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How to travel with 2 passports: Hongkong and BNO

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

BNO passport & Hongkong passport - which passport you can use when applying visa to Vietnam in Hongkong? Details can be found here.

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6 Historic Attractions In Hue Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

In the culturally rich city of Hue, Vietnam, you can explore many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including The Forbidden City, 7 Royal Tombs, and many pagodas. Affordable hotels and savory cuisine beckon visitors year round. Countryside bike tours and river boat tours are also enjoyable ways to explore this scenic area. Hotels are located in the […]

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Food Fight: Cold Cut Versus Banh Mi

by Nick @ One-Week Notice

What makes a great sandwich? Take a look at two titans of the sandwich world---the banh mi and the Italian cold cut---and discover the secret to making a mouthwatering masterpiece.

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Discover: Havana

by @ Wikitravel

For an "authentic" experience in getting around Havana via public transportation, try El Camello, a split-level bus pulled by a semi-truck, and resembling a 2-humped camel.

5 things to prepare when travelling to Vietnam from Malaysia

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Visa to Vietnam from Malaysia, exchanging currency, health & travel insurances, checking the weather and learning about destinations in Vietnam are noted.

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The Five Best Destinations During the Rainy Season

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

Traveling to a foreign country is a thrilling experience. Most tourists visit a different country during the warmer and drier months when there is a high influx of tourists. Travelers prefer sun-filled days to bask in the sun on the sandy beaches. They want to shop in the quaint villages or see the local landmarks […]

The Art of Creating a “Comfort Pack” for Your Carry-On Bag

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Between the recycled air, the stiff seats, the crying babies, and the many sedentary hours, long-haul flights are hard. But what if I told you there was something you could do to make it better? You like the sound of that, don’t you? Today, I want to share with you the art of the “comfort pack”Read more

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Discover: Vicksburg

by @ Wikitravel

When you visit Vicksburg (Mississippi) National Military Park, you can see one of the first ironclad gunboats, dating back to US Civil War times.

OBTAINING LETTER OF CONFIRMATION OF FUNDS ON A WEEK-END FOR VISA

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hi all , l was wondering if there is a Bangkok Bank branch anywhere in Bangkok that would do a Letter of Confirmation of Funds on a week-end ,We get into Don Mueang saturday morning , and would like to travel to Penang in the afternoon , I called Bangkok Bank in Penang and they told me they cant help me because the computers aren't linked to accounts in Thailand , anyway we just might have to stay in Bangkok ,much prefer to have a look around Georgetown though ! any advice would be appreciated , thanks.

Southwest Will Fly To Paine Field, Putting The Airport At Capacity

Southwest Will Fly To Paine Field, Putting The Airport At Capacity

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Last May plans were announced for Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport to open a passenger terminal. For those of you not familiar, Paine Field is home to Boeing's Everett Factory, and up until now hasn't been used for commercial flights. Alaska Airlines saw potential in the airport, however, and announced intentions to begin flying out of Paine Field starting in the fall of 2018.

Alaska’s logic for adding service out of there is that for many residents North of Seattle, this could save them over an hour of time for their airport commute. That’s a big community, as the North Sound is home to more than a million people.

Initially the airport is limiting itself to 24 daily arrivals and departures (for a total of 48 takeoffs and landings). Just over a week ago Alaska revealed their full plans out of Paine Field -- they plan on operating 13 daily nonstop departures to eight cities out of Paine Field, to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.

How to Make Authentic Thai Mango Sticky Rice

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Has there ever been a dessert more delicious than Thai mango sticky rice? For me, this dish checks all the boxes. It’s sweet, salty, tropical, and oh, so coconutty. I have such fond memories of sitting in the soft sand, on a sunny island in Thailand, chowing down on the delectable goodness that is mangoRead more

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12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

Air India Takes Delivery Of New “Air India One” Boeing 777-300ER

Air India Takes Delivery Of New “Air India One” Boeing 777-300ER

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Air India primarily uses Boeing 777s and 787s for their longhaul flights. Their 787s are reasonably decent, and feature fully flat business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration.

Their 777s, on the other hand, are more outdated. The planes feature an ancient first class cabin, and business class seats are in a 2-3-2 configuration. The 777-200LR has angled seats in business class, while the 777-300ER has fully flat seats in business class.

While Air India has taken delivery of all the 787s they have on order, the airline still has three Boeing 777-300ERs on order. They're taking delivery of their third to last 777 right now, and they just shared pictures on social media of the new plane. Here's a picture they shared of the plane's exterior (the plane is called "Punjab," and has the registration VT-ALV):

Discover: Savannah

by @ Wikitravel

Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia was the site of the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump, but don't look for the famous bench; it was just a prop.

Christ of Vung Tau and the Stairway to Heaven

by Nick @ One-Week Notice

Explore Christ the King, Vung Tau's towering Jesus statue on Vietnam's southeastern coast. Not as famous as Rio's statue, but even bigger.

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Emirates Is Launching Nonstop Flights Between Newark & Dubai

Emirates Is Launching Nonstop Flights Between Newark & Dubai

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Emirates has announced some adjustments to their US service. Most significantly, Emirates has announced that they'll be launching daily nonstop flights between Newark and Dubai as of June 1, 2018.

The new flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, featuring eight first class suites (not Emirates' new first class), 42 business class seats, and 306 economy seats. The flight will cover a distance of 6,860 miles, and is blocked at 14hr westbound an 12hr30min eastbound.

The flight will operate with the following schedule:

Thailand Live Saturday 27 Jan 2018

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Exclusive offer for Thaivisa readers - 500B discount coupon for SuperSports Find out more: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1019624-exclusive-offer-for-thaivisa-readers-500b-discount-coupon-for-supersports/

Mauricio Alves’ Chameleonic Gema Architecture And Interior Design

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Gema’s General Director, Mauricio Alves, works with his multinational team in a house style defined by its indefinability. The architecture and interior design company were commissioned to design Le Club Bar at the historic Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole, NAMO’s artisanal Italian pizzeria, El Gaucho’s macho neo-industrial Argentinian steakhouses, and the Maharajah’s palace opulence of Tajmasago Indian […]

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Discover: Seoul

by @ Wikitravel

Fans of spicy fermented cabbage from all over Korea flock to the Kimchi Museum in Seoul.

US Copyright Office Says What We’re All Thinking: American Airlines Lacks Creativity

US Copyright Office Says What We’re All Thinking: American Airlines Lacks Creativity

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

American has been trying to get a copyright on the logo they have been using since they rebranded a few years ago. Specifically, I'm talking about this blue, red, and white thing that's supposed to look like a wing, or a bird, or something.

The United States Copyright Office refused their request, though American filed a request for reconsideration. Unfortunately that didn't get them very far, though the response from the US Copyright Office is epic. The five page explanation of why they're refusing American's claim is worth a quick read, though here are a couple of the best lines:

Vietnam Travel Guide: Ninh Binh Guide

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

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Qatar U-Tapao to Doha Fast Track

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Just a Quick Question, on inbound International Flights (and i am thinking the New Qatar Flights) Is there a Fast Track Immigration for Business Class Tickets ?

500 vouchers for Pensioners to live in residential homes

by East_coast @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

"money-following-the-user" principle is sensible. It will have to be expanded in the years to come...

Discover: Kota Kinabalu

by @ Wikitravel

The Hall of Skulls at Monsopiad Cultural Village outside Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia features 42 skulls of enemies, all killed by the warrior-hero Monsopiad.

Vietnam tourist visa for US citizens

Vietnam tourist visa for US citizens


Comprehensive Vietnam Visa & Travel Guide

Vietnam tourist visa is the most popular type visa in Vietnam, and for all the United States citizens wanting to pay a trip to Vietnam, holding a Vietnam tourist visa is acquired. There are 5 types of tourist visa in Vietnam ranging from 1month single entry, 3 months single entry, 1 month multiple entry, 1 year multiple and 3 months multiple entry.

8 Must See Sites In The Beachside Resort Of Nha Trang

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

If you enjoy leisurely days at sparkling beaches, delicious Vietnamese cuisine, or underwater adventures in coral reefs, Nha Trang is the spot for you to travel. Known as the most appealing beachside resort-town in Vietnam, Nha Trang Bay has an interesting history and a wide variety of activities to enjoy in and out of the […]

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Democracy activists plan rally over likely election delay

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Democracy activists plan rally over likely election delay By The Nation Pro-democracy activists are planning to hold a demonstration on Saturday to protest against the passage of the MPs election law that would effectively postpone holding of the next election by another three months. The election was tentatively scheduled for November this year. “The assembly of citizens desiring to vote” will be held by the Democracy Restoration Group at 5.30pm at the skywalk over the Pathumwan intersection, central Bangkok, as a mark of defiance against the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). “If we let it [the delay of the election] happen without doing anything, the NCPO will, in future, find ways to postpone [the election] again and again,” the group wrote on its Facebook page yesterday. The group said people who feel sick about the “indefinite” delay in the holding of the election were invited to join forces and voice their discontent so that the NCPO would realise people will not tolerate their use of power for their own interests. The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) late on Thursday passed the MPs election bill with a clause that delays it coming into effect for 90 days after its promulgation. Critics have slammed the move as indicative of the NCPO’s desire to cling on to power. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30337288 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

Pattaya - Hua Hin Ferry.

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Good Morning, advice needed please. I've checked up on the ferry terminals both sides but I but I have a few questions. Pattaya. 1) Is there dedicated transport to the terminal, or will we need to private hire a songtheow? (motorcy taxi's are not an option) 2) Where would the best/easiest place be to p/hire a s/theow, where the Jomtien s/theows pick up on 2nd road outside the school? 3) Approx price? Hua Hin side. I've found out that it's approx 10K from the terminal. (according to google maps, hmmmmm) 1) Is there a bus into HH, if so where does it drop off? 2) Or will it be a taxi, meter or otherwise? 3) If no meter approx price? (when I ask the price, some say I'm tight, I tell them I'm not a tourist, I just don't like paying tourist silly prices! ;-) ) Thank you in advance. Loz. (Ban Puek)

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Where is it Safe to Travel in the Middle East?

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

The Middle East is a vast region that spans a couple of continents, from parts of Asia, through the Sinai Peninsula, to portions of Northeastern Africa. Home to some of the world’s most glorious natural landscapes, it’s also considered a rising travel destination. The architecture is also one-of-a-kind. Pyramids, temples and structures that are so […]

7 notes to remember for Mexican before Vietnam trip

by Hanh Pham @ Comprehensive Vietnam Visa & Travel Guide

Popular tips to help them have a great journey to Vietnam include: how to get Vietnam Visa, when to visit, what to prepare, which currency to take & etc!

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9 Reasons to Take an Active Vacation in Colorado Springs

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Over the last few years, we’ve done a ton of city travel, with outdoor adventures sprinkled in here and there. But lately, full-blown active vacations are becoming more and more appealing to us. When choosing an active vacation destination, there are a few things that are important to us: plenty of outdoor activities, stunning views, lakes,Read more

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Anxiety Trigger Warning: Dinner with Strangers

by Nick @ One-Week Notice

Are you paralyzed at the thought of awkward social interactions? Still want to travel? Well, you're in for a rough ride. Read on.

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Looking for witnesses for our wedding in Hong Kong

by Michael12321 @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Hello! I am an Australian and my fiance is Chinese. We will be married at 9:30 on Saturday the...

Sell Office Furniture

by sweetkisshk @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

We are selling 15 desks, pedestals and a few cabinets. Must go after Chinese New Year. Does anyone...

Vietnam tourist visa for US citizens

by Hanh Pham @ Comprehensive Vietnam Visa & Travel Guide

Vietnam tourist visa is the most popular type visa in Vietnam, and for all the United States citizens wanting to pay a trip to Vietnam, holding a Vietnam tourist visa is acquired. There are 5 types of tourist visa in Vietnam ranging from 1month single entry, 3 months single entry, 1 month multiple entry, 1 year multiple and 3 months multiple entry.

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What Customers Are Saying? Testimonials, feedback from our clients – Reviews by 2016

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

Testimonials 2015 Testimonials 2014 Testimonials 2011 Testimonials 2008 Testimonials 2017 Testimonials 2013 Testimonials 2010 Testimonials 2007 Testimonials 2012 Testimonials 2009 Home Vietnam Impressive on press www.telegraph.co.uk www.vietnamimpressive.com is on Sunday Telegraph – one of the UK’s most important national newspapers. www.tripadvisor.com We are now on the world largest unbiased travel forum ready for your reviews. […]

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Seven Unique Drinking Traditions From Around the World

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

With every trip to a different country, you’re expected to take in the local customs. Eat the food, visit the sites, live like someone who calls the place home. For many travelers, this also applies to alcohol. To get the most of a region, you will often need to experience the bar scene or try […]

FBI raid ends with Texas kidnap victim dead, three charged in abduction

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

FBI raid ends with Texas kidnap victim dead, three charged in abduction By Rich McKay (Reuters) - Three people were charged with aggravated kidnapping on Friday in the abduction of a Texas man who was shot in an FBI raid to free him, arrest affidavits released on Friday showed. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was looking into whether the victim, identified in the affidavits as Ulises Valladares, who was bound to a chair, was shot by one of its agents as they faced off with an armed abductor in the raid on Thursday in the Houston area. Nicholas Cunningham, 42, Jimmy Sanchez, 38 and Sophia Heath, 35, have been charged with aggravated kidnapping. The charge can bring up to 99 years in prison. Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon told a news conference on Thursday that the area's U.S. attorney would "be looking at the possibility of a civil rights case brought against, perhaps, an errant shooter with the FBI." The Montgomery County District Attorney's office said in an email on Friday that it does not plan to seek capital murder charges for the suspects. According to the affidavits, Cunningham and Sanchez went to Valladares' home, used duct tape to bind his hands and the hands of his son, then ransacked the place, took Valladares and left the child behind. The child freed himself and went to his uncle's nearby home. The uncle, Ernesto Valladares, was contacted by a person who said his brother had been kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel. The uncle notified police who, with the FBI, tracked Valladares to the Houston residence where the raid took place. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

Breakfast Suggestions Soho (Manhattan): Where?

by Dukey1 @ Fodor's Forum

For a change during our April '18 trip to NYC for the Met and shows we have decided to stay at the Crosby Street Hotel. I like Firmdale hotels but...

How to Avoid Tourist-Trap Restaurants in Europe: 10 Must-Read Tips

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

While traveling through Europe, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is eating at tourist trap restaurants. Take Paris, Rome, Florence, Berlin, or London. Each of these famed foodie cities has the potential to serve you the best meal you’ve ever had. The kind of meal that you will dream about for years toRead more

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IHG Revamping PointBreaks — Good Or Bad News?

IHG Revamping PointBreaks — Good Or Bad News?

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

For years, IHG Rewards Club has been offering PointBreaks, which is one of the best promotions in the hotel industry. On a quarterly basis IHG has made well over a hundred hotels available for just 5,000 points per night. The hotels are available on a limited basis, so the best hotels typically sell out within days, while some hotels stay on the list for nearly three months.

I value IHG points at ~0.5 cents each, so to me that's like paying $25 per night at a hotel, which is incredible.

The catch is that this promotion has become less and less useful over the past several years. I remember back in the day there were consistently PointBreaks hotels on the list that I actually wanted to stay at, including several InterContinental and Hotel Indigo properties. Nowadays the number of decent options is more limited, and the average PointBreaks list looks more like a directory of rural, roadside Holiday Inns.

Koh Samed - Avoid

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Just returned to Phuket from the "National Park". Avoid the island at all costs. The midnight curfew is still in effect. All major bars are closed on Silver Sand Beach and where replaced by new, overpriced beach restaurants (98% Chines customers!) The small Disco at the beach is closed. All bars at Vongduern beach are closed as well, only overpriced beach restaurants there (closing time 11.00 pm or earlier). No fun, no party at all. 98% Chinese customers everywhere. Entering the "National Park" costs you 200 BHT per person and I can assure you the "cashiers" in army dresses are informed of new arriving guests either by the boat captains or the Songthaew drivers. They stop every "taxi" and force you to pay 200 BHT entrance fee. On the beaches they follow you until you pay the "entrance fee". Really annoying. I went there for having fun and booked a couple of days at good beachfront hotels at Silversand Beach and Vongduern Beach and now I can't wait flying back home to Patong Beach. Absolutely boring Island and a tourist trap for Chinese travelers. (e.g. 500 BHT for a mini pizza). Welcome to crook island. Don't go there.

Machu Picchu in Sept/Oct

by ellenbw @ Fodor's Forum

My friend and (2 women) I are planning a 10 day trip to Peru in late Sept or early Oct for 10 days including our travel days. It's a 1st trip to...

Discover: Bergen

by @ Wikitravel

The Norwegian city of Bergen is famously rainy, but the locals say there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

7 Must See Sights In The Mekong Delta

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Come visit the Mekong Delta region of Southern Vietnam to discover hidden wonders. Ecotourism is a strong industry in this lush tropical region. Cruise down the Mekong River in a boat taxi and discover a world from the past. Floating markets, ancient temples, fruit orchards, museums, and scenic rice paddy farms dot the area. Here are 7 must see […]

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Advice needed for 2nd Scotland trip

by Kristina @ Fodor's Forum

Last summer my husband and I visited Scotland for the first time and we've decided we'd like to return to see more this summer. As of right now,...

Three Nigerians arrested for recruiting Thai women to smuggle drugs to Japan

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Three Nigerians arrested for recruiting Thai women to smuggle drugs to Japan Immigration police have arrested three Nigerians after they were found to have hired Thai women to smuggle drugs into Japan. The arrest of the three Nigerian nationals identified as Mr Declan Kaodichi Uzukwu, Mr Okwor Stephen Onyema, and Mr Justin Chiedozie Uzukwu came after Japanese police sought help from Thai police to track down a drug trafficking gang after they have arrested 7 Thai women for drug trafficking. All the Thai women had in possession Ecstasy pills in SIM-card shape. They told the Japanese police that they were hired by the gang to smuggle drugs into Japan. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/three-nigerians-arrested-recruiting-thai-women-smuggle-drugs-japan/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-01-27

Pattaya eyes resurrecting failed Koh Larn wind-power plant

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Pattaya eyes resurrecting failed Koh Larn wind-power plant KOH LARN:--The stingray-shaped “Ray Building” on Samae Beach was the final phase of a 170-million-baht foray into wind- and solar-power production that also was seen as a draw to tourists. The pilot project produced electricity for Pattaya city offices and street lights on Koh Larn using 45 wind turbines. The Ray Building, completed in 2011, was an alternative-energy resource center – complete with solar panels – restaurant and souvenir stand. The project created confusion with Koh Larn residents who thought the turbines were supposed to supply power to the entire island when, by design, the meager 200 kw they produced was only intended to power the city office and Koh Larn’s street lamps. As with many projects launched by the former Pattaya mayor, however, no money was allocated for maintenance and the Ray Building and the alternative-energy experiment shut down in just a couple years. Read More: http://www.pattayamail.com/news/pattaya-eyes-resurrecting-failed-koh-larn-wind-power-plant-200177 -- © Copyright Pattaya Mail 2018-01-27

Discover: Jakar

by @ Wikitravel

A cypress tree outside Kurje Lhakhang monastery in Jakar, Bhutan is claimed to have grown from Guru Rinpoche's walking stick.

US Citizens Can Now Apply For Brazilian E-Visas

US Citizens Can Now Apply For Brazilian E-Visas

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

In October Brazil announced that in 2018 they'd begin issuing electronic visas for citizens of the United States, Australia, Canada, and Japan. This is such a huge step in the right direction, given that previously getting a visa to Brazil was both costly and time consuming. Well, there's great news -- as of today, US citizens can apply for Brazilian e-visas. The cost to apply is just $40, plus a $4.24 service fee, which is a huge reduction over the previous fee of $160.

You can apply for a Brazilian e-visa here, and read all the frequently asked questions here. To apply you'll need to register on the site, complete the visa application form, upload mandatory documents, answer a set of questions, and then make the online payment for the fee.

The application page indicates that visas should be approved 4-5 business days after the completed application is submitted. E-visas should be valid for two years from when they're issued, or when the passport expires, whichever comes first. They're valid for multiple entries, though you can't spend more than 90 days per year in Brazil with an e-visa.

Discover: Jacksonville

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, don't expect to see the eponymous fort itself; it's now beneath the waters of the St. John's River.

Best Things To See In Ha Long Bay Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Ha Long Bay is the most popular travel destination in Vietnam, and just glancing at a friend’s travel photos will show you why. The emerald-green waters, verdant mountains, grottoes, and spectacular limestone islands sprinkled throughout the bay beckon tourists from all over the world. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are so many ways […]

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Portugal – a destination for digital nomads all over the world

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Portugal has unique surprises and treasures that are waiting to be discovered at the moment and is also an ideal country for digital entrepreneurs and nomads.

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What's the best neighbourhood to stay in Funchal, Madeira Island?

by mdroger @ Fodor's Forum

Dear Madeira friends, Me and my wife have been to Madeira twice before and look forward to our 3rd trip in March 2018. On our previous visits...

A Guide to Pemuteran: The Secret Paradise on Bali’s North Coast

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Nestled on Bali’s northwest coast, hours away from the bustling south, is a peaceful, hidden paradise called Pemuteran. If you’ve never heard of Pemuteran before, then I wouldn’t be surprised. This quaint and stunning fishing village is a very well-kept secret. Those who know Pemuteran don’t want it spoiled by hoards of tourists. And I reallyRead more

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Trip Report What should be your 2018 travel Resolution?

by cristianeteix3758 @ Fodor's Forum

I am planning to visit Europe and Canada suggest me some good spots to live and perfect time to move on to such places. Searching some travelers...

Unsure re. eligibility for new work visa- any advice?

by Indigoe @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Hello, I was living and working in HK for around 18 months, but had to leave HK at short notice...

Cinque Terre with a rental car

by lourdestudela @ Fodor's Forum

Hello, My husband and I will going on a road trip next October. We are planning to stay two full days in Cinque Terre. I know that having a car is...

Well Done HK Gov - longer crossing for seniors

by East_coast @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Smart device gives elderly and disabled more time to cross Hong Kong’s busy streets | South China...

Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 1

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

After spending a very enjoyable and luxurious 3+ hours in the Etihad Airways Flagship First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi-AUH, it was time for the main event: The Etihad First Apartment!

BOOKING

We booked this bucket list flight using American Airlines AAdvantage miles for a total of 60,000 miles; this was before a major AAdvantage devaluation and now the flight would cost you 100,000 miles for the one-way route from the “Middle East” region to the “South Pacific” region. Furthermore, since we both have the Barclay AA credit card, we got a 10% rebate, driving the total price down to 54,000 miles + ~$79 in taxes each for the ~$6,300+ flight. We got even more value than that though since we arranged a 23 hours stopover in Melbourne-MEL before continuing on to Townsville, Australia-TSV in Qantas Business Class.

CHECK-IN

We were able to take advantage of the free Etihad Chauffeur Service from the Park Hyatt Dubai to Abu Dhabi International Airport for our Etihad flight.

Our (free!) chauffeur service

The trip took about 1.5 hours total.

The airport has a dedicated First & Business class check-in area.

And so the experience begins!

First Class check-in desks

We left the lounge and made the (extremely) long trek to Gate 61 in Terminal 3, literally the furthest away from the Lounge.

As we approached the gate area, they were doing a secondary document check:

BOARDING

Knowing it would be dark at the time of boarding, we snuck a few pictures before hopping in the lounge:

Etihad A6-APG sitting at the gate

We made our way down (ok, more so really up since we were on top deck) of the long jet bridge to board the flight.

We took a left after boarding to find the First Class cabin:

While I didn’t necessarily need to be shown to my seat since I’d studied it online numerous times and been counting down the days to this moment, a flight attendant escorted us anyway. She showed us to our seats, 3K and 4K:

Of the 9 First Class seats (well, 10 if you include The Residence), there were just 2 other passengers aboard, so 4 of us total.



SEAT

The seat was, well, let me just type a direct quote from McCown as we got settled it: “OMG. There was what I expected and anticipated from reading many, many reviews and then there’s the real thing. And let me just say, OMG.”

The sheer size and space and privacy are unprecedented and staggering.

The big, leather seat is luxurious and makes you feel like you’re visiting your grandfather instead of couped up on a plane.

