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๐Ÿ›ฌ kygeqykdkzfe just arrived in ๐Ÿ•Œ Karachi,Pakistan, #asia
Malaysia to reopen border to international visitors from April 1
Or could be the worst April Fools joke ever ๐Ÿ˜ญ
Planning to travel to SriLanka, but have been hearing news of increasing prices of everything because of economic meltdown. Can anyone share the situation there?
bring US dollars if you can, you can exchange the money at jewelry shops and get an additional 20% over the bank
there's been a fuel shortage, scheduled black outs, it's not a great time to go
Posting here too as Cambodia channel seems to be a quiet one
Posting here too as Cambodia channel seems to be a quiet one
zksbwyj thats an oxymoron
๐Ÿ›ฌ spmmjztqwmeb just arrived in ๐Ÿ•Œ Karachi,Pakistan, #asia
So they use The Biggest cars on the tiniest streets in horrible traffic leaving no room on the road only for a scooter to fit in.
๐Ÿ›ฌ pecvaaxuvm just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Dhaka,Bangladesh, #asia
hey Nomads!

I'm planning a bigger trip next year to Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam and I'm wondering about the best strategy, I've assumed 6 weeks. I'm wondering whether to put 2 weeks by country (then I would end up in a single area for 2 weeks in every of them) or rather from Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam pick two and spend 3 weeks in each (2 areas for 10 days each per country). ( I work during weekdays and can do more intense activities only friday-sunday.)

Any suggestions & r ecommendations?
Hey friends! Pretty similar question to the one above.

We're planning a trip around Siem Reap, Da Nang, and Koh Phangan/Bali. We still haven't figured out what's the best strategy to move from oun city/country to the next. Is it wise to go to the big cities (Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh) to be able to move better?

Any tips?
Also, whatโ€™s the best place to get the digital visas for Vietnam and Cambodia?
Finally (lol too much questions) Weโ€™re considering replacing Koh Phangan for Canggu or Ubud because Indonesia doesnโ€™t require a visa. What are your thoughts on this?
Depend on what you want to do. Are you a party person, white bars and clubs? Are you a museums? Hiking? Laying down on the beach? Planing to push buttons on a laptop? Because some areas have more of something and nothing of other things. If you plan to do a bit of everything, 2 weeks per city more then enough. And with some places you will be done in a couple of days)
There are not so many direct flights from Cambodia to anywhere. This is only I can contribute
Yes very much a decision to be made based on personal preferences/travel style. Assuming your work is internet-dependent then the main thing to be aware of is that you may encounter connectivity issues in Laos and parts of Cambodia
If you want to fly between countries then yes youโ€™ll need the big cities to do so. You can fly direct between BKK and PP but if you need to get from PP to Da Nang then you might have to connect via HCM
I would make your plans based on where you actually want to go and what you want to see and do, not on the paperwork. That said you are probably eligible for visa exemption in Thailand anyway so all youโ€™ll need is the ThaiPass prior to arrival
If you are working - that is way too much territory to cover IMO for 6 weeks. Between loosing 1-2 days for travel every couple weeks plus readjusting it's a lot.

I'd pick 1 or 2 at most. Decide on what is most important to you (seeing sights, or experiences etc). and then build around that.

Unless this is a once in a life time trip for you, I'd honestly spend 6 weeks in 1 country - in maybe 1-2 places with the odd weekend trip added in.
Ya mid to large centres for flights, but you can also bus between some places if they are not too far apart.
This will also depend on when you are going to be here as things are still reopening slowly in SE Asia so some flight connection etc are not running yet or fully.
Ya - unless your passport requires getting a visa that is a huge hassle, I wouldn't get Visa's dictate your travel. They are just part of life sometimes.
Thailand has a tourist evisa now thatโ€™s a lot easier to get. No need to send your passport to the embassy.
๐Ÿ›ฌ hugmdpueayea just arrived in ๐Ÿ•Œ Karachi,Pakistan, #asia
Unless youโ€™d like to attend the full moon or half moon parties, can skip (although not sure to how much extent they happen these days)
Thanks to everyone for your replies! I was looking and the evisa doesn't apply to Colombians woozy_face
๐Ÿ›ฌ nokiwntsxssv just arrived in Sukkur,Pakistan, #asia
๐Ÿ›ฌ myhodfujj just arrived in Urgench,Uzbekistan, #asia
๐Ÿ›ฌ ightaenvv just arrived in Karakalpakstan,Uzbekistan, #asia
๐Ÿ›ฌ yydsynkxh just arrived in Xorazm,Uzbekistan, #asia
๐Ÿ›ฌ cdwtzblit just arrived in Bukhara,Uzbekistan, #asia
๐Ÿ›ฌ hedtluzky just arrived in Samarkand,Uzbekistan, #asia
Anyone know if thereโ€™s a way to mute only โ€œjust arrivedโ€ messages specifically? lol
Would reco Thailand more than Bali
Hello everyone!

