Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

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    What's a good day activity in Chiang Mai?

    The panda house at the zoo was worth seeing. The huge airconditioned buildings (and the pandas) were donated by China. We stayed for quite a while as we were entertained by the 2 pandas playing together. The rest of the zoo was in a bad state but was under redevelopment. almost 12 years ago

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    What's a good day activity in Chiang Mai?

    Also, hire a moter scooter. We had a ride into the hills where its a lot cooler and visited some waterfalls. almost 12 years ago

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    whats the best way from phuket to malaysia? train or plane?

    I have flown AirAsia quite a bit. Its been pretty reliable and cheap! see http://www.airasia.com Its about au$100 for international flights. I usually pay the extra au$10 for a selected seat and don't forget to pay for the right luggage weight when you book. Its a lot cheaper that excesss at check in. (In country flights are much cheaper au$10 to $50 ish in Malaysia and Thailand) almost 12 years ago

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    Can someone recommend a good hotel in Bangkok?

    I stayed at Windsor Suites at about au$100 but I think that if you are travelling around town a spot close to the "Sky Train" is best. Its not expensive and its air conditioned and not subject to the traffic jams. We abandoned our over hot taxi during a gridlock and got back to the hotel in a few minutes on the sky train. We stayed in China Town on another trip and found it difficult to catch a hotel taxi to the destination we wanted. Everthing was aparently "closed" and the drivers would only take us to their commision paying friends. We had to walk to the main road and hail a passing taxi. almost 12 years ago

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    If visiting for three days what are the essential things to see/do?

    I quite like shopping so I would recommend taking the train to ShenZhen, China for the day. Its a different food and shopping experience than that in Hong Kong. Massage, manicure, pedicure etc is good too! You could also take a Ferry trip to Macau, its rather pretty and the mix of portuguese and Chinese is interesting. In Hong Kong I took the escalator upwards but got off to check out the shops, markets and eating places. At the top of the escalator I caught a taxi to the base of the funicular railway. When you get back down you can catch a bus back into town. A walk down Nathan Road at night is good too. Stop in at the Peninsular Hotel for a "cheap" beer or champagne. The views of the city, at night, from around the star ferry terminal are spectacular. almost 12 years ago

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    Good places to go snowboarding?

    I have been skiing in Japan a few times including around Nagano in 2007. I think that Hakuba is more suited to intermediates and not so good for beginners. Getting there involves getting to Tokyo by the Narita Express, then a bullet train to Nagano and then a bus to Hakuba. I stayed at Ks House which was cheap and rather nice. http://kshouse.jp/hakuba-e/ There are a number of Onsens around which are an essential part of the experience. Whilst the exchange rate is pretty terrible now, it has been extremely cheap to stay and ski. Y4000 for a day pass and a little less per person accomodation, just a few minutes walk from a lift. I have also been skiing in Ajigasawa in Aomori but its fairly hard to get to without local help. I think that skiing on Honshu rather than Hokkaido gives much more of a Japanese experience as you need to "self sufficiently" traval and eat where most of the people are Japanese. Don't forget the JR East rail pass as it is expensive to travel within Japan. You need to buy it here before you go. You can also use the Takkyubin service that will deliver your skis to the hotel/lodge overnight so that you don't have to lug them around on the bus and train. Its only $20 or $30 and so convenient. Next time I go I am flying in to Tokyo and heading north to Yuzawa in Niigata. This is, of course, after visiting my favourite Tokyo spot, Akihabara..... almost 12 years ago

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    How easy is it to travel independently in Cambodia in a limited time?

    Yes, a few weeks is a good amount of time. You can't fly directly there, so getting there takes you to another Asian capital. You could take a return trip to Singapore, KL or Bangkok and enjoy a stopover ther. Then fly on to Siem Reap/Phnom Penh on Tiger, Jetstar or AirAsia. I spet about a week in Siem Reap with routine.... Out to the Wats, back for a swim and lunch, then back out again. The evenings we had a frozen cocktail, then an hour massage and eventually dinner.................... It was tough but we held out for a week! Stop by the roadside cricket shops. They deep fry the crickets in spices and chilli. They are quite tasty! If you are adventurous, you could try the water beetles or spiders. A few days in Phnom Penh is good for shopping and the necessary "distressing" cultural/historic sites. Its the first place I have been that I couldn't (emotionally) take any photos. We didn't go south but will next time. Enjoy your trip! over 11 years ago

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    What are the best things to see in Taiwan?

    I assume you fly into Taipei so use the underground to get to the markets and also Taipei 101. Its pretty impressive (509m high) and the biggest food court in the known universe. We did the train to the north and east coast via: Su Oa - The cold mineral spring baths were great in the hot weather plus it was piped to our hotel room. Hua lien - The national park with is jade and marble cliffs and mountain scenery is quite inspiring. Taitung - This is the port to Green Island. This is definately worth the effort. You can hire motor scooters on the island and its rather pretty with its volcanic remnants. The best part was the hot spring by the ocean and also because the spring water is salty. (One of 4 in the world) The steamed boiled eggs were delicious too! We also used Taiwan as a starting point for a Japanese excursion. You can travel by "cruise ferry" from Taitung in the north to NaHa in Okinawa. Its a 20hr ferry cruise with beautiful island scenery. Flying fish and dolphins around the ship, it was teriffic. Next time we might stop at the smaller Japanese islands for more diving................... over 11 years ago