Is it still safe to fly Malaysia Airlines after the disappearance of that one flight and the shooting down of that one?
Statistically, the odds are still massively in your favor. BUT... if anything, the management has been exposed as pretty incompetent, so I personally wouldn't fly with them.
There's also the possibility (probably still many months away) that the airline will go out of business, so I wouldn't want to be booking too far ahead.
Please someone explain to me the appeal of Korea. I don't get it.
It seems a lot of kids under 25 see Korea the way that kids under 25 saw Japan 10-20 years ago. Japan I get--it has anime, a sophisticated exotic culture, and a complex history. Korea is basically a shitty, dirty, poorer copy of Japan. It lacks the complexity, barbarism, and history of China, and it lacks the sophistication and pop culture of Japan. It's a shitty compromise. All that it has going for it are some cute girls with nice legs who sing badly.
Is that it? Seriously? Please someone explain the pleasure of Korea.
Pic unrelated; she's Taiwanese.
Language rather easy to learn, compared to Japanese and Chinese and their thousands of characters.
Pop culture still quite attractive
Sexier than japan who is often too hard on censorship, and doesn't embarrass so much with formality
China too mainstream and sometimes seen as too "professional'. It's more hip to like Korea or Japan. And the Chinese are severely lacking in pop culture, at least Korea makes some watchable dramas.
It's wrong to view it as a second division Japan. The thing about Korea is that it was isolated for centuries before it was forced to open up to Japan and the west in the 19th century. It was the most hardcore Confucian culture before that time. So one of the other things that's interesting about Korea, compared to Japan, is just how fast it modernized and encountering the ancient and the futuristic alongside each other. It's not significantly poorer than Japan, either, and its economy hasn't been stagnating like Japan's. Where are you even getting these ideas from? Hopefully not from this website.
If you actually knew anything about Korea you wouldn't say that. The food has a pretty broad depth and lots of really delicious and interesting things. The culture is unique, and extremely identifiable. The entire country is like one huge family, and social relations are predicated on the relative ages of people. It's also rapidly become a huge part of the global economy, has a big pop culture influence and doesn't necessarily have the same stigma as Japan.
What is completely lost on you though, is that Korea is MUCH more popular throughout Asia than any western country. Throughout Asia, Korean dramas, movies, and pop songs became extremely popular simply because back in the 90's, it was cheap to buy the licencing. So broadcasters in places like the Philippines picked up Korean shows, and they just really took off.
New Japan General since the old one reached the limit
>General Japan travel info
Also don't forget: the sticky has some good info on Japan
I'm going to be in Kyoto on the 19th and 20th. I was planning to check out the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Golden Pavilion, and maybe Katsura Rikyu. However, there's supposed to be thunderstorms on those days.I feel like this completely fucks up my plans. What would be better to do in Kyoto with this weather? If it matters, I'm 22, male, and traveling alone.
Going to Tokyo on a limited budget for two weeks next summer. I'm there as a dumb nerd, culture and food lover and below are all of the attractions I'd like to check out. Gotta pick some off the list, as I'm not gonna be able to save up as much as I had hoped for. Recommendations appreciated. Some of these attractions are free, but they're either super out of the way or I just can't figure out myself if they're worth it (judging from photos/videos).
>Trick art museum
>Oedo Onsen Monogatari
>Comiket (Going as a cosplayer, so it'll cost some)
>Toei Animation Gallery
>Hanayashiki amusement park
>Fujiko F. Fujio / Doraemon museum
>Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
>National Museum of Nature and Science
As opposed to
>Imperial Gardens tour (Extremely on the fence about this one)
Also if I've missed anything within Tokyo that could easily be replaced with any of these. I'm a bit torn about the national museums since time is limited and this is something that could take up many hours.
Also got around 22 shrines listed down now, and know that I definitely need to pick some off the list.
Some I've got noted down because they're famous for cultural stories or ghost stories, some for their beauty, some for the fact that they're not very well-known so you don't get tourists everywhere. How's a good way to narrow this shit down?
Anyway, just mostly looking for personal experience with any of the above places.
Ill be going to tokyo and landing on the 1st of this coming month. Can someone answer a few things.
