Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

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    Travel Insurance

    We have used World Nomads which was inexpensive due to its exclusions that do suit longer term travellers. Long term insurance seems to be a problem if you return home. The multi trip Q ones and others don't let youu stay away for long periods. I couln't find any that let you come home and then continue. However, World Nomads does let you extend on-line. You just keep extending until you come home and then start again! over 11 years ago

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    Best things to do and see in two weeks?

    We have been to Japan a few times. We spent 2 weeks in Tokyo on one trip. The different Tokyo city hot-spots are worth seeing including Akihabara (electric town), Asakusa for temples, Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea, Tsjuji fish market is huge and the department stores go on forever. Make sure you stay in a traditional Ryokan or Minshiku for the traditional tatami mat and futon. Check google for dress and shoe rules! Try a local bath house, ask for a "SENTO" and again check the rules. Dont be shy with the electronic toilet but learn which is the "off" button first. I would recommend going for a day trip to Hakone too. Its a great Japanese day out by train, walk (on the Edo walk), boat, cable car, Gondola and funicular railway. And all in the shodow of Fuji San. Another day trip is the Nikko area with its cultural theme parks. Its harder to travel there as its more designed for locals. So get your 14 day JR rail pass and get going! over 11 years ago

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    Can anyone recommend a good tailor/s near Sukhumvit Road?

    I have had suits and jackets made before and it might help if you pick out your style before you go. Get a local catalog with a style you like. Otherwise you get overloaded with design books and have to make decisions on the spot. You might also take along something you like for them to use as a pattern to make more! almost 12 years ago

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

    There is also the Jade Market which is on the right as you walk down Nathan Road from Monkok. There's lots of Jade and other stones. These are good for presents as the vendors will "string" then up for you into pendants or wrist bands. You select the stones and they make them into something nice. Bargain hard as the cheap pieces really are very cheap! almost 12 years ago

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    Hot spring baths in Japan?

    Onsen are the hot springs you will find around the ski reports (and everywhere in Japan). They are one of my favourite Japanese experiences. You will usually need to take a towel (for drying off later), a smaller towel to take into the water with you and shampoo and soap. But first you need to be naked and clean. So put all your clothes in the locker or basket provided. Then sit down on the small stools in front of the mirrors and shower hose. The custom is to wash well with shampoo etc. You might finish off by filling the nearby basin or bucket and tipping it over your head. You may now enter the water.......... And its usually very hot so check it out first. Sometimes there are pools with different heat levels. There may also be an outside area or garden where you can sit, cool down and enjoy the atmosphere. In cities there are still Sento hidden amongst the houses. These are the traditional public bath houses and are similar to onsen but often fairly basic. You will need to get directions from your hotel or ryokan. I highly recommend the experience. We went every night in Tokyo. So you need to shed your inhibitions and enjoy that end of day soak in the seering mineral baths. Its soooo good. almost 12 years ago

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    Can anyone recommend a good Australian travel insurance company for a round the world trip?

    Travel insurance costs vary quite a bit and there doesn't seem to be any pattern. Things to watch are: Where are you going, including stopovers. (The rates vary by country) What are the excesses. (They vary on the type of claim) No medical limit policies are good! Check that there are no exclusions for sking, diving etc etc I personally like WebJet's policy as the medical cover is unlimited and there are no excesses. 14 days to Europe is $100 compared with the QF policy at $134 and then add $20 extra for sking etc etc etc....... My health insurance company did policies that were even more expensive! over 11 years ago

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    Any suggestions for an inexpensive hotel/B&B near fun restaurants and the subway?

    I have stayed at a few spots in Tokyo. A very cheap Ryokan in Asakusa is Taito Ryokan. http://www.libertyhouse.gr.jp/ Its pretty low end but the area is good and at 3000Y you wont get much cheaper. It easy to get to from the subway. (There are other ryokans in Asakusa, do a search) Also, ask for the public bathhouse (sento) its quite an experience but a bit hard to find. Something (a lot) better is Hotel Kitcho in Nihonbashi which is an older part of Tokyo. Its a bit of a trek coming in fron Narita but once you are there it is on 2 main subway lines. It also has a japanese bathroom in the room and also an electronic toilet. (washlet) Cost was about $100au. I liked this one! Eating in Tokyo is great. As well as the usual expensive places there are lots of eating bars (for businessmen) where you buy a ticket from the vending machine press the button near the picture you like. You take the ticket to the cook and wait until your number is called. (in Japanese) Good luck over 11 years ago

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    Am I going to get sick from the food in India?"

    I'd say yes too. But if you don't stay a long time you might be lucky and avoid it! You miss out on a great experience if you don't eat with the locals. Its not just the food, its the sitting down with local people and their children and being part of their day. Its worth the risk but do take the usual precautions. over 11 years ago