The couch is perfect for having company over in your apartment. And then switched into a bed when you’re ready to sleep.

I mean, it’s realistically closer to a throne than a seat:

The empty neighboring suite

View from seat 4K

View of IFE and sofa (that converts to a bed)

The actual seat featured a few tactile buttons as well as a touchscreen for a variety of controls.

It was all really a sensory overload. The tiny compartments, sliding doors and gadgets and gizmos [...]

Sole custody for unmarried Thai mother?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

My girlfriend has a 3 year old daughter with a Thai man. They were never married and the father's name is on the birth certificate, but has never shown any interrest in his daughter. Now we are in the process of applying for a visa for my girlfriend and her daughter to come to live with me in my home country in Europe. We went to my girlfriend's amphur and got a "Por Kor 14" document for the daughter, which allowed us to get her a passport. The rules in my home country is a bit unclear if "Por Kor 14" is enough to give the daughter a visa and we decided to get a document from the court stating that the mother have sole custody. My girlfriend went to the court of her home province and in the same building (I think) found a lawyer that could help. The lawyer's office copied a lot of douments about the daughter and charged 2000 baht to start work. No two weeks later he called and said everything was ready and he will sent the sole custody document for a fee of 5000 baht. This is good, but I can't help feeling it was a bit too easy and cheep. As far as know the father has not been involved signing any documents. What are your thoughts about this?

9 of the Most Instagrammable Places in Brooklyn

9 of the Most Instagrammable Places in Brooklyn

by Alexa Noel @ The Points Guy

When people think about visiting New York City, they think of the larger than life sights and sounds of Manhattan. But when it comes to NYC’s five boroughs, Brooklyn is the city’s gem. With over 2.6 million residents, Brooklyn (formally known as Kings County) is the most populous — and beloved — part of the city. On …

Tragic: Woman Visiting Dying Mother Gets Kicked Off United Flight

Tragic: Woman Visiting Dying Mother Gets Kicked Off United Flight

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Unfortunately compassion is often lost in the airline industry. I see how that happens. The airline industry is incredibly complex, and there are so many moving parts that often following the published policy is the only way to do business. For example, if someone is just two minutes late for their flight it seems cruel to leave them behind, but on the other hand you never know what impact this could have on people with connections on their bags, etc.

We hear a lot of horrible stories in the airline industry. In some cases these are stories of airline employees acting abusively towards passengers, in some cases there are stories of passengers acting abusively towards employees, and then there's everything inbetween.

This is one of those stories where you can't really point your finger at any one party, though you can say "gosh, that sucks."

Pros and Cons of Living in Thailand vs. the USA for older Americans

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Many older Americans on this forum are considering retiring in Thailand which they can do visa-wise as early as age 50. Many others are already living in Thailand, either briefly or for several years or even decades. Others are considering repatriating back the the USA. There are many pros and cons of the Thailand vs. the USA decision for older Americans. Many of the issues are very specific to individuals, but not all. Many of the issues would be similar for people from other nations vs. the USA, but not all. That's why I thought this topic may have value. There are specific USA issues that impact on this decision for older Americans. For example, Medicare. Useless in Thailand, but not exactly free in the USA either as a large portion of older Americans spend a significant percentage of their income for out of pocket medical expenses even while on Medicare (and additions). Why limit it to older Americans? Let's face it, concerns of older people are very different than people moving here in their 20's. These issues are a moving target. Conditions in Thailand change. Conditions in the USA change. Your personal situation changes as well. I think there is enough "meat" here to make this thread a thing. But we shall see. Caveat -- by no means is this a political debate thread. There are always threads on Thaivisa to debate U.S. politics. But that doesn't mean that the content here has to be totally castrated either. When there are government policy changes happening in the USA (or potential ones) that impact on this topic, they are fair game to mention, regardless of whether you agree with the changes or not.

Major: Boeing Loses Bombardier Trade Dispute

Major: Boeing Loses Bombardier Trade Dispute

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

This is a major development.

In October we learned of a trade dispute between the US and Canada, or more specifically, between Boeing and Bombardier. Boeing had filed a complaint with the US Commerce Department, asserting that Bombardier was getting illegal subsidies from the Canadian government and dumping its product (specifically, the CSeries aircraft) into the US market. Delta has 75 of these aircraft on order, and clearly Boeing wasn’t happy about that, even though they don’t have a direct competitor for the plane.

The Trump administration sided with Boeing, and proposed a significant tariff on the plane, of up to 300%. Not surprisingly, Delta’s CEO said that his airline still planned to take delivery of the CSeries aircraft, and that they didn’t plan on paying the tariffs. It looked like they were considering some creative solutions, like handing over some of the planes to Aeromexico, which they own a stake in, while they figured things out.

*almost complete* Switzerland>Edinburgh itinerary

by alexandra772 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello again all, and thank you for the help so far! I have almost completed my itinerary for Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Scotland in late...

NLA halves to 10 the number of guild groups that will compose the future Senate

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

NLA halves to 10 the number of guild groups that will compose the future Senate By KAS CHANWANPEN THE NATION THE NATIONAL Legislative Assembly (NLA) yesterday voted to overturn the original Senate organic bill, halving the number of Senate groups to 10 in a bid to prevent bloc voting. The Assembly spent three hours debating the issue before the president, Pornpetch Vichitcholchai, called a break so that opposing legislators could discuss the issue privately and reach a conclusion. The deadline for the enactment was yesterday and Pornpetch was ensuring the deliberation finished in time. Legislators later voted 166 to 35, with five abstentions, in favour of the change to the Senate groupings. The passage was despite the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC)’s argument that the original 20 professional guilds were more inclusive and that the greater number made it more difficult for bloc voting. The opponents of the clause, such as NLA member Somchai Sawngkarn, argued that in the groups where there were fewer members, bloc voting would more easily occur. Somkit Lertpaithoon, chairman of the vetting committee, also said there was overlapping between some of the 20 original groups. Still, the potential for bloc voting remained a major concern. Somkit said that the Election Commission would have to come up with measures to prevent such fraud. At the start of deliberations yesterday, Somchai also proposed that the enforcement of the bill be put off by 90 days in accordance with its sister bill on the MPs election. Pornpetch ordered that the committee review the bill and see whether any more changes were needed to match the MPs election law. The Assembly did not settle whether or not to delay the enforcement of the bill. As of press time and after more than eight hours of discussion, the NLA had not started voting on the second reading except for some contentious clauses involving composition of the Senate. The Constitution requires that the Senate be comprised of 200 members selected from different professional guilds. In the first five years, however, the Senate would have 250 members handpicked by the ruling National Council for Peace and Order. The Assembly agreed that the senator candidates be divided into two equal groups, one of independent candidates and the other of those fielded by professional associations. The proponents said that the division could reduce the risk of bloc voting, while the CDC representatives were concerned it could cause questions of constitutionality. Another issue of concern included the cross-selection of senators, the CDC’s tool to prevent collusion. The NLA’s law vetting committee proposed dropping it and replacing it with selections from within the groups. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30337246 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

Top 10 Sights In Hoi An Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

The historic city of Hoi An is on the central coast of Vietnam and was a major international trading port up until the 19th century. Hoi An has much to offer for tourists: excellent cuisine, ancient ruins, sandy beaches, great shopping, and enough historic buildings to make it a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s one of the […]

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10 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Oaxaca City, Mexico

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

As the culinary and culture capital of Mexico, beautiful Oaxaca City has so much to offer to serious travelers. After spending one week exploring and eating our way through Oaxaca this past August, we can think of one million reasons that you should visit as soon as possible. If discovering a vibrant city full ofRead more

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Grab Your Passport for the Next Solar Eclipse!

by PassportInfo @ Passport Info

On August 21, 2017, millions of us across the United States observed the total solar eclipse as it crossed the … Continue reading »

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New Year Project - Power Quality Logger.

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Here it is, what you've all been waiting for, the latest project to emerge from Crossy Labs. A simple data logger to measure your power supply voltage and current, do a bit of maths then store the date, time, voltage, current, power and possibly a few more parameters (probably power-factor) onto an SD card for you to mangle later with Excel or a similar spreadsheet. Unlike the pond controller this one may actually be useful for other members. Many of us suffer from "interesting" power supply issues and often (always) have difficulty convincing MEA/PEA that there is a problem because (invariably) there's nothing going on when they call. With this unit you will (should) have a record of what's been going on whilst they weren't looking. Do note that this unit isn't going to compete with a "proper" power quality logger, they cost many thousands of dollars, but we should be able to isolate common issues. Well one can hope. ==================== Here we go with an initial shopping list. I have purchased (prices are Yankee Dollars):- An Arduino Uno clone ($3.20) https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-shipping-UNO-R3-MEGA328P-with-usb-cable-for-Arduino-Compatible-Dropshipping/32241225914.html A handy-dandy bolt on card with a real time clock (with battery backup) and an SD card slot ($2.05) https://www.aliexpress.com/item/XD-05-Data-Logger-for-Arduino-Data-Logging-Shield-Free-Shipping/1467034213.html A 20 character by 4 line LCD, so we can see what's going on in real time ($4.40) it will work fine without this, but it's a valuable debugging tool https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Special-promotions-LCD-module-Blue-screen-IIC-I2C-2004-5V-LCD-for-arduino-blue-screen/777032831.html ======================= Coming soon, some code to hang the bits together and some hardware to actually measure voltage and current of your mains (safely of course).

American Lets You Self-Upgrade To Main Cabin Extra For Free

American Lets You Self-Upgrade To Main Cabin Extra For Free

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I thought I knew most of American's policies, though this is something I had no clue about. Main Cabin Extra is American's extra legroom economy seating, which will soon feature new benefits, including complimentary alcoholic drinks.

Technically Main Cabin Extra isn't a separate class of service, which is to say that it's still part of economy. However, my assumption has always been that you're not allowed to upgrade yourself from economy to Main Cabin Extra for free. After all, there's an extra fee to sit in those seats, and I figured American considered it to be sufficiently separate (then again, I guess nowadays American charges a fee even to sit in most regular economy seats).

As a point of comparison, I know Delta and United both explicitly prohibit self-upgrading to their extra legroom economy seats.

Vietnam approves plan to extend visa validity for US citizens to one year - Tuoi Tre News

Vietnam approves plan to extend visa validity for US citizens to one year - Tuoi Tre News


Tuoi Tre News

Starting late May or early June, Vietnam will issue 12-month, multiple-entry visas to American citizens

Do You Redeem Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points For 1.5 Cents Each?

Do You Redeem Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points For 1.5 Cents Each?

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ are two of the most popular rewards credit cards out there, and there's not a single best way to redeem those points. The points give you a lot of flexibility, and you can most efficiently redeem them as cash towards the cost of a travel purchase, or transfer them to one of the excellent Ultimate Rewards hotel or airline partners.

The three cards that directly earn Ultimate Rewards points are the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve℠, and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card.

Then the Chase Freedom® Card, Chase Freedom Unlimited®, and Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card are technically cashback cards, where each point can be redeemed for one cent cash. However, if you can have any of those cards in conjunction with one of the three cards earning Ultimate Rewards points, then you can transfer over those points at a 1:1 ratio.

Must-known information about Vietnam Visa for Spanish passport holders

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

When will Spanish be exempted from Vietnam Visa? How to get Vietnam Visa for Spanish passport holders? How many types of Vietnam Visa? Click here.

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8 Places You Must See In Ho Chi Minh City Saigon

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

As the largest city in Vietnam and one of the most prosperous areas of the country, Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is often known as the Paris of the Orient. With rich cultural influences from France and China, Ho Chi Minh City is the most multicultural city in Vietnam. Here you can […]

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7 TV Shows That Make Us Want to Move to New York City

7 TV Shows That Make Us Want to Move to New York City

by Jeffrey Preis @ The Points Guy

Live from New York … it’s the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards! Beyond major events, New York City has been the setting for countless shows, from sitcoms to live performances, dramas to comedies, and, in some cases, become more of a character than a location. We’ve compiled a list of some of television’s most well-known shows …

American Airlines Is Cracking Down on Self-Upgrades to Better Seats

American Airlines Is Cracking Down on Self-Upgrades to Better Seats

by Julian Mark Kheel @ The Points Guy

Earlier this week American Airlines announced it would be introducing enhanced features to its Main Cabin Extra seats, including reserved overhead bins and complimentary alcoholic drinks. In a surprising twist, the airline sent a memo to employees stating that passengers would be allowed to move to empty MCE seats after the cabin door was closed …

Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers

Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers


The Points Guy

Vietnam announced that it's changing its visa requirement for US-based travelers. Only one visa is needed for the entire year.

Food for Travel: China

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

There is often a misconception when it comes to Chinese cuisine. Many assume that because it’s all from the same country, all Chinese food is the same. Thankfully, that couldn’t be further from the truth. You could travel all across the country of China and not eat the same thing twice. Every region of China […]

How many times can I extend a travel visa?

by cdpearse @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

I am moving to HK with my partner in a few months time. His company have relocated him. We are not...

Discover: Bohinj

by @ Wikitravel

Medieval frescoes in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj, Slovenia often show figures with large swellings of the neck (goiters), caused by lack of iodine in the local diet.

Flying Blue Promo Awards: 25% off select Air France/KLM Routes June – July 2017

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Note: Booking began on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Don’t miss out on Flying Blue’s spring promo, which allows you to book Air France/KLM awards for 20-25% less than normal in June and July 2017:

The Deal

Award bookings on Air France/KLM routes have been reduced by 20-25% for travel between June 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017.

For those of us sitting in ‘Merica, we’ll be most interested in:

REGION—- USA CITY——————————- Boston-BOS to Europe———– CABIN—— Business—— 1-way—- 46,875— Round-trip 93,750——-

 

All destinations below. Note:  Everything is to/from Europe.

25% off destinations

RegionEurope to/fromAirportCabinRound-tripDiscount AfricaLagos KinshasaFIHEconomy22,50025% off AfricaLagos KinshasaFIHBusiness45,00025% off AfricaDakarDKREconomy37,50025% off AfricaCotonouCOOEconomy37,50025% off Asia-PacificGuangzhouCANPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificBeijingPEKPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificShanghaiPVGPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificWuhanWUHPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificWuhanWUHBusiness150,00025% off Asia-PacificXiamenXMNBusiness150,00025% off Asia-PacificHong KongHKGPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificHo Chi MinhSGNPrem Econ120,00025% off CaribbeanHavanaHAVPrem Econ90,00025% off EuropeLyon, FranceLYSEconomy13,60020% off EuropeStuttgart, GermanySTREconomy13,60020% off EuropeBremen, GermanyBREEconomy13,60020% off EuropeInverness, ScotlandINVEconomy13,60020% off EuropeTurin, ItalyTRNEconomy16,80020% off EuropeHelsinkiHELEconomy16,80020% off EuropeGdansk, PolandGDNEconomy20,00020% off EuropeGraz, AustriaGRZEconomy16,80020% off USA/N. AmericaBostonBOSBusiness93,75025% off USA/N. AmericaMexicoMEXBusiness93,75025% off

 

How to Get It Head to Flying Blue here to see full list of routes: Promo Awards Reference our How-to: Booking Air France/KLM flight post Book between April 1 – 30, 2017 Enjoy your savings!

Don’t forget: 

Booking for this deal runs from April 1 to April 30, 2017 “Reservations must be made exclusively on www.airfrance.com or www.klm.com (except for bookings for children, infants and minors, who are not authorized to book an award on the website).” You’ll still get hit with fuel surcharges! We’ve got a How-to Guide for booking flights with Flying Blue points.

BOTTOM LINE: While the only relevant flight out of the US is Boston, 25% off is still better than nothing and will land you in Europe (or Northern Africa) for 93,750 miles + around $500 in Business Class.

France urges more EU sanctions on Venezuela over 'shift to authoritarianism'

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

France urges more EU sanctions on Venezuela over 'shift to authoritarianism' French President Emmanuel Macron reacts with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri (not pictured) during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/Pool PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron called on Friday for further European Union sanctions on Venezuela, days after the 28-nation bloc agreed a travel ban and asset freezes on seven senior Venezuelan officials. The West accuses President Nicholas Maduro's government of violating democracy and human rights in the oil-producing nation, which is in the grip of a major economic and social crisis with millions suffering food and medicine shortages. Venezuela's pro-government Supreme Court late on Thursday excluded the opposition coalition from registering for this year's presidential election, possibly splintering Maduro's foes by pushing political parties to put forward competing candidates. "Sadly things are going in the wrong direction," Macron told a joint news conference with the visiting president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri. "We'll have to see at the European level whether we want new sanctions. I am in favour of having them... I want us to go further given the recent decisions and the shift to authoritarianism." On Monday the EU announced measures targeting people in charge of security forces accused of widespread abuses, particularly during the 2017 anti-government protests. Earlier on Friday Spain, a prominent supporter of the new EU sanctions, declared Venezuela's ambassador to Madrid 'persona non grata' following an equivalent move by the Caracas government on Thursday. Critics of the 55-year-old Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez in 2013, say he has ruined a once prosperous oil economy, turned Venezuela into a dictatorship and skewed the election system to perpetuate power for his Socialist Party. Maduro's government says it is fighting a U.S.-led right-wing conspiracy determined to end socialism in Latin America, hobble Venezuela's economy, and steal its oil wealth. Macron urged other countries that have wider economic ties with Venezuela to also impose "efficient sanctions." Argentina's Macri said Maduro continued to "violate the system" despite diplomatic pressure and he called for free and transparent elections. "It's not been a democracy for a long time," said Macri. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

Vietnam Travel Guide: Danang City and Sightseeings Guide

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

Son Tra Peninsula China Beach (Non Nuoc) My Khe Beach Nam O Beach Xuan Thieu Beach Bac My An Beach Marble Mountains Cham Museum   > Son Tra Peninsula  Son Tra Peninsula is a low mountainous area fully covered by forest . It is one of the city’s  lung. Son Tra Peninsula and the Hai […]

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Discover: Kratie

by @ Wikitravel

The interior of the Phnom Sombok temple in Kratie, Cambodia is decorated with torture scenes for the edification of the non-virtuous visitor.

Discover: Cranbrook

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and crave a dinner of alligator meat, you can get it at K's Amazon Eatery -- even though the Amazon and its gators are thousands of miles away.

How to Deal With the Flu While Traveling

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

Day-to-day life can already be stressful enough. That’s why travel can be such a welcoming break. Traveling is an opportunity to get away from the mundane, humdrum of everyday life. Not only does time away relax you, but it also rejuvenates the body and senses. Unfortunately, though, sickness can happen at any time. Whether you’re […]

Channel One apologizes Pheu Thai party over logo

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Channel One apologizes Pheu Thai party over logo An executive of Channel One digital TV station offered an apology to Pheu Thai party over the logo of a fictional party featured in a soap drama series which is similar to the Pheu Thai’s. Nipon Pewnen, director of the ONE Enterprise’s drama production, announced Friday (Jan 26) that Channel One had no intention whatsoever to tarnish the reputation of Pheu Thai party and also did not want to get involved in politics. Mr Nipon’s apology came after the Pheu Thai Party’s deputy spokesman threatened to file legal action against the channe management if they do not stop using a logo for a soap opera series which it said is similar to the party’s logo. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/channel-one-apologizes-pheu-thai-party-logo/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-01-27

The Pros and Cons of Voluntourism

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

Voluntourism, otherwise known as Volunteer Tourism, continues to be a popular alternative to the normal vacation. A traveler can visit some exotic region with the purpose of volunteering. It can be an excellent way for individuals to learn about a different culture and explore a country while helping those in need. Many voluntours are in […]

The Best-Ever Lasagna Bolognese with Fresh Pasta and Béchamel

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

For months, I’ve debated whether or not to share my lasagna bolognese recipe. After all, it’s top-secret, and mark my words, a version of it will be served in my restaurant one day… But after thinking it through, I’ve decided that it’s way too delicious not to share with you guys. Really, it would beRead more

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Blockchain Technology In Vietnam: Becoming A Global Leader?

by Hao Tran @ Vietcetera

Vietnam is still best known for its agricultural output, but it’s a nation in transition. In fact, it’s currently one of the fastest growing countries in Asia and its rapidly diversifying economy has surpassed Thailand’s and Malaysia’s. Foreign capital investment hit US $24.4 billion in 2016, and factory production is shifting from traditional export goods […]

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Transferring Ultimate Rewards Points to Aer Lingus

Transferring Ultimate Rewards Points to Aer Lingus

by Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

One of my many bits of advice to both newbies and experienced hobbyists is to earn transferable points. These currencies open up a wealth of flexibility, since you aren’t stuck redeeming your points through a single program. Instead, you can wait for the perfect award to come available, transfer points to the program with the …

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Vietnam in spring – Best places to go

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

You will never regret when visiting Vietnam in spring! If you wonder which places are the most beautiful in our country during this season, don't hesitate to collect all information in this article.

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Discover: Japan

by @ Wikitravel

Good things come in threes — and in Japan, the list includes views, castles, gardens, mountains, hot springs and giant Buddha statues.

combo Sapaly train

by huyen @ Vietnam Impressive

Reunification Trains Victoria Express Carriage China to Vietnam Trains Tours in Sapa   Combo Sapaly Train and Sapaly Hotel in Lao Cai: you are looking for a free & easy package for an amazing trip in Sapa? Taking overnight trains to Lao Cai, Sapaly Express and Sapaly hotel in Lao Cai provide a first class train service with good […]

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Advice needed for 2nd Scotland trip

by Kristina @ Fodor's Forum

Last summer my husband and I visited Scotland for the first time and we've decided we'd like to return to see more this summer. As of right now,...

A Foodie’s Guide to Mexico City: Must-Eats in Mexico’s Capital

by Mauricio Campos @ Travel Alphas

If you know us at all, then you might guess that we went to Mexico City to eat. And you wouldn’t be wrong. During our 4.5 days in Mexico City, our goal was to consume everything, in order to make the best Mexico City foodie guide we could! So it’s safe to say that thereRead more

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No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

All legitimate ways to get Vietnam Visa for Czech citizens

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

A Visa to Vietnam is required for citizens of Czech Republic. This post will introduce you concisely 3 ways to apply for Vietnam Visa for Czech citizens, including Vietnam Embassy Visa, Vietnam Visa On Arrival and Vietnamese E-visa.

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Son of Isaan

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

My wife is from Isaan, Nong Khai and Loei. Today is the 13th year since our first-born was killed in Iraq by a rocket propelled grenade in an ambush. I wish the world was a better place, but it is what it is.

Everything you ever needed to know about Vietnam visas | InsideVietnam Blog

Everything you ever needed to know about Vietnam visas | InsideVietnam Blog


InsideVietnam Blog

If visas are giving you a headache, you have come to the right place. Here, we look at common questions about Vietnam visas and how to get one.