>how expensive is the food there
>how much are hostels/where are they located
>will anyone be there that is willing to show me around/trv with me
>notable things to do there.
Will have 7 days there with about 1k budget. Hoping to buy animu/manga/LN or just nice things that I can't find stateside. (so I guess a weeb by most standards.)
ITT: Airline discussion
I will be flying with Lufthansa soon, does anyone have any experiences they'd like to share?
Whats so good about your passport?
I have an English passport. Rated as the top 3 in the world. Can visit 178 countries. Rights to work and live in EU. Security in this country and other EU states.
2) Automated Passport Control. The EU is the only region in the world that has such free passport control.
Yes countless countries have biometric passports, but only in Europe as a European citizen can you scan your passport and go through free.
America and Canada don't have such systems. You still have to get approved through a Customs agent. BS.
Be honest with yourself
Was there anyplace you travelled that you HATED?
Relatively tame but
>Wake up at 4am to drive early to see Hoover Dam because friend really wanted to see it and we didnt have alot of time left
>A fucking hole in the ground with some water
As some of you may remember, I'm the anon who asked about Georgia, and specifically Tbilisi, which was the second leg of my Russia-Georgia trip, in which I attempted to climb two mountains: Elbrus (5642m) and Kazbek (5033m).
Anyway, as some of you expressed interest in a travel report, I'll dump pictures and tell how both expeditions went.
For starters, here's the first glimpse we caught of Elbrus, after two hours driving from Kislovodsk.
As you can tell, the scenery was fucking gorgeous, as was the weather. Initially. 25°C or so, upon arrival.
Our flight to Mineralnye Vody almost went wrong though: our initial plane was delayed almost an hour, and with another hour spent waiting at customs before our transfer in Moscow, we very nearly missed our corresponding flight. Miss Irina the check-in lady wasn't really inclined to let us on the plane because we were rather late - and was very rude to boot - but luckily her boss, Yuriy, was a very nice fellow. Thank you very much, Yuriy.
Also, AMA obviously.
Also, the place is full of flowers. Like, really full. The campsite - we were climbing the rather remote north face of the Elbrus, as opposed to the very touristic south face - was located in the valley along the small stream you see here.
This, incidentially, was the best toilet we'd see during the whole week. Just standing there, in the middle of nowhere.
I would like to open a travel agency for the american market to bring people to the island.
Can we share some pictures from trips?
Just got back from China and decided to take a picture of this amazing place I ate at. It wasn't for three weeks when I got home that I saw this picture and realized that everyone was staring at me.
Not OP but this is also from China (Shanghai), first thing I saw when I got out the taxi beside my hotel
Mountains inbetween Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng, in Laos
Has anyone fallen victim to scams or pickpockets while traveling?
I'm currently in Rome, and after reading a bit about the various cons at work, I'm spotting them everywhere.
Almost fell for a couple of gypsies stowing our bags on our train when we arrived in the country after 40 hours of traveling and little sleep. It was only when they demanded €20 each for what amounted to less than a minute of work that I realized we were being conned. I had to stop my wife from handing over €5 and made it exceptionally clear that they could fuck off.
Anyone had similar experiences.
I'm currently in Rome and after reading a bit about various cons at work, I'm spotting them everywhere.
I was on a train and speaking to this couple who had been traveeling for 40 hours, the guy was obese and looked like he hadn't seen a shower this side of 2000, his wife wasn't much better but I was bored so I dragged her to the toilet whilst the guy was playing on his nintendo DS and she blew me. Later on as the train pulled up to the station. I later saw the guy give his bags to gypsys who then intimidated money out of him infront of his woman.
>Betas, when will they learn.
Could have been funny but the execution was fucking abysmal.
>Hostel stories. Good or bad doesn't matter
Not really related to the hostel but here goes
> In hostel in Iceland on solo trip
> Meet fellow burger who was ex army prison guard (i.e. a little crazy)
> "I'm renting a car for a few days, want to drive around and see shit?"
