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Welcome!

/trv/ is a slow board, you don't need to bump more than once a day -- it's OK if your thread is not on the front page, we look several pages deep here. You can do that. too, looking for threads on your topic.

Questions are welcomed, as are threads sharing experiences or generally discussing travel. For very general questions, you can get answers faster at other sites. Google is your friend. Start there, then come back here for specific questions. Some good links for basic info, and a few Pet Peeves of the board, are included within this thread.
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For all those wanting information on Vagabonding:

http://www.artoftravel.com/index.html
http://www.vagabondjourney.com/

Don't forget visa requirements:
http://www.visahq.com/citizens/

Happy traveling! P.S. Do not post nsfw content on this board.

Why did the mods wipe out every Thailand General thread?

Your thread for:
> ladyboys
> Nigerian gigolos
> prostitutes
> brothels
> go-go bars
> "culture"
> "beaches"
> food
> booze
> temporary vacation "girlfriends"
> sexpats
> whatever else comes to mind regarding Thailand
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If any of you guys are wondering why these threads keep getting nuked you should read this: >>1619029
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>>1619068

how about mods fuck right off. stupid cunts

>>1619066

depends on what you want to do. But Bangkok is the same as every other city around. I find most big cities to be very bland but with different foods depending on location.
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>>1619070
It's not the mods that you should be cursing. It's the US government.
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>>1619072

the kids is a fair nuking. But drugs and prozzies vary by location. the US isn't the world's police.
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>>1619075
4chan is hosted in the US though and subject to shitty draconian US laws.

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/4/13/17172762/fosta-sesta-backpage-230-internet-freedom

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Can we have a China thread?

There are a couple of threads about China right now but one is e celebs and shitposting and the other is about Mandarin.

Sort of a general thread. Feel free to discuss China TRAVEL in this thread.

>From here on is my personal questions
I have always wanted to go to china. I know it has a lot of negative aspects. Feel free to discuss those if you have actually had first hand experience. Negatives aside, I still want to go.

Who here usd actually been to China? Where did you go? How was it?

I am trying to plan a trip. 2 weeks minimum, 1 month max. I want to see the standard stuff of course. Beijing, Great wall, Xian, Teracotta warriors, and Shanghai.

I also want to go to Yangshuo/Guilin and try and stay in one of the minority villages in the Longji rice terraces. Anybody have advice or experience?


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>>1616054
I have been to Urumqi and Turpan. Really enjoyed Xinjiang but the police presence and cold made it feel like a dystopian movie.
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>>1614534
Last year I did Xi'an and Beijing on my own. The sights are amazing and seeing the historical/touristy stuff is actually really cool, but my biggest issue was that the people in the cities were shit. I'm a tall white guy, and apart from the constant attempted teahouse scams in Beijing all taxis but one refused to pick me up, going as far as waving me off or saying no as I approached, and the one that DID pick me up tried to charge me an exorbitant amount of money to the point where I bailed out at a stoplight. On the bright side it forced me to learn the subway system, but even there people would put their hand on the empty seat next to them so I wouldn't sit. Keep in mind I'm a very clean, in-shape guy, not some fat slob or an "obvious" american traveler with a giant backpack, sandals and thai elephant pants. It was insane. Plus the people spit EVERYWHERE, cough openly, etc. City chinese are rude and absolutely disgusting.

That said, other CHINESE tourists, usually younger people I'd see at places like the great wall, were very friendly and wanted photos with me and stuff. It was just people in the cities who were pieces of shit. I'd definitely go if I were you, the sights alone are worth the trip. Just be ready to feel like a ghost the whole time.
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>>1617060
No, I am not fat, I am Swedish.
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>>1618675
Aww... Yeah, these could be issues if you like to be pushed around, I didn't even think of that before.
We sometimes were moving with out backpacks with my two friends, so hundreds of taxis would pass by per minute without stopping at some busy junctions... Solution: we stopped the first local who passed by next to us, asked him very nicely to hail a taxi for us. l
You know what happened? The second he put his arm out, multiple taxis stopped AND this random stranger with zero English asked us to show where we are going (we had the destination on our phones ready anyway), so he basically explained the taxi driver in our stead, plus it seemed he sort of threatened him to do not dare start driving without the meter. There was a lot of pointing involved, but it was all over in a few seconds, really.
This was Beijing.
We later didn't even bother anymore, since then we just ask the nearest Chinese person be it hotel concierge or just a passer-by to get a taxi for us, never had a problem. They seemed happy to get rid of us obviously, but that didn't prevent them from making sure those weird foreigners get to their destination fine.
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>>1619042
Imagine trying to get an ambulance with this attitude.

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comfy airport feels thread?