Medical bills spiral for burn victims in Phi Phi tour boat fireball

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Medical bills spiral for burn victims in Phi Phi tour boat fireball The Phuket News Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong talks with staff during his visit to Bangkok Hospital Phuket on Thursday (Jan 25). PHUKET: The tour company that provided the tour for the Chinese tourists who remain injured from severe burns in the Phi Phi tour boat fireball earlier this month has vowed to step in with more funds from insurance coverage to pay for rising medical costs, which have now breached B1 million. A representative from Apple Tour Co Ltd, which provided the tour the group were travelling on, broke the news to Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong on Thursday (Jan 25), during his follow-up visit to Bangkok Hospital Phuket in Phuket Town, where the injured tourists are still receiving treatment for extensive burns to their faces, arms, legs and bodies. Joining the Governor on the visit were Phuket Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung and Director of the Phuket Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports, Sirawee Waloh, Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/medical-bills-spiral-for-burn-victims-in-phi-phi-tour-boat-fireball-65752.php#kuZRePOPstIAt52p.99

Philippines prepares for three-month-long volcano emergency

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Philippines prepares for three-month-long volcano emergency By Ronn Bautista and Roli Ng Lava flows from the crater of Mount Mayon volcano during a new eruption in Legazpi city, Albay province, Philippines January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines is bracing for a possible three-month-long emergency in areas around an erupting volcano, which has already displaced more than 81,000 and led to overcrowded temporary shelters, the disaster agency said on Friday. Mount Mayon in central Albay province remained at alert level 4, a notch below the highest level, as it continued to spew lava, ash and other superheated material, volcanologists said. "We're gearing up for three months" of emergency, said Romina Marasigan, spokeswoman of the country's disaster agency, citing similar situations during previous eruptions of the 2,462-metre (8,077-foot) volcano. (Graphic: Mayon volcano's 9-km radius danger zone - http://tmsnrt.rs/2E1X3bI) Displaced families may need to stay in evacuation centres for that long, she said. Food and other supplies remain adequate but concerns are growing over health and hygiene conditions at all the 69 temporary shelters away from the danger zone. Respiratory illnesses are possible because of the series of ash falls, she said. "We remain on red alert," Marasigan told a media briefing, adding that 69,672 evacuees were housed in schools while nearly 12,000 took shelter in tents or went to relatives in more secure locations. Health workers are giving free check-ups and medicine to elderly women and children in evacuation centres grappling with a sanitation shortage. "The province is doing everything to close the gaps for these toilet facilities," said Nestor Santiago, assistant secretary at the health ministry. The number of cancelled flights has risen to 97, the disaster agency said. Volcanologists said there were seven more episodes of intense but sporadic lava fountaining at the crater lasting several minutes during a 21-hour period from Thursday morning. The lava fountains, shooting up between 150 m. (492 ft) and 500 m. (1,640 ft), generated ash plumes that spurted as high as 3 km (1.8 miles) above the crater, they said. Despite the warnings, some residents have refused to abandon the danger zone, with farmers worrying about leaving crops and cattle unattended, while others split their time between homes and evacuation centres they say are crowded and uncomfortable. Mayla Miraflor has a vehicle loaded and ready to flee if Mayon rages unchecked. "We have this jeep when we need to run," said Miraflor, who has eight children. "This is what we'll use when the time comes. We will leave as soon as possible." -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

Bull bar on 2014 Isuzu vcross spacecab

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Got a local guy selling a bull bar says it's off same model pick up as mine 1200 baht. On the bottom of the bar has 2 welded brackets about 2" out to join to the vehicle. The guy told me a bracket kit is required to fit the bar to my pick up cost about 400 baht. Has anyone fitted one of these. Is what the guy telling me true? I see under the front of the vehicle is sealed off with a sump guard so obviously some cutting etc required to fit Sent from my SM-N9005 using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app

How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Love & Road

How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Love & Road


Love & Road

An easy guide about how to get the Vietnam tourist visa. The visa requirements, forms, visa fees and how to apply online for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival.

Planning A Trip To Vietnam

by Cassandra Caballero Legge @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

The country of Vietnam curls around the countries of Laos and Cambodia like a long comma on the Indochinese Peninsula, snugged up on the east against the South China Sea, and bordered on the north by China. The two most famous cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, are located on opposite ends of the […]

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Vietnam Restores Cheaper, Single-Entry Tourist Visas for US Citizens

Vietnam Restores Cheaper, Single-Entry Tourist Visas for US Citizens


Travel Codex

The Vietnamese government recently made some very negative tourist visa changes for U.S. citizens a few months ago. Along with eliminating single entry, short term tourist visas, they also raised the visa stamp fee for

Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 2

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

This post is continued from Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 1. Check it out to see the first half of the review.

BATHROOM

Proving size was really the theme of the experience, even the bathroom was huge:

I took a quick glimpse of the stairs, just to confirm that we were, in fact, on the 2nd floor:

ON-BOARD BAR

Before turning in for the night, we walked around the cabin to explore the on-board bar.

The bar is situated on the top deck of the A380 aircraft, in-between First and Business class:

It was completely empty when we made our way over.

We were a bit dismayed to find that the bar wasn’t stocked as it normally is due to Ramadan, but you can certainly lounge in the area. A flight attendant came over and said that she’d be happy to discreetly make us a drink of our choice in the galley and then bring it in.

The bone-dry bar

The sitting/lounging area was very nice and had seating for 6. We took a few pictures and then headed back to our seats for bed.

THE SEAT – SLEEPING CONVERSION

Having had plenty of food and drinks for one day, we decided it was time to catch a few zzzzs. The flight attendant swiftly converted the suite to sleeping mode while we got ready for bed in the bathroom.

We returned to find the sofa portion of the seat folded down and nicely made up with comfortable sheets and pillows. One of the coolest parts is that, if the divider between the apartments is lowered, our beds were basically touching, so we had the illusion of sleeping in the same bed, which is a nice option if you’re traveling together.

While in the bathroom, we took the opportunity to change into the provided pajamas which was the perfect decision before hopping into the lavish bed.

Pajama time!

The bed is huge and is advertised as 6 feet 10 inches long!

SHOWER

About 3.5 hours before departure, the flight attendants realized that I was awake and came by to announce that I could have a shower whenever I wanted. I let her know soon after and she set off to prepare it. If one is offered the opportunity to shower at 6+ miles high in the sky, there is no choice but to take advantage.

The shower area was loaded down with Bergamote amenities:

Here are a few poor quality photos, sorry in advance:

Pretty crazy and surreal to shower in the sky. The bathroom is large enough to change in and there’s a hairdryer stocked there, too, so the shower is a comfortable experience.

INTERNET

After taking a refreshing shower, I enjoyed a cappuccino and did a bit of computer work.

I purchased Internet for the entire flight for $21.95 and found it to be quite fast and very usable! A quick speed test rendered download speeds of ~4.5 Mbps but upload speeds of only 0.17 Mbps, good thing sending emails and browsing the internet mostly relies on the download speed.

The sun was up [...]

Final word not out yet on election

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Final word not out yet on election By The Nation NEITHER PM PRAYUT OR HIS DEPUTY PRAWIT READY TO CONCEDE NOVEMBER POLL NOT POSSIBLE AFTER PASSAGE OF MPS ELECTION LAW THE GOVERNMENT’S most senior figures – the prime minister and his first deputy – have sent conflicting signals as to when the next general election will be held. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said during his trip to India yesterday that he acknowledged the possibility of an election delay following the passage of the revised MPs election bill. But he said the matter is not yet finalised and his government would stick to the road map to the coming election. “It’s still not finalised if the election will be postponed or not [from the tentative schedule]. I don’t know what will happen. This mater is about the legal mechanism,” the PM said. Prayut said the situation was created by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), which passed the law, and he could not over-ride its authority. However, his government has a road map and is following what has been announced, Prayut said, without elaborating on specifics. Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan said yesterday that an election would definitely be held and added that there would be no further delay. He held out the possibility of the junta lifting the ban on political activities if the situation was calm and procedures were followed. “It’s good [that the NLA has passed the bill] because people keep asking when the election will be held,” Prawit said. The NLA late on Thursday passed the MPs election bill with a clause that delays it coming into effect for 90 days after its promulgation. The lawmakers voted 213 to zero with four abstentions, after almost 14 hours of deliberations. As a result, the next election, tentatively scheduled for November this year, could now be delayed until February next year. Prawit yesterday declined to comment on a remark that the passage of the bill would result in the road map being delayed, saying the NLA had decided on the matter and so no further questions were needed. Prawit also said there was no need to explain the move to the international community, which has repeatedly shared its concerns over Thailand being governed by a junta-backed government since 2014. The international community wishes to see the election held, and it will be, said Prawit. It has just been delayed for three months, he said. It is clear that no further delay would take place, and the current delay still follows what was permitted under the charter. The deputy PM said he could see no reason to impact the election timing. If the situation is calm and procedures are followed, the junta would consider lifting the political ban, he added. Prawit also rejected the notion that the junta had pressured the NLA to delay the election. The bill originated with and was passed by the NLA, which considered the amendment well into the night, he said. Following the passage of the MPs election law, Prayut said yesterday he was ready to abide by it as well follow other legal procedures. This, he said, did not mean he was sending a signal to anyone. Prayut vowed to perform his duty to the best of his abilities and any changes would follow procedures as required by law. He also urged that other people, as well as politicians, do their part to the best of their ability. The prime minister said everyone wants to have the election, but he asked whether the country would find itself back in the same situation. To make the country stable, the premier urged people to think things through, look at every aspect, and come up with measures to deal with it. This is Thailand, he said, and people who are in the same democratic circle are all Thais. The junta chief said if the election was delayed, nothing much would change as the government would follow its road map and the required procedures. The government has been pursuing three key steps, he said – fixing immediate problems, preparing the constitution and related laws, and preparing for reforms. The premier concluded that the delay was not final at this point, but acknowledged that it could be when the law was passed. Meanwhile, some observers believed a 90-day delay in the election would not have any major adverse impact. Deunden Nikomborirak, research director for economic governance at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), said that in her view a three-month delay in the election was “acceptable to society”. “But any further delay could lead to uncertainties and raise questions whether there would actually be an election at all,” she added. Chalat Chinthammit, assistant vice president of Khon Kaen Sugar Industry Plc, said yesterday that he did not think an election delay would affect Thailand’s credibility in the eyes of foreign investors if the government had a clear timeline and reason. Meanwhile, veteran politician Somsak Prisanananthakul, from the Chart Thai Pattana Party, said the NLA decision to stay the enforcement of the MPs election law for 90 days would adversely affect Prayut’s credibility although the PM denied interferring with the work of the legislature. “However, I am still convinced by the prime minister’s words that there will be an election by November this year,” he added. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30337247 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

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White House counsel was 'fed up' with Trump - source

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White House counsel was 'fed up' with Trump - source By Karen Freifeld FILE PHOTO: Don McGahn, lawyer and Trump advisor, exits following a meeting of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's national finance team at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, U.S., June 9, 2016.REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo (Reuters) - White House Counsel Donald McGahn threatened to quit last June because he was "fed up" after President Donald Trump insisted he take steps to remove the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. The New York Times reported on Thursday that Trump backed down from his order to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller after McGahn said he would resign rather than follow the directive, citing four people told of the matter Trump on Friday denied the report. "Fake news, folks, fake news," the president told reporters when asked about the report in Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum of business and political leaders. If Trump did try to fire Mueller, it could strengthen a case for obstruction of justice against the president based on whether he had "corrupt intent" in trying to hinder Mueller's investigation, legal experts said. A person familiar with the situation told Reuters Trump sought to have Mueller removed over what the president perceived as conflicts of interest. These included Mueller's relationship with James Comey, who succeeded Mueller as FBI director until Trump fired him in May, and Mueller's resignation from one of Trump's golf clubs over a fee dispute in 2011, other people said. The person told Reuters on Friday that Trump asked McGahn to raise what he said were Mueller's conflicts with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because the president thought they were serious enough to remove Mueller. Rosenstein appointed Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation and is the official overseeing the special counsel. McGahn, who could not be reached for comment, did not discuss the issue with Rosenstein and threatened to quit when Trump continued to insist that he do so, the person said. The lawyer did not issue an ultimatum directly to the president but told then White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and then chief strategist Steve Bannon he wanted to quit because he was "fed up with the president," the person said. The source added that it was possible Bannon and Priebus did not know all the details of the Trump's discussions with McGahn about Mueller at that time. Neither Bannon nor Preibus could be reached for comment. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the report. White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who is representing the presidency in the Mueller probe, declined comment, citing respect for special counsel. Trump could be questioned about the incident by Mueller's team, which sources say has been negotiating with the president's personal lawyers about a possible interview in the coming weeks. Moscow has denied the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that it meddled in the election to help Trump. Mueller's office is also investigating potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, something that Trump has repeatedly denied. According to sources, the special counsel has asked other witnesses about whether Trump has tried to obstruct justice by, for instance, firing Comey, who previously headed the Russia investigation as FBI Director. To build a criminal obstruction of justice case, federal law requires prosecutors to show that a person acted with an improper, or "corrupt," intent, such as protecting himself or those close to him. Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, said moving to fire Mueller would further strengthen an obstruction case against Trump. "Even after he knows that he is being looked at for obstruction of justice and has seen legal analysts talk about obstruction with the Comey firing he is still moving forward and doing what he can to influence that investigation," Mariotti said. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam? | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam? | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam


U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

You may obtain a Vietnamese visa in three ways:  (1) in advance from a Vietnamese consulate or Embassy; (2) a Vietnamese single-entry e-visa at the website of Vietnam Immigration Department (please view our E-visa Application Steps for more instructions); (3) or you may obtain a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival.  To obtain a written approval letter, you must ...

Doctor recommendations in Shatin area

by mrjohncarr @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Hi all I just moved to Shatin but am struggling to find a doctor that is available through my...

Seven Natural Beauty Brands From Vietnam

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

Vietnam’s cosmetic retail market rakes in US $1.78 billion per year and is expected to hit US $2.35 billion by the end of 2018. That’s one of the fastest compound annual growth rates on the planet. Currently, 90% of Vietnam’s cosmetic market share is dominated by multinationals including companies from South Korea, Europe, Japan, Thailand, […]

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Trump to ask for $716 billion in defence spending in 2019 budget - U.S. officials

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Trump to ask for $716 billion in defence spending in 2019 budget - U.S. officials By Idrees Ali U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to ask for $716 billion in defence spending in the 2019 budget he is to unveil next month, two U.S. officials said on Friday, representing a 7 percent increase over the 2018 budget. The $716 billion would cover the Pentagon's annual budget as well as spending on ongoing wars and the maintenance of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The 2018 budget still has not passed through Congress, the U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity. One of the officials said the request would closely follow the priorities unveiled by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday in the National Defense Strategy. Mattis put countering China and Russia at the centre of the new National Defense Strategy. The Pentagon's unclassified, 11-page version of the National Defense Strategy did not provide details on how the shift towards countering China and Russia would be carried out, but defence spending requests were expected to reflect that aim. The U.S. military's competitive edge has eroded "in every domain of warfare" Mattis said, partly because of inconsistent funding. Congress voted on Monday to end a three-day U.S. government shutdown, approving the latest short-term funding bill as Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants. The Washington Post published the figures for the president's budget request earlier on Friday afternoon. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

Alaska Airlines Hints At The Introduction Of Basic Economy

Alaska Airlines Hints At The Introduction Of Basic Economy

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I've always respected that Alaska Airlines does things differently than "the other guys." Unlike American, Delta, and United, they don't offer basic economy fares, and they continue to award miles based on how many miles you fly rather than how much you spend on your tickets. They also continue to have a really compelling award chart for partner redemptions.

As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, the airline is starting to lose thier mojo, as they're having a hard time balancing being a favorite among employees, customers, and Wall Street. Discontent at the airline is growing among employees, some customers perceive that they're not as special as they used to be, and for the past few years they've been facing an attack at their home airport of SeaTac from Delta, which has driven down prices. On top of all of that, the airline actually tries to differentiate themselves, and it's tough to differentiate yourself while not being able to command much of a revenue premium.

That brings us to yesterday's Alaska earnings call, where Alaska's Chief Revenue Officer, Andrew Harrison, said the following:

Searching Problem

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Am trying to find my Austin TX TR and am encountering many airline phone number threads. Is there an easy way to find my TR? Thanks, TDudette

How many times can I extend a travel visa?

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I am moving to HK with my partner in a few months time. His company have relocated him. We are not...

Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires Review

by mccown @ Weekend Blitz

We loved staying right in the center of the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires on our trip to Argentina. While there are many wonderful neighborhoods in BA (all with very different personalities), this area is considered by many to be the most affluent neighborhood in the city, filled with lavish homes and fancy shops and restaurants. The famous Recoleta Cemetery is also located in this area, so there’s plenty to see and do all around.

BOOKING

We booked with Hyatt Cash+Points for $125 + 10,000 points per night. Cash rates are easily in the $500+ range, so it makes redeeming points a very attractive offer.

We used a Suite Night Award and were booked into a “Park Suite King” and “59 to 72 sqm: Sitting area: Shower and bathtub: Flat TV: DVD: Butler.”

CHECK-IN

When we were headed to the hotel from the domestic airport (Buenos Aires-AEP), the cab driver had never heard of the hotel– we had to show him name of hotel– but it wasn’t until he read the address that he finally had a general idea of where to take us. Then, he drove right past the entrance, but we said it was fine and just jumped out at the intersection. Walking up, the hotel staff obviously seemed a bit confused that we were arriving by (what looked to be) foot.

At check-in, she confirmed our stay and rate and said, “we have a great room for you in our historic building” — perfect. As it turns out, there are essentially 2 hotels in one: a newer building with many more rooms and the old, renovated “palace” or mansion, connected by a courtyard (and underground walkway).

underground walkway between the two buildings

ROOM

The room, a Park Suite on the Palace side, was very well appointed but somewhat small. In fact, I’m not sure that it could even qualify as a “suite” as it had no separate sitting area or room, just a bedroom with a very large bathroom. From what we’ve read online, the suites are much larger in the newer, more contemporary building, but we really liked the style, feel and decor of the Palace building with the very stately feel of the deep molding around the ceiling and the huge antique windows.

view from room window

Within a few hours of checking in, two of the “butlers” arrived with our welcome gift: a fruit tray with apples, some type of chocolate snack and a bottle of Malbec wine.

BATHROOM

The bathroom was huge- almost as big as the bedroom itself. There’s a bathtub in the main, open area with the sinks and then a closed-in shower and separate toilet area. Plenty of space for two people to get ready at the same time.

SERVICE

While we didn’t need anything special while we were there, we found the service at check-in, breakfast, etc. to be top-notch. They were very helpful if needed, and friendly- everything we’ve come to expect and appreciate in a Park Hyatt.

Welcome letter

PROPERTY

The historic property feels regal and luxurious and, for us, provided a comfortable [...]

What Southeast Asian Countries Require a Visa?

What Southeast Asian Countries Require a Visa?


TripSavvy

Southeast Asia is generally open to US citizens, with different degrees of visa-free access throughout the region!

NLA allows delayed enforcement of MPs election bill

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

NLA allows delayed enforcement of MPs election bill By KAS CHANWANPEN THE NATION THE NATIONAL Legislative Assembly (NLA) late on Thursday night passed the MPs election bill with a clause that delays it coming into effect for 90 days after its promulgation. The members voted 213 to zero with four abstentions. The bill was passed after almost 14 hours of deliberations on Thursday. In the second reading of the bill, the stipulation deferring its enforcement by three months after the law is published in the Royal Gazette was passed with 196 votes for, 12 against, and 14 abstentions. As a result of the new law, the next election, tentatively scheduled for November this year, could now be delayed until February next year. The majority of the law vetting committee members reasoned that political parties needed the additional time to make changes in accordance with the new regulations. For instance, they would need to hold primary elections. Also, new members would not be eligible to contest in the election unless their membership was at least 90 days old, the legislators argued. Some NLA members proposed an even longer postponement – by 150 to 180 days. The lawmakers also spent considerable time debating punishment for those failing to exercise their voting rights, as well as the appropriateness of using entertainment in election campaigns. The law vetting committee had proposed that voters who did not exercise their franchise should be disqualified from serving in some areas of the government sector such as in Parliament. The legislators, however, disagreed, saying the punishment was disproportionate and deprived people of their rights. Not voting was not necessarily a lack of interest in politics but could be a way of expressing discontent, they argued. The NLA eventually voted to only take away their right to appoint political officials and heads of local administration offices. The NLA also voted to allow entertainment or recreational activities during election campaigns, but capped the spending on such activities at 20 per cent of the total campaign budget. The charter drafters had sought a ban on entertainment activities in election campaigns, arguing it could be used for vote-buying and corruption. Other legislators viewed it as an attraction to draw people to take part in political activities. Following the passage of the bill, it would now be sent to the Election Commission and the Constitution Drafting Commission for review. After getting their nod, it would be sent to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to seek royal endorsement. If the two commissions disagreed, a joint committee would be set up to revise the law. The NLA continued deliberating on the organic bill on the composition of the Senate yesterday. It was the last one of the 10 organic laws. The Democratic Restoration Group, meanwhile, announced a symbolic gathering today against the National Council for Peace and Order to protest against the likely postponement of the election following the passage of the MPs election bill. The group said this was the junta’s idea to buy time to campaign for their votes and cling on to power. They called on interested persons to join them on the Skywalk at the Pathumwan intersection from 5.30pm. Key facts in MP election bill Entertainment activities allowed during election campaigns Campaigning through social media allowed Debates to be organised only by the Election Commission Campaign banners can be erected at designated locations only Candidates of the same party may get different election numbers No refund of the Bt10,000 election application fee Election campaign budget of MP candidates will be set separately from the party’s budget Winning candidate must get the most number of votes, which must be more than the total “No Vote”. Balloting will take place from 7am to 5pm Casting of votes through other means allowed People can notify authorities about election fraud Transport of voters across province boundaries banned Political rights will be revoked if people don’t do their election duty Severe penalties to be imposed Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30337238 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

500 vouchers for Pensioners to live in residential homes

by East_coast @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

"money-following-the-user" principle is sensible. It will have to be expanded in the years to come...

'Grumpy Cat' wins $700,000 in federal case over identity

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

It still won't make her smile, but Grumpy Cat has won some scratch. A California jury gave the furry frown queen more than $700,000 this week in a federal lawsuit over the use of her identity. According to documents obtained by The Washington Post, owner Tabatha Bundesen of Morristown, Arizona, won the lawsuit first filed three years ago against the Grenade beverage company. She signed on for the cat to endorse a "Grumpy Cat Grumpuccino," but the company subsequently used the cat's image to help sell other products, which an eight-person jury on Monday found was unauthorized. “Ironically, while the world-famous feline Grumpy Cat and her valuable brand are most often invoked in a tongue-and-cheek fashion, Defendants’ despicable misconduct here has actually given Grumpy Cat and her owners something to be grumpy about,” the complaint obtained by The Washington Post stated. David Jonelis, the attorney for Grumpy Cat Limited, told Courthouse News the verdict was a "complete victory." “Grumpy Cat feels vindicated and feels the jury reached a just verdict," he said. Full article

Thinking of retiring

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hello: I am 72 yo and USA citizen, born and raised. My wife, now 69 yo, came to the US as a nanny for a couple in 1975, we met in 1976, and married in 1977, she then became a naturalized citizen in 1979 and has a US passport stating US citizen/home country Thailand.; we are both retired and are ‘considering’ selling and moving to Thailand for our remaining years. In 2015 the last time she went home/Thailand to visit her sisters she stayed 3 months; when she went to come home she had to pay a fine for overstaying the 30 entry visa. She, along with her sisters, told them she was a Thai citizen and even showed her updated Thai ID card; they told her even though she is considered a Thai citizen she came to Thailand on a US passport so that’s why the fine (something like $200). My limited understanding is I am pretty much not allowed to own much of anything when coming to Thailand, but does that also include my wife since her passport says US citizen and we would both be coming into Thailand on US passports…we would have more than enough money to open a Thai bank account and also have enough money coming in each month for the 2 months needed for I think what’s called a retirement visa and would rent for awhile before looking for a house (we really want a house and when we pass it can go to one of her sisters) but can this bank account be a joint account just like in the US? We’re not rich by any means but could easily afford a visa service for I think I understand is 90 days paperwork instead of going in person but am also wondering about what I keep reading is a 90 visa run across the border; is this something that is still done; when her sisters came to visit us last year they didn’t think it was done anymore, of course they aren’t border agents either. We are both very much accustomed to American TV and also high speed, 100Mbps, cable internet; our intended city of choice is Chiang Mai and we can afford $2000+ US/month rent are these available? What problems/obstacles are ahead of us and would my wife fact the same obstacles as I would? Thank You

Protected: USC Global Programs – Visa Instructions

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12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get […]

Full guide on filling in Vietnam Visa On Arrival Form N1

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Vietnam visa on arrival form N1 or Vietnam entry and exit form - Application for a Vietnamese Visa (N1) is one of the most important documents that you must bring along when traveling to Vietnam if you apply for Vietnam visa on Arrival.

