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figurine
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5552 posts since 14/5/07

27 Nov 2018 12:43
blackham wrote:
figurine wrote: Is there a best/cheapest time to book long haul flights? Looking to go to Australia next October/November but have no idea if the prices now are likely to go up or down.

I use this all the time. Enter the rough dates and destination of your travel and it will notify you as of when the prices increase / decrease. Saved me a fair bit a few times.
https://www.hopper.com/
Cheers, will give that a look
willesdengreen
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572 posts since 10/6/10

27 Nov 2018 14:54
Going to Istanbul for a long weekend next month, anyone been and have tips?
jacko198
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234 posts since 23/10/09

27 Nov 2018 19:44
MoB wrote: Off to Prague Sunday for 5 days, any recommendations?

U Kroka is nice for food.

Im sure I wrote a little list in here before if you look back
blackham
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1680 posts since 17/7/13

28 Nov 2018 10:12
jacko198 wrote: Hemmingway bar is a nice cocktail bar

UKroka has great local food - Book on the day/day before
V Kolkovně - Good for beer and huge racks of ribs etc - Always seems to be booked, again book the day before.
Cafe Savoy for brunch - Beautiful building, can walk up to the Petrin Tower from there for a panoramic of the city.


-DiscoTits- wrote: Prague-

U tri ruzi good little micro brewery with great food. Roast duck is phenomenal.
vzorkovna is a cool underground music bar with graffiti everywhere, huge dogs wandering around and loads of little nooks and crannies to sit and soak up the atmoshphere. The concept is you get a chip that you load with some money and then use it instead of cash.
usudu bar basement bar with interconnecting rooms and a nice court yard which is open in summer. Great place for a few beers. naplavka down at the river in the summer is lined with bars. Can bring your own drinks or buy them there. Cool local hangout spot. Also do a farmers market on Saturdays.
MoB
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36572 posts since 31/8/04

28 Nov 2018 10:30
Crackajack
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6952 posts since 21/4/05

28 Nov 2018 10:40
Anyone done Vietnam in Spring? Visiting friends for a couple days, 2 weeks total. Despite the wartime historical interest I think I would get bored with Beach / Pool being the majority of stuff to do. Where is worth going nearby? Cambodia?
Dee
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11012 posts since 22/11/07

posted 28 Nov 2018 20:41, edited 28 Nov 2018 20:41
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joeyjojo
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3876 posts since 24/8/06

2 Jan 2019 20:23
Is Barbados good for non all inclusive ? Looking to travel around a bit, stay at a few places. Not like hostels but guest houses places like that. If not maybe another Caribbean island ?
morgan
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839 posts since 22/2/11

2 Jan 2019 21:17
Crackajack wrote: Anyone done Vietnam in Spring? Visiting friends for a couple days, 2 weeks total. Despite the wartime historical interest I think I would get bored with Beach / Pool being the majority of stuff to do. Where is worth going nearby? Cambodia?

I’ve done a motorbike trip around the south.
Really cool place.

Saigon. Nha Trang. Mui Ne. Dalat. Hoi An.
Fly to Phu Quoc as well pretty cheap.

Plenty to do in two weeks.

Surprisingly there isn’t that much to see on the war.
There is the American War Crimes Museum in Saigon. Pretty basic and one sided even though I’m a huge fan (if you can call it that) of the history of the war.
Cu Chi is a good day trip in the delta for a visit to the tunnels and you can fire any weapon used in the war.
Had to do the AK even though I’m not into guns. I couldn’t hit a tin cow from about 50 yards Smiling

The beaches aren’t the best in Asia by any standards but the nightlife is ok.
You want history stay in the Majaestic or the Continental. That’s where corespondents stayed in the war.

You have to go Apocalypse Now if it’s still open. Been a few years since my last visit but that’s institution that I doubt would ever get shut down.

