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Old thread reached post limit. Per the usual, feel free to ask about where to go, what to do, how to do it, and what it will cost you or anything else Thailand travel related
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>>962680
Forgot to add previous thread to the OP:
>>954731
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To the guy asking about condoms, durex comfort. The dark blue box. Tried others but they all hurt like hell. My girth is just average in the west so idk what the fuck is up with thai dicks.
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>>962706
They average about 4 inches

And aren't even the smallest in Asia. I still say bring your own. But if you run out this is good advice with making due with what's there

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Hey /trv/, after years of staunchly traveling without any guides, I decided to procure a lonely planet for my upcoming trip to Istanbul to see if it makes me see more than what I would normally and whether it will reduce the quantity of brute research I need to do myself.

My question is, seeing as this year I will be visiting Istanbul and only Istanbul, which guide should I buy? The country guide (Turkey) or the city-specific guide (Istanbul)?

Would the city guide be a more complete version of the country guide or would it essentially be the Istanbul chapter taken out and sold separately? The price difference really isn't that great so I'm thinking of buying the country guide for the Istanbul trip as I may visit other regions in Turkey in the future, however the country guide is significantly larger and I wonder if it has less detail than the Istanbul one.
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>>962178
City specific guide I guess, but guides are pretty overrated IMO

Use the internet, it's free and you hear actual experiences. Ask people here, I think there's already a Turkey thread. Message people on Couchsurfing and ask them.
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>>962180
I agree, I normally travel that way, but it's seriously research itensive to check every little thing for these kinds of trips, and I likely won't have internet access so I'd likely have to store tons of (incomplete) information on my phone/iPad before leaving which is really inconvenient.
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>>962178
Lonely Planet guides are good. Never failed me in my trips to Canada. If you are in a bigger city get the Time Out guides for things to do.

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New Japan General since the old one is about to die

As always, feel free to ask about:
>travelling to Japan
>living in Japan
>teaching in Japan
>how do I become a Yakuza

Also info on prostitution in Japan: http://rockitreports.com/category/sex-in-tokyo/

Please refrain to the old thread while it's still up >>958681
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Before I move to japan to study, I'm thinking about getting a 3ds or PS Vita. Would this be worth it for the Japanese games and VNs?
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>>962593
I believe the games are region locked, so you wouldn't be able to play a Japanese game on an American/European console.
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>>962596
Oh okay. I'll look into that more. I could probably get the consoles for a lot cheaper in japan also.

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Prague thread.

Going to Prague in a couple of weeks.

Advice, recommendations, blahblahblah
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I'd definitely recommend doing the free walking tour if it's running while you're there. It's aimed at backpackers and it's customary to tip a few Euros at the end of the tour (which lasts at least a few hours), but you don't have to if you don't want to. It's great if you're on a budget, because instead of just seeing the sites for yourself and trying to find out their significance from guidebooks/internet, you've got a knowledgeable local guide who will know all that information and stories that you'd find out from locals. I think they run in most major European cities throughout the tourist season - I didn't actually do it in Prague but I did in Budapest, and it made me really regret not going in Prague because I'd done loads of sightseeing without really understanding what I was looking at.
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>>957777
Be warned Mr Quads that a lot of the castle may still be closed. Not worth paying for admission for anything up there if it is. And if you want to see Charles Bridge when not covered in people you will need to get up early. Main sights are easy to figure out, try to go to the jewish cemetery, and to the theatre as often as you can
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>>957829
That's actually a very good tip. I always go up very early when i want to explore a new city. Preferably at sunrise.

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Hey /trv/, does anyone know of places similar to the old, now demolished walled City of Kowloon? I'm interested a in a gritty, place with a thriving underworld that's neatly compacted & cheap as HELL.
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>>960655
Like the esteros of Manila? Is that kind of thing what you are looking for?
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>>960655
Kowloon walled city was built that way not because it wanted to, it's because it's an ENCLAVE, thus it can't expend beyond the grounds it was bordered. So what you are really looking for is small enclaves, which there are tons in europe, specially in those tiny countries between germany and france
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>>960669
I think that is not what he was asking for

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Is Dubai worth visiting?
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If you want to go to a shopping mall but with Arabic signs too yeah sure. It's clean I guess.

Kind of shitty post tho
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Its a great place for a layover. Abu Dhabi is pretty legit with Ferrari World and there are so few people in the UAE you can go to any attraction and walk right in.
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If you are a real traveler, probably not. But if you like tourist shit, escapist vacations, it's great. Lots of things to do. From base jumping to sand duning. To clubs to concerts. Like Vegas without the gambling. They may even have that, too.