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USA Gymnastics board to resign amid sex abuse scandal-spokeswoman

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

USA Gymnastics board to resign amid sex abuse scandal-spokeswoman By Jonathan Allen and David Shepardson Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, is escorted into the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (Reuters) - The remaining directors of USA Gymnastics will resign following revelations that the former national team doctor sexually abused female athletes, complying with a demand from the U.S. Olympic Committee, a spokeswoman for gymnastics group said on Friday. The doctor, Larry Nassar, was handed an effective life prison sentence this week, following days of emotional statements by gymnasts, including Olympic medallists Aly Raisman and Simone Biles. The USOC had threatened to strip the group of its power to run its sport if the remaining 16 directors did not resign by Wednesday. Five have already resigned as a result of the scandal. "USA Gymnastics will comply with the USOC requirements," Leslie King, a spokeswoman for USA Gymnastics, said in an e-mail on Friday. The U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday and Friday joined the USOC in opening broad investigations into possible sex abuse in sports. Those investigations seek to establish if other sports officials turned a blind eye to doctor Nassar's abuses and to examine allegations of harassment by officials in other sports, including swimming and taekwondo. Raisman vowed to keep the pressure on sports organizations, to see who else knew about Nassar's abuse. He worked for the federation through four Olympic Games, but the allegations did not come to light until 2016. "Everyone stood up for him," Raisman said in an interview with ABC's "The View." "My work, and the army of survivors, we're not done yet. We still have to hold these organizations accountable." None of the remaining listed directors were immediately available for comment. Investigators from the U.S. House of Representatives sent letters to the USOC, USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, USA Taekwondo and Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked, asking questions about sexual abuse. U.S. Senators also announced an investigation earlier this week. "My heart breaks for the survivors of Larry Nassar's disgusting crimes," said U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose department will also investigate Michigan State University. "What happened at Michigan State is abhorrent. It cannot ever happen again." The school's sports director, Mark Hollis, retired on Friday, two days after university President Lou Anna Simon stepped down. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, whose office prosecuted Nassar, confirmed on Friday on Twitter that his office is investigating Michigan State University. The USOC's own investigation into how Nassar was able to abuse victims for years will include looking at whether any USOC officials themselves turned a blind eye to his actions. Nassar, 54, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison by a Michigan state judge on Wednesday for carrying out the attacks on young girls under the guise of medical treatment. More than 150 accusers recounted their stories in the courtroom. USOC Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun called on Thursday for the resignation of all current members board of USA Gymnastics and outlined six steps that the organisation must take to achieve governance reform. "While the USOC encourages USAG to think and act broadly on reforming its culture, we also believe that reform must start with an entirely new board," Blackmun wrote in a letter to USA Gymnastics' board. USA Gymnastics said in a statement that it "completely embraces" the requirements laid out by Blackmun. The scandal could take a financial toll on the sports federation for years, sponsorship executives said. The group already stands to lose millions of dollars in revenue through the 2020 Olympic Games, as sponsors back away the executives said. In Washington on Friday, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, in announcing its investigation, said sports organizations "must have mechanisms in place to ensure complete oversight and prevent such abuses from occurring." The panel asked Michigan State to disclose if it is aware of any other abuse allegations involving other faculty members. The U.S. House next week will vote on a bill approved by the Senate in November to require amateur athletics governing bodies to report sex-abuse allegations immediately to law enforcement or a child welfare agency. The bill makes clear that aspiring Olympic athletes can report allegations of abuse and ensures all national governing bodies follow the strictest standards for child abuse prevention. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

American Is Introducing Free Alcohol In Main Cabin Extra

American Is Introducing Free Alcohol In Main Cabin Extra

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Main Cabin Extra is American's extra legroom economy section. Passengers can pay to upgrade to these seats, and elite members are able to select these seats either at the time of booking or at some window prior to the flight, depending on their status.

In many ways American is lagging behind Delta when it comes to their extra legroom economy seating (which they call Comfort+). That's because Delta offers free alcohol and snacks in Comfort+, while American doesn't. Instead, American only offers Executive Platinum members in economy a free alcoholic drink and snack.

The Forward Cabin notes that American will be introducing new features in Main Cabin Extra, per an internal memo sent to employees. Here's how the memo reads:

First Blood Moon of the year visible on the night of Jan 31

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First Blood Moon of the year visible on the night of Jan 31 The first total lunar eclipse of 2018 which is also known as Blood Moon will be visible in Thailand on Jan 31, according to the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Narit). Saran Poshyachinda, Narit director said that the galactical phenomenon could be visible with plain eyes and he urged Thai people who are interested to watch the event on the night of Jan 31. The blood moon will also be visible in northern America, Australia, Asia, northern and eastern parts of Europe, northern and eastern Africa and northern and eastern South America. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/first-blood-moon-year-visible-night-jan-31/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-01-27

Vegetarian Food In Vietnam: The Ultimate Guide

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

Despite misconceptions, Vietnam is a country with exemplary vegetarian cuisine. There’s a long history of vegetarian food in Vietnam with its roots firmly planted in Buddhist ideologies. The key to understanding the Vietnamese vegetarian food scene is knowing what to look for and where to go in order to find it. Although plenty of standard […]

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12 Years Of Travel: View From Cortona, Italy

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous as the backdrop for the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a stunning medieval town perched above the surrounding countryside View from Cortona, Italy 11 June 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Despite the vast amount of information about every conceivable travel destination available, I still find myself occasionally stumbling upon places […]

Full guide for foreigners to extend Vietnam Visa

by Hanh Pham @ Comprehensive Vietnam Visa & Travel Guide

What is Vietnam Visa Extension? How to extend visa? What to prepare for Vietnam Visa Extension? Details can be found here!

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2 percent excise tax rise for tobacco products and alcoholic drinks takes effect

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2 percent excise tax rise for tobacco products and alcoholic drinks takes effect Starting today (Jan 26), all alcoholic drinks and tobacco products–both imported and domestically produced–will be charged an addition of two percent excise tax, with the extra revenue earned going into a fund to help elderly people. However, Excise Department director-general Mr Krisada Chinavicharana said that the 2 percent rise in excise tax would have little impact on the production cost of alcoholic drinks and tobacco products as it would account for a fraction of the costs. Citing the case of a packet of cigarettes whose excise tax amounting to 25 baht, he said that the excise tax increase would amount to just 50 satang. Whether the tax increase would impact on the retail price of cigarettes or not depends on the policy of the manufacturers and Thailand Tobacco Monopoly if they would be willing to absorb the additional cost or to pass it on to the consumers, Mr Krisada added. Full Story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/2-percent-excise-tax-rise-tobacco-products-alcoholic-drinks-takes-effect/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-1-26

Why You Must Visit the Chichicastenango Market in Guatemala

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Of all the markets we’ve explored around the world, there’s one that stands out above the rest: the Chichicastenango Market. Every Thursday and Sunday, the tiny town of Chichicastenango, Guatemala turns into the world’s largest handicrafts market, filled with thousands of local Mayan people purchasing and selling goods of all types. From colorful textiles, paintings,Read more

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Pre-Travel Checklist: 25 Things You Must Do Before International Travel

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Though preparing for an international trip is exciting, it can also be very stressful in the weeks and days leading up to your departure. From the big things like booking your flights and buying travel insurance, to all of the little things like calling your bank and checking the weather forecast, there is a lotRead more

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UK Visa Timelines Please Add Yours Here

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Please add your current applications here. That way people can get a good idea of what is going on with regard to the application and processing times. I hope this is allowed. Thanks. Visa Type: Settlement (Wife) Application Type: Non priority VFS Office: Bangkok Online Application: 22-12-2017 Biometrics taken: 04-01-2018 Documents sent to Sheffield: 15-01-2018 Documents returned from Sheffield: 26-01-2018 Decision Made: N/A Email to collect passport/telling passport returned: N/A Visa Approved?: N/A

Escorted Tour Lake Maggiore

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Vietnam Visa Fee for UK citizens

by Hanh Pham @ Comprehensive Vietnam Visa & Travel Guide

For UK passport holders, to obtain Vietnam visa is a compulsory step for entering Vietnam. Vietnam Visa Fee for UK citizens can be classified into 2 types.

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Thai man claims shakedown by bogus cops, posts video online

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Thai man claims shakedown by bogus cops, posts video online A Thai man posted a video of what he believed was a shakedown by three bogus plainclothes cops. He was stopped by the three men who arrived in a Vios and on two motorcycles. They claimed that his car had false plates. But when confronted as to what method they used to come to this conclusion they could not adequately explain. They muttered something about details on an application not having been updated yet. One of the men claimed to be "Sergeant Chaiyo" from Thammasala police station. Their ID said they were a special division. The Thai Rath story did not explain how the roadside meeting ended but they did point out that there was a policeman called Chaiyo Chaichorfa at the station in question. However he is a major not a sergeant. Thai Rath said to stay tuned as the story develops. The footage was uploaded to "Roo Yang - Pattaya" from Facebook user "NattapongTh Liberate". Source: https://www.thairath.co.th/content/1187477 -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-1-26

U.S. trade body backs Canada's Bombardier over Boeing in tariff spat

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U.S. trade body backs Canada's Bombardier over Boeing in tariff spat By David Shepardson and Allison Lampert FILE PHOTO: Bombardier's CS300 Aircraft, showing its Pratt & Whitney engine in the foreground, sits in the hangar prior to its test flight in Mirabel, Qubec, Canada February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo WASHINGTON/MONTREAL (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc shares jumped 15 percent on Friday after the Canadian plane maker won an unexpected trade victory against Boeing Co which means it can sell its newest jets to U.S. customers without heavy tariffs. The decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission is the latest twist in U.S.-Canadian trade relations that have been complicated by disputes over tariffs on Canadian lumber and U.S. milk and U.S. President Donald Trump's desire to renegotiate or even abandon NAFTA. Trump has not weighed in on the dispute personally, but he has often railed against what he sees as unfair international trade practices such as state subsidies hurting U.S. businesses. The commission voted 4-0 on Friday that Bombardier's prices did not harm Boeing and discarded a U.S. Commerce Department recommendation to slap a near 300-percent duty on sales of Bombardier's 110-to-130-seat CSeries jets for five years. Boeing's shares fell slightly. "It's reassuring to see that facts and evidence matter," said Chad Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. "This part of the trade policy process works unimpeded despite President Trump's protectionist rhetoric." In a statement, Bombardier called the decision a "victory for innovation, competition, and the rule of law," and a win for U.S. airlines and the traveling public. Boeing said it was disappointed that the commission did not recognize "the harm that Boeing has suffered from the billions of dollars in illegal government subsidies that the Department of Commerce found Bombardier received and used to dump aircraft in the U.S. small single-aisle airplane market." Delta said it was pleased with the decision and looked forward to introducing Bombardier's CS100 to its fleet. Former ITC chairman Dan Pearson praised the decision. "Not a single commissioner was willing to buy Boeing's arguments," he said. "I think 'America First' is a policy of the White House and the Commerce Department. But it's not the policy of an independent agency (like the ITC)." The decision may end up helping Trump's plan to boost U.S. jobs as the CSeries jets for U.S. airlines will be built in Alabama rather than Canada. BOEING WIN EXPECTED The ITC had widely been expected to side with Chicago-based Boeing, which alleged it was forced to discount its 737 narrowbodies to compete with Bombardier, which it said used government subsidies to dump the CSeries in the United States during the 2016 sale of 75 jets at "absurdly low" prices to Delta Air Lines. The ITC, which currently has four commissioners, did not give an explanation on Friday for its decision. Through a venture with European planemaker Airbus SE, which has agreed to take a majority stake in the CSeries this year, Bombardier plans to assemble CSeries jets in Alabama to be sold to U.S. carriers starting in 2019. The case has sparked trade tensions between the United States and its allies Canada and the UK. Ottawa last year scrapped plans to buy 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing. The British Prime Minister's office said it welcomed the decision "which is good news" for the British industry, while Canada's Innovation Minister said the IRC came to the "right decision" on Bombardier. The fate of the CSeries and the well-paid jobs associated with the plane are important both to Ottawa and the British government. Bombardier employs about 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland, whose Northern Irish political party is helping keep Prime Minister Theresa May in power. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

All you need to know about Vietnam visa for UK citizens

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This post briefly presents 3 legitimate way to get a Vietnam visa for United Kingdom passport holders, including: Vietnam Embassy Visa, Vietnam Visa On Arrival & Vietnamese E-visa. Click for full details!

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District Eight’s Marcus Loke’s Life In Furniture Production

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[Article] Read the full story about Marcus Loke here

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Unsure re. eligibility for new work visa- any advice?

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Hello, I was living and working in HK for around 18 months, but had to leave HK at short notice...

Vietnam Travel Guide: Hue City and Sightseeing Guides

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Bao Quoc Temple Camp Fuller and the Rock Pile Doc Mieu Hai Van Pass Hamburger Hill Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh’s Home in Hue Hue Monuments Conservation Center Khai Dinh’s Tomb Khe Sanh Thai Hoa Palace The Citadel and Imperial City The Dakrong Bridge and the Ho Chi Minh Trail The Flag Tower […]

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Social Media and Security When Traveling Internationally

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Social media is an accepted part of our lives, even as we travel from place to place. For those in … Continue reading »

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US Airline Stocks Tumble, How to Raise Your Uber Rating, Get Ready for Higher Airfare and More

US Airline Stocks Tumble, How to Raise Your Uber Rating, Get Ready for Higher Airfare and More

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week. …

USC – Thailand Tourist Visa Requirements

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Phuket immigration says do your tm30 everytime u leave an go back

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;-( The confirmation follows complaints from long-term expats that they were fined B2,000 for not re-registering their home addresses after travelling within the country. “By law, it is a requirement to register your address within 24 hours after being registered elsewhere, such as at a hotel or a guesthouse,” Col Kathathorn told The Phuket News this week. “It must be done because it’s the law. It’s the law in many countries,” Col Kathathorn said. Col Kathathorn explained that in order to re-report an address, the foreigner must come to Phuket immigration offices, in Phuket Town or in Patong, in person and provide their passport, a filled-in TM30 form and a letter of authorisation – or literally a power of attorney empowering the foreigner to register details on the landlord’s behalf – if the landlord is not present. “If it’s the same address as they were previously staying, the foreigner does not need to bring the rental contract proving their rental of the residence. We will have that information in the system,” Col Kathathorn noted. “If you have this letter (of authorisation from the landlord), the landlord does not need to come to immigration,” he added. https://www.thephuketnews.com/better-if-you-do-phuket-immigration-chief-urges-foreigners-to-re-register-addresses-even-if-staying-off-island-just-one-night-65744.php#2H6jsYcGQ333GyrU.97

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General lockers in Bangkok

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Where can I find 'school size' lockers for rent in Bangkok. Not just by the hour or day but monthly/annually. I don't need safe deposit boxes but just general lockers in the city.

No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

How to Get a Vietnamese Business Visa

by Nick @ One-Week Notice

Fed up jumping through hoops to renew your Vietnamese tourist visa? Let's get down to business and snag you a sexy new business visa instead.

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Red-hot Ratchanok into semis again

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Red-hot Ratchanok into semis again By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam The Nation World No 4 Ratchanok Intanon vanquished world No 7 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-17 21-10 in the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters to make it back-to-back semi-finals in the BWF World Tour Super 500 yesterday. The Thai ace, who has been in peak form and beat the World No 1 and No 2 on the way to winning the Super 500 level in Malaysia on Sunday, has great memories of this tournament – she first won it eight years ago when she was only 15 years old. Ratchanok got off to a great start, using her brilliant shot selection to build a convincing 7-2 lead but her Japanese opponent fought back cleverly to level at 7-7 and went on to take a lead at 11-9. After the break, Ratchanok rallied to level at 17-17 and never looked back. She then employed a series of fierce smashes to earn four straight points and take the opening game in 19 minutes. In the second game, the Thai enjoyed a string of unforced errors from her opponent to jump to a quick lead at 11-6. As play resumed after the intermission, Okuhara’s situation never improved as she lost most of the rallies due to her mistakes. The Thai easily set up a match point at 20-10 by applying a well-disguised drop shot before she smashed it out to force an error from the Japanese on her first match point. "I made some mistakes in the first game but I managed to raise my level and won the match. I will try hard to reach the final again," said Ratchanok. The win saw her carry a 4-4 head-to-head record with the Japanese. Up next for Ratchanok is India’s world No 12 Saina Nehwal, who knocked out compatriot and world No 2 Sindhu Pusarla 21-13 21-19. The Indian No 2, also a former world No 1 like Ratchanok, will go into the semi-final with a 8-5 head-to-head advantage. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/sports/30337235 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

Discover: Takaoka

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On your way from Takaoka to the Vladivostok ferry? Take a look out the window: the name of the Himi train line means Ice-Watching.

South Korea agonises over latest tragedy as it probes hospital blaze

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South Korea agonises over latest tragedy as it probes hospital blaze By Cynthia Kim and Yuna Park Firefighters examine a burnt hospital in Miryang. Kookje Shinmun/via REUTERS SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean officials rushed to identify 37 victims of a hospital fire and pinpoint the cause of the worst blaze in years on Saturday as opposition politicians blamed the president for failing to avoid the latest in a series of tragedies. Flames and toxic smoke swept through the Sejong Hospital in the southern city of Miryang on Friday, injuring more than 150, just weeks after a fire killed 29 people at a fitness centre. All the hospital victims died from smoke inhalation. City vice mayor Lee Byung-hee said the cause of Friday's blaze was under investigation. "We are trying to comprehensively manage (the blaze fallout), including supporting what would be needed for funerals etc," Lee said in a televised briefing. The government of Asia’s fourth-largest economy, with one of the world's fastest ageing populations, has faced criticism in recent years over poor safety standards, including the Sewol ferry disaster of 2014 in which more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, drowned. Hospital director Song Byeong-cheol said the six-storey hospital did not have a sprinkler system and was not large enough to require one under the law. The opposition Liberal Party were quick to condemn President Moon Jae-in. "The Moon Jae-in administration should have at least kept South Koreans safe, to justify the launch of this government," the party said in a statement, demanding a "master plan" to protect citizens. Moon's ruling Democratic Party said it would support the investigation and "embark on parliamentary discussions to legally support and protect citizens lives and safety", a spokesman said. Many survivors "walked though fire and smoke" to escape, a city official told Reuters on Friday. Those on upper floors used fire engine ladders and plastic escape slides, while firefighters carried some who could not walk. "I saw elderly patients scrambling out through the windows and had to help," said Woo Young-min, 25, as he stood in his pyjamas outside the hospital. The fire broke out in the morning at the rear of the emergency room on the hospital's first floor, fire official Choi Man-woo told reporters. Television broadcast images of black smoke billowing from the windows and entrance of the hospital. At least 177 patients, most of them elderly, were in the hospital and a nursing home next door when the fire broke out, hospital director Song told reporters. Song said three of the nine hospital staff on duty at the time died - at least one doctor, a nurse and a nurse's aide. Most of those who died were on the first and second floors, said Choi, adding that there were no deaths from burns. By Friday afternoon, police had cordoned off the hospital, as forensic investigators moved in. Charred debris and shattered glass littered the ground outside. In December, 29 people were killed in a blaze at an eight-storey fitness centre in Jecheon City, most of them women trapped in a sauna. That disaster fuelled anger over reports of shoddy construction, among other shortcomings. In 2014, a fire at a rural hospital killed 21 people, while a 2008 warehouse fire outside Seoul killed 40. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

20 Crucial Tips for Surviving Long-Haul Flights in Economy Class

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

The idea of long-haul flights and all that they entail (cramped, uncomfortable chairs; questionable airplane food; recycled air; lack of real sleep) just isn’t very appealing. I’ve never met anyone that actually enjoys long-haul flights. That is, unless they have bottomless champagne, a bed, gourmet food, and fuzzy slippers in first class… But since you’reRead more

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Ode to the Durian

by Nick @ One-Week Notice

Durian, the great polarizer. Love it or hate it, its pungent stink is unavoidable in Southeast Asia. But is durian really that disgusting? Let's find out.

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Preview: IHG’s Revamped PointBreaks List

Preview: IHG’s Revamped PointBreaks List

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Earlier I wrote about how IHG is revamping their PointBreaks promotion. This is a promotion they've been offering on a quarterly basis for years, which allows you to book select hotels for just 5,000 points per night. Given that I value IHG points at ~0.5 cents each, that's the equivalent of paying just ~$25 per night for a hotel room, which is a steal.

The issue is that the quality of the hotels on the lists has been gradually decreasing over the years, to the point that many of us don't even bother trying with the promotion anymore. It's great if you happen to be traveling to somewhere that has a PointBreaks hotel, but otherwise it's just not worth going out of your way to stay at one, in my opinion.

This week IHG has announced that they're changing up the PointBreaks promotion, and more specifically, hotels will cost 5,000, 10,000, or 15,000 points per night going forward. IHG is promising that they'll offer more hotels than in the past, and presumably higher quality hotels as well.

Vietnam to issue one-year, multiple-entry temporary visitor visas to U.S. citizens

Vietnam to issue one-year, multiple-entry temporary visitor visas to U.S. citizens


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  Công dân Mỹ sẽ được cấp thị thực một năm và nhiều lần. VN to issue one year, multiple-entry visas to U.S. citizens. Theo chương trình kỳ họp, Quốc hội sẽ biểu quyết thông qua nghị quyết phê chuẩn…

Marriage Extension Requirements list

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hello, Does anyone one have a recent list of requirements for an annual Phuket marriage extension? What docs/copies needed. If using the income letter from an Embassy do they need any other supporting documents? Thanks.

Can Scientists Predict Cholera Outbreaks With Satellites?

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

Cholera, a bacterial disease usually spread by food or water, can be fatal if not treated right away. The disease initially causes intestinal distress and dehydration. Cholera is a fast-acting disease that can turn deadly within hours. Poor sanitation and unclean water systems create a breeding ground for cholera in developing countries. Areas like Yemen […]

How You Can Start a Successful, Money-Making Travel Blog

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

By far, starting our travel blog was the best decision we’ve ever made. Back in September of 2014, when we first launched Travel Alphas, we never could have imagined just how many opportunities would come from this beautiful blogging journey of ours. And we really couldn’t be more grateful. When we first started, we hadRead more

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Greenpeace slams officials for failure to warn public about air pollution

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Greenpeace slams officials for failure to warn public about air pollution By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM THE NATION THE AUTHORITIES have come under criticism for downplaying the real threat posed by the recent air pollution in Bangkok, and urged the installation of a timely and accurate air pollution warning system to protect the people’s health. Thailand country director for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Tara Buakamsri, on Thursday said the Pollution Control Department (PCD) had failed to warn the public about the threat to their health from air pollution despite having real-time data on the pollution in Bangkok and other major cities – especially particulate matter with diameter of 2.5 microns or smaller (PM2.5). “We need a proper air-quality warning system in order to protect the peoples’ well being and give them a chance to protect themselves from harmful air pollution. The recent PM2.5 surge in Bangkok shows the authorities had failed to warn and protect the people’s health,” Tara said. He said Greenpeace had been campaigning to raise awareness of air pollution and PM2.5 for more than seven years, but Thai authorities had still not included PM2.5 in the national Air Quality Index (AQI) calculation as the nationwide installation of PM2.5 monitoring devices was not yet complete. He said that Thai AQI does not represent the real air quality and it deprives people the chance to get ready and prepare for poor air quality, which could cause many illnesses such as respiratory diseases and heart disease. “One of the few good things that we saw from the recent surge in Bangkok is that more people have realised the danger of PM2.5. They have more awareness about air pollution. Previously, the public and also the authorities did not have proper awareness on the threat of air pollution and PM2.5,” Tara said. However, he stated that the authorities had failed to appropriately react to the growing concern about the poor air quality in Bangkok. Instead of issuing a warning about the dangerously high PM2.5 level, and urging people to protect themselves from air pollution, they played down the severity of the issue. “It was disappointing that even though the PCD had real-time pollution information in its hands and the threat to people’s health was imminent, it chose to inform the public that the air quality level was just orange and not red – the highest air quality warning level,” he said. He also suggested that the authorities come out with a policy to promote the use of public transport and encourage people to use their private cars less, because traffic was a major source of air pollution in Bangkok and other big cities. Meanwhile, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Deputy Governor Suwanna Jungrungruang revealed that the BMA had initiated clean air zones with a pilot project in Pathumwan district to deter the air pollution problem, by growing more trees to purify the air and regularly cleaning the streets to reduce dust. “We acknowledge that the traffic is the main source of air pollution, but the BMA is not directly responsible for regulating traffic. So, what we can do is encourage commuters to use more public transport and regularly check their car engine to reduce emission of pollutants,” Suwanna said. “We are now undergoing major public transport system development in Bangkok. We assure that by 2029, Bangkok’s public transport system will be completed and interconnected, which can greatly reduce traffic in the streets and air pollution.” Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30337266 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

Why Thailand if Malaysia is so much easier and nicer

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Please can someone explain to me why anyone would chose to live or spend their holiday in Thailand compared to Malaysia? I am currently traveling through SE Asia and spent enough time in both countries to be able to compare the pros and cons of living and holidaying in both of them. Malaysia .) 90 days visa free stay. Visa run to neighbouring countries possible with another 90 days extension thereafter .) No ATM fees .) EVERYONE speaks English (for me personally the greatest of all benefits) .) Food, beverages, literally everything has English description .) Same prices for locals and foreigners, no "farang prices" .) Same food portions for locals and foreigners, no "farang portions" .) Food in general is DELICIOUS and comes in all variations (Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian). Admittedly the only meal I do miss here is Mango sticky rice .) People seem more genuine, friendly and willing to help foreigners, answer questions. Willing to interact with foreigners (I guess due to being able to communicate in English) .) Sandy beaches are less frequent than in Thailand but still easy to reach, see Langkawi or other islands .) Shopping malls, cinemas, supermarkets etc are as shiny and humongous as in Thailand .) Price level comparable to Thailand or cheaper. Although Malaysia's GDP per capita stands at 9,502 USD, compared to Thailand's 5,907 USD - this source here says Bangkok is overall 21% more expensive than Kuala Lumpur https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/comparison/kuala-lumpur/bangkok I am not going to list the benefits of Thailand as I can't think of any right now except the promiscuity of Thai ladies and perhaps being able to drink alcohol in public places. Also I'd like the Thaivisa community to give some input which country in their opinion wins the race and why. If anyone is wondering why I started this topic: pure curiosity!