Pnohm Penh short flight away and the history there is better with S21 and the Killing Fields at Cheong Ek.
S21 is Fucking terrifying.


themistake
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10467 posts since 20/2/06

3 Jan 2019 07:51
What are the best places for a weeks beach holiday on the east coast of Mexico for a week?

Would like to do Tulum, but anywhere that seems decent is out of budget.
swede
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7638 posts since 21/3/09

posted 3 Jan 2019 08:45, edited 3 Jan 2019 08:45
joeyjojo wrote: Is Barbados good for non all inclusive ? Looking to travel around a bit, stay at a few places. Not like hostels but guest houses places like that. If not maybe another Caribbean island ?

absolutely yes. makes it so much cheaper/better to just get an airbnb. if I am honest though, barbados is tiny, if you were wanting to do a bit of travelling and stay in a few places I'd just hop on a liat flight to st lucia after 4-5 days then antigua/guadelupe, rather than "travelling" around barbados

speightstown is my favourite area of the island, but have stayed in hastings (by rockley beach) the past 2 times I've been with a group of friends (bars and nightclubs are there). feel free to pm, can sort you out with more recommendations
joeyjojo
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3876 posts since 24/8/06

3 Jan 2019 10:18
Sweet thanks Swede will fire you over a PM soon
joeyjojo
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3876 posts since 24/8/06

3 Jan 2019 10:19
themistake wrote: What are the best places for a weeks beach holiday on the east coast of Mexico for a week?

Would like to do Tulum, but anywhere that seems decent is out of budget.

Tulum is really nice as is Playa Del Carmen. Beaches are insane there …
MoB
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36572 posts since 31/8/04

3 Jan 2019 10:29
Anyone done a cali drive? We're looking at LA to san fran in April taking in Yosemite. Yosemite looks fucking expensive though, cheapest place we can find is about 200 a night.

Any tips would be appreciated.
ginner
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254 posts since 15/4/14

3 Jan 2019 11:03
MoB, did this a couple of years back. Can recommend Mama Shelter in LA (good rooftop bar/restaurant too). Lake Tahoe is worth a stop if you can work it in.

Yosemite is very pricey and there are very few places to stay in the actual park. Most people camp or do motorhome but these are equally expensive options too. That said, it is certainly worth going to. Spectacular place.
stayed in a place called Hotel Charlotte. Clean and decent enough. Restaurant was good (there are very few places to eat around Yosemite).

Driving up to SF from LA, Carmel and Monterey are both worth a stop. Beach at Carmel is lovely and the place is full of vintage watch dealers and art galleries.


swiftus
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661 posts since 1/7/09

3 Jan 2019 11:43
MoB wrote: Anyone done a cali drive? We're looking at LA to san fran in April taking in Yosemite. Yosemite looks fucking expensive though, cheapest place we can find is about 200 a night.

Any tips would be appreciated.

Did the ride from LA to SF as part of a longer west coast trip. We didn't do Yosemite, but stopped at Arroyo Grande for a night. Happy to answer any questions.
MoB
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36572 posts since 31/8/04

3 Jan 2019 11:48
cheers guys, just formulating a plan atm Cool but looking at something similar to this https://www.visitcalifornia.com/trip/ultimate-northern-california

MrW
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2456 posts since 1/8/11

3 Jan 2019 11:52
We drove SF > LA > Vegas > Yosemite > SF for our honeymoon, did it over 20 days. We stopped over at Carmel, Pismo Beach & Santa Barbara on the way down from SF to LA and took 3 or 4 days to do the drive. As well as the stops for views, there's loads to do en route - Malibu, Santa Cruz, Hearst Castle, Monterey Bay, Carmel etc.

We stayed at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite, 10/15 min drive into Yosemite itself but it's an amazing drive. SF we stayed at Hotel Vitale and LA was Loews Santa Monica. All were decent, we chose them more on location than anything else.

Whoever's driving needs to be cool with fucking great big drops beside them, driving from LA to SF you'll be mountain side which isn't so bad, driving SF to LA is coast side and can be pretty nervy at times. Same with Yosemite, especially the road up to the main carpark.

swiftus
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661 posts since 1/7/09

3 Jan 2019 11:52
MoB wrote: cheers guys, just formulating a plan atm Cool but looking at something similar to this https://www.visitcalifornia.com/trip/ultimate-northern-california

Yosemite, Lake Tahoe looks amazing, will be an awesome trip.

If you get time and are driving through Santa Barbara, check out:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g33045-d361849-Reviews-La_Super_Rica_Taqueria-Santa_Barbara_California.html

Supposed to be the best mexican food in Cali. We went there especially, and it was closed. Still pissed off about it to this day!
MoB
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36572 posts since 31/8/04

3 Jan 2019 12:03
you guys are the best Cool i don't drive so the wife will be doing all the driving Laughing out loud but she's driven in SA through mountains and in Australia so i think she'll be ok. I'll just take in the view!