Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

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    How can I get to the Lijiang River?

    You might get to GuiLin by flying cheaply to a hub like Singapore or KL and then using AirAsia to get to GuiLin. If you fly to Hong Kong it might be better to cross the border first and then get a domestic flight. There is often heavy discounting if the last minute flight has empty seats. (If you can cope with the stress!) By train its 14 hours or so with hard or soft and seat or sleeper options. I have travelled in China by train and whilst the cheaper options might sound good....don't do it. The hard options are well crowded. The soft sleepers we travelled on were excellent. We even had Chinese movies on LCD screens on one train. And take food, especially noodles as all trains seem to have hot water supplied. We missed the Li River when we lived in China, so its on our Agenda when we return next. over 10 years ago

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    What is worth seeing and doing while traveling in Malaysia for a 2 weeks?

    I have been to Malaysia a few times and I was a little surprised on my last trip. KL has moved much closer to Singapore in terms of development, sophistication and also cost. (A beer costs au$5 at a 7/11.) But, it is still one of my favourite Asian places. From KL I recommend going to the Genting Highland for a cooler experience and the casino theme park has a skydiving tunnel. 200km/h winds in the vertical tunnel and you're flying. Its cheap enough to have lots of goes. If you are a diver then Perhentian Islands are pretty nice. They are on the east cost near the Thai borber. You fly to Kota Bharu (Yes, by Air Asia) which is the most traditional muslim part of Malaysia. You can only buy alcohol at Chinese owned resteraunts! You taxi to Tok Bali and then long boat 30 or so Kms out to the islands. Its a tropical paradise and very undeveloped. Breakfast on the beach, diving courses and many diving sites. Its just beautiful. I could take or leave the Malaysian resorts of Peneng or Langkawi after that but if you like luxury......... There is a national marine park between these islands which have good tours for diving and snorkelling. Internal travel is really cheap on busses but its only for the brave. We have a 12hr, overnight bus trip from north to south Malaysia and it didn't slow down for the whole trip. I like to mix the bussing with some more instant flying with AirAsia where for about au$30 you can go to many places in Malaysia. As well as the Malaysian food, the Indian food in Malaysia is fantasic.... Try the street stall and food courts, Its still relatively cheap and so good. Roti Chanai is the best roti anywhere. over 10 years ago

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    What is a good way to get into Laos from Thailand?

    If you want to start further north you could enter from Chiang Rai. An AirAsia flight from Bangkok ( http://airasia.com au$65 ish ) could get you there by lunchtime. You then go to the Thai border town of Chiang Khong and cross the Mekong by small boat to Houei Xai. From there you take the 2 day, slow boat trip down the Mekong to Luang Prabang. I am planning to go in May. I have been doing a Mekong Country theme. Yes, did all that and it went very well. Its a fairly remote area but the river trip was a bit uncomfortable but all well worth the bother. Its a beautiful place to be. GC almost 11 years ago

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    Can anyone give me advice/information on the best way to get from KL to Singapore? Bus train plane??? Which is the cheapest/most convinient?

    The cheapest way to get to Singapore from KL is by bus. There are lots of choices but it looks like the current price is rm30 to rm100+ for luxury buses. Its a bit tedius at the border. Off the bus with you pack, back on, drive 500m and of and on again. Plus the lines can be quite long at immigration. I have crossed the border both ways a few times. Its about a 5 hr trip. Next time I might try the AirAsia flight ( http://www.airasia.com ) where the current discount fare is rm60 ( au$25 ). You need to add the trip to KLIA ( ans hour from KL) and back from Changi so the it probably takes a little less time and costs a bit more. almost 11 years ago

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    Is it cheaper to buy flights on line now, or from vietnam travel agent?

    I agree, its almost always cheaper to buy flights when you are there, for inexpensive countries. But I usually book on-line for AirAsia and JetStar too. I recommend AirAsia for its network and low cost fares. The balance between on-line and in-person can be the amount of time it takes to book a flight in an Asian country. There is often quite a process to book the fare, including phone calls to finalise the booking and then arranging the delivery of "paper" tickets..... It can take hours! Or like David you can take the risk of standby. almost 11 years ago

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    Flying in from Langkawi to KL, staying overnight then flying home to Aus. Where to stay? Near airport or in city?

    It depend how long you are there and if you have been before. If you dont have a reasonable part of the evening in the city I think that staying nearby is good. I stayed with Walter at Jawadene with was reasonably priced and had a Malaysian village eating strip nearby. Nice room and pool to relax between flights. (You need evening time as the shops open late in the morning.) But, if you have time go into KL and stay in the Bukit Bintang area. Lots of shops, stalls and eating places. Also a great computer building at LowYat. Try the rotti channai with curry sauce at one of the smaller stalls. Down in the basement of the Dept Store there are 100s of shops selling cheap clothes, electronics and stuff. Its a great city to overnight. and top up the baggage with market goods. Good Luck Greg over 9 years ago

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    what should I expect in macau?

    Stayed at the Venetian last month. It is huge! Macau is a mix of Portuguese and Chinese in the architecture and people. I have visited a few times and its not just the casinos, there are a few scenic and historic places to see. However, it is also a good spot to base yourself for some frantic shopping over the border in ZhuHai. This is well worth the visit! (With an appropriate Chinese visa!) about 9 years ago

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    How can I get to the Lijiang River?

    Yes, just visited the Li River area in September. We stayed in YangShuo. It was the best spot I have been to in ages. The river scenery was stunning! We did 2 river trip on bamboo rafts, some bike riding and some cooking classes. They were all excellent and inexpensive. Lots of good eating there too. It is, however, a bit tedious getting there. Its a 2 hour taxi from Guilin airport. I would take the AirAsia flight from KL to Guilin still..... about 9 years ago