Smoking ban at 24 beaches in 15 coastal provinces takes effect on Feb 1

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Smoking ban at 24 beaches in 15 coastal provinces takes effect on Feb 1 Starting February 1, Cha-am beach and 23 other popular tourist beaches in 15 coastal provinces will be declared no-cigarette zones and anyone caught smoking, littering cigarette butts or discard cigarette packets on these beaches will face one-year imprisonment and/or 100,000 baht in fine. The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources’ ban against smoking on the beaches was announced in the Royal Gazette on last Nov 2 and will become effective on Feb 1. The department decided to impose strict measures against cigarette smoking and littering of cigarette butts and packets on the beaches in 15 coastal provinces after it was discovered that substantial amount of cigarette butts and discarded cigarette packets were among garbage littered on beaches. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/smoking-ban-at-24-beaches-in-15-coastal-provinces-takes-effect-on-feb-1/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-01-27

finally citibus include arrival info

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Now in their app for selected routes. Used today and worked. Only a few years behind KMB....

10 Reasons You Should Plan a Trip to Guatemala ASAP

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

In the months leading up to our trip to Guatemala, whenever we’d tell our friends and family where we were going, we’d receive the same confused, unenthusiastic response: “Why?” they’d ask. “Why are you going there – of all the places?” Never once did anyone say, “Wow, that’s so cool. I’ve always wanted to goRead more

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BIG Tesco Lotus in Chiang Rai

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Does anyone know why do we not have a Big Tesco Lotus here? Thank You

Vietnam visa for Portuguese – Política de vistos do Vietnã

by Jessica Tran @ Vietnam Visa

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British Airways Expanding New Club World Catering To More Routes

British Airways Expanding New Club World Catering To More Routes

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

British Airways is in the process of refreshing their longhaul business class product, which they refer to as Club World. As part of this refresh, British Airways is introducing a new dining experience, better bedding and amenity kits, and a new Club World seat.

I think it goes without saying that the biggest component of this change is the new Club World seat, which will hopefully debut sometime in 2019. Currently British Airways has up to eight seats per row in Club World, which is woefully uncompetitive.

Originally British Airways intended to introduce a new, proprietary business class seat, though rumor now has it that British Airways will simply be introducing a staggered configuration, similar to what you'll find in Emirates' A380 business class. We'll have to wait and see if this is in fact the case.

New non immigrant B visa where?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Chinese lady round the corner on a non immigrant B visa just discovered before going to get it extended for a year she has a problem. She has not had the 400k in the bank for the 90 days, three weeks short. She thinks she can wangle it at immigration, I doubt it and think she will have to leave when the extension runs out and start again with another visa. She has been here on this visa 5 years, where is the best place to get a new one, could she do it in Bangkok where she lives?

Double Entry Visa for cruise to Hong Kong and Japan

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I am a US citizen with a US passport. She is a Thai citizen, living in Thailand, with a Thai passport. We are flying from Thailand to Hong Kong, where we will take a cruise to Okinawa and back. We will then return to Thailand for a total of perhaps 10 days spent away from Thailand. Neither of us should require a visa to enter either country. But my GF has been reading and found that a double entry visa may be required for Hong Kong. I called the cruise line and they don't answer such questions, referring me to a visa service company. They said I should be fine but didn't know about her. I did some more research and my belief is that a double entry visa is only needed if you stop off in mainland China. That will not be the case here - Hong Kong to Okinawa and back. Can anyone verify that I am correct? Thanks in advance.

How to Make Poffertjes (Mini Dutch Pancakes)

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

After our Dutch friends introduced us to poffertjes for the first time in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam, I was hooked. Now every time we go to the Netherlands, we make sure to indulge in poffertjes at least once. But the thing is, we don’t visit Amsterdam that often. Lately, it’s been a once-per-year occasion,Read more

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The Ultimate 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Well, it’s that time of year again, isn’t it? And you know what that means: it’s time to start your holiday shopping. If you have a special traveler on your list (whether that means yourself, or a loved one), then this gift guide is for you. Whether you’re shopping for a foodie, a luxury traveler, anRead more

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Passport Name Changes – All You Need to Know

by PassportInfo @ Passport Info

Your passport is the most important identity document you possess. It can do far more than just prove who you … Continue reading »

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lower you cholesterol the safe way

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

ive had high cholesterol for many years went to the doctors and as always put me on statins, i dont like drugs of any sort really but these statins ive herd there can be nasty side affect with them. Any way i looked into more healthier ways of reducing high cholesterol and thought i would share this with all you people that are stuck on the statin pills. i just come back from having my cholesterol checked and thought id share my good news with all of you who have high cholesterol i have been eating Brazil nuts, i eat 1 nut a day and my total cholesterol came down from 275 to 202 in under 2 months.

Passport Problems – How to Replace Your Proof of US Citizenship

by PassportInfo @ Passport Info

When you apply for a US passport, the most important requirement is proof of your US citizenship. This could … Continue reading »

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Loreto, Mexico: A Top-Secret Destination in Baja California Sur

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

If you’re looking for the ultimate trip to Mexico, then I have a bit of advice: Forget about Cancún. Leave Cabo in the dust. And no, don’t even think about Puerto Vallarta! Nowadays, so many parts of Mexico have become wildly Americanized and touristy, and in turn, expensive. If you don’t know where to look,Read more

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20 Incredible & Unforgettable Things to Do in Oaxaca City, Mexico

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

As the culinary and cultural capital of Mexico, beautiful Oaxaca City has so much to offer to everyone who visits.  From the city’s rich history, archaeological sites, and indigenous cultures, to its bustling markets, art galleries, street food stands, and incredible museums, there is so much to discover in Oaxaca City, Mexico. I don’t thinkRead more

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Calculating the P/E of 2800

by tck @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

This might be a bit of a tangent, but I didn't think this warranted a new thread because it might...

Taking a Day Trip to Nusa Penida: Bali’s Paradise Island

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Nusa Penida is one of the last vastly undeveloped and unexplored places on earth — yet somehow, it’s situated just minutes offshore from Bali’s busy southeast coast! Luckily, this rustic and incredibly beautiful island has flown under the radar for decades, and now resembles what Bali was like 40 years ago: a pure and pristineRead more

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Pictures from Sam Mountain

by Nick @ One-Week Notice

Pictures from Sam Mountain, a precarious shanty of shops, houses and pagodas strewn across a rocky peak in the Mekong Delta.

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12 reasons to visit Vietnam at least once in a lifetime

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is not as celebrated as its regional cousins Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and even Indonesia. However, this does not mean that it is any less intriguing or wonderful than they are.

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Protected: USC – Japan Tourist Visa Requirements

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Prominent businessmen reach settlements in Saudi corruption probe - source

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Prominent businessmen reach settlements in Saudi corruption probe - source By Katie Paul RIYADH (Reuters) - Several prominent businessmen have reached financial settlements with Saudi Arabian authorities in the kingdom's sweeping crackdown on corruption, an official source told Reuters on Friday. They include Waleed al-Ibrahim, owner of regional television network MBC; Fawaz Alhokair, a major shareholder in fashion retailer Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co; Khalid al-Tuwaijri, a former chief of the Royal Court; and Turki bin Nasser, a former head of the country's meteorology and environmental protection agency, the source said. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity under briefing rules, did not reveal the terms of the settlements. The men could not immediately be reached for comment, and it was not clear what allegations they had faced. An email sent to MBC employees by MBC's chief executive Sam Barnett and seen by Reuters said Ibrahim had been released from detention and was with members of his family in Riyadh. Dozens of princes, senior officials and top businessmen were detained when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched the crackdown in early November. Suspects were accused of crimes such as money laundering, bribery and extorting officials. Authorities said they aimed to reach financial settlements with most suspects and believed they could raise some $100 billion for the government this way - a huge windfall for the state, which has seen its finances squeezed by low oil prices. The latest settlements suggest the main part of the purge may be drawing to a close, a relief for investors in the companies run by the suspects, some of which have seen their share prices tumble. Earlier this week, the attorney general said authorities were still holding 95 people in the campaign, while 90 detainees had been released after having charges dropped and others had traded cash, real estate and other assets for their freedom. Some suspects will face trial if they do not settle. In late November, senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching a settlement with authorities that involved paying more than $1 billion, according to a Saudi official. One top businessman who is still being held is billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman and owner of global investment firm Kingdom Holding. A Saudi official told Reuters this month that he was negotiating a possible settlement but so far had not agreed on terms. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa (As an American Citizen)

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Vietnam. Just the word alone evokes thoughts of bustling cities, millions of noisy scooters, hot bowls of pho, pristine beaches, and lush rice fields. And it sounds so good, doesn’t it? Every year, thousands of adventurous Americans flock to Vietnam to experience the wondrous sights, sounds, and flavors the Southeast Asian country has to offerRead more

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Millionaire sues London car dealer for £3.4million after he bought a hypercar 'he cannot drive'

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

A car dealer is being sued by a property tycoon who says he cannot drive his £3.4 million hypercar because of a problem with the documents he was given. Turkish multi-millionaire Tufan Kalman claims that in February last year he coughed up the staggering sum for a Pagani Zonda 760 Coupe. Just 13 of the a custom built bespoke Italian sportscar have ever been made. But he now wants a refund because he cannot legally drive it in Switzerland, where he lives. The cars, which have an eye-watering top speed of 218 mph, are extremely sought after by wealthy petrolheads. F1 star Lewis Hamilton was snapped in 2016 posing with a similar model that he owned. Mr Kalman has launched a High Court claim in a bid to force dealership, Pagani UK Ltd, of Park Royal, north west London, to give him his money back. In a writ issued at the court in London, Mr Kalman, who lives in Dornach, Switzerland, where he runs a property company, says that he paid £3.85m euros - about £3.4m - to the dealership for the car on 6 February last year, and took delivery six months later. But he now claims that his expensive boy toy "cannot be used" because the dealership have not given him the UK registration documents for the vehicle. "Without the original registration documents from the UK, Mr Kalman is unable to get the car registered in Switzerland. Hence the car cannot be used," the writ states. "To date Pagani UK Ltd has neither delivered the registration documents, nor repaid the purchase price," the document goes on. Because he cannot use the car, Mr Kalman is entitled to rescind the contract and claim his money back, his lawyers argue. The writ also claims that the dealers "offered to refund the purchase price if they did not deliver the original UK documents by the end of September 2017." And the writ alleges, "there is no legal basis allowing the defendant to keep the purchase price." Mr Kalman is also demanding interest at 8%, dating from November last year, and wants his money paid in Euros due to the dropping value of the pound. The writ states that, when it was bought, the car had not been registered "and no registration documents existed". Full article

Americans, Meet Your New Vietnamese Visa

by Nick @ One-Week Notice

In a stroke of genius, the Vietnamese government has finally rolled out sweeping visa policy changes (for Americans) after months of deliberation. Did they deliver?

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Discover: Kanab

by @ Wikitravel

When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.

Child Sex Offenders to Have Passports Revoked and Marked

by PassportInfo @ Passport Info

The US State Department announced on Monday, October 30, 2017 that they have begun to enforce passport sanctions against child … Continue reading »

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The week that was in Thailand news: The lad’s certainly for turning.

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

The week that was in Thailand news: The lad’s certainly for turning. Growing up into what passes for adulthood in England in the 1970s and 80s we were regaled by politicians who began to have advisers on image and spin who were as important as their senior policy teams. Figures like Margaret Thatcher were among the first to truly understand how vital the public perception of their deeds and words actually was. She realized that sound bites and image as much as the actual worth of anything in her manifesto were critical to enduring success. In 1980 at the October Conservative Party Conference the legendary figure uttered the immortal words by which her famous speech would later be known as she made a play on the hot potato of the time, the political U-turn. “You turn if you want to,” she uttered to rapturous Tory applause. “This lady is not for turning”. Though she missed the nuance of her speechwriter’s reference to a 1940s play it was irrelevant – it helped to define her steadfastness and cement her “Iron Lady” image. In comparison, General Prayut of Thailand – who recently claimed he is actually a politician and not a Khaki Kommandant – reminds me of that jelly sweet in watery milk that the Thais so adore. It is sickly yet not actually sweet enough, its texture vaguely blubbery and wishy-washy. It just doesn’t stand up to culinary scrutiny – in fact it’s neither one thing nor the other, and as far removed from a serious dessert as my French ancestors could imagine. Yes, it’s Prayut in a nutshell as he showed us once again in the last seven days…..the lad’s certainly for turning. Hapless Big Too tried to wriggle out of his commitment made in the hallowed halls of “Mister Tump’s Wai Hao” that elections would be held in November. Here we went again on a Looney Tunes trip. Donald was happy last year that he didn’t Duck the election issue when they met, but he might feel a bit Goofy now the comparative military mouse has taken the Mickey. The latest U-turn on the election is blamed on legal procedures and organic laws. Well, even Rooster knows what kind of stuff you need to grow organic veg. Similarly this reeks of amateur politicking and frankly disrespect for the electorate who, with the possible exception of those disparate souls saved from marching to the north-east last week, deserve better than this after four years of relative patience. How refreshing it would be if, despite the manipulation of the parliamentary set-up, the people were able to U-turn the activities of the military and set the country on a path not seen since the days of Anand Panyarachun or Chuan Leekpai. How telling, and essentially how sad in illustrating the dearth of new talent, that this week Chuan – in his eighties and decidedly frail – was being touted as a possible Prime Minister. Heavens above, even Privy Councillor Prem might have read that thinking he could stage a comeback as his own centenary comes knocking. U-turns figured everywhere this week and I half expected the new tourism minister to come out of hiding to claim “A la Kobkarn” that Thailand was now the hub of U-turns and so well worth a visit. So much so that when I saw a headline about U-turns and road carnage I thought that sense had prevailed at last and the police were now actually going to enforce the traffic laws. Not a bit of it – this U-turn to end road carnage was actually a U-turn – three to be precise on Rama II road in Samut Prakarn. It looked great with a video showing a huge truck actually avoid killing anyone, only for the inevitable to happen at the end of the footage. A motorcyclist was spotted sneaking through the barrier and crossing the road dangerously, a head shaking moment not missed by the Thais online who commented about nothing else except their accepted propensity for lawlessness, the very thing that needs the mother of all U-turns. However, this national characteristic to reverse decisions that they never intended to follow will be seen in all its glory starting next Thursday. This marks the D-Day for the smoking ban on 24 beaches. Watch how delay, compromise, lack of enforcement, forgetfulness, under-carpet-sweeping, committees and a massive dose of ‘mai pen rai’ and ‘graap-ing’ to the God of Tourism reduce this initiative within months, if not weeks, to the very ashtray of history. For if we are talking sound bites and slogans like the Iron Lady used so well, maybe what with all these military types and the incessant road rage coupled with the habit of reversing, we could replace LOS with Land Of U-Turns. Or LOUT for short. Also featuring a considerable media U-turn on Thaivisa this week was the story of the French man and his Thai woman lover wanted for the murder of Giuseppe de Stefani in Phichit. On Monday they were reported arrested in Tak. On Friday they were still on the run. Though fortunately the chief cop in the region, where the couple mutilated and set fire to the 61 year old Italian, had had a couple of dreams in which the victim had appeared imploring him to get his skates on. I kind of expected Giuseppe to have appeared earlier to debunk his ex-missus’s capture as surely he knew the truth of the matter looking down on this mess. And a mess it was with bumbling bumpkin BiB all over the place, except the place where the suspects actually were. Though thank heavens for sanity when the cops earnestly begged these disgusting miscreants to give themselves up for the sake of the image of tourism. Rooster was wondering how many more unlikely stories could be linked to damaging tourism when I realized that Phichit plod were merely taking a leaf out of the Book of Moses after the Israelis who murdered a man in broad daylight in Samui apologized for that heinous crime. Not murder of course, damaging tourism. Whether it was the advice of a smart lawyer or a police request to wai “Phra Thong Thiaw” (the God of tourism) I know not, but reading a scurrilous comment on Facebook from a poster who shall remain nameless I shall give out my “Wag of the Week” award. In reference to Israelis he said: “They are Arabs who are successful”. Having grown up with legends like the decisiveness of the raid on Entebbe and the effectiveness of Mossad in kidnapping Eichmann I was left wondering that though the pair in Samui didn’t get away, they may yet have plenty of life on the outside in the not too distant future. From the land of celebrity though at two ends of the pay scale came news of the “Most Hated German in Thailand” and “Lord Palumbo of Southwark”. It’s interesting to note that the former, Benjamin Holst, is much more well-known to Thaivisa regulars despite barely having two Deutschmarks to rub together compared to His Eton educated Lordship who has 350 million sobs. Rooster must apologize for coming up with the “Most Hated” moniker but I am pleased to say that I am an avid follower of arch-beggar and big leg Herr Holst’s Facebook page. And he told me personally from the Gambia that converting to Islam this week and calling himself Muhammed would undoubtedly help him sidestep a Thai immigration blacklist one day. Indeed, with some of the riff-raff that calls Thailand in general and Pattaya in particular home these days he is probably right. Lord Palumbo, meanwhile, was rumored to be an item with soap queen Kwan Usamanee (both her first names) even though he has lived with a woman called Pim in London for three decades. It all seemed potentially messy and I was tempted to put recently married Herr Holst in touch with His English Lordship to provide some much needed Teutonic advice. Another needing some marital know-how is hapless Norwegian Vidar Pettersen featured in Thaivisa exclusives this week. He had lost ten million baht, his son, all his possessions, his right of abode in Thailand and the cops in Nong Khai were driving round in his Merc. “Exclusive” didn’t really seem the right word as, if the forum curmudgeons were to be believed, it happens to virtually every westerner in Thailand who says “I do” and even many of those who mutter “I don’t”. And so to this week’s Rooster awards. The “Some U-turns are Worth It” award I would like to present in advance to His Generalness to encourage him to think again after putting legislation that could legalize marijuana on hold. Even if he is not convinced that the country is entirely ready for recreational use he should bear in mind the sense of promoting Mary Jane for medicinal use and not stand back and watch other countries like Australia and particularly Canada cream off the lion’s share of what the BBC called a $55 billion worldwide market for pot as medicine. Wouldn’t that be worth a few votes and help to bring some true happiness back to the people, sir? Finally, I am going to stick my neck out here because even though we are still mired in January I would like to present my “Headline of the Year” award eleven months early for the story about the policeman taking an unusual selfie: “Cop finds 200 meth tablets in Thai man’s anus then poses with his bum”. My Irish friends would doubtless say it was all harmless fun. Or just a bit of craic. Rooster -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-01-27

Americans, Meet Your New Vietnamese Visa

Americans, Meet Your New Vietnamese Visa


One-Week Notice

In a stroke of genius, the Vietnamese government has finally rolled out sweeping visa policy changes (for Americans) after months of deliberation. Did they deliver?

Treat helpers as human beings and with respect

by hullexile @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Filipino OFWs have been banned from going to Kuwait because of abuse (7 dead including 4 suicides)....

US Trade Commission Hands Bombardier Surprise Victory Over Boeing on CSeries Jet

US Trade Commission Hands Bombardier Surprise Victory Over Boeing on CSeries Jet

by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

In a stunning unanimous (4-0) decision Friday, the US International Trade Commission handed Canadian planemaker Bombardier a victory over Boeing, striking down punitive tariffs imposed by the US Department of Commerce on Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft. No reasons were immediately released by the body, which is comprised of international trade experts, and is a quasi-judicial administrative entity that advises …

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa (as an American Citizen)

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa (as an American Citizen)


Travel Alphas

Are you an American citizen, wondering how to get a Vietnam tourist visa? This post explains the visa process and will help you choose the best option.

Runaway trailer kills motorcyclist, crashes into Phichit shop

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Runaway trailer kills motorcyclist, crashes into Phichit shop By The Nation A trailer loaded with construction sand broke free from its truck engine and crashed into a pickup, two motorbikes and a roadside shop, fatally injuring a motorcyclist on Saturday afternoon. Police said the accident happened at a bridge on Ratraj Rangsan road in Phichit’s Taphan Hin district. The trailer of an 18-wheel truck broke free while it was crossing the bridge. It hit a pickup truck, a motorcycle and another motorcycle with side cart before it ploughed into a roadside animal food shop. A motorcyclist, Sarawut Meethong, 20, was seriously injured and died on the way to hospital. The truck driver, Rod Panphet, 51, told police that he was driving at about 40 kilometres per hour and he did not know why the trailer disconnected from his vehicle. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30337296 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

Kinderdijk, Netherlands: Experiencing the Dutch Countryside

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Have you heard of a tiny village in the Netherlands called Kinderdijk? Our guess is not. And truth be told, we hadn’t heard of it either, until we decided to sail through Europe with Viking River Cruises on their Grand European Tour last summer. For two weeks, we cruised the Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers, from Budapest toRead more

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Looking for cheap 2nd hand mobile phones

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I'm trying to get a very inexpensive mobile phone that will only be used to stream music. I don't care about CPU speed, memory, camera quality, or the usual requirements. It won't have a SIM card and it will only connect via WiFI. It will only run streaming music apps. I know Central Huay Khao has several shops on the 4th floor but I think they overcharge for what they are selling. Any suggestions? I like older to phones to have a 2nd life doing something useful rather than tossing them.

USC – India Tourist Visa Requirements

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[social_media size=”2″ ] [twitter link=”https://twitter.com/AristaPassports”][facebook link=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/AristaVisacom-Arista-Passport-And-Visa-Services/362042833870592″][yelp link=”http://www.yelp.com/biz/arista-passport-and-visa-services-burbank”][skype link=”AristaVisa”] [/social_media] [hr] [h4]VISAS FOR INDIA[/h4] [fancybox title=”ATTENTION!” background=”#A52A2A” ]You will be required to submit your passport to the consulate of India. You will NOT have access to your passport until the visa process is finished by the consulate. Please plan accordingly. The consulate will not release your passport […]

Beach smoking ban takes effect Thursday

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Beach smoking ban takes effect Thursday PATTAYA:--Enforcement of Thailand’s ban on smoking on the beach begins Thursday, Feb. 1, and Pattaya officials are spending the final few days letting everyone know what’s coming. Mayor Anan Charoenchasri led a Jan. 19 quit-smoking event on Jomtien Beach with officials from the Disease Control Department, Pattaya police representatives, and Marine and Coastal Resources Management Office 2 to tout the Feb. 1 start of enforcement of the ban that became law last year. City workers offered free health checks and speakers offered tips on how to kick the habit. Others spoke to a large crowd about the health hazards of smoking and second-hand smoke, as well as the impact on the environment that cigarette butts cause. The event ended with a yoga class and public officials leading a beach cleanup where they claimed to collect more than 50,000 discarded butts. Read more:http://www.pattayamail.com/featured/beach-smoking-ban-takes-effect-thursday-200183 -- © Copyright Pattaya Mail 2018-01-27

Discover: Fukuoka

by @ Wikitravel

A bullet train ride on the Hakata-Minami Line in Fukuoka, Japan costs just ¥290 (under US$3). Alas, the end-to-end trip lasts just ten minutes.