>watching planes land and thinking about your trip
>wandering around empty terminals late at night
>finding the perfect movie to watch on the plane

What are your favorite aiport feels /trv/?
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>>1618880
>go to an airport in Japan
>$5 whisky highballs
>staff gladly double the alcohol for no extra charge if you ask
>7/11, Family Mart and Lawsons everywhere too for 9% chuhais and $5 kara-age bentos
good shit
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Major international airports always feel like the neoliberal dream of the '90s still alive and well. People from every culture and corner of the globe aimlessly milling about in sleek modern buildings that are pleasant to look at but totally universal and homogeneous. If it wasn't for the main language on the signage you could drop down in any one of them and barely have a fucking idea where you are.
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>>1618880
>go to business class lounge
>drinks and food are free
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>>1616781
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>>1618907
all of this.
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Do any of you remember the blue tile walls of O'Hare back in the 90s?

The memory of that is such a powerful symbol and nostalgia of comfy airport feels, for me.

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Luggage thread
What luggage do you bring? What do you pack?
Looking for recommendations for a good daypack
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I travel with a single personal item that I put under my seat because I believe overhead bins are a source of inefficiency.

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>>1618290
If your nail clipper has no nail file attachment, you can bring it on a plane.
I rarely deal with zip ties.
You can bring stick deodorant on planes.
I carry an electric shaver when I travel. Not as good as a safety razor but whatever, I don't shave as much when I travel.
I don't really deal with souvenirs.
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So I like to travel light and have this laptop bag from Brenthaven "Collins Horizontal Messenger Bag" (pic related) that can easily carry my 15" laptop, travel toothpaste and toothbrush, and a couple other relevant travel things. But I can only fit maybe one change of clothes (T shirt+underwear+socks) in it on top of those things, so it's really only good for an overnight trip. So if I want to go somewhere for a week I need to put it inside of a slightly larger bag, which is rather silly...

Anyone have a recommendation for a similar-sized laptop bag that just has an extra compartment so I could fit maybe five sets of shirt+underwear+socks and maybe an extra pair of pants or shorts?
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>>1618428
Nice, looks expensive and pretty nice for a fagbag
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>>1618436
Yeah it was probably $90 or something, but it's easily the best laptop bag I've ever had for regular use.

If I can't find a comparable one that has an extra section for clothes, maybe I'll learn to sew and just add my own.
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>>1617473
Sea To Summit started that trend roughly a decade ago. Their packs are quite a bit more expensive than the competition, though. Their nano daypack weighs 30g(1oz.)!! for 18 litres. I've had their reglar packable daypack for something like 8 years now, used travelling, a couple of multiday backpacking trips, even grocery shopping a few times and as my go-to bag for dayhiking for the past 3-4 years. It has not yet lost structural integrity.

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After doing a catamaran 2 day tour of the Whitsunday Islands, I'm tripping from Arlie Beach to Cape Tribulation in a car.
What place should I absolutely not miss?

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Has anyone ever been to this place?

What were your experiences with Moldova?
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I just arrived for 2 days. What the fuck can we do here (Chisinau)
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>>1617686
Chisinau is a shithole that isn't worth your time. In fact most interesting places to see in Moldova are outside of Chisinau, like Milestii mici, Cramele Cricova, Old Orhei, Soroca, Tighina, all the different monasteries and old churches

t. Born in Chisinau
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>>1617966
What about Ratus?
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>>1617982
Dunno, never been there myself.
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>>1617966
Any recommendations for caves?

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Will be hanging around western europe for about 2 weeks. Here's a rough itinerary
>Plane from US to Copenhagen
>may spend 2-3 days there (for a wedding), then will commute to other countries via Eurail (see pic)
>>Berlin, London, Paris, then Italy (maybe 1 more)
>Thinking 1 day per major city is enough, 2 for Paris, and any time left for Italy before I transfer trains
>Italy to Home (with a 10hr layover in Sweden)

What i need advice with is if I need to get a hotel/lodging per country or if it's easy/affordable to grab a shower and rest for a few hours
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>Thinking 1 day per major city is enough
You're not gonna have a great time
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Why are all burger itineraries so retarded. Sure, one day in a major European city like London is surely enough to see everything. Of course, changing hotels every other day doesn't sound exhausting at all.
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>>1618560
>stand outside Buckingham Palace
>take a photograph of a red phone booth
>walk into a museum, find a painting Art and a sculpture Art, walk out again
Ahh. Feels good to soak in all the meaty nuances of the European cultural stew. Now, to leverage my worldly understanding of the European culture when participating in unhinged racist rants, online
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>>1618527
>>1618463
noted. but that means i have to take out either Germany or London. which has the best food and sights?
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>>1618982
London > Berlin
But there are better places in Germany to go than London, since you're heading south anyway you could go to Munich

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/trv/, I spontaneously booked myself on a 1-week trip to Mumbai.
What am I in for?
Any side-trips within easy reach I should consider?

inb4 poo in loo etc
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bump
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The whole point of India (most third world in general) is to get out of the cities asap.

Hello,
Next week i'll be in Yantai and Zhaoyuan, anyone has been there?

Also I'm interested in adult entertainment, places, prices, ...
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>>1617231
I doubt you'll find anyone that's been to a little tier 3 city like that.
It's right next to Qingdao which there probably are people who've spent itme in.
I spent three days in Qingdao, so I can tell you that it has German restaurants and beer houses but not much more than that.