> Why not, cheaper than bus tours anyway
> Car ends up being rusting 1990s shitbox vw polo
> He spends most of his time behind the wheel taking pictures every 5 seconds with his phone and repeating the phrase "that's bad ass shit"
> Almost run off road so many times I lost count
> Almost ran another car off a cliff
> Get to hostel in Hofn and he starts arguing with some brit girls within 2 minutes of getting to our room over politics
> On the way back into reykjavik, car overheats and starts smoking
> Me and this poor canuk girl with us end up hitchhiking with some minister lady back to the burbs and then catching the worlds longest bus back to hlemmur square
This is why nobody likes new yorkers
> In Hanoi
> Hear Thai being spoke
> Introduce myself to a few Thai girls traveling
> Have an awesome time
> They are going to be doing work and travel in the US
> After I move back
> One will be here on Friday
The worst stories are not really bad at all.
Drunk Americans bragging about scamming whores.
Drunk white girls not knowing how to be fucking quiet in a dorm/hostel room.
lso, Hanoi Backpackers really does have a Knotiki vibe, but I was amazed at how many cool people I met.
>Where are the easiest girls?
I heard its Essex
I'm Canadian, 29, looking to go to Thailand.
I like temples, women, and fighting.
I was thinking of getting a hotel off khaosan
for about 2 weeks. But what's the rest of the budget look like? How expensive is food/transportation/women? Is it a good idea to go alone (I travel a lot solo)
An important aspect to any journey is the actual act of traveling.
Let's here your worst stories about flying in a plane, sailing on a boat, riding on a train or bus, or interactions with customs, etc.
>no stories about what happened at your destination allowed. Just what happened on the way to and from there
12 hour flight back from Hong Kong into SFO. SFO Customs and Immigration takes 3 hours to get through. They required us to get scanned twice, bags scanned three times. Get to flight from SFO to EWR just as they are closing the door. Gate agent even says that they usually require 5 to 6 hours of layover in SFO because of Customs and Immigration and understands completely. Get rerouted to DCA because we ultimately needed to end up in Washington, DC. Never flying into SFO from outside the US again.
I've got a few
>leaving Cuba customs is stealing things from people's carry-on bags
>customs gets to my bag and takes a couple things out that "aren't safe to bring on the plane"
>2 hours before plane leaves. ask if i can go check these items then. nope.
>I ask for the custom's agents name. no response. I ask for a receipt for my stuff. no response. I offer to pay a "fee." agent not having it. Takes my stuff and tells me to go wait for my plane.
>have aisle seat
>50 year old guy wants to change seats so he can sit next his wife
>he has a shitty center seat across the aisle
>say sure why not. hoping to get some good karma.
>sit next to 20 year old asian girl and businessman
>as soon as we get into the air asian beings to vomit
>vomits every time plane hits a bump
>traveling by train (moscow to sochi 26 hours on the train)
>riding up escalator at metro station that is connected to train station
>hung over American soldier that is on my language program begins to vomit everywhere
> puke lands on me
>26 hours on a train with someone else's puke on me
>bumped up to business on flight over the atlantic
>in business class seat 20 minutes
>bumped back down to coach
>mfw tv doesn't work, light doesn't work, center seat in center seating
>not the worst flight but a bit of a bummer considering I almost got to fly in luxury
>post hurricane evacuation (power eta is 3 weeks)
>family of 5 with 2 dogs + food/clothes
>26 hours traffic jam
>both dogs pant / general mouth breathing the entire time.
>game boy color is out of batteries.
Japan's a pretty varied place. Sure, the cities are interesting, but considering how small the country is area-wise, it has a lot to offer in terms of natural sites and hiking.
What are your favorite spots, /trv/? I'm not super well traveled through the country (hence this post), but I'm pretty fond of the coasts around mihonoseki and sakaiminato.
The forests and ponds around Beppu were really nice, and the atmosphere as a whole was very calm and relaxing.
I have to give credit to the city itself too, even though you asked about the countryside. The city feels close to the nature and has natural ponds even inside the city. A perfect place to go rest in the evening after a day of hiking.
that's not really true, I'm looking at a map right now and japan is definitely smaller than germany, and I can't find "honshu" but i'm asumming it can't be bigger than Japan so Japan can't be bigger than england.
Can we cool it with all the faggot weeb threads? take it to /a/