Copper Cow Coffee: Vietnamese Pour-Over Goes Global

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Like her Copper Cow Coffee, Debbie Wei Mullan is a mix of Asian and American. She was raised in San Francisco by her Chinese-Vietnamese mother and American father, and although they assimilated into American culture, growing up, her mom’s kitchen was filled with the pungent aromas and intense flavors of Vietnamese and Chinese home-cooking. That […]

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Travel news: Monte Carlo Las Vegas Update

by @ Wikitravel

As of today, Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Casino Hotel remains closed pending the investigation of last week's fire and the impending repair work. At this time, reservations at the Monte Carlo are being moved to other MGM Mirage hotels. In addition, the Lance Burton show will be suspended for the time being and all tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded.

One Month Itinerary from Mexico City to Cozumel - Your Input, Please!

by aisakow1 @ Fodor's Forum

Hi guys, My job has brought me to Leon, Mexicom and I�ve decided to take advantage of the fact that I am here already to do a month-long trip to...

Young dugong found dead on Phuket beach

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Young dugong found dead on Phuket beach Eakkapop Thongtub The dugong remains were taken to the Phuket Marine Biology Centre at Cape Panwa in the hope of determining what killed the young sea mammal. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub PHUKET: Local marine biologists are hoping to determine what killed a young dugong found washed up on a remote beach on the east coast of Phuket yesterday (Jan 26). Jaruwan Chuayseng, 25, a rescue worker from Phatthalung province, notified local Kusoldharm rescue workers at about midday that a dugong had been found dead on Somkiet Beach, also called Laem Nga Beach, on Koh Siray, east of Phuket Town. Lt Wipawan Wattanangerntanong of Phuket City Police along with researchers from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) arrived at the scene to find the dugong’s remains in a state of decay. Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/young-dugong-found-dead-on-phuket-beach-65749.php#usKM06kF7JoW4cFZ.97 -- © Copyright Phuket News 2018-01-27

Relevant to those applying for Non Immigrant O-A visa (retirement visa)

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Scanning this forum I am amazed at the number of people enquiring about non-Immigrant O-A visa, something which requires being out of the country, medical checks, police reports etc. There is a much simpler procedure: 1 - Get a tourist visa 2 - In BKK convert it into a 90 days Non-Immigrant O visa (O visa, not OA visa) 3 - Get an extension of 12 months year on year when the first 90 days expired. This is called Non-Immigrant O visa for the purpose of retirement and you can get a multiple re-entry permit to go in and out as you wish till the cows come home (for ever). I documented this last year in the thread below, providing photographic evidence to dispel doubts, and I felt the urge to share it now as I see so many people struggling unnecessarily in their own country or even getting out of Thailand to get one, something which I was also doing before I was told in this forum that it's not necessary. Have a look here and contact me in private if necessary I will be happy to guide you through the process. https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/975064-tourist-visa-into-retirement-visa/?page=8&tab=comments#comment-11842333 straydog

‘We Walk’ activists defy police

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‘We Walk’ activists defy police By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM THE NATION AS MARCH CONTINUES, THEIR LAWYERS INTEND TO SEEK POSTPONEMENT OF SUMMONS TO WEDNESDAY EIGHT PROMINENT members of the “We Walk” march for human rights protection will not report to the police tomorrow despite being summoned for alleged violation of a National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) order. Environmental Litigation and Advocacy for Wants Foundation (EnLaw) manager Supaporn Malailoi said yesterday that the lawyers representing the eight |participants of the “We Walk” long march will go to Khlong Luang Police Station tomorrow and seek a postponement |until next Wednesday for unspecified reasons. On January 20, Lt-Colonel Pusit Klaihirun, the NCPO representative, filed a complaint against eight “We Walk” marchers for allegedly breaching NCPO Order 3/2558 by gathering more than five persons for a political protest. Thammasat University’s Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology dean Anusorn Unno and many prominent human rights activists were among those who faced charges of violating the junta’s order. They were summoned to report to the police and listen to the charge at Khlong Luang Police Station at 9am tomorrow. Supaporn said that the eight activists would continue their march to Khon Kaen province as scheduled and they would |disclose today their reasons to postpone the meeting with police during a forum about the right to healthcare and Universal health coverage in Nakhon Ratchasima. She emphasised that no matter what, the protesters will continue their march to the end, as all citizens have the right to take part in peaceful protests and have freedom of expression, which was guaranteed by the Constitution. Supaporn also said that participants faced intimidation from officers in uniform and in plainclothes every day of the march. The intimidation by the authorities was not limited to “We Walk” marchers. Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported that the signatories to the statement condemning the litigation against eight activists of the long march also faced close monitoring by both police and military officers, which made them feel threatened and uncomfortable. The TLHR said that when soldiers came to meet with Network of People Living with HIV/Aids in Si Saket province they questioned them about their links to the “We Walk” long march, as the organisation was one of the signatories to the statement. In a related update on the march, Surachai Throngngam, secretary-general of EnLaw Foundation, said that the People Go Network had filed a complaint in the Administrative Court seeking an order to facilitate the march and stop any suppression of freedom of expression. The court has finished questioning of both sides and will soon deliver its order. Surachai also said that three additional defendants were added to the case, including the commanders of Provincial Police regions 5, 6 and 7, because the protesters have to pass through the areas under their responsibility to reach their destination in Khon Kaen. The number of defendants in the case now numbers seven. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30337263 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

USC – China Tourist Visa Requirements

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How to apply Vietnam Visa for U.S citizens - Latest Guide to go

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Full guide about Vietnam Visa for US citizens, from whether they need a visa to Vietnam, how to get Vietnam visa to FAQs about Vietnam visa in USA.

SKE enters renewable sector with investment in CBG production

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SKE enters renewable sector with investment in CBG production By THE NATION Chutchai Sumethchotimetha, chief executive officer of Sakol Energy Plc. SAKOL ENERGY Public Company Limited (SKE), a provider of automotive gas services, is investing in the renewable energy business by entering into the CBG business, paving the way for the company to the lucrative market of large and medium-size plants with wastewater from production process to be used to produce biogas. SKE will add value by converting this biogas into CBG, therefore, enhancing sustainable growth. Chutchai Sumethchotimetha, chief executive officer said: “In 2018, the company expects its core business to grow from the increases in NGV volumes for the first time in several years. The main factors are the continuous logistics expansion and the increasing volume of transport, resulting from the increase in investments in the industrial sector and the government’s policy such as the establishment of Special Economic Zone in five provinces and six areas in support of EEC. The investment in the EEC project helped increase imports and exports. As a result, the demand for NGV gas have risen sustainably. In addition, the company also benefits directly from the temporary shutdown of PTT’s gas compression station for one year. Therefore, the NGV compression volume at the company’s nearby station have increased since the fourth quarter of 2017. The company has invested in CBG Gas Production and Distribution. The company will hold 75 per cent shares in RE Biofuels Co Ltd (REB), which is the CBG Gas producer and distributor with a capacity of 3,000,000 kilograms per year. REB uses biogas from waste water from tapioca factories as a raw material for CBG production. The whole process from tapioca starch factory, Biogas wells and CBG production and distribution are located in the same area for highest efficiency. REB will distribute CBG gas to NGV trucks and has signed sales agreement of 7,000 kilograms per day with Fah Sang Wood Chips Co Ltd, representing more than 2.5 million kilograms per year. SKE is confident that the CBG business will deliver a continuous and stable income for SKE. The company will invest approximately Bt86 million in this project with an expected payback period of about five years. In addition, the project also receives a Bt12 million from the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy for the bio-methane gas station (CBG) as well as tax benefits from The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI). It is expected that SKE will start recognising CBG revenues as early as the third quarter this year. The company expects the CBG gas business to have strong opportunities as there are more than 1,000 sugar factories and many large factories like fapioca factories with a lot of waste water from the production process. That is the main raw material for the production of biogas. The biogas can be utilised in a variety of formats such as fuel for electricity generation, used to replace other more expensive fuels such as fuel oil, LPG to produce CBG as a replacement for NGV. SKE aims to invest in at least five biogas projects by 2020. At the end of 2017, the company decided to invest in an NGV conventional station of ex-pipeline with investment of about Bt500 million. It will be opened in Nakhon Sawan province within the first quarter of 2019. The conventional station of Ex-Pipe Line will generate higher returns than traditional retail NVG station. Both projects, CBG station and conventional ex-pipeline NGV station are two new businesses and two additional sources of income for SKE to support the steady income of SKE's core businesses, which provide gas compressed services to PTT Group under long-term contracts of more than 20 years. In addition, the company is looking for opportunities to invest in renewable energy to generate earnings and profit growth for the shareholders. SKE provides compressing gas for distribution by trucks provided by PTT Group. Currently, the company has two private mother stations: Pathum Thani Private Mother Station and Saraburi Private Mother Station. The company has a combined capacity of 750 tonnes per day. The company enjoys solid and growing financial performance. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2017, it’s revenue was Bt247 million. Net profit was Bt56 million, lower than the previous year. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/Corporate/30337252 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

Trusted websites for online Vietnam Visa for French citizens

by Hanh Pham @ Comprehensive Vietnam Visa & Travel Guide

If you are foreigners and want to visit Vietnam, sometimes you will need to apply for Vietnam Visa. In this post, we would like to give introduce you the concept of Visa on Arrival as well as some helpful websites for your Vietnam visa application, especially for French.

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Discover: Aberdeen

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Among the artifacts displayed at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland is a flag from Hitler's staff car. (Don't ask how they got it.)

USC – Hong Kong Tourist Visa Requirements

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Reunification Train Hanoi-Saigon Vietnam Information and Service

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Lufthansa A350 Business Class – Munich-MUC to Delhi-DEL LH 762

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

After touching down a bit late from our inbound flight from Charlotte, we scurried from Terminal H to L by taking a short train. We were assigned gate L13 and, fortunately, the Lufthansa Lounge was directly across the hall. This allowed us about 45 mins to get showers and freshen up for the next 7-8 hour flight.

BOOKING

We booked this flight using United MileagePlus Miles. We spent a total of 90,000 miles each for the Business Class award, including:

Lufthansa Business Class Charlotte-CLT to Munich-MUC Lufthansa Business Class Munich-MUC to Delhi-DEL Air India Business Class Delhi-DEL to Colombo-CMB United Economy Class Charleston-CHS to Newark-EWR

We purposely switched our flights around to have the opportunity to fly Lufthansa’s first A350 since it was a bit of a novelty and was still basically brand new.

CHECK-IN

Although most of the check-in was performed in Charlotte-CLT the day before, the gate agent was checking visas before boarding and marking boarding passes to help speed up the process later.

Boarding and visa check prior to boarding

LH D-AIXA waiting at the gate

BOARDING

Boarding was, as I’m sure we’ll be used to soon once in India, disorganized and very pushy. Quite crazy that people are in such a hurry to get on a plane that isn’t going to leave anyone behind.

Instead of breaking the boarding up by class or zone, they had priority boarding of wheelchairs and babies. But, that’s all the announcements they seemed to make as business class travelers just sort of started going through. Then, people were jumping lines; it was confusing and we didn’t know what to do next. Plus, while the priority boarders were still waiting on the elevator to take them downstairs, the business class travelers were streaming past them to get to the stairs….beating the priority boarders onto the plane. A bit odd…especially since this was Lufthansa.

Business Class boarding area, the calm before the storm of pushy people

Once past the gates, the jet bridge had 2 boarding doors, one for Economy and another for just Business Class (well also for First but the A350 is 3 cabin, not 4).

Rounding the corner, we found the bright, new and clean cabin:

Right after boarding we were offered a welcome drink:

SEAT

We quickly got situated into seats 5A and 5C.

The seats on this A350 are nothing new; it’s the same exact Business Class seat you’ll find on their A330s, A340s, A380s, 747-8s, etc.

It is, by all means, a great product, but it is quickly getting outdated as many other airlines have already switched to an all-aisle access Business Class cabin– that is to say: 1 x 2 x 1 as a seating configuration. Lufthansa, by contrast, has installed their standard (and relatively new) 2 x 2 x 2 seating configuration on this brand new plane.

Here’s the seating chart from Lufthansa’s A350s:

The Business class section (split up by a galley and lavatories) has 8 rows x 6 seats for a total of 48 seats.

And, here’s the seating chart for a bunch of other airlines that have received the A350; all of their cabins feature the 1-2-1 [...]

How To Get A Vietnam Visa In Bangkok

How To Get A Vietnam Visa In Bangkok


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10 Things To Do In Hanoi Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Known as the Paris of Asia, Hanoi beckons to millions of tourists each year to Vietnam thanks to its thriving arts scene, colonial architecture, museums, shopping districts, and the scenic natural beauty of over 20 lakes, pagodas, and over 50 Buddhist temples. Hanoi, the capitol of Vietnam, was ranked in the 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards™ […]

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Trump says he 'would apologise' for sharing British far-right videos

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Trump says he 'would apologise' for sharing British far-right videos By Guy Faulconbridge U.S. President Donald Trump walks in a corridor after a meeting during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he had not intended to cause offence in Britain by sharing anti-Muslim videos originally posted by a leader of a far-right fringe group, and that he would apologise if such people were horrible racists. Trump told ITV's Good Morning Britain show he knew nothing about the group but that he was the "least racist person that anybody's going to meet" and that his retweet was not an endorsement. Trump sparked outrage in Britain when he shared the anti-Muslim videos last November and became embroiled in a public spat with British PM Theresa May who criticised him for the retweet. When pressed on whether he would apologise for his retweet, Trump said that if the group was made up of racists then he would. "Here's what's fair, if you're telling me they're horrible people, horrible racist people, I would certainly apologise if you would like me to do that," Trump said. "I know nothing about them. I don’t want to be involved with (these) people, but you're telling me about these people because I know nothing about these people." Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of anti-immigration Britain First, posted the videos which she said showed a group of people who were Muslims beating a teenage boy to death, battering a boy on crutches and destroying a Christian statue. Fransen on Friday said believed Trump had been "railroaded" into making an apology and said it was she who was due an apology for being described as a racist. MILITANT ATTACKS "The British establishment is trying to censor the president of the United States," she told journalists after a court appearance in Belfast related to allegations that a speech she made about Muslims was "intended or likely to stir up hatred". Relations between the two nations, described as "the special relationship", have faced several ups and downs not just due to Trump's criticism of May, but also his spats with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and his comments on militant attacks in Britain. Earlier this month, he cancelled a trip to London to open a new embassy, saying he did not want to endorse a bad deal agreed by the Obama administration to sell the old one for "peanuts". Some Britons are angry at the prospect of a visit by Trump with large protests expected when he does arrive, most probably in the second half of the year according to a senior British government source. Officials are discussing whether Trump will be given a state visit, which means he will be hosted by Queen Elizabeth, and when exactly it will take place, the source said. In the interview aired on Friday, Trump said he loved Britain very much and got along well with May. "I can tell you I have a very good relationship with your Prime Minister," Trump said. "She's been doing a very good job. We actually have a very good relationship, although a lot of people think we don't." "I support her, I support a lot of what she does and a lot of what she says and I support you militarily very much. We will come to your defence if anything should happen, which hopefully will never happen. I am a tremendous supporter of the UK." -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

Wanted man found in Myanmar with war weapon

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Wanted man found in Myanmar with war weapon By The Nation A THAI drug suspect has been arrested in the Myanmar town of Keng Tung this week for possession of a war weapon. Keng Tung police arrested Tawatchai Omchompoo, 29, on Wednesday. An informed source said Tawatchai suspiciously stopped his vehicle along the R3B highway after spotting a checkpoint ahead. “He also got out of his car and sprinted away, arousing police suspicions. Police then hunted after him,” the source said. Police managed to detain him soon after and found in his car an assault rifle with ammunition. Two women were with him at the time of his arrest. Their identity was not disclosed. At present Tawatchai , is being detained at the local police station. Tawatchai is wanted in Thailand over his alleged involvement in drugs and fled to Myanmar to evade arrest. Both the Pathum Thani and Si Sa Ket provincial courts have issued arrest warrants for him. Tawatchai’s name emerged in Thai news reports frequently last year after he was identified as the man who helped three female murder-dismemberment suspects went into hiding in Myanmar. The gruesome killing received huge news coverage in Thailand. The three murder suspects soon later turned themselves in and were then deported back to Thai soil to face charges. An informed source said the Thai-Myanmar Township Border Committee was expected to address Tawatchai’s case. “If he is not prosecuted in Myanmar now, he will have to be deported to face legal proceedings in Thailand,” the source added. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30337250 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

Carer robot wired to succeed after Japan market breakthrough

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Carer robot wired to succeed after Japan market breakthrough By SOMLUCK SRIMALEE THE NATION Chalermpon Punnotok, founder and chief executive officer of CT Asia Robotics Co Ltd, shows off the Dinsow mini robot, one of the models designed to help take care of old people. BREAKING into the Japanese market proved a turning point for the robotics company founded by software-company employee turned entrepreneur Chalermpon Punnotok. In 2014, Chalermpon’s CT Asia Robotics Co Ltd released its carer robot, called Dinsow, in Japan – the pioneering force in robotics technology. The robot is designed to take care of the elderly, who make up a growing proportion of Japan’s ageing |society. Now, after success in Japan, the company plans to export updated versions of the robot to Germany and Singapore this year. “It took three years of research and development to produce the robot after we established CT Asia Robotics Co Ltd in 2009,” said Chalermpon, owner/CEO of CT Asia Robotics, in an interview with The Nation recently. “In the 2011 launch year, the Dinsow robot was first developed to be used for advertising purposes at events. “Then our team continued to develop the next series with the goal of producing a robot to help take care of old people. We achieved success with this goal and began the exports to Japan in 2014. This success – especially in Japan, which is renowned for its robotics technology – inspired the team to keep improving our products to meet demand from both Thais and overseas customers.” The company’s robots fulfil their care role by monitoring the elderly in their homes, and family members can communicate with the robots via an application. In the event of an accident involving the monitored person, the robot will send information to family members via the application, and such information will also be sent to a local hospital. Calls for an ambulance can be also be made, as all such contact information can be loaded into the memory of the robot’s computing power, Chalermpon said. Chalermpon, 50, began in business in 1997 when he established CT Asia Co Ltd for call-centre operations. He got that started with his saving of just Bt300,000. “I learned how to do things from being an employee in a software firm in the US. That experience inspired me to established my own business when I return to my hometown.” From the Bt300,000 investment budget in 1997 – the fateful year that Thailand plunged into financial crisis - Chalermpon succeeded in boosting sales from Bt5 million that year to as much as Bt70 million last year. Chalermpon’s interest in starting the business had also been fuelled by conversations he had with students who had won top honours in a competition for robotics technology. “Most of them told me that could not do anything to pursue their ambitions in robotics upon graduation because the country did not then have a manufacturing capacity to produce robots,” he said. “Their responses inspired me to established CT Asia Robotics Co Ltd in 2009 with an investment cost of Bt10 million, by recruiting the students who had won in the robot competition.” He saw the need for robots that can take care of elderly people amid the trend in most countries for an ageing population. Since 2009, CT Asia Rototics Co Ltd has developed three new series of the Dinsow robot and will launch the fourth series this year. With the company’s success in Japan, it is engaged in negotiations for the exports to Germany and Singapore to start this year. Chalermpon said that with the country moving forward under the Thailand 4.0 vision, more expertise in innovative and technology will be needed to drive the country’s growth, especially with home-grown technology. He said the government should not only support the development of innovative products with research and development budgets, but it should also become a buyer of the local products that result from this policy. “For example, some private hospitals bought our robot to use in their patient wards, but state-owned hospitals have never bought them,” Chalermpon said. “That’s why many Thai producers who produce innovative products cannot improve their research and development programmes.” Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/Corporate/30337262 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-27

No Visa Required – Exotic Destinations You Can Visit Without a Visa

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Are you dreaming of a trip to an exotic destination, somewhere none of your friends have visited? Perhaps you’d like … Continue reading »

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Hilarious: Renting A Car Without Paying Any Fees

Hilarious: Renting A Car Without Paying Any Fees

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Tripp and Tyler is a pretty funny YouTube channel that does lots of skits based on things you may encounter in real life. Just yesterday they uploaded a hilarious video called "A Rental Car Success Story," which I think perfectly sums up most peoples' experiences with the "big guy" car rental companies. Here's the video, if you need a good laugh:

A couple of weeks ago they made a video entitled "Air Travel In Real Life," which is about what it would be like if being a passenger in a car were like being in a plane:

Pictures from Gettysburg Battlefield

by Nick @ One-Week Notice

Pictures from the battlefront, from the Pennsylvania Monument to Spangler's Spring, from Big Roundtop to Devil's Den---stopping just shy of the Chinese buffets a few streets away.

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Well Done HK Gov - longer crossing for seniors

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Smart device gives elderly and disabled more time to cross Hong Kong’s busy streets | South China...

Jet Airways Cuts Ties With Emirates & Gulf Air As Of April 1, 2018

Jet Airways Cuts Ties With Emirates & Gulf Air As Of April 1, 2018

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Last year Jet Airways made the decision to cut ties with American, as we saw their partnership ending as of December 31, 2017. Now it's no longer possible to earn and redeem AAdvantage miles on Jet Airways, and vice versa. That wasn't the only partnership cuts we saw from Jet Airways last year. They also cut ties with four Star Alliance airlines -- Austrian, Lufthansa, Swiss, and Turkish.

The motive here seems pretty clear. Delta and Jet Airways introduced an expanded partnership as of March 2016, giving travelers more access to the Indian market. For a while there were even rumors of Delta buying a 24% stake in Jet Airways, though that never happened. However, it's clear that Jet Airways is now very much in the Air France-KLM and Delta clique, and that came at the expense of their other partnerships that were focused on transatlantic travel.

Jet Airways has just announced that they're ending even more partnerships. As of April 1, 2018, Jet Airways will no longer partner with Emirates or Gulf Air. Currently it's possible to earn and redeem JetPrivilege miles on both of those airlines, though that will no longer be possible starting in a few months.

The Most Addicting, Flavor-Packed Salsa Roja You’ve Ever Had

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

There’s nothin’ like crispy, lightly-salted tortilla chips with some fresh and spicy salsa roja. Am I right? But here’s the thing. If you want some good salsa — and I mean some really good salsa — you’d be hard-pressed to find it in a store. (And that’s because the flavors usually come in 1: overlyRead more

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All you need to know about Vietnam Business Visa

by Hanh Pham @ Comprehensive Vietnam Visa & Travel Guide

There are currently 2 ways of applying for a Vietnam visa: Vietnam Embassy Visa & Vietnam Visa On Arrival. Vietnam Business Visa is categorized as "DN".

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Breakfast Suggestions Soho (Manhattan): Where?

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For a change during our April '18 trip to NYC for the Met and shows we have decided to stay at the Crosby Street Hotel. I like Firmdale hotels but...

USC – Brazil Tourist Visa Requirements

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Testimonial 2017

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Shifting visa fees can make travel to Vietnam confusing, costly

Shifting visa fees can make travel to Vietnam confusing, costly


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The prices for a visa to visit Vietnam have been all over the board recently. While things seem to have settled down, it still pays to shop around.

Review: Emirates New First Class 777 Dubai To Brussels

Review: Emirates New First Class 777 Dubai To Brussels

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

My flight from Dubai to Brussels was scheduled to depart at 8:20AM. Since I've reviewed Emirates' first class lounges in Dubai before (in both the A Concourse and B Concourse), I decided to skip the lounge this time and head straight to the gate. My flight was departing from gate B3. That's a remote gate, which sure isn't a nice way to start the journey in Emirates' uber-luxurious new first class.

The gate area opened at around 7:20AM, at which point my boarding pass was scanned and passport verified. The gate agent questioned me relentlessly about whether I had ever stayed in Europe for more than 90 days. He didn't just ask once, but several times. I asked if there was a problem, and he just said "Belgium is very strict about that." 

