Khmer-style prang does indeed look a bit like Angkor Wat, ...
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Asian ladies and older man grabbing cheeks and slapping butts for children

The article Don’t Touch My Child! Lessons from Asia by Cordelia Newlin de Rojas at InCultureParent.com article may be of interest. I can’t speak for all Asian cultures but in Singapore and Thailand, ...
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How to clean yourself after you've used this style of western toilet in India?

It's easy, use the hose! while you're sitting on the toilet seat, direct the hose to your private area (do not insert it there, of course), press and get yourself cleaned. This answer explains how to ...
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Direct flights between SE/E Asia and South America

Is going via Australia or New Zealand not an option? Qantas 27 runs direct from Sydney to Santiago, Chile every other day, while LAN Chile 800 runs the same route daily with an intermediate stop in ...
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Which countries in Southeast Asia require travel insurance proof?

None. I have visited all those countries and I wasn't asked about insurance by any country (we have free medical care back in my home country but I think that's irrelevant). A note about your credit ...
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Are there budget repositioning cruises from anywhere in East or Southeast Asia to Australia later in 2017?

No, you're not going to find anything cost-competitive with LCCs, meaning a few hundred dollars. (That would barely get you from Sydney to Brisbane.) You can count the number of SE Asia to Australia ...
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What are the recommended vaccines for travel to Thailand?

Britons can look to the NHS's Fit for Travel website, which provides detailed health recommendations for most countries. NHS recommended immunisations for Thailand include the following: Confirm ...
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Which routes are possible from anywhere on peninsular Southeast Asia to The Philippines without flying?

I don't have a complete answer, but I think you can actually get pretty far by ferry alone. There's a ferry between Puerto Princesa and Iloilo City. You can get there by taking the ferry from Balabac ...
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Can I participate in the farming/harvesting of chocolate/cacao as a tourist anywhere in the world?

Since 1978 Côte d'Ivoire has been the world's biggest producer of cocoa with production of 1.65 million tonnes, more than nearby Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Togo combined (1.55 million tonnes) and ...
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Is any Southeast Asian country easier for obtaining a visa for China?

On my previous trip I ended up getting my Chinese visa in Vientiane, Laos. The price was much lower than in Australia. I picked it up the day after I applied for it. The consulate never had more than ...
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Are there any countries in South-East Asia that don't require a motorcycle licence to ride one?

You have alternatives in most countries. In Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, I've found it useful to rent mopeds with <100cc engines. While they are regulated, and while I have a license, very ...
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Is the Lao / Myanmar border slated to open soon for foreigners?

Laos-Myanmar bridge awaits juristic acts Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge in Luang Namtha province in the northern parts of the country has yet to become an official international border as the ...
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Motorcycle insurance in Southeast Asia

Short answer: travel insurance that you purchase beforehand from a reputable organization can cover you in case of accident on a two-wheeled vehicle (and possibly in case of loss). Long answer: Tons ...
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How to judge a budget hotel's safety standards?

beforehand read reviews and search them for your keywords, e.g. "fire alarm", "escape routes", ... check the hotel website for information on the property and make your own guesses. I would be more ...
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Which cities are connected by direct flights between Mexico and Asia?

I plugged "Mexico, anywhere" to "China, anywhere" for a random Friday in August into Skyscanner, and it only throws up one-stop connections - no direct flights. Ditto going to South Korea, India, ...
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Is it possible to motorcycle through Southeast Asia?

Yo, I lived in Thailand for 8 years. Don't camp there. seriously, it's an incredibly stupid idea. That said, the rest of your idea might be doable. so for motorbikes, you'll want something small ...
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How to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days?

Nearly all countries who qualify for Tourist Visa Exempt (VE) entry now get 30 days permission to stay, whether land or air arrival; land arrival for VE are limited to 2 per calendar year. If you use ...
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What warm clothes should I take when traveling in southeast Asia?

For upper body, you’ll need a windproof, breakable jacket and a medium jacket full of down or synthetic fill. For lower body, you'll need a pair of gore-tex windproof, waterproof and breathable ...
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Which floating villages/markets in Cambodia/Vietnam are most suitable for a touring family with small children in February?

I can only offer information (from 2014) about the floating village of Prek Toal, at the mouth of the Sangkae river (into the Tonle Sap). I found it absolutely fascinating to see how these people live ...
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Travelling from Rabbit Island (Cambodia) to Can Tho (Vietnam)

OK, we tried ourselves... From Rabbit Island we took the boat to Kep (about 30 mins). From there we took a tuk-tuk to the Vietnamese border ($15, about 45 mins) We crossed the border on foot (without ...
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Getting from Laos to Hoi An, Vietnam

I took a bus from Hanoi to Laos back in 2011. The bus took around 23 hours. This includes maybe an hour at the border as most tourists needed to get Laos visa. The road taken was through very steep ...
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