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Posted By jhm

Many thanks, bruce80 for your very detailed...

Many thanks, bruce80 for your very detailed thoughts!

I've not tried the Regent (how is it?) but over the years, besides the Kimpton the last time, I've stayed in various other places in Taipei...
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Posted By jhm

I stayed there for a night in early April. I...

I stayed there for a night in early April. I think they had only been officially open for a week.

I loved the location in Da'an (probably my favourite part of Taipei) but I didn't like the total...
Feb 27, 19, 2:20 am
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Posted By jhm

I’ve done this many tines in the past. You get...

I’ve done this many tines in the past. You get 560 tier points. You have to stay on the plane in BKK as the cleaning crew work around you.
Jan 12, 17, 5:20 pm
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Posted By jhm

Only that planes, trains and accommodation will...

Only that planes, trains and accommodation will be rammed!
Jan 12, 17, 5:16 pm
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Posted By jhm

I'm not sure if it's deliberate but if not ......

I'm not sure if it's deliberate but if not ... you arrive during Golden Week! :O
Jan 12, 17, 3:27 pm
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Posted By jhm

Many thanks, southsidesilver. Booked for March....

Many thanks, southsidesilver. Booked for March. :)
Forum: Asia
Jan 7, 16, 6:23 pm
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Posted By jhm

Skyman65, thank you for the reassurance! I'll be...

Skyman65, thank you for the reassurance! I'll be in Taiwan in the second half of March and was thinking of splitting it 2 nights in Taipei and 3 nights in Tainan. My apologies if this is a silly...
Jul 17, 14, 11:25 am
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Posted By jhm

Tweet from Hans de Vreij @hdevreij ...

Tweet from Hans de Vreij @hdevreij

"Journalist | Specialised in defence issues | Former correspondent in Brussels, Geneva, Prague, Berlin"
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Forum: Japan
Jun 25, 13, 5:29 am
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Posted By jhm

I've stayed in ryokan in various places before...

I've stayed in ryokan in various places before (e.g. Iwaso (http://www.iwaso.com/english/) in Miyajima) but not (as far as I can recall) somewhere which costs this much nor at some of the even more...
Forum: Japan
Jun 25, 13, 5:19 am
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Posted By jhm

I got the 10-25% figure from the following (which...

I got the 10-25% figure from the following (which I realise may or may not be right):

http://www.fodors.com/community/asia/tipping-at-ryokans.cfm

I'd prefer not to tip at all anywhere (one of...
Forum: Japan
Jun 24, 13, 7:07 pm
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Posted By jhm

There are numerous references to tipping in these...

There are numerous references to tipping in these sort of ryokans. For example, the Japan National Tourism Organization (http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/accomodations/):
Forum: Japan
Jun 24, 13, 4:56 pm
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Posted By jhm

Pricier ryokan - do most Japanese natives tip or not ?

I realise that tipping is not expected (indeed it may be considered an insult) in almost all circumstances.

I understand that one exception is in a more expensive ryokan (e.g. JPY 80,000 and...
Forum: Japan
Jun 10, 13, 2:57 pm
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Posted By jhm

I'll look forward to checking that out the next...

I'll look forward to checking that out the next time I'm in Kyushu! I've been to Fukuoka/Nagasaki a number of times but never to the south (apart from a a few hours in Miyazaki airport on a CX/JL...
Forum: Japan
Jun 8, 13, 9:52 pm
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Posted By jhm

Thank you (and everyone else who responded)! :) ...

Thank you (and everyone else who responded)! :)

Sorted - we'll spend 1 night in Takayama and the rest of the time in Kanazawa/surroundings.
Forum: Japan
Jun 8, 13, 6:12 pm
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Posted By jhm

I've found the Japanese page for this ticket: ...

I've found the Japanese page for this ticket:

http://railway.jr-central.co.jp/tickets/topics/hokuriku-free2/

and have asked a Japanese friend to tell me whether the Japanese language is clearer...
Forum: Japan
Jun 8, 13, 5:28 pm
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Posted By jhm

Looking like Kanazawa then! We'll be coming...

Looking like Kanazawa then!

We'll be coming from HKG and it seems the best way to do this would be to fly to NGO and then get a Hokuriku Furii Kippu...
Forum: Japan
Jun 8, 13, 10:27 am
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Views: 1,698
Posted By jhm

Thanks for the replies! I went to Hokkaido...

Thanks for the replies!

I went to Hokkaido two years ago in summer and it was indeed very nice, e.g. lavender fields in Furano. However, perhaps it wasn't that easy for myself to get around using...
Forum: Japan
Jun 7, 13, 10:16 pm
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Posted By jhm

July - Kyushu, Kanazawa or Kakunodate ?

I'm thinking of taking my mum (mid 60's) to visit Japan again for 4 or 5 nights at the beginning of July.

I've taken her before to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakodate, Matsushima and Osaka. I'm not sure where...
Jun 2, 13, 5:31 pm
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Posted By jhm

I booked a "Local Summer Package" rate (which...

I booked a "Local Summer Package" rate (which requires a HKID which I have) and this includes unlimited ice cream (?!?) and other amenities which I will already get as a plat (breakfast, Internet...
Forum: CommunityBuzz
May 13, 12, 6:47 am
Replies: 144
Views: 14,187
Posted By jhm

Could I please be added to the maybe list ? ...

Could I please be added to the maybe list ? Thanks! :)
Forum: CommunityBuzz
Feb 9, 12, 5:21 pm
Replies: 278
Views: 21,882
Posted By jhm

I'm in! Many thanks to chrissxb for giving me a...

I'm in! Many thanks to chrissxb for giving me a heads up about this thread. Looking forward to meeting various people again (I haven't been to a Do now for a few years!). :)
Dec 27, 11, 7:52 am
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Posted By jhm

Bang on - NT1,100 for my taxi from the airport to...

Bang on - NT1,100 for my taxi from the airport to here earlier.
Nov 20, 11, 12:00 pm
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Posted By jhm

Staying for 2 nights at the StR here. Booked...

Staying for 2 nights at the StR here. Booked yesterday, upgraded as a plat to a room (prem deluxe ?) overlooking the river with two small balconies (not big enough to sit outside).



IIRC it...
Jun 25, 11, 7:36 am
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Posted By jhm

I'll be in Paris on Saturday 16 July. I was...

I'll be in Paris on Saturday 16 July. I was originally going to meet a friend flying in but he can't make it now so it's just me. I don't mind that at all (I'm well used to travelling by myself!)...
Forum: Japan
May 8, 11, 1:19 am
Replies: 37
Views: 3,397
Posted By jhm

Apart from a few spots of rain, the weather was...

Apart from a few spots of rain, the weather was great!

The mixed rotenburo in Aomori-ken (不老不死 - I feel much younger already!) was magic - watching the sun slowly set and disappear below the...
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