How does it compare to Thailand and Cambodia? My wife and I are planning on going to Laos here soon and I would like to also go to Burma but I am not sure itll be feasible, since its so hard to travel in Burma and time constraints. The trip would go roughly
Is Burma worth it? I really want to visit it due to the mystique of it, however my wife isnt really sold on the idea since it is so undeveloped even in the tourist parts.
Go to Burma it's rapidly changing and in a few years it will be as populated with tourists as it's neighbors.
(2012)I got around via bus and plane and had little to no problem. Yes it's easier to get around Thailand, if it wasn't for years of shit government, corruption, and mismanagement Thailand would be closer to KL an Singapore.
Yangon is kinda trashy, I say spend no more than a day here, the LP walking guide is suprisingly decent and you can end your day at the Strand chilling during happy hour. I took a comfortable night bus up to Bagan and spent 3 nights. Bagan by bicycle was such a chill, laid back, and wonderful sight. Personally I love temple architecture, so it was a huge bonus for me. We then took a bus to Kalaw for a staging point of a 3 day walk to Inle (¬60km). Inle was nice, but unless you really love riding a bike by a lake and taking in wineries, it's not too amazing. However I would work it into any plan. We (coworker and I) then flew to Ngapali Beach and had another few wonderful days. It's expensive over there, we managed to get into a hotel that was finishing construction for $40/night some Bungalows were $300. The beach was pristine and quiet. I really wish that I had visited Mandalay and Amarapura Bridge. Over all I believe we spent 19days there and I plan on returning soon/ You are right there are areas open to travel which are harder to get to, but the main stops are easy. The road to Kalaw or Inle is the bumpy one, the main highways going from Yangon to the North and smooth. Buses are better than trains for cost, safety, and cleanliness.
It's easier to get around Thailand, don't forget they're #2 in the world for road deaths though. Cambodia, I felt it was as easy as Burma to get around. I have little experience in Laos.
However, if your wife is worried about undeveloped, why the hell are you considering SEA at all? Delays, lack of foresight and safety, laid back "get there whenever" attitude etc. Also, stay away from Phuket.
>currently in America
>Got my G.E.D
> 21 college credits in Criminal justice (couldn't continue going)
>economy is shit and can't find work here
> thinking about fleeing to Thailand and teaching English
Think I can pull it off?
You dont have a degree? Are you white? Get a tefl certificate and have enough dosh to survive a month with no pay so at least 1k that should be enough if you know how to spend it i would post some ressources but im in class.
Not sure how much interest you guys have in local traditional music but just thought I'd try a cross-board thread for it, see what people like?
Anyone immerse themselves in local music tradition on the road?
I've been living in Colombia for the past eight months and GODDAMNIT THIS FUCKING BACHATA AND REGGAETON AND SALSA AND MERENGUE AND GOT KNOWS WHAT ELSE IS DRIVING ME THE FUCK CRAZY
Here's some of the songs I've been spammed to death with the past time
Damn... I'm sorry.
I went on a musical exploration of Central America and the Caribbean lately and found some terrible stuff like that, can't believe people willingly choose to listen to it. Oh and Soca, just why?
I've posted this on /tv/ but as expected I didn't get shit, but are there any other movies that sum up the comfyness of travel like pic related?
>are there any other movies that sum up the comfyness of travel?
how so? I'm not trying to harass you, but that movie didn't really light my fire. I watched primarily on the suggestion of a very Catholic friend, and religiosity was my major takeaway from it.
>inb4 someone accuses me of euphoria
Say I wanted to go across Africa in a school bus that I'm living in.
What kinds of legal things would I have to consider in regards to crossing boarders, visas and insurance?
Own or rent the bus? Rentals may have restrictions on where you can take them.
Other than that, you'd need to know the same visa rules as anybody else, and be prepared for dicking around with customs for an extended time, or bribing to be cut loose, or both.
Insurance is a question you'd get best answers by contacting your carrier.
Aside from a valid registration and insurance (which will probably be the trickiest part since insurance that's valid in one country may not be valid in another), you'll probably be required to carry a Carnet de Passages.
It's a bond document that certifies that you are the owner of the vehicle and you're not going to sell it or use it to do business while you're in their country.
I'd also expect to get scrutinized quite a lot at border crossings, since it's a bus they might think you are trying to run an unlicensed tour company or refugee bus.
So I'm planning my next trip to Asia and not sure where exactly I will go yet but was considering these places: Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Korea.
