Ben Cashman

Ben Cashman

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    Where's a beautiful, quiet place to go in spain in July that is affordable and isn't overrun with tourists (ideally coastal)?

    Miles is bang on the money with San Seb. I flew into Bilbao in the middle of their 'Big Week' and took a bus over to San Sebastian, where you will get immersed in northern Spanish culture if you track your way through the old town. Back in the end of '07 I drove along the east coast, through Girona, Pals, and right up to Roses. The whole coast is amazing, and it seems that it is really only the Spanish tend to holiday up there. I am actually headed back to Spain in June this year... off to explore the south so I'll let you know! about 11 years ago

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    Hi all we are going to fly into Barcelona soon and we have approximately 2 weeks in Spain, any suggestions on what we should do?

    Agree with both guys above, definitely check out the old town of the right of LaRambla as you are walking towards the beach, great old architecture and amazing street art. Gaudi's walk is a must, you can pick up a walking map in most backpacker or hotels and you can trek the city checking out all of his skitched out designs. Also, near the aquarium, you can catch a cable car to the top of the mini-mountain (I have forgotten what it is called!) but you see over the entire cityscape, gorgeous at sunset. If you get the chance to head out of Barcelona see if you can make your way north east and stay in Laguardia in the centre of Spain. The most incredible wine and tapas (possibly the best in the country...) and is the centre of the Rioja wine region. about 11 years ago

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    Where is the best place to dive in southern Tasmania?

    Definitely get around the Giant Kelp Forests of Fortesque Bay where you will potentially find Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Sea Hares, and big Rays swimming through the 14m high kelp. While you are down on the Peninsula you should cruise out from Pirates Bay (off Doo Town) and around to Waterfall Bay where the fish life is stunning, all within 15m. If you don't access to a boat you can drop in on Eaglehawk Dive Centre who can arrange small trips all around the area. If you are up for a shore dive then you can walk out from the beach at Tesselated Pavement. If you look straight out from along the left wall you will see a white breakwater out around one hundred metres. Just inside the massive boulder that is sticking out of the ground there is a small swim through with good fish life. Just stay away from the reef break :) Heaps of options. There is also the wreck of the SS Nord but on your OW ticket you shouldn't be going under that far. The wreck, which is down further near Port Arthur, sits in sub 40m. Hope this helps. over 10 years ago

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    I'll be in Thailand for 2 weeks in Dec. Bangkok for first week. What should I do for the next week? I need to get back to Bangkok by the end

    As long as you are taking your malaria meds you could head north into Chang Mai. Experience the tribal side of Thailand, trek through the jungle as mentioned above, and immerse yourself in rich Thai culture. I didn't really enjoy my time in Samui, it seemed too commercial for what I was traveling for, instead I traveled into Koh Phangan for a laid back time with a scooter, and if you can time it right you might be able to get to either a full moon party on Had Rin beach or (my personal favourite!) the half moon party out in the jungle in the middle of the island. I'm an avid scuba diver and got my ticket on Koh Tao which is an amazing little island. If you are a diver or want to be then definitely head to Koh Tao... you might be lucky enough to swim with a whale shark at Chumphon Pinnacle. You can do your open water dive course in 4 days. about 11 years ago

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    Good camping sites in Tasmania?

    I agree with the Peninsula, and you can't go past Fortesque Bay just south of Eaglehawk Neck. Large tent sites for around $5 per person, per night, great toilet facilities, half day bushwalking around Cape Hauy Fishing off the jetty you are bound to catch some squid and flathead, and if you are a keen diver then you can get under and catch a few southern rocklobster or abalone. There is also a serene beach just the the west of the camp sites. Perfect spot to spend a few days out of the bustling city life! Info on walking Cape Hauy and the Cape Pillar track: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=117204 about 11 years ago