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    Long term places to stay in SE Asia with ocean swimming?

    To add to the list: Koh Lanta, island off the coast of Krabi. I spent 3 weeks there in a beautiful eco lodge on a small hill opposite the beach, my room overlooked the beach and the host told me that many a writer has come to stay with her. Google "Baan Rao Koh Lanta". The family are wonderful people who between them speak, Swedish, English, French and Thai. She is reasonably priced and has a full kitchen, down the road, 2 minutes walk there is a market there with fresh produce and street food to-die-for. I think you will enjoy it! :) about 7 years ago

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    Cambodia with teenagers for 3 weeks

    Once you arrive, there will be no shortage of people offering you their services. I found it has been cheaper and more reliable to organise day-to-day activities upon arrival. Pre-organised tours are often overpriced and won't allow you the flexibility you need with teenagers. In Siem Reap for example, you can just hire a bike for 3 days and explore Angkor Wat on your own. Maps are plentiful everywhere, or your guide book will provide the factoids and maps you'd get from the average, run-of-the-mill guide. I have done both self-guided and guided, and my solo bike trip was more enjoyable and I saw more than most tours would allow. In Shihanoukville, all you need is a beach house. :) I say, go and try to organise it yourself and if you don't like it, it will not be difficult to then get a tour, guide or day trip organised. Tourism is their major drawcard, so it will be easy whichever way you decide. It's a beautiful place, you'll love it. Safe travels! :) about 7 years ago

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    Where is the best place in China to visit poor, rural areas

    I recommend Yunnan province. It is one of the most beautiful in China and I have done treks in the northern and southern parts. My favourite is in Xishuangbanna. You can trek close to the border of Myanmar, and stay with local tea growers and experience their lifestyle. The food in town (Jinghong) was a delicious fusion of Burmese, Thai and Chinese -- so chilly! I used chinatrekking.com to plan most of my trips around China. Safe travels! :) over 6 years ago

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    I will be in Beijing in mid-October for a 4 hour layover, what would be an interesting thing to do or see or eat? (I am a vegetarian)

    I agree with Lisa, depending on the time of arrival in Beijing, it may take you up to an hour just to get through customs and you would have to be back at least 1.5-2 hours before to check-in. Since the airport is so big, it might take you 30mins just to get to the gate. I would highly recommend staying at airport. Most people in the airport will speak English but if you get stuck, write this down. 我吃素的。Which means "I am vegetarian". Safe travels! :) about 7 years ago

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    For a tourist visa, do you still require an invitation letter?

    I am Australian and have never needed an invitation letter and I've visited China on 3 separate occasions between 2007-2012. What is your husband's nationality? about 7 years ago

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    what time of the year is the best to visit singapore?? not cold but also not too hot but defiantly sun shine and warmth?? : )

    Singapore is in the tropics. It never drops below high 20s. So, I guess you could say they don't even have a winter. Just summer and freaking hot summer. It's always humid, sunny and warm unless its humid, raining and warm. I say the coolest times would be September to March, with the rainy season being from November to February. almost 8 years ago

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    How do I start moving?

    Hello! Firstly, where do you want to go first? Pick a country or at least a continent and we can maybe point you in the right direction as to your visa questions. Visa conditions different from country to country, and each country has different conditions of entry and limitation on types of visas for citizens of different countries. So, it is hard to answer your question at this point in time. One of the most popular ways to travel and work is to teach English. Your seem to write it fluently, why not try getting a certification in your country such as a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), make sure it is recognised in the countries you wish to travel. Another that is common for young females is to be a nanny or au pair. Many families around the world love the multicultural aspect of hiring an international nanny. I have never done this myself but my sister and other friends have done this with great stories to tell. My sister in particular got a free air ticket to be a nanny in Belgium for 6 months, then went on to nanny for a French family in London who paid for her to learn French, so that she could be bilingual with their children. Currently, she is taking a break and traveling around Europe. The pay is not amazing, but you get board and food and get to explore a wonderful new city! :) The families often will assist with visa issues. Again, you will need to check with your countries' and their countries' rules and conditions to be sure. Another idea is to be a volunteer, many NGOs around the world need people who can spare their time and effort in exchange for basic board and food. This will be my next adventure. :) I hope I helped a little. Good luck! :) about 7 years ago

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    How do I start moving?

    If you are allowed to stay in Malaysia for 30 days without a visa with your Philippines passport, then it stands to assume that you can exit at 30 days and enter again to gain another 30 days. You would not necessarily have to return to your home country, just exit Malaysia, to a neighbouring country perhaps? For example, you enter Malaysia 1/1/13, you will exit on 30/1/13 and go to Thailand, which does not require Philippines passport holders to have a visa, you can stay overnight (or 30 days if you like) and enter Malaysia again on 1/2/13 and stay for another 30 days. These types of 'visa-free' stays are for tourism purposes and would not allow you to legally work in the country. You can use that time to look for employment and hopefully your employer would help with further visa issues once you are employed. As for the nanny work, my sister googled multiple sites and set up multiple accounts with various profiles with agencies who then set up interviews through Skype. I will ask her the site that eventually got her the job in Belgium. In the mean time, do an internet search and start making a resume and setting up profiles. Many of them are free to join. about 7 years ago