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Forum: Trip Reports
Apr 14, 20, 11:22 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,587
Posted By calbear2005

I have a family wedding in Hawaii in November...

I have a family wedding in Hawaii in November (nothing booked yet) and then I plan to do a quick RTW trip with just 3-4 destinations. It's all up the air until restrictions are lifted. But without a...
Forum: Trip Reports
Apr 7, 20, 12:42 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,212
Posted By calbear2005

Doing a fairly superficial search, Hanoi ranks...

Doing a fairly superficial search, Hanoi ranks among (along with Jakarta) the cities with the worst air quality in SE Asia, especially during the winter when I was there as air pressure tends to be...
Forum: Trip Reports
Apr 7, 20, 12:05 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,001
Posted By calbear2005

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) - October 2013

Sorry for another really old trip report, but I thought I'd share some photos from Easter Island as it's also (along with Myanmar, the subject of another trip report I posted) a location that I...
Forum: Trip Reports
Apr 6, 20, 8:01 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,212
Posted By calbear2005

Vietnam and Japan - January 2019

Another old trip report to kill the time during this period of self-isolation.

In January 2019, a friend and I traveled to Vietnam and used Hanoi as a base for a month. Once there, we eventually...
Forum: Trip Reports
Apr 6, 20, 11:49 am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,587
Posted By calbear2005

I'm going to post more photos of my time in Bagan...

I'm going to post more photos of my time in Bagan because just 3 of the Bagan plains do not do it justice. If anyone wants more information and really great footage of the area, I would suggest...
Forum: Trip Reports
Apr 4, 20, 4:38 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,587
Posted By calbear2005

Myanmar - December 2016

I'm posting an older trip report because I haven't seen much here posted about Myanmar.

This was part of a longer SE Asia trip I took with a few friends back in December 2016. We found open jaw...
Forum: Trip Reports
Apr 1, 20, 2:17 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,417
Posted By calbear2005

Thanks. I really want to go back and see...

Thanks.

I really want to go back and see more of the South Island; I feel like I've only scratched the surface of what it has to offer. The next time I'll spend 4-6 weeks driving around, but I...
Forum: Trip Reports
Mar 31, 20, 3:05 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,417
Posted By calbear2005

New Zealand, Australia - May 2018

Bored at home during self-isolation (and seeing how easy it was to upload photos to my first trip report), I thought I'd put up a second one.

At the beginning of 2018, NZ had its seemingly annual...
Forum: Trip Reports
Mar 30, 20, 1:58 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,657
Posted By calbear2005

Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan - November 2019

Seeing as there are probably going to be fewer trip reports for the foreseeable future, I thought I'd give posting a trip report a shot.

I don't travel often for work (maybe 1-2 times a year all...
Forum: Asia
Jan 28, 20, 2:30 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By calbear2005

Kinmen

Kinmen
Forum: Asia
Jan 27, 20, 9:18 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By calbear2005

Take the MRT up to Tamsui, grab a youbike and...

Take the MRT up to Tamsui, grab a youbike and bike along the coast. Not really a day trip, but you could spend an afternoon doing this.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jan 12, 20, 6:45 pm
Replies: 128
Views: 24,856
Posted By calbear2005

I'll fly any length of time in economy as I fall...

I'll fly any length of time in economy as I fall asleep as soon as I sit down no matter what time my flight is. I don't fly or spend enough for any points/status (I don't travel for work and just...
Jan 7, 20, 12:14 am
Replies: 306
Views: 70,274
Posted By calbear2005

I agree with this sentiment. I think it's the...

I agree with this sentiment. I think it's the perfect time to visit. The protests are easy to avoid using a little common sense. Hotel rates are low and, best of all, there are no crowds (point of...
Forum: Asia
Jan 3, 20, 10:50 am
Replies: 6
Views: 752
Posted By calbear2005

From Taipei Main Stations, these are all easy MRT...

From Taipei Main Stations, these are all easy MRT or Uber rides. The only thing really close to the main station that I listed is Ximending. But the list I provided is probably a good "must-see" list...
Forum: Asia
Jan 3, 20, 10:42 am
Replies: 5
Views: 749
Posted By calbear2005

The local government has already closed it to...

The local government has already closed it to tourist, at least from a few recent news articles and videos that I've read and seen.
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Dec 27, 19, 2:10 pm
Replies: 306
Views: 70,274
Posted By calbear2005

Haha, this was one of my SO's first observations....

Haha, this was one of my SO's first observations. I've never really noticed it (being Asian and, I guess, inured to it), but it was one of the first things she (Caucasian) pointed out to me.
Dec 26, 19, 1:26 pm
Replies: 306
Views: 70,274
Posted By calbear2005

Just got back from HK about a month ago (right...

Just got back from HK about a month ago (right before the PolyU siege) and stayed near the Mongkok MTR station where a lot of protesting took place at night. I would agree that I never felt in danger...
Forum: Asia
Dec 26, 19, 11:21 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,569
Posted By calbear2005

Here's the e-visa link: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/...

Here's the e-visa link: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

Just take a photo of yourself in front of a white wall (mimicking a passport photo) and upload it on the site linked above. I think the e-visa...
Forum: Asia
Dec 25, 19, 1:01 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,379
Posted By calbear2005

Oh, is transferring in MNL particularly bad (Iíve...

Oh, is transferring in MNL particularly bad (Iíve never been myself)? But yea, 5 minutes of searching online should yield the OP his choices.
Forum: Asia
Dec 25, 19, 11:21 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,379
Posted By calbear2005

It's possible to get the last leg with ANA and...

It's possible to get the last leg with ANA and Singapore to be MNL-CEB and SIN-CEB, respectively, but yes, they are on non-Star Alliance arlines.
Forum: Asia
Dec 24, 19, 8:18 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 752
Posted By calbear2005

Off the top of my head, Taipei 101, Elephant...

Off the top of my head, Taipei 101, Elephant Mountain, Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Halls, National Palace Museum, the Ximending area, and then perhaps hit up a night market.

Are you...
Forum: Asia
Dec 24, 19, 1:00 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,379
Posted By calbear2005

Singapore and ANA as well. A cursory search shows...

Singapore and ANA as well. A cursory search shows that prices for business go Asiana < ANA = Singapore < EVA.
Forum: Asia
Dec 16, 19, 11:51 am
Replies: 11
Views: 920
Posted By calbear2005

Where are you flying from? What is the...

Where are you flying from?

What is the purpose of the travel, if it's not sights (would help to sort out when/where to go)?

Mandalay, while better than Yangon, to me is just a non-descript...
Forum: Asia
Dec 15, 19, 2:47 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 920
Posted By calbear2005

While I've been to 4/5 countries you mentioned, I...

While I've been to 4/5 countries you mentioned, I am by no means an expert and will just give you my 2 cents.

For Siem Reap, there is no real lull in tourists during the months you are considering...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,316
Posted By calbear2005

I was in NZ last year for about 17 days and did 2...

I was in NZ last year for about 17 days and did 2 weeks in the South Island. What I did, and is advice I've given to others (coming from a first-time visitor), is to map out everything you want to...
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