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New Japan General since the old one is about to die

As always, feel free to ask about:
>travelling to Japan
>living in Japan
>teaching in Japan
>how do I become a Yakuza

Please refrain to the old thread while it's still up >>954114
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>tfw you're so hyped for Japan that you don't feel like doing anything
>your trip is at the end of summer

Welp, time to waste half a year with no motivation
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>>958691
just go with the flow..
- just have a basic itinerary where i list down what you 'might' want to do if you are in the city.
-short list down few cities that you may consider checking out, and the attractions
- short list some accommodations of each cities (keep in bookmark etc)

YOLO
basically you can work the rest when you get some feedbacks from other travelers at hostel lobby on what to check out n what to skip.
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>>958681
Expat hangout spots/ side work/ where can I find English speaking friends when I move Sapporo. General Sapporo advice?

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Old thread is on autosage and found here: >>943712

Post here to ask:
> Where is good to go
> How to overcome <random paranoid bureaucratic rule>
> Where to meet qt3.14 (Skout app is a good start, momo is expert mode)
> How to facebook (just use bing to find a free vpn)
> What phone apps to use (Pleco is 1st, Wechat is 2nd)
> Can you drink the water (NO)
> How to 4chan in China (VPN or 4chan pass, only the google captcha is blocked)
> How to visa/visa run
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>>956679
>how long do L tourist visas last
There are different kinds, the standard is 30 days. You can get 60 and maybe 90 and definitely one year.

The stay is usually 90 days, then you visa run. Single entry is standard but you can get multi-entry on the one year visa.

The one year visa is complicated to get, unless you're in LA where it's handed out without question. You can get visa agents who will send your passport to LA to get a visa there.

The 30 day one can be easily obtained via travel agents in HK though some people say the consulate is easy to deal with. There is also a CTS at the airport that can handle it. A 5 day Shenzhen-only visa-on-arrival is available at the Luohu port though it's hard to find the right place go for it. 72 hours city-only transit visas are available in most major cities: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/free-72hour/

Even less popular countries can usually get 24 hours transit in the big cities.
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china doesn't need a bunch of faggot foreigners zerg rushing the country like japan and korea

please stop making these threads
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Im interested in travelling to china and doing the usual (drinking, eating street food and partying) but I'd also like to maybe speak or learn (from people) about the political side of things , and some cultural nuances unique to china. I guess anthropology type things if that makes sense.

Would I be able to get a government official to speak to me about china , I know itll be "propaganda" but I'm very interested in hearing about such things

>inb4 le communist anarchist


I dont know why but I want to sit down and just be pumped full of what the government wants the outside world to think of china, But I want to hear it in person. Sorry this is weird I guess but is this possible at all?

I know I could google it but it's really different to read something vs hear it in person from someone informed/trained to talk about it

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Questions that don't deserve there own thread go here.

Please refer lame and other one-liner threads to this thread to prevent other great threads from getting bumped to deletion.
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>>952265 age for god tier containment
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Will they hate me cause I'm white?
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In which kind of material do I buy my pants in if I'm going for a walk/dayhike in the mountains in a tropical climate if the temperature could easily rise to 25 degrees on the sea level but gets as low as 10 degrees in the mountains?

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This worked great in the Thailand thread so I figured I'd play a game with you folks

Rules:
1) No reverse image search
2) One location per post
3) Thailand photos ONLY
4) Must give a little background if it's not an obvious photo

#1 is extremely easy
First day in Thailand, our host family recommended we go here. I should have been suspicious of their advice when they told us to only eat "safe foods" such as McDonalds or Burger King (I'm not kidding). Anyways, they suggested "a must-see" in the city and we went. Tourist hell awaited us in our naivite.
>implying those are my pants
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>>955562
Yasothon
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>>955578
Nope. We arrived by plane in a major airport a day before this picture was taken
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>>955562
Very few places in Thailand actually make people (especially men) wear long pants at a temple. The grand Palace is in BKK and has white walls like that.

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First time poster, looking for any advise where to move, that I can live on US $500 a week, without needing a job and is easy for an American to live without running afoul of the law. Also not married and no kids, mid 40 WM, Thanks.
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>>954159
Are you handsome?
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>>954159
Continually invest and compound the $500/week and continue working.
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OP here.
I'm better than average in the looks and body. 5'10" 200lbs Told I look similar to Russel Crow.

General advice and pro tips on travel in Thailand.

Previous thread here: >>948102
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What's the full moon party like bros?
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>>954732
Prepare to spend all of your precious bahts on alcohol. Overrated but you really gotta do it because it's a touristy thing.

I have trouble partying all night without drugs (and that isn't an option). I was waiting for the boat back to samui and some Brit claimed he got mugged and got his shoes stolen :p sucks to be him.

Also there are magic mushroom shakes for 300 baht at the end of the beach in the cliff side bars. Don't split it with anyone because they're weak, but they're legit.