I've been to Asia once, to the Philippines and Hong Kong. I'm a traveler noob and only been to Asia and Eastern Europe once. Some questions I have are out of the options which would suit a beginner more? I like to see the historical sights, also enjoy some night life but it's not my main focus. Not into fucking whores either, nope. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these places? Maybe there's better options too? I considered China but I heard it's quite hard to travel for beginners. I forgot to mention I'll be traveling solo with little local language skills. Is Vietnam hard to travel for beginners like myself?
Another topic is Visas, I will need a Visa if I want to enter Vietnam. A question I have is when I apply for the Visa and enter in my arrival and departure dates, what if I entered and left before or after those set dates? are the dates merely a guideline or will I run into trouble at customs if I show up early or late?
I was planning on leaving in early March, but all this Visa stuff is kind of souring me. Lend me your knowledge, I would greatly appreciate it.
Burma, cambodia, vietnam, laos. Thailand is a shithole full,of lowlifes, .burma and cambodia got very nice beaches and astonishing historical sights ( bagan, siem reap for example)
For the visa, iam not sure, normally the visa lasts a njmber of days , the departure and arrival time you can possibly just file out in the documents you get on the airplane.
You can be early on a visa but not late. Being late to arrive will get you turned around. Being late to leave is ok if it's only a day or two (they don't shit themselves if you missed a train or a flight was sold-out or something, explain the story and it will most likely be ok), you get fined for a few more and fined, deported and barred for too many.
My advice would be to get the Vietnam visa in a SEA country where it's cheap and easy, same day even if you're early/lucky.
Visas are not a hassle in SEA. Check if you're visa free in Taiwan or Korea, it's possible.
>I will need a Visa if I want to enter Vietnam
So, American, then?
There are visa service companies for Vietnam who will take a scan of your passport and $50 and set everything up for you for visa upon arrival at the airport. I don't know one offhand, but they've been posted here before, maybe someone will remember one.
Taiwan, I don't really recommend it because there isn't a lot of touristy stuff to do, but if you're really wanting to see old Chinese artifacts at the museum or something, people from most first-world countries get a landing visa for either 30 or 90 days (depends on the country). Just show up with a passport and no criminal record and you're in.
South Korea, I likewise don't recommend it, Koreans are assholes.
Thailand is touristy, but I find it smelly and depressing now. Tourism is way down because of the scumbag government, and so places have raised their prices (because you tourists are all rich and they have to make money to live on).
Do they have anything like this in America? At least size and pricewise?
What would you do if you had $100,000 in your travel budget?
>Would you hire a team to bushwhack through the Darien?
>Would you charter a megayacht for two days?
>Would you go to Vegas and blow it all on a ladbro weekend?
>Would you one-true it and travel for as long as possible?
I currently have over $91000 in my savings and investments so I can give you an actual reply to this instead of just dreaming...
I'm going to spend the next 7 years of my life traveling almost full time but also mixing it with work in other countries. In the next year I'm planning on touring around North America on my motorbike before quitting my job. Afterwards doing a year of work-holiday jobs in either NZ or Australia and then traveling in that region for as long as I feel like it. Then move on to backpacking around East and South-East Asia for a year and then work for a year somewhere over there teaching English before spending another year traveling through South Asia and Iran. So at that point, 6-7 years from now I'll be in Europe where I plan on getting a masters degree and then who knows. I'll be in my 30s by then, I'll probably look for a more stable job and try to start a family, either in Europe or back here in Canada (dual citizen).
Previous thread reached bump limit >>938037
The jet ski scam, the motorbike scam, navigating the BTS Skytrain system,and other Thailand related topics such as pad thai and also thai iced coffee.
i hope im not there when the king dies
Anything about Japan.
So people can get a general idea of how much money to bring,
How much did you spend on your trip too japan ? (Excluding flight and hotel price. Strickly spending money)
*lets try to get an average cost for 2 weeks in tokyo, also please describe the type of lifestyle you lived, like going clubbing any chance you got / drinking a ton or just enjoying the tourist areas and not having nights out*
I understand that Heart English School has a lot of bad reviews online.
If you have worked for them, please share your experiences here.
>do ESL/traveling in Asia for a few years
>come home 2 months ago, apply for at least 100 jobs (UK)
>some interviews, no offers yet
>a typical every entry-level office job gets 100+ applicants and has 3-4 rounds of interviews and tests before an offer
>starting salaries are shit when you factor in tax, rent and living costs
>the women are fattier and uglier on average
>watch your Tinder match rate plummet by 90%
All I'm gonna say is: you ESL guys have it pretty good. Ride that gravy train while it lasts. I kind of wish I stayed another year or two but going back would be admitting defeat. I'm staying even if it takes me a year to land my shitty office job.
