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MoB
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36666 posts since 31/8/04

1 Apr 2016 08:38
SA will be twice as cheap as Thailand if the rand doesn't strengthen(it won't)
illwill
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3595 posts since 17/5/04

1 Apr 2016 09:50
Anyone been to Costa Rica?
selkiefolk
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421 posts since 27/3/13

1 Apr 2016 12:13
I have illwill, five years ago though. Bussed in from Nicaragua and made my way down to Bahia Drake with a few stops in between.
Kieran
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516 posts since 26/2/13

7 Apr 2016 00:06
Going to barca at the end of june, heading out with a group of 8 mates from home; any bars and clubs, things to do i should know about?

Cheers in advance
illwill
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posted 7 Apr 2016 16:42, edited 7 Apr 2016 16:42
selkiefolk wrote: I have illwill, five years ago though. Bussed in from Nicaragua and made my way down to Bahia Drake with a few stops in between.

Going in the other direction. Playa Carmen then up to Nicaragua. Heard mixed things about Nicaragua…what was your view? Where is worth going in the South West? Only going for 10 days in total.
Davinho
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2214 posts since 2/12/08

7 Apr 2016 17:33
Going on a stag do to dublin tomorrow. No idea what kind of places we'll end up as I only know 5/30 of the lads. Do I need to take shoes to get into certain bars/clubs over there or will I be alright with cons?
Jimmy326
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4554 posts since 22/9/07

21 Apr 2016 08:45
Anyone know of any good websites/deals for Vegas? I've not been for years now, but looking to go late this year/early next. Hotel prices seem crazy, even for Winter months.
sciphiyem
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499 posts since 7/9/11

21 Apr 2016 08:48
Jimmy326 wrote: Anyone know of any good websites/deals for Vegas? I've not been for years now, but looking to go late this year/early next. Hotel prices seem crazy, even for Winter months.

How much are they? There are so many hotels on the strip in every price range. Are you only looking at Bellagio, Caesar's, Wynn, etc….?
Jimmy326
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4554 posts since 22/9/07

21 Apr 2016 08:59
With the missus, so looking at something a little better than Luxor, Excalibur etc. Ideally I want to try the Cosmo - looking at around £1300+ for a week in a standard room - seems way over the top.
MoB
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36666 posts since 31/8/04

21 Apr 2016 09:02
is that between the two of you? That seems about right to be honest
ilikeashirt
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1379 posts since 11/5/07

21 Apr 2016 09:18
mycheapvegas - log in and password guest.
smartervegas.

Have a look at MGM Signature. The rooms are not up to date, but are often great value for money (and way better than Luxor etc). We like the 1 bedroom balcony suite.

Winter prices will come down.
Jimmy326
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4554 posts since 22/9/07

21 Apr 2016 09:19
Prices have rocketed since I was last there then. We did a week in a fountain-view room at the Bellagio, plus BA direct (including transfers from Manchester), for £1800 in April 2010.
Ulster_Blue
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5191 posts since 16/7/06

21 Apr 2016 10:32
Going to Kotor Bay, Montenegro on honeymoon next week. Any tips?
DuffMan
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14272 posts since 21/2/07

21 Apr 2016 10:54
Jimmy326 wrote: Prices have rocketed since I was last there then. We did a week in a fountain-view room at the Bellagio, plus BA direct (including transfers from Manchester), for £1800 in April 2010.

Don't forget the exchange rate is shocking - will likely go back up a bit after Brexit vote if the UK stays in.
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

21 Apr 2016 11:53
Ulster_Blue wrote: Going to Kotor Bay, Montenegro on honeymoon next week. Any tips?

Going here last week of May. Kotor/Budva - no tips I'm afraid but let me know any must dos.
Ulster_Blue
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5191 posts since 16/7/06

21 Apr 2016 13:29
Was told to avoid Budva as it's like Benidorm for Russians, but will let you know.
selkiefolk
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421 posts since 27/3/13

21 Apr 2016 13:38
illwill wrote:
selkiefolk wrote: I have illwill, five years ago though. Bussed in from Nicaragua and made my way down to Bahia Drake with a few stops in between.

Going in the other direction. Playa Carmen then up to Nicaragua. Heard mixed things about Nicaragua…what was your view? Where is worth going in the South West? Only going for 10 days in total.

Just back from Bali. Got some great tips for there if anyone interested.

If, like you, I was flying in cold for 11 days then mainstream Costa Rica would be way more accessible and easier to do a bunch of things in a short space of time than Nica, which is undeveloped. Arenal and Naraya Springs are good, and I've heard good things about the Andaz and El Mangroove in Papagyao peninsula, and check out Kura Design Villas (rainforest / Ballena Marina National Park). Most people say to avoid San Jose due to it being a hive of scum and villany but I thought it was fine, long as you discreet and savvy. Cool cafes and hipster ale pubs are springing up there now.

South, like proper south west, I stayed in Dominical and Corcovado where there are no paved roads, I'd gone feral by then and avoided all the gringo hotspots; you can't get down that way in rainy season anyway unless you're in a speed boat which aren't readily available. So I wouldn't bother trying that far down.

I'd probably avoid Jaco, Manuel Antonio, and Puerto Viejo.
DuffMan
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14272 posts since 21/2/07

posted 21 Apr 2016 13:55, edited 21 Apr 2016 13:55
I went to corcovado years ago and it was incredible - had to fly in and stayed in tents by the sea. Hear it's a bit more developed these days.

Tortuguero was also pretty great - stayed at this turtle research centre for a couple of days, night boat through a river full of cayman to get in, you can go out on the turtle laying expeditions and we got woken up by howler monkeys going directly past where we were sleeping one morning.

http://www.conserveturtles.org/volunteer-research-programs.php
andymakesglasses
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20182 posts since 26/1/06

21 Apr 2016 14:28
Ulster_Blue wrote: Going to Kotor Bay, Montenegro on honeymoon next week. Any tips?

Don't wear pink.
Rirawin
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9231 posts since 17/7/05

posted 21 Apr 2016 19:58, edited 21 Apr 2016 19:58
Happy to hear about Bali Selkie.

I'll be going in September for my wedding and honeymoon.

At the moment we're trying to decide whether to stay in Seminyak (East) or Sanur (West) for part of our trip. We've been advised Seminyak is the very touristy area, but very convenient.