At that point I was in the holding room. There were escalators leading down to the buses heading to the gates, but they didn't board the first bus until 7:45AM.

Woman Answers Man’s Marriage Advert on Facebook as a Joke, Marries Him a Week Later

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

When Sophy Ijeoma, a makeup artist from Nigeria, decided to comment on an acquaintance’s Facebook marriage advert as a joke, she never imagined she would marry the man just seven days later, but I guess she underestimated the power of social media. The day before New Year’s Eve, Nigerian furniture maker Chidimma Amedu decided it was to find a wife. Instead of probing his friends or going on a dating site, he just posted an advert on Facebook, asking all women interested in becoming his wife to reply to his post. It read “Am of age to and I am ready to say I do and I am wasting no time. Send in your applications. The most qualified will be married on January 6, 2018. Application closes 12 midnight, December 31, 2017. I am serious about this… and don’t say you did not see it on time. Goodluck.” Amedu received a few responses from interested parties, but the one that caught his attention came from Sophy Ijeoma, an acquaintance he barely knew. She was maid of honor at a friend’s when she saw the funny post, and it piqued her interest. She had been Facebook friends with Amedu for about a year but had previously had little interaction beyond occasional likes and comments. Initially, she thought the post was a joke and replied saying: “Am interested, just DM me…lols.” “I never knew he was serious about the post,” Ijeoma told the BBC. Amedu, however, was completely serious. He sent her a private message, and they began chatting via Facebook messenger. Two days later the couple had their first date at a mall in Ijeoma’s hometown of Enugu, in southeastern Nigeria. Amedu traveled over 500 km (300 miles) from his home in the northern city of Abuja to meet her there. “It was love at first sight,” Ijeoma told reporters. “He is the most handsome man I’ve ever met, and I liked him instantly.” Amedu felt the same, and after taking one look at her said, “You’re beautiful”. After two hours of conversation, Amedu asked Ijeoma to meet his uncle who also happened to live in Enugu. Family support behind one’s choice of spouse is an essential part of Igbo culture. “We got to the uncle’s house, and he said: ‘Uncle, meet the woman I want to marry,'” Ijeoma recalled. “When I saw him for the first time, I definitely found him attractive, but what I didn’t know how serious he was about marrying me. It was after we met the uncle and his wife, that I realized that this could actually happen and I wanted it.” The couple decided to keep their momentum and seek the approval of Ijeoma’s family on the same day. Her father had passed away, so it was up to her elder brother to give his blessing, which, somewhat surprisingly, he did. It was official – Amedu and Ijeoma were engaged to be married all within hours of meeting. Full article

Singapore City Tour during a 10-Hour Layover

by mccown @ Weekend Blitz

After flying in on Singapore Airlines from Jakarta (Singapore Airlines B777-200 First Class Jakarta-CGK to Singapore-SIN (SQ 953)), we were faced with a 10-hour layover in Singapore and, because we’ve never visited the city before, we took advantage of the layover and popped out of the airport (as impressive as it was) to see as much as we could in the short time.

Because Singapore is a hub, they’ve made sightseeing during a layover very easy! The airport offers free two-hour tours but, since we had more time than that, we opted to DIY and head out on the hop-on, hop-off bus. This gave us the freedom to do things on our own time and see more than the 2-hour free tour, plus Singapore Airlines/Silk Air boarding pass holders receive a 50% discount on bus tickets! We purchased adult tickets for just $19.50 SGD (roughly $14 USD) each once we hopped on a bus.

We knew that our luggage was checked through to our next destination, so we only had our carry-ons. We opted to store most of what we were carrying so we’d have less things to lug around with us all day and found the baggage storage at the airport to be more than adequate. Plus, there’s a storage area in all three terminals, so it’s very convenient no matter where you’re flying in/out (and pretty cheap for just carry-ons since they charge by weight).

Once we were free of everything but the day’s essentials, we headed through customs and right to the metro stop inside the airport (the metro leaves from Terminals 2 and 3).

It takes about an hour to get into the city center from the airport, so be sure to factor traveling time in your layover plan. We got off the metro at City Hall and walked to the nearby bus stop: aptly named City Hall, too.

Once on the Red Line bus, we decided to stay aboard until we found stops that we wanted to explore more, knowing that we’d get to see more stops if we stayed on the bus longer. Here are the stops where we got off for a bit and explored on foot:

Chinatown: having never been to China, Singapore’s Chinatown was as close as we’d get for a while, we figured. It was pretty similar to other Chinatowns we’ve seen, but still very cool to see and different from the rest of the city.

Old Customs House (near the Raffles Hotel): The famous Singapore Sling cocktail was originally concocted at the Raffles Hotel. We headed to the Long Bar Steakhouse in the luxury hotel to try it from the original place. It’ll cost ya, though… just one drink costs close to $30 (!!) but it does come with all-you-can-eat peanuts.  🙂

Note: The Long Bar Steakhouse is closed for renovations with plans to re-open in mid-2018, but you can still try the Singapore Sling at the nearby Bar & Billiard Room.

The grounds of the Raffles Hotel make you feel like you’re in a time machine to the colonial era since it [...]

Building Engineers/Inspectors - Chonburi

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I am about to start the build on my house 23.02.18. I am looking for a Building Engineer/Inspector to carry out checks on the build quality initially for the foundations then later for roof etc. This is mainly to check the builder I have employed is working to the Architects specification. I work overseas 28/28 so would require him/her to make sporadic visits to the build. Does anyone have any recommendations in the Phanat Nikhom, Chonburi area? I'm approx. 1hr 30 NE of Pattaya and the same South of BKK. Thanks

U.S. Citizens Can Now Get An Electronic Visa For Vietnam - One Mile at a Time

U.S. Citizens Can Now Get An Electronic Visa For Vietnam - One Mile at a Time


One Mile at a Time

Vietnam is now issuing electronic visas for U.S. citizens. Here's what you need to know.

Countries that Require Visa for US Citizens

Countries that Require Visa for US Citizens


Passport Info

Which Countries Require Visas for US Citizens? If you are planning an international trip, it’s important to check and see if your destination will require you to have a visa. You can check online for the visa requirements for every country in the world on the website of a reputable travel visa expediting company like … Continue reading Countries That Require Visas →

Calculating the P/E of 2800

by tck @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

This might be a bit of a tangent, but I didn't think this warranted a new thread because it might...

Vietnam visa for Panamanian passengers – Visado de Vietnam

by Jessica Tran @ Vietnam Visa

The post Vietnam visa for Panamanian passengers – Visado de Vietnam appeared first on Vietnam Visa.

*almost complete* Switzerland>Edinburgh itinerary

by alexandra772 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello again all, and thank you for the help so far! I have almost completed my itinerary for Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Scotland in late...

Discover: Graz

by @ Wikitravel

UPC Arena in Graz, Austria was renamed in 1997 to honor native son Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the old name was restored in 2005 over the governor's support of the death penalty.

Is it true?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I heard that the Baht is being maintained strong so some people can invest outside the country. It makes sense. They get cheap American dollars to invest where ever they want. Also it is currencies manipulation. But this is effecting every foreigner who travels to Thailand. a strong baht means more expensive for travellers. If this is true maybe foreigners should take it personal.It effects every one who gets off the plane coming here. Does any one know if there is ant truth to this rumor?

More Great Oneworld First Class Fares From Europe To The US

More Great Oneworld First Class Fares From Europe To The US

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Lately we've seen more and more great international first class fares. It used to be that airlines would consistently discount business class tickets but that first class fare sales were rare, but that has been changing. Nowadays it's not unusual to see transatlantic first class fares of $2,500 or less, especially if traveling roundtrip from Europe to the US (rather than the other way around)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some great American and British Airways first class fares valid for travel from many European gateways to the US. Well, there are some more great fares for this summer, for anyone looking to travel from Europe to the US.

SecretFlying notes that American and British Airways have very attractive first class fares for travel in July and August. To get the fares you have to originate in Oslo and then return to Stockholm, Gothenburg, or Hamburg (so you'll want to use the multi-city feature on ITA Matrix or Google Flights). There are great fares to several US cities, though Miami is among the most attractive options.

Dirty Laundry Management Tips to Tide You Over

Dirty Laundry Management Tips to Tide You Over

by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Teenagers and laundry rarely mix, but youngsters are bringing detergent to the forefront with the latest Internet fad: taking the Tide Pod Challenge. While adults struggle to understand why teenagers are ingesting or vaping these handy little packets of pre-mixed laundry detergent, various businesses have found opportunities to capitalize on the recent hubbub by launching …

Friendly South-East Asian destinations for Indian

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Here are list of beautiful Southeast Asian places which having friendly visa policy for Indian citizens. Easy to read and prepare for your next trip!

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Re Enrty permit Retirement Vis

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

On retirement Visa and taking trip to Singapore. I’m advised need a re entry permit so no issues upon return. Flying Thai Smile from Udon Thani to BKK for transfer to Thai Air on to Singapore. When should I get the re entry permit? And where? Last time I took this flight when you land in BKK they walk you to the area for Intl flight.

Discover: Tokyo

by @ Wikitravel

Want to visit the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Capitals? Book flights to Beijing, Xian, Tokyo and Nanjing.

Vietnam Travel Guide: Hoian and My Son Sightseeing Guides

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

Cantonese Assembly Hall Central Market Chinese Assembly Hall Fukian Assembly Hall Hai Scout Cafe Hainan Assembly Hall Hoian Cathedral Tradditional Handicraft Japanese Covered Bridge Miss Vy’s School of Cooking Museum of History and Culture Museum of Trade Ceramics Old House of Tan Ky Quan Cong Temple Red Bridge Cooking School The Old House of Phung […]

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USC - Vietnam Tourist Visa

USC - Vietnam Tourist Visa


"The Passport Pros" Arista & Delphi Passport/Visa Services

Follow These Instructions to Obtain a Visa for Vietnam PLEASE NOTE: You will be required to submit your passport to the consulate. You will NOT have access to your passport until the visa process is finished by the consulate. Please plan accordingly. The consulate will not release your passport until the visa

Are Marriott & Starwood Already Combining “Lifetime” Nights?

Are Marriott & Starwood Already Combining “Lifetime” Nights?

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

There's some weird stuff going on at the moment when it comes to my SPG elite qualifying activity. First of all, it appears as if stay and night credits from the SPG Amex are double posting, so those of us with both the personal and business version of the card seem to have received eight elite qualifying stays and 20 elite qualifying nights. Some suggest they've received emails indicating that this is intentional, though I'm skeptical. We'll have to wait and see how it plays out.

However, there's something else going on that I find more interesting. Reader Vasya left the following comment on a post from earlier, about the possibility of changes coming to SPG:

Three Weeks in Bali Itinerary: Where to Go, Stay, and Eat + Costs

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

If you’re planning to spend three weeks in Bali, then let me start off by saying I support that. Bali is one of my favorite places in the entire world, and in my opinion, three weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore the island, get to know its rich culture and friendly people, as wellRead more

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What American Management Says About Self-Upgrading To Main Cabin Extra

What American Management Says About Self-Upgrading To Main Cabin Extra

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

This situation keeps getting more and more ridiculous. A few days ago I wrote about how American will be adding additional perks to Main Cabin Extra, which is their extra legroom economy seating. Specifically, Main Cabin Extra will come with free alcoholic beverages, reserved overhead bins, and priority boarding.

In their internal communication to flight attendants regarding these changes, American said the following:

Airport transport from udonthani

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I wanting to know if there is a minivan limousine service from Udonthani airport to ( moo17)

Russian man, 31, charged for reckless driving after Phuket head-on collision

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Russian man, 31, charged for reckless driving after Phuket head-on collision Eakkapop Thongtub PHUKET: A Russian man has been charged with reckless driving after crashing his Mercedes-Benz SUV into a Honda City sedan driven by a 38-year-old Thai man, about one kilometre from Ao Po Pier in the early hours of this morning (Jan 27). The Russian man, identified as Alexander Prokhodnoy, 31, was uninjured in the crash, while the Thai man, identified as Sumraung Cholalam, 38, received minor chest injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. Lt Col Kraisorn Boonpop of the Thalang Police was notified of the crash at 1am (Jan 27) near the entrance to Ao Po Pier. Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/russian-man-31-charged-for-reckless-driving-after-phuket-head-on-collision-65750.php#zPy7HEBhpMCIdiJS.97 -- © Copyright Phuket News 2018-01-27

New Vietnam Visa-on-Arrival Fee and Procedure for US Citizens

New Vietnam Visa-on-Arrival Fee and Procedure for US Citizens


https://www.caintravel.com/

With immediate effect, the Vietnamese government has implemented a new visa regulation for US citizens who plan on visiting Vietnam. Learn more.

What is so great about Vietnam?

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

There is no wrong reason to visit a country, and no matter what lights up your day, you have plenty of destinations to choose from. However, Vietnam will offer you everything from above and more.

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Man makes "extremely surprising" discovery after cutting his IKEA desk in half

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Everyone loves a bit of IKEA furniture. It can completely transform your home without breaking the bank. Most of us accept that the cheap and cheerful price tags normally mean it's probably not going to be made out of solid oak - but it does the job and it looks great. But one customer was still surprised when he saw exactly what his IKEA desk was made of. He was doing a bit of DIY with his desk, and decided to saw it in half. But when he looked at the two pieces afterwards, he was really surprised by what he saw. He posted photos on Twitter, and said: "I always knew that Ikea furniture was fake wood—particle board with a veneer on top. "Fine, whatever. "But last night I sawed into my desk and discovered the particle board *itself* is a lie. "FOLKS IKEA WOOD IS LITERALLY CARDBOARD." However he makes it clear that he's not angry or upset about it, just surpised. He later added: "To be clear, I don't have a problem with this: it's cheap, light, and works. "But it was extremely surprising!" He also pointed out that it makes modification slightly more tricky. Many people have also highlighted some of the positives of using cardboard. Full article

Vietnam visa for Afghanistan citizens, passport holders, residents - Vietnam-Immigration.Org.Vn

Vietnam visa for Afghanistan citizens, passport holders, residents - Vietnam-Immigration.Org.Vn


Vietnam-Immigration.Org.Vn

The official site for Vietnam visa. Provide useful info and arrange visa on arrival with 100% success for who enter Vietnam. A best way to get Approval Letter online

American Airlines May Ditch A350 Order, Slows New Aircraft Growth

American Airlines May Ditch A350 Order, Slows New Aircraft Growth

by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Thursday morning’s American Airlines earnings release and investor call brought a slew of news — from management hinting at higher airfare to come to details about AA economy getting worse. In addition, there were also some interesting updates about American Airlines’ fleet. Here’s what they are and what it means for flyers: Uncertain Future for the …

9 of the Best Movies Set in New York City

9 of the Best Movies Set in New York City

by Jeffrey Preis @ The Points Guy

For the first time in 15 years, the GRAMMY Awards are coming back to New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The city will welcome award show patrons all across the city — from Wall Street to Central Park, every neighborhood will get into the groove in preparation for music’s biggest night. To celebrate all things …

finally citibus include arrival info

by HK_Katherine @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Now in their app for selected routes. Used today and worked. Only a few years behind KMB....

Discover: Santa Fe

by @ Wikitravel

In the celebrated art colony of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can of course get paintings of the scenery of the southwestern United States, but did you know you can also get original paintings of Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote?

12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I […]

Smartphone Battery Explodes After Man Inexplicably Bites Into It

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Chew on this: A man in China decides he needs to verify if a smartphone battery is legit ― so he bites it?!?!? It’s a decision that literally blew up in his face, as the now-viral video demonstrates. Security camera footage captured Jan. 19 at a store in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, shows the unidentified man biting into the iPhone battery, presumedly to check its authenticity. The move quickly proves to be a mistake, as the battery explodes. Amazingly, the man wasn’t seriously hurt in the blast. Since then, the wisdom in chomping down on a toxic lithium-ion battery has been the subject of some debate. Taiwan News noted that it’s common for people in China to test the authenticity of gold by biting it, which led Apple Insider to speculate the man somehow thought he could test the authenticity of the battery using the same technique. Gizmodo rightfully noted that iPhone batteries don’t have much gold in them, but they do contain a lot of toxic items that no one should ingest. On the rare occasions when a phone explodes, it’s often because the “positive” and “negative” battery plates have become joined, such as if the battery was pierced by a metal object, according to TeamKnowHow.com. The website points out that lithium-ion batteries, though considered very safe, can explode if they’re overcharged. Full article and video

Overnight Motorbike Parking in Ayutthaya.

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Anyone know of overnight motorbike parking in Ayutthaya, preferably near the bus station?

Popular Places Where U.S. Citizens Need A Visa

Popular Places Where U.S. Citizens Need A Visa


Investopedia

A U.S. passport will get you into many countries, but not everywhere. Here's how to visit five of the most popular destinations that require visas.

Discover: Clipperton Island

by @ Wikitravel

If you somehow find yourself visiting Clipperton Island and lack things to do (understandably), try running around the island and timing yourself; the record circumnavigation time is one hour and 17 minutes.

Vietnam Travel Guide: Phong Nha Cave – Ke Bang National Forest Guide

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is located in the Bo Trach and Minh Hoa districts in the center of Quang Binh province. The park is bordered by Laos in the west. The road distances are about 500 km south of the capital Hanoi and 260 km north of the port city of Da […]

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Trip Report What should be your 2018 travel Resolution?

by cristianeteix3758 @ Fodor's Forum

I am planning to visit Europe and Canada suggest me some good spots to live and perfect time to move on to such places. Searching some travelers...

Is Rothenburg ob der Tauber the Cutest Town in Europe?

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

It’s not often that you stumble upon a destination like Rothenburg ob der Tauber. These kinds of places — where you constantly have to pinch yourself, to make sure you’re not in some kind of magical, fairy-tale dreamland — seem to exist less and less these days. Visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber feels like time-travelingRead more

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Amex Platinum Card: 8 Major Differences Between The Business & Personal Versions

Amex Platinum Card: 8 Major Differences Between The Business & Personal Versions

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

The way I see it, both The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN are fantastic cards. I often get questions about which card is better (aside from the obvious fact that one is a personal card and one is a business card). For many people I think both cards can make sense, while for others there's a distinct advantage to one over the other.

In my case, I have the Amex Personal Platinum Card and Ford has the Amex Business Platinum Card, so together I'd say that's a very good combo. In this post I wanted to look more closely at the differences between the two cards.

They have a lot in common, including a $200 annual airline fee credit, access to Amex Centurion Lounges, access to Delta SkyClubs, Priority Pass memberships, Hilton Honors and SPG Gold status, access to the International Airline Program, and much more.

Bún Chay: Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Fresh Herbs and Veggies

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Lately, I’ve been obsessing over Vietnamese food. Hard. Between planning our month-long journey through Vietnam, constantly rotating between the two amazing Vietnamese cafes near my house, and making my spring rolls as often as possible, I still can’t get enough of anything and everything Vietnamese. So that’s where my herbaceous, flavor-packed bún chay recipe comes intoRead more

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Can an Aussie apply for a tourist visa from Hungary?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hi, Just want to know if an Aussie can apply for a tourist visa from some country other than Australia, and if so have the following questions: - do I/should I take it in personally to the thai embassy? - how long will it take? I only have ten days, and might need my passport before then - is they a checklist of information required? - any tips/tricks? Thanks so much 😊

12 Years Of Travel: Jawfish With Eggs, Derawan, Indonesia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Indonesian Borneo has several islands with some great scuba diving – there are plenty of surprises waiting underwater Jawfish with eggs, Borneo 2 June 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: Jawfish are one of my favourite sea creatures – they live in vertical tunnels dug in the sand and peer out over the top with […]

Review: Brussels Airlines Lounge Brussels Airport

Review: Brussels Airlines Lounge Brussels Airport

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I spent the night at the Sheraton Brussels Airport, which I've reviewed in the past, and therefore won't be reviewing this time around. My TAP Air Portugal flight from Brussels to Lisbon was departing at 6:15AM, though I got to the airport at around 4:45AM, so I'd have plenty of time to review Brussels Airlines' lounge at their hub airport.

The airport was still deserted when I arrived, and I was through security in a matter of minutes. Brussels has a solid airport, and unlike Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle, etc., it's not so big that it's unmanageable.

Brussels Airlines' flagship lounge is called The Loft, and it's located across from gate A42, which is to the right as you enter the A Concourse. The lounge is one level up from the concourse, so you have to take an escalator upstairs. The Loft is open daily from 5AM until 9PM.

A Quick Guide to Lake Como, Italy: Bellagio, Como & Varenna

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

After visiting Lake Como last summer, I’ve come to one realization: No trip to Italy is complete without spending a few days on this beautiful lake. Between its calm blue waters and tree-covered mountains, adorable towns with buildings painted every color of the rainbow, fantastic restaurants, and endless things to do, Lake Como is definitelyRead more

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Now Arriving in Hanoi: What You Need to Know

by Vietnam Visa @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

A premiere locale for seasoned jet-setters and new world travelers alike, Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi welcomes you. As Vietnam’s capital and cultural hot spot, Hanoi has enjoyed a long, rich history, with settlement dating back to 3rd century BC. Many areas of the city reflect the remnants of its former French occupation, giving its […]

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Testimonial 2018

by huyen @ Vietnam Impressive

Testimonials 2015 Testimonials 2014 Testimonials 2011 Testimonials 2008 Testimonials 2016 Testimonials 2013 Testimonials 2010 Testimonials 2007  Testimonials 2017 Testimonials 2012 Testimonials 2009 Home Vietnam Impressive on press www.telegraph.co.uk www.vietnamimpressive.com is on Sunday Telegraph – one of the UK’s most important national newspapers. www.tripadvisor.com We are now on the world largest unbiased travel forum ready for […]

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Involved in a Car Accident Overseas? Here’s What to Do

by PassportInfo @ Passport Info

Traveling out of the country is an amazing experience, but there are a lot of little details that go into … Continue reading »

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Looking for witnesses for our wedding in Hong Kong

by Michael12321 @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Hello! I am an Australian and my fiance is Chinese. We will be married at 9:30 on Saturday the...

‘Better if you do’: Phuket Immigration chief urges foreigners to re-register addresses, even if staying off-island just one night

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

‘Better if you do’: Phuket Immigration chief urges foreigners to re-register addresses, even if staying off-island just one night Shela Riva Chief of the Phuket Immigration Offce, Col Kathathorn Kumthieng, urges foreigners to re-register their addresses, just in case. Photo: Shela Riva PHUKET: The Chief of the Phuket Immigration Office, Col Kathathorn Kumthieng, has confirmed that all foreigners registered as living in Phuket must re-report their address to immigration after being registered as staying in a hotel within Thailand, even for just one night. The confirmation follows complaints from long-term expats that they were fined B2,000 for not re-registering their home addresses after travelling within the country. “By law, it is a requirement to register your address within 24 hours after being registered elsewhere, such as at a hotel or a guesthouse,” Col Kathathorn told The Phuket News this week. Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/better-if-you-do-phuket-immigration-chief-urges-foreigners-to-re-register-addresses-even-if-staying-off-island-just-one-night-65744.php#Vp08C2R3RvBhXcr2.97 -- © Copyright Phuket News 2018-01-27

Thailand takes lead as the world’s best country to start a business

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Thailand takes lead as the world’s best country to start a business Thailand was voted the Number One ranking of the list of Best Countries to Start a Business for the second year in a row out of a total of 80 countries surveyed by the US News and World Report. Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said Friday (Jan 26) that the US media company also placed Thailand on the 8th ranking of a list of 25 Best Countries to Invest In. He attributed Thailand’s improved ranking in the two categories to the Commerce Ministry’s cutback on the redtapes for the registration of new business in Thailand and the expenses for registration for business operators. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/thailand-takes-lead-worlds-best-country-start-business/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-01-27

Machu Picchu in Sept/Oct

by ellenbw @ Fodor's Forum

My friend and (2 women) I are planning a 10 day trip to Peru in late Sept or early Oct for 10 days including our travel days. It's a 1st trip to...

12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, […]

Discover: Lubbock

by @ Wikitravel

Among the objects on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, memorializing the city's favorite son, is a giant-size replica of the rocker's trademark glasses.

New and Improved Vietnam e-Visa System for Tourists.

New and Improved Vietnam e-Visa System for Tourists.


