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  1. Stan 101

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    Marklar, just north of Florence is Bologna which is a stunning place with so much to see. Famous for it's meat sauce ragou, the world's first recogised university its many basilicas and piazzas and cathederals. There are stunning porticos all through the city and the food is devine! Also a great place if you like motor sport as a few famous bike and car marques call Bologna home..

    Have a great trip..
     
  2. Who Dares Wins

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    Grand Baie in Mauritius is my favourite place. Its just so expensive to get there from NZ unfortunately. Cheap Blue Marlin beer, women in bikinis in bars, and taxi drivers that will drink a beer with you while driving you around.

    Going to Kuala Lumpur next week and then on to Phnom Penh after that. Looking forward to a beer on the banks of the mekong.
     
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    Yeah you are right and life's too short to be staring at graphs all day.
    I'm off to Merimbula for a few weeks for some domestic R&R. fishing, golf, drinking, etc.before heading off to Bangkok, Chang Mai and Hua Hin and anywhere else the wind blows me.
    Haven't previously been to Hua Hin so any tips welcome.
     
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    The jazz festival on the beach is held in May/June each year. It is a weekend long festival and get huge crowds. You may like to book early if that is when you are looking to go there. Nice place, though..




    cheers,
     
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    Hua Hin..been there on and off since it was a sleepy fishing town of 20000 in the late eighties...now a lot of expats live there...northern europeans etc.
    I still enjoy Hua Hin,if you stay in town you can walk everywhere...good night market,reasonable beach...good place to relax...best during week days,Bankokians use it for a weekend getway...probably population of about 100,000 ,a lot busier now...quite a few day tours and half day tours around area and out to Burmese border,if you are in to that sort of thing.
     
  7. dalek

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    Thanks Stan 101 & RT I'll check if my travel dates fit.
     
  8. Gordon Gekko

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    With Out a doubt it has to be ORPHEUS ISLAND RESORT!!!
    No Kids, day trippers, 7 course degustation dinners and only 21 rooms.

    It reminds me of a Caribbean resort in the 80's, before they were discovered by thousands of tourists.

    Absolute paradise!

    Check out the website.
    www.orpheus.com.au

    Best:)
     
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    We had a great holiday last year in Bali staying at the Griya Santrian in Sanur -- right on the beach, spacious rooms, great staff.

    Also highly recommend Margaret River / Yallingup, and especially Windmills Break lodge. Great surf, wine, forest,cheese area and very relaxing.
     
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    If you like history, I went to Cambodia a couple of years ago. Seeing temples that were 1200 years old that had been lost to the jungles was something else.

    Last year I went to Hong Kong and China. HK was great would go back there any day. China was completely different. Alot of history and culture.

    I lived in Exmouth (north west WA) and this is god's country. Drink piss, fish, sleep, repeat. :D:D
     
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    I just got back from a holiday at Byron Bay. Fantastic, beautiful, little town. Awesome beaches and surrounds. Nice cheap weekend getaway.
    I went up there for the blues and roots festival which was nuts!
     
  12. So_Cynical

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    Boracay, Philippines...Without question 1 of the best tourist beaches on the planet...postcard perfect...the main
    3 km beach is called "white sand beach":rolleyes: good deals can be had online, everything from 1 to 5 stars and
    now easier than ever to get to, as the Caticlan Airport can now handle bigger jets...Cebu pacific air
    now flys direct, Manila/Cebu to Caticlan.

    Trust me...u will never go to Bali again.
     

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    I was in Boracay, Philippines back in 1996 or 97. The sand is soft and cool, truly one of a kind.
     
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    Thanks heaps Stan 101. That was more than I was expecting. I think I may have solved my issue in regards to money. I think I'm gonna get a Travelex card where you top it up using Bpay and just use it like a credit card basically... This way I don't carry around too much physical cash... Getting suits made is a priority and I was told Nana is the place to go... I want a Camo patterned suit, a leopard skin suit, a Paisley suit (like an old granny's couch), and a silk suit...

    Yeah those ladyboys are a real worry. I've seen pictures of some that were so pretty it made me freak out...

    I'll put up some photos when I get back though...

    I have just two more sleeps until departure... I must admit I feel a bit nervous and excited but it's same energy channeled differently

    Cheers...
     
