Jarrod Brown

Jarrod Brown

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    What are the best places to visit in Kerala, India?

    I really enjoyed Bekal Fort. over 8 years ago

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    Should one wait to travel until you have some sort of degree?

    I first traveled as an undergraduate student. What was a month-long trip to Malaysia ended up with me returning three months later for a year to do research, and then working and traveling in Malaysia for another year. I've lived in South and Southeast Asia now for half of the last decade. I would say that if you plan on working abroad, then you should have a degree. Otherwise, I am not sure it matters unless you are looking for some perspective loaned by your studies. And if you are not traveling to work or study, then savings is the name of the game. Work out a budget, set savings goals, and realize that it is going to be worth it. Where you thinking about going, ZachAttack? over 8 years ago

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    Aranyaprathet to Ventiane overland?

    You can. Take the bus from Aranyaprathet to Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat). From there you can take a bus or the train to Nong Khai. This trip will probably take 14 hours or more, so if you go this route ensure you catch an early morning bus from Siem Reap. Also, you will probably arrive too late to cross the border, although from Khorat you might be able to catch a bus running all the way into Laos. Otherwise, plan on staying the night in Nong Khai and then crossing the next morning. It is 20km from the border to Vientiane. You can also arrange to travel to Laos from Siem Reap to the border crossing at Stung Treng and on to Pakse in southern Laos. However, it is still another 10 hours to Vientaine from Pakse. If you're traveling to Siem Reap, you can book a trip from there but you will need to go through Phnom Penh first and usually will spend the night there. You'll go through Kampong Cham and Kratie. Kratie is also a nice place if you want to take a few days getting to Laos. You can also arrange from great trekking and other things around Kratie and Stung Treng, and southern Laos is really something, too. over 8 years ago

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    What's the best way to carry money in Myanmar?

    You are right--there are no ATMs. I'd suggest bringing CRISP US$ with you--they may not take torn or even worn bills, and if they do take them they may give you less for them in exchange. If you are worried about carrying a lot of cash, try a money belt with large bills. Also, be careful in exchanging money--the official exchange rates are a joke, so you will want to change on the black market--your hotel can probably change for you, and people in the markets, et cetera, may ask you if you need to change money also. over 8 years ago

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    What is the most scenic route to take from Bangkok to Siem Reap?

    You can take the bus all the way from Bangkok to Siem Reap. There is just one way to go--through Poipet / Aranyaprathet crossing and then on National Road 6 to Siem Reap. It is a very, very long trip. A few things to remember--most buses will drop you in Aranyaprathet and then you will need to take a tuk-tuk the border. You'll be met by Cambodian officials who will try to overcharge you for your visa while still on the Thai side. Someone will walk you across the border, and then you will be told you need to change money (you don't--US$ is accepted everywhere, and baht most places--but the exchange rate is 4000 Riel to the dollar--they will give you 1/2 that at the border) and then you will also be told you have to take an overpriced government private car or bus the rest of the way. Also, the border often closes at 5PM. So, keep your wits about you and be ready to be uncomfortable, to refuse to overpay officials, and to look around for your own transport. If you are really up for an adventure, I suggest you stop in Sisaphon and go see Bantaey Chmar, but be forewarned there are no tourists there and even finding someone who speaks English or can take you there (on the back of a motorcycle for a couple hours on a dirt road) can be a challenge, but it will let you break up the trip. There isn't much to see in Poipet except casinos. over 8 years ago

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    Where can I find Buddhist temples in Malaysia?

    You'll be able to find them everywhere, but there are a few I'd highlight. The Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang is one of the best in the country. You can get a taxi from Georgetown for less than 40RM or you can take a bus that will bring you to the bottom of the hill. There is also a lot of temples to be seen on the Heritage Trail, a walking trail through Georgetown. It is interesting--there is a Kuan Yin temple and then the Hainan Temple, which is quite famous. Both of these are smaller temples. In Kuala Lumpur, the Thean Hou Temple is notable in Taman Persiaran Desa. There is also the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Bricksfield. In Malacca, the Cheng Hoon Teng temple is also worth checking out. It is not as large as the Kek Kok Si Temple. The cave temples in Ipoh are also something really interesting to see. You can take a bus from the central bus station or a private car. There are several of them, one of which has a botanical garden on the other side of a hill that a cave goes through. Going up the rickety wooden stairs in some of them can be a bit spooky as well as the old scaffolding. These are some of the most impressive temples in Malaysia--and incidentally, Ipoh has some of the best Hindu temples as well if you want to see some excellent examples of Dravidian architecture without going to India or Sri Lanka. over 8 years ago

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    Is there left luggage at Kuala Lumpur airport?

    It cost about 30-35RM for overnight for a large bag. It is in the arrival terminal. As you come out, it is in the back-left corner. over 8 years ago

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    Where can I see tea plantations near Kuala Lumur?

    Michael is right--the Cameron Highlands are the closest place, and they are too far for a day trip. You can easily book a bus there--it is a very winding road, so if you get motion sickness, pack some dramamine or take ginger pills. I suggest you go past Ringlet and stay at Tanah Rata--it can be a charming break from KL. over 8 years ago