I would like to move 2 or 3 months to Seoul starting in July, with my partner. Do you have any tips regarding rent? seems quite expensive and complicated to get a place for 2 people working remotely full time. I already have a location in mind, somewhere close to YEONNAM-DONG, WDYT?

Thanks a lot for your input ๐Ÿ™‚
You might get a better response in #south-korea

Do either of you speak decent Korean? Some officetels (small apartments) have a ํด์˜พ์…˜ ("full option") service which is basically month to month, fully furnished rentals meant for people in your situation. But you'd almost certainly have to go through a regular real estate agent or contact buildings directly to work one of these out.

(You can search your neighborhood + ํ’€์˜ต์…˜ ์˜คํ”ผ์Šคํ…” on a site like naver blogs to get a sense of selection and price, and maybe some contact details too)
I've used Airbnb before but it's pretty overpriced, and more importantly there wasn't a huge selection so if you're going at peak tourist times you might have trouble finding anything at a reasonable price. But it might be improving again as Corona restrictions are lifted
dekim24 thats an awesome tip, thank you! We dont speak korean sadly, but I think we could get a friend to help us with that ๐Ÿ™‚
๐Ÿ›ฌ hrkthkyuuk just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan, #asia
๐Ÿ˜ง That's some serious recoil. It's like the 357 Magnum of bum guns
How is Bishkek?
Thanks Unglued! Granted visa now!
Thanks all!
uqlmyywel Why? ๐Ÿ‘€
I found Bali too overdeveloped and felt like a 2 week holiday place - much like Cancun or Puerto Vallarta. I'd way rather spend time in Thailand than Bali
Thanks for your answer aihsnep I will consider it
adadcnzcaieab highly suggest Thailand as well. Its awesome here ๐Ÿคฉ
Thailand is an amazing country with lots to discover, better food and you donโ€™t necessarily need to drive a scooter depending on where you go. Great pick for first place in Asia
Bali is kinda dumb to be honest, especially if you got no particular purpose to be there like learning to surf
Highly recommend Vietnam also
We used them last month|| >was super easy and quick. They dropped all entry requirements now I think, no vax or test or anything I think
dncqfhdeu How long do you recommend staying in Thailand?
Sure! I already have the visa for Vietnam, it is probably my first stop
rbcirxjltrybb I would do a month total at least, 5 days in Bangkok to explore and chill to get over jet lag, then head north to Chiang Mai or go south to an island
Cool, I prefer Saigon/HCMC over Bangkok and Hanoi
wrhibdvap why do you like Saigon over Bangkok?
jfihiqskhnu have you been?
Nope just Hanoi and da nang but looking to go there.
fdqmvcivaij It's a very different vibe than central and northern Vietnam, because of the history
As in Khmer influence? Or the war?
xeeylzixpwg Geography, culture, war, etc. -- everything. Kinda like Hanoi feels like Beijing and Saigon like Hong Kong to me
Oh I love Hong Kong so that's a good sign ๐Ÿ˜„
cvoqmyhzdus It's more Western basically, but also more strong and diverse Asian influences from China, Japan, etc.
But there's many reasons I prefer it, you may not like it, opinions vary. I didn't like it when I first visited, same with Bangkok
Cool cool no worries. It's been on my radar for awhile just wanted to collect more anecdotes. I'll go no matter what and check it out. Thanks for replying prayskin-tone-3
One thing though is that it feels really young and energetic in a good way. People are proud and optimistic for the future, can't be said about many other countries in Asia
Awesome. I've heard a lot of mixed things but I like cities with that pulsating energy.
๐Ÿ›ฌ ivxxjigvzf just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tashkent,Uzbekistan, #asia
yuyrnglxdzfcabh your best bet is Itaewon as it's the foreigner neighborhood and expat friendly
Problem with renting for 3mo is it's too short for long term rent and too long for Airbnb and it's hard to find smth in middle
Especially with the crazy concept of key money
Where you deposit 80% of the value of the house!
Maybe Airbnb then ask the renter for special deal offline?
hello levelsio, I heard the concept of key money, its incredible ๐Ÿ˜› . Thanks for the neighborhood tip, I will check it out :slightly_smiling_face:. Hopefully I will figure out something this year. Are you living there at the moment?
Haha yes crazy. I used to study in Seoul in 2009 and lived there longer in 0
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