Also get tons of stamps from every stand and get free shots all night
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>>954741
But also its super expensive and although I don't regret it, I'd never do it again. Consider staying in Ko Samui because its cheaper and safer and take a ferry there and back.

Mae Nam in samui is essentially a private beach and we paid $14 USD a might for a beach bungalow

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ITT: God-tier travel literature.

This is amazing. Paul Theroux (Louis Theroux's dad) went by train from London to Japan via India and SEA, then back through Russia, on his own, in the 1970s.

But as with all good travel literature, it's not just the journey that makes it interesting, it's that he's an amazing writer (his description of his feeling guilty about travelling aimlessly hit me right in the feels. He says he was "nagged by the seamless guilt of the unemployed man, who moves from failure to failure"- anyone who's been unemployed will understand this).

I must read more of his stuff.

What's your favourite travel literature, /trv/?
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>>955091
I am a huge fan of travel books. The Great Railway Bazaar is one of my absolute favorite books, and what really got me into the genre. The parts taking place in Burma were the most memorable part in my opinion, with the descriptions of the train going through the mountains in Burma probably being my favorite part of any book I've ever read. I actually just finished his The Happy Isles of Oceania recently and it was quite good as well.

Two other travel books I would recommend highly are North of South by Shiva Naipaul and Russian Journal by Andrea Lee.

I am currently reading Charles Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle. I'm liking it more than I thought I would for such an old book.
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Sounds good, OP, might pick it up and read it.
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This. It's not necessarily a "Travel" book, but it's a great look into the lives of those who live on the street, going from place to place. Highly recommend it.

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The neverending Japan General. Want to go to Japan? Check in here.

#Please check out the previous thread (as long as it's still around) to see if your question has already been answered.
>>948889

#For the basics, including transportation, hotels, and ideas for things to do, please do give a look at the Japan-related posts in the sticky.
>>609356
>>609358
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So how necessary are reservations on the Shinkansen in March? Is there a good chance all the seats will be booked ahead of time or can I just show up and hop on with my JR pass?
If so, is it possible to ride from Tokyo to Aomori without a reservation and visa-versa? I read somewhere that you need a reservation for that route but I'm thinking it may have refereed to a specific train on that route.
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>>954118
You can just show up with your JR pass. If I remember from when I used mine you're not entitled to a reserved seat anyway. You just show up 30 minutes or so before your train, go to the JR Ticket office, flash the pass and your passport and they'll give you a ticket. I was there in May so it was a little closer to high season and it was fine.
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How does this itinerary sound -

>2+ months. A budget of $7000 in total. Two JR Passes.
>Travelling from town to town in the evening rather than the morning.

>Day 1: Tokyo -> Overnight bus to Aomori
>Day 2-4: Aomori with daytrips to Akita pref. and Shimokita peninsula
>Day 5-7: Sendai with daytrips to Ishinomaki, Zao and Yamadera
>Day 8: Nikko
>Day 9: Saitama
>Day 10: Hachioji in the morning and afternoon, moving on to Matsumoto afterwards
>Day 11: Kurobe/Tateyama Alpine route, starting from the Nagano side
>Day 12: Kanazawa
>Day 13-14: Takayama
>Day 15-16: Nagoya (Day 16 is the last day the JR Pass is valid)
>Day 17-19: Kyoto
>Day 20-21: Nara and Asuka
>Day 22-27: Osaka with a single daytrip to Wakayama and a two-day trip to Mt. Koya
>Day 28-29: Okayama (Leaving Osaka for Okayama in the morning, activating JR pass on day 28)
>Day 30: Takamatsu
>Day 31: Matsuyama
>Day 32-35: Hiroshima with daytrips to Yamaguchi pref., Miyajima and possibly Okunoshima
>Day 36: Yufuin
>Day 37: Beppu
>Day 38-39: Miyazaki
>Day 40-41: Kagoshima
>Day 42-43: Fukuoka
>Day 44-45: Kobe
>Day 46: Shizuoka (or something else)
>Day 47: Takasaki (or something else)
>Day 48: Hiking around Doai Station (or something else) and head back to Tokyo
>Day 49-65: Tokyo with a daytrip to Kamakura and Enoshima

I'm travelling during my summer break and haven't gotten word on when it starts and ends yet. Chances are I'll have at least 3 - 4 extra days to spend. Thinking Hakone for two days, but I'm not sure if it's worth it considering how expensive it is. Also thinking an extra day in Aomori as long as there's room for it.

And how does the budget sound? Flight will be around $800, accom. around $2200 (at the very highest), transport $1000 or so (I'm gonna be walking and avoiding public transport as much as I can so I don't know really). For food I intend to just live off of bentos from the grocery stores and such.

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