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    Hi Stan 101 (or anyone else that can offer assistance),

    My wife and I are currently planning our first o/s trip to Thailand. As this is our first time out of this country, we are a little anxious and decided to check out everything through a travel agent.

    We got a price for 8 nights in Phuket (some place 20 minutes north of patong - get away from crowds but still have access), and 4 nights in Phi Phi Don.

    I was completely surprised when the total came in at $4600 for 2 people. This price was for accommodation, flights, taxes and all transfers.

    In my mind, Thailand was going to be cheaper than that. I could stay for 10 nights in the Whitsundays for that price.

    From your post regarding pricing and activities, something is not right here.

    Are we getting gypped? Would $AUD1.5K (BAH43.5K) be enough for spending money food etc?
     
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    I'm heading off to the maldives in July - will post photos when I return. The last true paradise on Earth!
     
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    I'd say that 8 nights is a little too long in Phuket, but that's just me. I was there last October and stayed in Karon (I'm guess that's where you meant) and was glad I did. Karon isn't as busy as Patong and there are fewer places to eat but it was nice get away from Patong. Also, a lot of the resorts in Patong looked quite tired.

    The only thing to be aware of is that to eat in the evenings you're probably going to want to be in/around Patong. Getting a tuk tuk back won't be a problem (~200baht), but getting there may be a problem. Check the place you're staying offers a regular shuttle to/from Patong as you might find it hard getting a tuk tuk back.

    Compared to Bangkok, Phuket is very expensive - particularly when it comes to food. Seafood is sold by weight at many multiples of what you'll pay in Bangkok. You'll also pay more for booze and things from the night markets. It's the usual tourist-trap thing.

    $1500 should be enough for two people for 12 nights - it just depends how you want to eat and how much shopping you're inclined to do. A little tip - if you want to take tours, don't book through your travel agent or hotel, but find someone on the street. You'll end up paying up to 50% less, particularly if you book multiple tours.
     
  18. glenn_r

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    We stayed at the Holiday Inn, Patong Beach in Phuket for 10 days last July and had a great time the trip including 3 nights at Singapore ended up costing me about $5K for 2 adults and 2 kids which includes accommodation and food.

    I booked everything myself using the net, Singapore Air and Holiday Inn direct, all the quotes I had from travel agents were around $6K to $7K.

    The shopping in Phuket is not what it was and most shops are run/staffed by Indians and it appears they must be doing well as not many wanted to barter.

    Tuk tuks were cool and a cheap way to get around, we negotiated one for a whole day a few times and visited different places around the island, all in all it was a good place to visit and we will return one day.

    I wouldn't go to Singapore again it's getting too expensive (the cost of 3 nights there was what the room for 10 nights cost in Phuket), this year we're looking at Vietnam/Cambodia .
     
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    PLUS

    If visiting Vietnam consider a visit to World Heritage listed Halong Bay.
    I think it is impressive.
    http://images.google.com.au/images?hl=en&resnum=0&q=halong+bay&um=1&ie=UTF-8

    I have been told nearby Laos is worth a visit.
    Apparently, like going back in time (no ATMs etc).


    MINUS

    I think Singapore is quite boring and expensive.
    I didn't think there was much to do in Hong Kong either.

    I am no fan of Phuket.


    CHEAP

    India. It is very interesting with a lot of variety and great shopping (although you will have to use your very best bargaining skills!).

    It is not for everyone, as some people find the dirt and poverty too much to handle. It is a culture shock.
    The south (Goa) is more relaxed than other places I visited.

    A great book to read which is set largely in India is Shantaram.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shantaram_(film)#Film_adaptation

    Shantaram is the 2003 novel written by Gregory David Roberts, a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escaped from Pentridge Prison and fled to India where he lived for 10 years.


    FRANCE
    Yummy!


    CHINA
    Beijing is very interesting - Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Summer Palace etc.

    You go to Shanghai for the nightlife and shopping, imo. Not for the sights.
    It is a big city with over 16 million people which can be quite mind boggling!

    :2twocents
     
  20. Stan 101

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    Hi Stock-Man, Yes, north of Patong are some very exclusive resorts. You are closer to the airport. Karon and Kata are much cheaper than the resorts than the resorts north of Patong.

    Spending money should be fine. As the Doc said, seafood is expensive by thai standards. Booze is usually the expensive thing for people there. Prices for booze are comparable to Australian prices.
    have fun!
     
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