General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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phish
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271 posts since 5/1/10

26 Jun 2015 09:27
anyone got any experience of chartering a boat for a day in beefa before?

or anywhere else i guess and has general tips - don't want to get fucked by some moody company.
Tronics
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1598 posts since 21/9/06

26 Jun 2015 10:07
-DiscoTits- wrote: Tronics, Id definitely recommend doing a tour with one of the private guides and drivers. We arranged it through our hotel concierge. They charge an hourly rate (ours was about 19usd per hour) and its just really great to get shown around that way as the service is more personal and you really learn a lot about the sites you visit etc. We did the ubud area,monkey forest,rice paddies,a coffee plantation where you can sample all these different teas and coffee flavours,a traditional bali house and one of the many temples amongst some other random stops on the way during the tour.

Seminyak is much nicer than Kuta. We had a really nice sunset dinner at Moonlite restaurant and bar which i'd recommend.

Go to one of the traditional temples as they are interesting.

I'd also recommend going to a beach called Jimbarran (spelling) which is just filled with bbq fish restaurants and is another really nice place to sit and enjoy the food and atmosphere.

EDIT. Just another tip. Don't get Indonesian Rupiah as they will accept USD in 90% of places you go.

Just seen this, thanks a bunch!

Didn't know they accepted USD, think i might get half and half just in case. Does that make sense?
-DiscoTits-
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704 posts since 26/11/07

29 Jun 2015 01:07
Yeah definitely man. The wee cafe's up in UBUD might not accept USD so that's a wise move. Enjoy.
-DiscoTits-
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704 posts since 26/11/07

posted 29 Jun 2015 01:25, edited 29 Jun 2015 01:25
Right folks. I am heading to Japan in October. I fly out on the 12th to Osaka and return on the 22nd from Tokyo. So that essentially gives me 9 proper days. I want to do all the usual tourist stuff and would like some suggestions for must do's. Definitely want to see Hiroshima (have heard it's doable as bullet train day trip from either Osaka/Kyoto) and I am wanting to know if it's worth doing 2 days Osaka 2 days Kyoto then 5 in Tokyo? Or any other suggestions as to how I should split my time? I want to stay in hostels as I'll be on my own so any suggestions for that would be welcome as well. Cheers.
carl lewis
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23634 posts since 14/10/04

29 Jun 2015 01:54
Tokyo will definitely take a a lot of energy out of you as so much too see. Walking and train is the best thing to do.

Where you staying?
-DiscoTits-
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704 posts since 26/11/07

posted 29 Jun 2015 02:13, edited 29 Jun 2015 02:13
I haven't decided yet. Looking for recommendations as to hostels and areas etc. Even if it meant staying a few days in one neighborhood and moving to another for the remaining few.
carl lewis
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23634 posts since 14/10/04

29 Jun 2015 08:36
Staying in Shibuya will make your life a lot easy, if not Shinjuku.

How much you looking on accommodation a night?

Food on average 500 to 1000 yen. Loads of places to eat in Shinjuku.
MB
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4346 posts since 27/9/05

posted 29 Jun 2015 12:22, edited 29 Jun 2015 12:22
@Phish i can get you a number we got taken out last year, 8 man boat with jetski and ski doo things was about 3k for the day i think. It's trumpy but well worth it (bare in ind you have to pay petrol as well when you get back - cost me about 600 euro).

@Disco A day in Kyoto is enough, go to the bamboo forest as well. Tokyo like Carl said, saying that it's easy to get around on the tube once you get the hang of it.
phish
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271 posts since 5/1/10

29 Jun 2015 12:49
yeah ping over if you don't mind and i'll have a gander

seeing stuff like this tho - seems half the price and inclusive of fuel? http://www.nauticalibiza.com/charters.php
-DiscoTits-
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704 posts since 26/11/07

29 Jun 2015 20:05
@carl I have a pretty reasonable budget for some decent hostels probably around the £50 - 70 per night range. I'll get myself a hotel room for the last night in Tokyo though so I can have a decent kip and what not before travelling home. Any ideas what kinda places I should go for in that kind of budget range?

@MB so you'd recommend 1 day KYOTO then 3 in Osaka(1 of which travel to Hiroshima)?
generic_guy
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9256 posts since 16/9/02

29 Jun 2015 20:45
Anyone got any advice about Sorrento? Looking to go there in September for our honeymoon.
Restaurants that are good for vegetarians would be a good shout.
carl lewis
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23634 posts since 14/10/04

29 Jun 2015 21:46
-DiscoTits- wrote: @carl I have a pretty reasonable budget for some decent hostels probably around the £50 - 70 per night range. I'll get myself a hotel room for the last night in Tokyo though so I can have a decent kip and what not before travelling home. Any ideas what kinda places I should go for in that kind of budget range?

@MB so you'd recommend 1 day KYOTO then 3 in Osaka(1 of which travel to Hiroshima)?

You get hotels in Shinjinku for that money maybe even Shibuya no need for a hostel.
carl lewis
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23634 posts since 14/10/04

29 Jun 2015 21:47
-DiscoTits- wrote: @carl I have a pretty reasonable budget for some decent hostels probably around the £50 - 70 per night range. I'll get myself a hotel room for the last night in Tokyo though so I can have a decent kip and what not before travelling home. Any ideas what kinda places I should go for in that kind of budget range?

@MB so you'd recommend 1 day KYOTO then 3 in Osaka(1 of which travel to Hiroshima)?

You get hotels in Shinjinku for that money maybe even Shibuya no need for a hostel.
Rirawin
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9231 posts since 17/7/05

29 Jun 2015 22:02
Check out Airbnb.
-DiscoTits-
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704 posts since 26/11/07

posted 29 Jun 2015 22:44, edited 29 Jun 2015 22:44
@ carl and rira. Cheers for the suggestions. I am travelling alone so don't want to be in a hotel room on my own for the whole time. I want to meet people for potential nights out etc occasionally going off on my own for specific sights. So ideally I was looking to hear from anyone who has stayed in good hostels with a mix of nationalities etc.
carl lewis
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23634 posts since 14/10/04

29 Jun 2015 22:57
Is it still sunny at the time ur reaching.

Tokyo will wear u out, if your out all day you just want to sleep. Unless your a hardcore raver.
-DiscoTits-
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704 posts since 26/11/07

29 Jun 2015 22:59
I have read that it's a pleasant enough temperature that time of year. Around 15-20degC on average. With occasional downpours. I've been told before Tokyo will wear me down but it'd still be nice to maybe do some things during the day with fellow travellers and have a few social drinks/dinner with someone at night.
carl lewis
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23634 posts since 14/10/04

30 Jun 2015 01:43
DT really depends on who you meet, some people on really tight trip schedule.

But everyone is really friendly.
-DiscoTits-
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704 posts since 26/11/07

30 Jun 2015 01:55
Cheers man. Will just go with the flow. Appreciate the input.
Shiggy
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1773 posts since 28/9/03

30 Jun 2015 17:07
any discount codes for marriott kicking about? need a hotel in barcelona and fancy cotton club