Also; decent major from a decent uni. Not going to elaborate or this thread will derail fast.
>but going back would be admitting defeat
Says who? Nobody will think so apart from you I bet
>also tfw not born in an English speaking country so you'll never land a decent ESL job ;__;
I want you Anglospherians to know how lucky you are to have such opportunities
>decent major from a decent uno
>women's studies associate degree from a community college
Seriously though the US job market is a disaster for recent grads. ESL is pretty much the only way I've seen for me to travel and also have a job for when I graduate. Otherwise I'm screwed.
> always wanted to do esl training
> couldn't justify it because of attractive job offers after graduation
> economy goes to shit, no more offers
ESL it is baby.
How did you get certified?
I just got 6 vip tickets to the electric daisy carnival festival in Las Vegas in June. gona be there for 10 days. I'm 22 and all of my mates are the same age and were from New Zealand and We have never been to the USA. I have $100,000 that I'm going to blow during the trip. I'm shouting my friends a all expenses paid trip. How easy is it to score coke/Molly/weed? We have a lot of weed here in NZ but no coke and the quality of Molly is shit so I don't even bother. Any recommendations on where to stay like a baller and what to do? Also is it worth getting a vip host or bodyguard to make sure we don't get scammed? We basically wanna go shoot guns, do drugs and get pissed and fuck girls and visit awesome clubs/parties. Maybe go to the Grand Canyon
I think if you're trying to have a time like that you should talk to a concierge service, just google "vegas concierge". they can get you whatever you need for the right price. you can try to ask any cab driver or doorman too, no one gives a fuck the worst thing someone will say is "sorry bro don't know where to get that". Also, you don't need a bodyguard, that's for sure. If anything that would make you even more of a target. Try to stay low-key if possible. The Bellagio is where ballers stay BTW.
Cyclists report in!
Your favorite country or region you have cycled in?
This is more /m/ but I guess there's some crossover.
I had a great time climbing this spiral bridge in Chongqing, China. It's kind of scary how high it is and how low the side-wall was. The whole climb I'm turning into the wall due to the turn of the spiral and a bit of fixation on the edge. I had to keep trying not to look at the drop.
I need recommendations for 'real traveler' backpacking locations/routes.
I currently find myself in Southeast Asia and while I espected there to be a lot of tourists I had no idea what it would actually be like. I thought Cancun was the byword for over traveled; every place here is orders of magnitude beyond that I'm currently in Cambodia and there's a fucking Hard Rock Cafe up the street. It's also insanely cheap here and everything is available so I'm enjoying it as a cheap luxurious vacation, but I'm not getting that sense of loneliness, hardship, and worry and since I'm saving so much with it being so cheap I'm gonna go somewhere 'hard' after this for a few weeks or months.
I'm thinking maybe Sri Lanka or a Kenya-Uganda-Tanzania loop. Other ideas welcome. I'm looking for something where I won't see many other tourists/backpackers, but I don't want to be kidnapped by al quaida and I don't want it to cost a crazy amount (ie not more than $15 on accom a night, although I don't really care about quality or comfort).
- Are there any multi-country West African tours that can be done independently without breaking the bank that have a few highlights?
- Papua New Guinea?
- Is anywhere in Eastern Europe under-traveled? (Ukraine?)
Essentially I'm looking for uncomfortable (to keep away the crowds) but not actually dangerous (who wants to be kidnapped).
Just go up to China. The language barrier itself is a challenge. Try not to stay in hostels - ask people where to find a 'lu gwan'. Its a cheap hotel, and they're everywhere. The transport is cheap and fast. If I was you I'd go deep into northern Yunnan and disappear into the temperate valleys comprising the foothills of the Himalayas. Although I've been to Yunnan before, the highest I went was Lijiang. Checking out the Burma/Tibet/Yunnan crossroads is on my itinerary.
Sri Lanka is babby tier, going there in two weeks for 5 days. If this threads still up I'll report back on how many whites there are.
PNG is demigod trvlr tier.
Random violence, muggings, kidnappings, cannibalism. Avoid unless you have a security detachment. Get old, but a boat, cruise the coast. That's how I'm going to see PNG.
>sex tourism thread
The Thailand one reached its bump limit.
Question: how rough can you be with the girls in Thailand? Someone in the other thread mentioned you can mash their faces down into the pillows, etc... What's the norm, and how will they let you know if you go too far? What are the consequences?