Most fancy restaurants will take credit cards, but you should always be prepared for the terminal to not be working. Smaller cafes probably won't take cards. Which is the best rate depends on your banks. Last week it was 0.5% better for me to pay by credit card vs getting cash from an ATM. Most taxis won't take cards. YMMV. over 3 years ago
In the past few months the modern road to Sapa (as far as Lao Cai, anyway) has opened and now there are buses as an option, including buses directly from Sapa to Halong Bay. There were several agencies in Sapa offering direct bus trips when I was there a month ago. Here is an example bus for $28, but google for more: http://www.sapapanoramahotel.com/service/detail/High_Quality_Bus_to_Ha_Long_Bay_128.html Many buses are equipped with sleeper seats, so you are in a reclining position. That is for the overnight bus, but the day bus is the same bus. I do not recommend this for tall people, as these buses were designed for shorter bodies. That said, I found it a great way to travel during the day time and see the countryside instead of taking the overnight train. I get the impression that the train offers a higher commission to the agents, because it seemed many "had not heard of these direct buses" and wanted to sell me a train ticket. over 4 years ago
Hi I'm looking to hire a campervan in Brazil during 2014 soccer world cup, cant seem to get companies that do these rentals can you help??
If anyone wants to buy a small motorhome/campervan to use during the World Cup, we are now in Brazil and looking to sell ours. Details are on the web page http://nomadness.benlo.com/SA/RoadTrek.html in case anyone is interested. Peter over 5 years ago
I'm arriving in Bogota, Colombia May 9th. Any recommend a cheap place to stay a few nights while I figure out which direction to go?
I can recommend Cranky Croc Hostel. I have stayed there on 3 occasions and always been pleased with the location, the staff and the hostel itself. about 6 years ago
Hello all. American in Bogota and wanting to travel by bus to Quito, Ecuador. Anyone have any news on safety of the bus routes that way?
I left Bogota two weeks ago and now I am almost in Quito, having traveled by bus all the way. For the longer hauls, I prefer Bolivariano as the buses are comfortable (WiFi, toilets, reclining seats) and safe (baggage tickets for the stowed bags). But sometimes you end up on the smaller buses if you are wandering a bit, not just getting from B to Q. Then, you need to be a bit more vigilant. I did meet someone who had their laptop stolen from a bag stowed at their feet by cutting the bag. It does happen. I am not sure what aspect of safety you are concerned about. If it is guerillas and holdups, then the recommendation is not to travel at night south of Popayan to Ipiales. You don't see the scenery at night anyway, so why would you? Overall, I have never felt unsafe on the buses in Colombia or Ecuador and it has been a blast. about 6 years ago
It even snows in April, as we discovered when we were there for a romantic springtime getaway. over 6 years ago