Ian C

Ian C

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    Laos and ATMs in vientiane?

    I just checked the BCEL Bank ATM and they accept Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Cirrus and Diners. Hope that helps! almost 11 years ago

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    Laos and ATMs in vientiane?

    I am currently in Vietviane and there are a number of ATMs (including an ANZ one) that happily let me withdraw cash from my Mastercard. I can't verify that Visa works (I'll try to find out and let you know). The limits seem to be anywhere from 500,000 kip to 2,000,000 kip which is plenty for a few days. They also accept Thai Baht, which is good if you've come from Thailand and want to spend your last notes of Baht. almost 11 years ago

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    I want to visit Australia for a month this year and have free either July or December. Which month would u recommend and why?

    I would recommend you visit Australia in December because it's summer time and everywhere is (generally) warm and sunny, and the beaches will be nice to swim at! During July the southern states are wet and cold and probably less fun for sight seeing. Places I would recommend visiting are: * Sydney - Australia's iconic city with the harbour and beaches * Melbourne - amazing city with lots of interesting cafes, bars, fashion shops, etc. * Byron Bay - While this place is now quite commercial, it hasn't lost it's beauty, and there are amazing beaches on the coast between here and Queensland * Tasmania - Summer time is the best, so December is a good choice. Hang out at Salamanca and there's plenty of things to do here! There are plenty of national parks to see here as well. almost 11 years ago

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    What is a good way to get into Laos from Thailand?

    By land the best way to get to Laos is via the border town of Nong Khai, which is situated in the north on the Mekong river just across from Laos. There are overnight trains from Bangkok which arrive around 8am in Nong Khai, and there are many guest houses in the area you can stay (I've stayed at 'Mut Mee' guest house, which is excellent.) The 'Friendship Bridge' connects Nong Khai with Laos, and it's about a 30 minute drive from the border to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. The procedure is: 1.Take a tuk to the friendship bridge. 2. Border immigration will stamp you out. 3. Take a shuttle bus over the bridge (20 baht). 4. Fill out the application for your Laos Visa on arrival (this will cost $30 to $40 USD depending on your nationality - you can pay in Baht also but it will cost you more, so bring USD!). 5. Bring a passport photo or it's $1 USD extra. 6. Receive your Laos visa at the second window 7. Pay (another) visitor's fee (10 baht) and you're in Laos! 8. Get a tuk-tuk or taxi to Vientiane (around 200 baht.) There is a great guide to Vientiane on wiki travel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Vientiane almost 11 years ago

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    Got 5 days to show some friends around Tasmania, what should be the priorities?

    Scott has a point about the airwalk - it's not worth a drive just to see it and I'd only visit it if I was in the area. Another option is to take a day trip to the South West of Tasmania and visit Bathurst Harbour in the world heritage national park. If you enjoy untouched, pristine wilderness this is definitely a place to visit as only few people in the world have been here! As there are no roads to the park the only way to get there is to fly. A few local charter services provide package tours (for about $200 per person, see www.airtasmania.com.au). If you fly you'll go in a small plane and track down the coast past the most southern tip of Australia - the scenery on the flight is spectacular and really gives you a feel of Tasmania's ruggedness and beauty. almost 11 years ago

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    Where are nice beaches?

    Manly Beach (north shore) and Bondi are the two popular beaches close to down-town Sydney. Bondi Beach - You can get to Sydney's iconic beach by catching a train to Bondi Junction, then a bus to the beach. There's heaps of restaurants and bars to relax at, and the beach is patrolled by surf rescue if you want to go for a dip. Manly Beach - For $12 AUD return you can catch the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay. It will take you on the water past the famous harbour bridge and Sydney Opera House. From there you hop off and it's a five minute walk to Manly beach! I personally prefer Manly beach because it's more laid back, and the ferry ride gives you some spectacular view of Sydney, including the Prime Ministers Kiribili residence on the north shore. An important tip - keep your belongings safe if you go for a swim, or you might be catching your flight in only your bathers! almost 11 years ago

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    What good restaurants in Sydney demonstrate awesome seafood?

    For seafood try; Catalina in Rose Bay a highlight is the whitebait with poached duck egg. Icebergs dining rooms at Bondi has it all, great views, scene, food, service, either in the dinning room or more casually in the bar or on the deck. Perhaps my favorite thing to do in Bondi on a hot afternoon is sit on the deck with a glass of champagne and a crab, rocket and aloli sandwich on rye. On a sunny day its hard to go past Otto on Cowper Wharf at Woolloomooloo. For me it's perfect, Italian but with some sensation seafood stand outs and the location is mesmerising. If you are after somewhere with more of a seafood focus Manta just a few doors down might be for you. My all time favourite cafe for breakfast or lunch is Fratelli Paradsio, Challis av, Potts Point. The menu changes daily with just a few staples. The calamari St Andrea is one and is a must. There is an adjoining bakery and sometimes you catch them as they make the fresh gnocchi on the marble bench. For amazing, authentic chinesse with fresh seafood in tanks try Golden Century in China town. For the best peking duck at any hour it's BBQ King. (Answer provided by my friend and Sydney restaurant expert Jemma - thanks!) almost 11 years ago

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    What are some good things to do during winter in London?

    Head to Picadilly Circus on the tube, and there's heaps of theatres and cinemas to go and see on a rainy or cold day. There's always something on every day in that area. Also if you want to be blown away by one of the largest, most modern shopping centres in the world, get a train on the central line to Shepards Bush and check out the massive new Westfield mall. I can only describe it as seeing 5th Avenue New York crammed into a shopping complex. There you will find every single designer brand you can think of + lots of other good shops. It will take about 3 hours to walk through the entire complex! almost 11 years ago