AQICN shows decent air quality for yantai, so there's that.
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Beware of scam
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>>1618962
Google search tell me that there're also some Taoist attractions, some islands, and also Chinese vineyard and winery.
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>>1618978
There's a lot of Koreans in Yantai, just like in Qingdao. Don't know why there seem to be so many Koreans in Shandong in particular.
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>>1619050
Because it's close to South Korea so they can easily go there for business and education as things are cheaper in China.

Slightly unrelated but some fringe Korean nationalists genuinely believe that the Shandong peninsula was Korean land in ancient times because they misidentify the now extinct Shandong Dongyi people with themselves.

how do i get out of china if i've been banned from leaving?
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>>1618996
That network is specifically made for North Korean
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>>1618994
>Well Hong Kong is not impossible, but such a person would probably be barred from leaving Hong Kong.
Well, if you're gonna be stuck someplace, Hong Kong is still a huge upgrade from Mainland China.

>then you take a boat to Macau & try to escape again, teehee
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>>1619022
It is easier to go to Macau without passport than to Hong Kong. Plenty of boats at Zhuhai helping people to. But the problem is Chinese authority can easily extend their hands to Macau. At least at Hong Kong it's still rather difficult for them to act openly.
If one is to escape from Hong Kong then they can try to get a small boat to Taiwan or Philippines.
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Its very easy to run across the border into Vietnam in a few towns along the border
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South-East Asia
Pic related is me taking a barge from Ruili to a border town in Burma...

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Hey so I only have one year left on my military contract and I am ready to travel the world. I've been saving for three years and I can speak English and Spanish fluently. I've always wanted to be a journalist (don't laugh) ever since those old ass vice videos where that guy went to North Korea, Liberia, and Russia. I'm planning on going to Cuba, and I don't know how I should start my journalism. Should I start a YouTube channel like that bald and bankrupt guy?
Tell me what you think and share your experiences and any tips you may have.
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>>1613717
I have a coakley or implant
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>>1613764

Welcome!

/trv/ is a slow board, you don't need to bump more than once a day -- it's OK if your thread is not on the front page, we look several pages deep here. You can do that. too, looking for threads on your topic.

Questions are welcomed, as are threads sharing experiences or generally discussing travel. For very general questions, you can get answers faster at other sites. Google is your friend. Start there, then come back here for specific questions. Some good links for basic info, and a few Pet Peeves of the board, are included within this thread.
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Obviously, I'm gonna tell you to make your first stop a visit to your family before you go wander the Earth.

They miss and love you.

Afterwards, get on the next possible plane to Thailand and fuck some tight ladyboy asses.

No idea what you should do about the whole journalism thing though.
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>>1616001
What's with this message being on this thread?

>times /trv/ lied to you

I’ve seen multiple times that /trv/ thinks the people of Hong Kong are cold, and disconnected. I personally have found them to be some of the most outgoing and kind people I’ve met out of 15 or so Asian countries I’ve been to, much better than any European nation.
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It's just insecure Americans pushing the insect and 'china will collapse in 20 years' meme.
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>>1619011
I fucking hated HK when I visited, way too crowded and busy for me. I've gotta say though, I respect the citizens a hell of a lot especially after those huge protests. Seems like they care more about democratic values than we do in the West.
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>>1619011
>times /trv/ lied to you
easily
>euro's raving about how bad aussies and horrible because they met some other white taller dude in SEA
Found them fun, they get pretty drunk but can actually do banter without getting all pissy if you throw some back at them
>Hostels being told they are shit when most are fine aside from ones in america or cheapest option on hostels.com
Only bad hostel I stayed at was when I was low on funds, chose a cheap bunk style, then realized the horrible choice I made and got the stock hostel horrors
>Anyone stating "oh lol anon you can do a great day in X for only (weirdly low amount of $) per day, do never need more."
Yeah been lead to believe this and never understood how you're going to have a great time with 20 dollars unless shit tier beers and kebab while chilling in the hostel all day is your fun. No japan/korea/HK is not fun on 20 dollars/pounds, like at all unless you do some shit like previously stated as well, or people watching/temple viewing is your go to.
>Florida is fun
>virtually any and all advice about the local women in <area here>
self explanatory
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>>1619012
The meme is that it will take 20 years and not 2.

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what sort of people do you meet at hostels? is there a type?
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>>1618383
I'm the guy you replied to. A 6-bed dorm is best for me. 4-bed dorms are usually smaller and if you get stuck with a snorer then, you can have a difficult night.
I only saw the 109-bed dorm on Hostelworld once (somewhere in Amsterdam but I can't find it again), I think the biggest I've ever slept in was 20.
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Anyone ever walk into a bukkake?
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>>1618468
I was involved in one
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>>1618467
The 109 one sounds like a tourist experience in itself. I also wonder why it's 109. Seems like an odd number.
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>>1603246
people go to asia for weed? Really, I didn't think it was as big a thing there.

Me and 4 friends will have 3 weeks to travel anywhere in Europe next over a uni break. Where should we go to enjoy nightlife and sites
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ibiza
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>>1617010
Croatia


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