LisaF

LisaF

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    What is the address of the best international hospital in Bali Please?

    If you find yourself in a situation requiring medical attention, always call your insurance company first. They may be aligned to a particular provider and can assist in direct payment as well as medical monitoring. International SOS has a very good clinic very close to BIMC. I would use them before anyone else (and I have!). I used to work with International SOS and found myself as an inpatient while on business in Bali, I had absolute faith in the system and had a good understanding of what went on in the background. I was looked after by two western doctors and a western nurse, as well as local medical officers. Intl SOS is clean, they use state of the art sterilising equipment (including sometimes autoclaving for other clinics......) and have global expert medical advice on hand overseeing all medical cases that go through. All expat catered clinics are expensive, from my experience BIMC is one of the more expensive ones and does not offer the same level of healthcare management that Intl SOS does. I also found that BIMC used questionable practices when diagnosing a patient which led to inflated pricing schedules. BIMC may have nicer rooms with private TV's and birch wood tables - but when it comes to managing a medical problem, interior design doesn't exactly count! over 7 years ago

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    I'm backpacking soon through Nepal, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand and through Indonesia in July. Any suggestion on the best route to take?

    Definitely go for a visit to the old city in Chiang Mai, and maybe a few day trips using the centre as you base. I would suggest this rather than stay in outlying areas for safety. The health risks in Chiang Mai are not highly publicised, but take a look at http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2011/03/30/thailand-travel-tragedies/ for some thoughts. Not to scare you - my background is in emergency assistance and we came across too many of these cases. Some of the hotels in Chiang Mai are quite cheap, you can get a nice place for about $20 US per night like the Baan Thai Resort - which has aircon and wifi etc. Or you can go cheaper and not do with these luxuries (I go with aircon). Again, I always use Agoda for booking last minute, it means I can still get a little bit of luxury and not spend a fortune. There are a few boat companies that do the Mekong boat, from memory the best one was simply called Mekong Cruise. I cant remember how much it cost or for how many days, but you might want to google and see if there is one that you can join a few others on. It might be a bit lonely by yourself. Like you, I'm not a laze-by-the-beach person, but I love the water. Sunscreen is now my new daily mantra after returning from Indonesia and having a huge chunk of my back cut out (ouch) due to not applying waterproof sunscreen....... On Flores, we went trekking in the mountains, walked to a waterfall and swam for hours, and we also hired a boat and motored around a million beautiful islands. And we drank beer (Bintang). over 7 years ago

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    I'm backpacking soon through Nepal, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand and through Indonesia in July. Any suggestion on the best route to take?

    I am extremely jealous. What an amazing route you're doing. Nepal is fairly simple to get around, dependant on your trekking area. There are loads of trekking agents that you can hook up with once you arrive, I have used this particular guide on a few occasions and can recommend him. His name is Gyan Bahadur Rana Magar - duragyan@yahoo.com.in I have also referred him as a personal tea-house trekking guide to friends who were all as impressed. Getting to Burma from there may be difficult, you might have to fly to Bangkok and then to an overland to Yangon. Having never been to Burma, but desperately wanting to, I can't really add any value here. You can then overland again up to the Golden Triangle and visit Chiang Mai. Be careful here - its a lovely and worth a visit but sadly also a place you need to be extremely aware of. Purchase your own water from the supermarkets and ensure the seals are valid. This is an extreme caution, (and one you should know for most of Asia anyway). You can either then catch a train south and spend some time on the islands or you can overland again across to Laos (across the friendship bridge). You will need to arrange your visa prior as visa on arrival is difficult. From Laos, you can then catch a boat down the Mekong through to Cambodia. Siam Reap is a must, and I also think a few days in Kep is worth it, you can boat to some of the islands which are spectacular. I would leave Indonesia to last, it's the easiest place to travel around and you can keep it fairly loose. Start in Bali (and if time permits try to see a lot of the island including North West), maybe head to Nusa Lebongan, and my new favourite place..... (returned last week) is Flores! Stunning diving and snorkelling, very cheap and extremely laid back. As for the blog - YES! Not only does it keep everyone updated, its a great way to pass time after a long day of travelling and it serves as a fantastic record to look back on. Worldnomads have a blog (free) which is easy to use and allows you to upload photos. For accommodation as you go: www.agoda.com I'm curious that you dont like the heat? These countries are hot.... over 7 years ago

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    Affordable boating trip for 6 adults & 3 kids - fishing and swimming?

    Which hemisphere? I can highly recommend the Great Barrier Reef in QLD, Australia. Its easy to do a bareboat charter with a lot of boats to choose from. Its such a beautiful part of the world to snorkel, swim, fish, sail (or motor), relax. over 7 years ago

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    Sat phones. Planning a trip around Africa, from SA to malawi, Ruanda etc. We need a satellite phone, sounds complicated. Any advice please?

    We hired a satellite phone for our roadtrip across SA, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia and to be honest..... it let us down when we needed it. My blackberry worked though! Comms are quite good in most of Africa, you will notice a lot of telecom towers everwhere. Great idea about the 2way radios. Do a google search on 4WD forums for Africa, my husband got a wealth of knowledge from some of these people while planning our trip. There are quite a few forums, find one that resonates with you and what you're planning on doing. If you are yet to find a car hire place, we arranged ours through BushLore in J'Burg. Complete with roof tents (a must) and I highly recommend them. over 7 years ago

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    I am planning on living and working in Australia in a month. Should I get my medical insurance now or when I'm there? Any info is good!

    Please dont rely on the RHA (Reciprical Health Agreement) as this will really only cover you for medical emergencies in Australia. Should you require repatriation back to your home country, you will need travel insurance (or a lot of money). over 7 years ago

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    I have a visa for hawaii. do I also need another visa for Las Vegas on the same trip??

    Providing that your US visa is valid for the entire time you are away, this will cover you for both Hawaii and mainland. The issue would be if you went to another country in between. For information on US visa related enquiries: travel.state.gov/visa/ over 7 years ago

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    what are the best cell phones while in australia?

    All carriers in Australia are much of a muchness. Choices are: - Telstra - Optus - Vodafone If you already have a phone (unlocked) you can purchase a cheap sim card at the airport (directly next to arrivals gate) as well as a dongle. My choice is Optus for both, better range (in all areas) and affordable. I have a pre paid phone and buy $30 worth of credit per month which gives me $300 worth of calls, sms's and unlimited data on social media. To date I have never run out of credit before the month is up. To be absolutely honest, I have had more problems with range on my old Telstra plan than I have on Optus, even in the middle of the CBD. over 7 years ago