The Flight Deal

We have visited Vietnam many times; in fact, one of our team members is about to head to Vietnam in a few weeks. As an American, we need to get a visa to en

Last chance to get your FREE Angus Tenderloin (worth B550) with every order of our Certified Angus Ribeye. Offer ends 31st January.

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

FREE Angus Tenderloin (worth B550) with every order of our Certified Angus Ribeye from Argentina (min 1 kg.) Conditions: FREE Angus tenderloin (worth B550) will be manually added to your order. Nationwide delivery. Offer valid until 31st January 2018. Hurry! Our collection of Certified Angus beef from Argentina is the highest quality and taste delivering a superb steak that will leave you coming back for more! All naturally raised 100% British Breeds (Angus / Hereford) Grass fed and grain finished Less than 24 months ORDER NOW click here.

Boulevard Grill HCMC: The Steakhouse With A Heart

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

There’s a new steakhouse in town, Boulevard Grill HCMC. Located in District 3, the restaurant’s philanthropic business model has them cooking up more than just their trademark Australian grass-fed T-bone and wagyu beef jerky. That’s because through the restaurant’s “Dining for Giving” program, Boulevard Grill HCMC are also connecting with non-profit organizations in the city […]

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Trump warns Davos on unfair trade, says U.S. 'open for business'

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Trump warns Davos on unfair trade, says U.S. 'open for business' By Steve Holland, Yara Bayoumy and Noah Barkin U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a meeting with President Alain Berset (not pictured) of Switzerland, as he attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump took his "America First" message to the world's elite on Friday, telling a summit of business and political leaders that the United States would "no longer turn a blind eye" to what he described as unfair trade practices. Trump became the first sitting U.S. President to address the annual conclave of the rich and powerful at the Swiss ski resort of Davos for 18 years, closing the summit with a mostly upbeat speech that declared the United States "open for business". "Now is the best time to bring your money, your jobs, your businesses to America," he said, singling out tax cuts and curbs to regulation as boosting the investment climate. "The world is witnessing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America." He said he would always promote "America First", as he expected other world leaders to do on behalf of their own countries, but added: "America First does not mean America alone. When the United States grows so does the world." But he swiftly turned to a theme of demanding tougher enforcement of trade rules, accusing unidentified countries of unfair practices, including stealing intellectual property and providing state aid to industry. "We will enforce our trade laws and restore integrity to the trading system. Only by insisting on fair and reciprocal trade can we create a system that works not just for the United States but for all nations," Trump said. "The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair trade practices," he said. "We cannot have free and open trade if some countries exploit the system at the expense of others." His speech was mostly met by polite applause, although he drew some jeers and whistles during a question and answer session, when he attacked the news media: "It wasn't until I became a politician that I realised how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be," he said. While he has a record of opposing trade agreements involving multiple countries, he said the United States would seek bilateral deals with individual states. That could include members of a Trans-Pacific trade agreement from which he has withdrawn, he said, adding he would consider negotiating with them collectively if it was in the U.S. interest. Before his trip to Davos, Trump imposed 30 percent tariffs on imported solar panels, among the first unilateral trade restrictions made by the administration as part of a broader protectionist agenda. MNUCHIN "NOT TRYING TO TALK DOWN DOLLAR" The Trump administration's debut at Davos also caused a storm because of comments by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who said earlier this week the United States benefited from a lower dollar, which would make its exports cheaper. Those remarks sent the U.S. currency tumbling and drew sharp rebukes from the European Central Bank chief and other figures, who view countries talking down their own currencies as a violation of unwritten rules to keep trade balanced. Mnuchin told CNBC television on Friday he was "absolutely not trying to talk down the dollar" and that his remarks had been taken out of context. "What I said was actually very even-handed and consistent with what I said before." On Thursday, Trump said he ultimately wanted the dollar to be strong. U.S. officials said there was no disagreement between Trump and Mnuchin, and the Treasury Secretary had been making a factual observation about the impact of a lower dollar, not announcing a policy preference to drive it down. Despite Trump's tough trade talk, those in the audience mostly noted the upbeat tone of his speech. "I think he came here to make not just American but global business comfortable about where America is now," said IHS Markit's chief economist, Nariman Behravesh. "He wasn't trying to convert people to his own views, but saying we are a great economy, come and invest in the U.S." Andrei Guryev, chief executive of Russian fertiliser giant Phosagro, said Trump had spoken "how big business people should be speaking at important road shows of their own companies". That did not please everyone. Winnie Byanyima, director of Oxfam International, said: "Trump's boastful sales pitch was a victory lap for the trillions of tax cuts that the wealthy elites and corporations have clamoured for." Still, the reception was more polite than might have been expected, given the open anxiety with which the prospect of a Trump presidency was met at Davos a year ago. Trump's questioning of trade, withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty and nationalist rhetoric sit uneasily at the quintessentially globalist event. Throughout the week, European leaders spoke with worry about the rise of populism. Without mentioning Trump by name, German Chancellor Angela Merkel evoked the build-up to the two world wars. Trump hosted a dinner with business leaders on Thursday night. Two European executives told Reuters they stayed away because they did not want to shake his hand. One said he consulted his wife and children before deciding not to go. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

East West Brewing Co: The Craft Brewery Taking On Big Beer

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

Five years ago, there were only 2,000 craft breweries up and running in the US. But by the second quarter of 2017, America proved just how hopped up it had become as it surpassed the 5,500 craft brewery mark nationwide. The threat to the “big beer” industry had become a reality. Now, as bigtime, multinational […]

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A Guide For Getting Your Tourist Or 5-Year Exemption Vietnam Visa - Vietcetera

A Guide For Getting Your Tourist Or 5-Year Exemption Vietnam Visa - Vietcetera


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Resources online all say different things. So for your traveling needs, we’ve assembled all the resources you need to get a visa to Vietnam.

Aerolíneas Argentinas AR 1413 Mendoza-MDZ to Buenos Aires-AEP

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Aerolíneas Argentinas Flight # AR 1413 Mendoza-MDZ to Buenos Aires-AEP Dept 11:25 am Arrv 1:01 pm

Mendoza is quite a small, mostly domestic, airport. They have a few international flights, but mainly just to Santiago, Chile-SCL, just on the other side of the mountains. Our hotel advised us that arriving appx 1 hour before departure is more than enough time to check-in with bags when traveling to Buenos Aires.

BOOKING

We booked this segment as part of a larger Delta SkyMiles award ticket. Finding and adding Aerolíneas Argentinas award space to a Delta award reservation can be a bit tricky, so check out our guides here: Booking an Awesome Argentina Itinerary with Delta SkyMiles + Other SkyTeam Partners and All about our South American trip to Chile and Argentina: Santiago, Mendoza and Buenos Aires.

CHECK-IN

We arrived right at 10:25 am, one hour in advance, and made our way up to the Aerolíneas Argentinas check-in counter. There were only about 3 people in line with plenty of agents available to help. We handed over our passports and checked our 3 bags without any trouble.

BOARDING

There seem to be very few gates and waiting areas, so they had us wait until the small post-security gate was clear. Once we got on the other side of security, the waiting area was virtually empty:

Boarding, from what I could gather, started with rows 22-15 and then everyone else. This makes total sense: let those in the very back board first which, in theory, should speed up the boarding process.

SEAT

Our aircraft was a Boeing 737-700, in a 3 x 3 configuration with appx 22 rows of 6 across in economy + a 1st class cabin with 2 rows of 2 x 2:

We made it to our seats near the back of the plane:

The plane is noticeably older but still in fine shape with cloth seats. The pitch of the seats seemed quite small. It seemed like tighter legroom than most domestic Delta flights, probably more in line with AirAsia or Spirit Airlines.

The plane was only about 1/2 to 2/3 full with lots of empty seats. This might explain why they had already canceled a few of the flights before us in the morning: cancel one and just move those passengers to the later flight.

Seated by the window and ready to take off!

After a quick safety demonstration, we were airborne!

MEAL SERVICE

The drink and snack service was started promptly upon reaching cruising altitude so as to try and serve everyone on the relatively short flight.

While no choice was given, we were handed snack boxes with mini alfajores, cheese crackers, and another small pastry.

If nothing else, the boxes were cool and celebrated the history of flight and the airline

After a short flight, we began our descent into Buenos Aires.

Touchdown at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires!

After deplaning, we rushed off to baggage claim and then into the city to start our few days in Buenos Aires!

 

Blitz Deal: ~$614 RT Raleigh, Baltimore, Boston or Chicago to Beijing-PEK in New Delta A350 Premium Select

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

This fare first popped up about 2 weeks ago, but it’s still alive so I thought others might find it useful!

The Deal Active departure airports: Raleigh-RDU, Baltimore-BWI, Boston-BOS, Chicago-ORD, Chicago-MDW Destination: Beijing, China-PEK Active dates: Depends on the departure city but around January 2018 to April 2018. Price range: $614-696 depending on the dates and the departure city. You can pretty easily include a stopover at Detroit-DTW on either the outbound or return trip–but no idea why you would want to do that. This deal is for the NEW Delta Premium Select cabin on their brand new A350s. The new cabin is a proper premium economy cabin, similar to what the European or Asian carriers have been offering for years. According to Delta, the seats feature 75% more recline and 8″ more legroom than traditional economy.

How to Get It Head to Google.com/flights Enter departure airport as “RDU,BWI,BOS,MDW,ORD” (this will show you all of the options from the area) and arrival airport as “PEK“ Select “Premium Economy” as the class of service Everything for this deal will route through Detroit-DTW since that is the only route that Delta is currently flying it’s new A350 to Beijing-PEK, so if you want to limit your search to just 1-stop itineraries, you can click to limit the connection airport to only DTW. If you leave this blank or set to “Any connection”, you see all of the multi-stop itineraries that will most likely also go through Atlanta-ATL, Cincinnati-CVG, New York-JFK, etc. View the calendar to see the lowest fares available: Select your preferred flight times. A few things to watch out for here: Make sure your long-haul routes are from Detroit-DTW to Beijing-PEK and double check that the aircraft is an A350 in Premium Economy. The great news with Delta’s new service is that if you book Premium Select for your international routes, the domestic segments book into First Class. Double check that this is the case. At this stage, you can click to book directly with Delta or, if you search the route directly on the Delta website, you can view a few more options.

Don’t forget:

If you book with Delta, you can book today and will have 24 hours for a free cancellation. Delta’s Premium Select earns a 50% MQM bonus, so this trip would net 21,000+ MQMs, meaning you’ve nearly earned Silver Medallion with one trip. BOTTOM LINE:

This is a pretty awesome deal to try out Delta’s new Premium Select cabin for just about $100 more than economy. Redeeming miles for the same cabin would cost ~128,000 SkyMiles so this fare is quite a bargain. As an added bonus, the domestic segments book into Delta First and the MQM bonus will yield 20k+ MQMs for elite status qualification.

Sell Office Furniture

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We are selling 15 desks, pedestals and a few cabinets. Must go after Chinese New Year. Does anyone...

What’s the H3N2 Flu Strain and Why is it so Dangerous?

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

There may be many strains of the flu, but only one can be broken down further. The H3N2 flu strain mutates and changes, making us label its different subtypes. These subtypes are categorized by the World Health Organization based on host of origin, geographical origin, strain number and year of isolation. The flu virus is […]

Travel To Dalat: The Ultimate Guide To A Weekend Getaway

by Vietcetera @ Vietcetera

Dalat is one of the most famous destinations in Vietnam—and for good reason. From its gorgeous waterfalls, traditional silk factories, and buzzing night market, to its small batch coffee farms, Dalat makes for an ideal getaway from the major cities. In order to make your great escape a bit easier, Vietcetera popped over to the […]

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Four Seasons Hawaii: The Resorts, The Deals, And Maximizing Your Stay

Four Seasons Hawaii: The Resorts, The Deals, And Maximizing Your Stay

by Ford @ One Mile at a Time

Over the past year and a half, I've had a lot of inquiries from readers and clients about the Four Seasons properties in Hawaii. Of all the Four Seasons properties, I receive the most emails and make the most bookings at the Four Seasons resorts currently operating in the Hawaiian Islands: Four Seasons Hualalai (on The Big Island, Hawaii), Four Seasons Lanai, Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, and the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina.

I've written in the past about the Four Seasons Preferred Partner program, which is a fantastic way to maximize value when staying at any Four Seasons hotel or resort. Four Seasons properties are largely expensive, especially their resorts in Hawaii, which is why it's a no-brainer to book my clients through Four Seasons Preferred Partner, which offers perks like daily breakfast, room upgrades, and resort credits at no additional cost.

Four Seasons Preferred Partner also allows affiliated Travel Advisors (like me) to combines these perks with ongoing promotions like fourth or fifth night free, daily resort credits, and unlimited golf to help my clients get the most out of their stay. This makes Four Seasons Preferred Partner unique compared to similar programs from other hotel brands, which don't allow you to combine these perks with promotions.

Québec City – A Photo Gallery Walking Tour

by mccown @ Weekend Blitz

After spending some time in Montreal, we tacked on a visit to Québec City to the end of our trip. While not nearly the size of Montreal, it was a great addition to our Montreal trip because it gave us a better taste of Canada. Montreal, while totally worth visiting (it feels like Europe-meets-North America), has more of an international city vibe and doesn’t give you a true Canadian experience. Québec City, although still quite touristy, was much more of a cultural experience than Montreal.

Although the city changed from French rule to British rule in 1763, only a mere 1.5% of the population is considered an Anglophone — 95% of Québec’s population speaks French as its first language. Québec City is the seat of Québecois government and about 95% of the people conduct the government in French. With a total of 550,000 people living in the city, appx. 50,000 were provincial government and 30,000 were Federal and government subcontractors…so a LOT of these Québec City residents are fluent in French.

Sure, Québec is French Canadian, but there’s no doubt that these parts were settled by the French not too long ago. Many things about the walled city are similar to Arles, a walled city in “its motherland.” In fact, Grande Allee looks almost identical to a road in Arles. And, FYI: this street is DEAD on a Monday night at 11pm in May…although rumored to be hopping on weekends in the summer.

Even though you surely won’t need as much time to explore this small city as you would in Montreal, the drive up is absolutely, 110% worth it because of the pretty Canadian countryside you pass on the way up and also for the authenticity it offers– despite feeling a bit like a tourist trap.

After wearing shorts in Montreal (in May), just a few hours north (and, granted, a significant cold front coming in), it was literally FREEZING in Québec City. I mean, WTF? All I packed was flip-flops and we’ve only got 1 day in this city…so, as much as I wanted to stay inside, explore we must. The #FWP of a self-proclaimed “adventurer.”

Inside the walled city, the atmosphere is a little more lively, with at least a few stragglers walking along the streets and several bars filled with who I would assume to be fellow tourists. The Saint Alexandre Pub was filled with people at 11:45 pm on a Monday night. We highly recommend it for a little atmosphere– and a break from the numbing cold.

 

Doctor recommendations in Shatin area

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Hi all I just moved to Shatin but am struggling to find a doctor that is available through my...

Next Stop: Your Room, at the World’s Best Railway Hotels

Next Stop: Your Room, at the World’s Best Railway Hotels

by Michael Kaminer @ The Points Guy

Railway hotels conjure a sepia-toned, steam-shrouded era of travel, when rival train companies built ever-grander properties to lure passengers. Few of those lodgings survive, but railway hotels seem to be making a comeback, from revitalized grandes dames like Glasgow’s Hotel Grand Central to modern gems like the space-age Barceló Sants in Barcelona. There’s a practical …

Fruit wine and labels

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Just a question for the followers of Baccus. I've noticed lately that the printed info' on bottles of 'wine' the small and getting smaller 'Fruit Wine' note is getting smaller by the month. The price also seems to be increasing slowly as well. Main question I want to ask, because I haven't been for while, is 'Fruit Wine' that is wine with 10- 25% fruit juice common now in UK, EU or wherever. Reason for asking is today my wife bought a bottle of Oz wine and when checking it the front label had no mention of where it was bottled and the back had 'Fruit Wine' in very small print on the back label. I can't imagine going to a bar in Italy and getting served 'Fruit Wine.' Any opinions out there??

Know How to Find a US Embassy or Consulate While Traveling

by PassportInfo @ Passport Info

There is plenty to do when preparing to travel internationally. Whether it is a simple drive over the border into … Continue reading »

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Texas inmate busted while reentering prison with booze, home-cooked meals: cops

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An inmate who escaped from a federal prison in southeast Texas was arrested Wednesday while allegedly trying to sneak back in with snacks, alcohol, tobacco and cooked food, the Dallas Morning News reported. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement they had been tipped off that inmates had been sneaking out of the prison complex and reentering with contraband. Joshua Randall Hansen, 25, was spotted by sheriff’s deputies and U.S. marshals running out the back of a federal prison in Beaumont on Wednesday evening, the statement said. Hansen picked up a large duffle bag that a vehicle had dropped off at a private property adjacent to the prison, authorities said. The deputies said they arrested Hansen as he was trying to reenter the prison. The duffle bag contained three bottles of brandy, a bottle of Whisky, packages of tobacco, salty snacks, fruit, and home cooked foods like BBQ sausage and fried chicken, FOX 40 reported. Hansen, had been serving a 27-month sentence for drug-related charges. He now faces additional charges of escape and marijuana possession. Full article

Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire couple was murdered - police

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Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire couple was murdered - police FILE PHOTO: Honey and Barry Sherman, Chairman and CEO of Apotex Inc., are shown at the annual United Jewish Appeal (UJA) fundraiser in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24, 2010. The Globe and Mail/Janice Pinto via REUTERS TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman were murdered in a targeted killing, Toronto police investigators said on Friday in their first detailed comments on the case since the couple's bodies were found on Dec. 15. Police said they are treating the case as a double murder, but declined to say if they had any suspects. The Shermans were found hanging by belts from a railing next to a swimming pool at their Toronto mansion, police said. Toronto homicide detective Susan Gomes said at a press conference that authorities believed the Shermans were targeted, but did not elaborate. Police have "an extensive list of people we're looking forward to speaking to," she said. The Sherman family said in a statement that it had expected police would classify the deaths as homicides. The family hired a private investigator in late December and conducted an independent autopsy after complaining that police mishandled the case in its early days. Citing unnamed police sources, multiple news organizations had reported last month that investigators were operating on the working theory that the deaths were a murder-suicide. Gomes said those reports were wrong and that investigators initially reviewed three possibilities: double suicide, murder suicide and double homicide. Sherman was 75 and his wife was 70. Their deaths stunned the worlds of Canadian business, politics and philanthropy, and drew public condolences from prominent figures including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who attended a memorial service on Dec. 21 that was broadcast on television. Barry Sherman founded Apotex Inc in 1974 and built it into a pharmaceutical giant before stepping down as chief executive in 2012. He and his wife were known for their donations to hospitals, universities and Jewish organizations. Separately, Apotex said on Friday that its Chief Executive Jeremy Desai had resigned and would be replaced by his predecessor and company co-founder Jack Kay. Apotex is in a legal dispute with Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries <TEVA.TA> <TEVA.N>, the world's biggest maker of generic drugs, over allegations that a former Teva executive shared trade secrets with Desai. An Apotex representative said Desai's departure was not related to Teva's lawsuit against Apotex. Reuters could not immediately reach Desai for comment. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

Frequently asked questions about Vietnam Visa for Australians

by Hanh Pham @ Comprehensive Vietnam Visa & Travel Guide

Do Australian need visa to Vietnam? Is there Vietnam Embassy in Brisbane? Is VOA Vietnam legitimate? How & where to get Vietnam Visa for Australian? etc.

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Getting A Chinese Visa In Hanoi, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Getting A Chinese Visa In Hanoi, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog


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Everything you need to know about getting a Chinese visa in Hanoi, Vietnam. The cost, what you need to take with you and the whole application process.

Types of Vietnam Visa for Netherlands & tips on Vietnam visa on arrival for Netherlands

by Hanh Pham @ Comprehensive Vietnam Visa & Travel Guide

A Vietnam visa is required for all Netherlands passport holders visiting Vietnam, applicable for all kind of purposes including tourist, business and so on.

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Treat helpers as human beings and with respect

by hullexile @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Filipino OFWs have been banned from going to Kuwait because of abuse (7 dead including 4 suicides)....

Cigars and Import Duty

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hi everyone, Ordered some cigars to be shipped from Hong Kong. Arrived today, but the post office have sent an invoice for the import duty and VAT. I ordered 25, with an approximate weight of 8 grams each. My understanding is that import duty only needs to be paid on cigars/tobacco if the weight exceeds 250g. According to my invoice the weight is almost 400g. In other words they have incorrectly weighed the entire package, including the box, and not just the cigars. Anybody got any experience of this? Do you normally pay tax, is it simply unavoidable? Thanks

Escorted Tour Lake Maggiore

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I have been to Italy on several trips, Rome, Florence, Lake Garda, Lake Como and Sicily. First trip was with family to Lake Garda. Taken other trips...

USC – South Korea Tourist Visa Requirements

by admin799 @ "The Passport Pros" Arista & Delphi Passport/Visa Services

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Over 65 non o extension

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I am from the UK and I have a ME non o visa based on being over 65 from thai embassy in London, all I had to show was a letter stating that I receive a state pension. I want to know if I can extend this when it finishes in April, if so what documents do I need. If not do I have to go back to the uk and get a new one.

Authentic Mie Goreng (Indonesian Fried Noodles) Recipe

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Each time I come home from Bali, I find myself craving one dish: mie goreng. And sure enough, within two weeks of my last return from my favorite island, I just had to have it. And that’s where this mie goreng recipe came into the picture. If you’ve been to Bali — or anywhere inRead more

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Uber driver

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Used uber first time today,we are new here in mai rim.took 20 mins to pick up from macro.thats ok he was a fair way away.took us home close to mae raem shooting range,83 baht,unbelievable!

Outlet Mall, can someone explain it ?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

There are Outlet Malls in Pattaya, Phuket, BKK etc. These Malls are incredibly expensive and they are not outlets for the factory down the road. If I compare the prices to say Australia, its the same price or more than Australia. There always appears to be people in there buying things, even Thai people, 2,000 baht for a Tshirt, 5,000 baht for a pair of slip on shoes. The russians go crazy, buying the stuff and extra suitcases to put it in, I was under the impression that they have Nike shoes etc nowadays. Why is it so expensive, Who is buying, why? Another aspect of Thailand that vexes me greatly.

UK spells out Brexit transition demands as pressure mounts on PM May

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UK spells out Brexit transition demands as pressure mounts on PM May By Elizabeth Piper Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis arrives in Downing Street in London, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay TEESPORT, England (Reuters) - Britain wants to benefit from European Union trade deals and have a say over EU laws passed during its transition out of the bloc, Brexit minister David Davis said on Friday, seeking to defuse tension between senior ministers over the interim deal. Davis set out the government's position on a transition period, looking to offer something for both those who want to keep close ties with the European Union after leaving and those who want a more radical break. The balancing act, designed to appease both business and Brexiteers, is a taste of things to come for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been unable to prevent divisions in her party repeatedly spilling out into the open. On Thursday, finance minister Philip Hammond was rebuked by May's office after saying he hoped Britain would diverge from the EU only "very modestly" after Brexit. He spoke hours before the head of a hardline group of Brexiteer lawmakers urged May to stop accepting negotiating terms set by the EU. "It’s only by being outside the EU but continuing with the existing structures of rules and regulation that we can meet the requirements for a smooth, orderly and successful exit," Davis said in a speech at Teesport in northeast England. "The existing international agreements we are party to should continue to apply during this period. They are an important part of the existing EU structure of rules and regulations, to which we will remain a party during the implementation period." WAY TO RESOLVE CONCERNS Davis also said there needed to be some mechanism for Britain to query new laws introduced during the transition period, which it would be duty-bound to follow, and that the future jurisdiction of regulators needed to be clarified. "We will have to find a way, to agree a way, of resolving concerns if laws that are deemed to run contrary to our interests, and we have not had our say," he said. There is little distance between Britain and the EU to overcome to agree the transitional deal, which will give the two sides time to prepare for the far-reaching impact of the end of more than 40 years of union. Davis said he expected a political agreement on the transition deal at an EU summit on March 22-23 - a target Brussels is also working towards, with plans for fortnightly rounds of negotiations. The EU is willing to be flexible on the duration and other terms of a Brexit transition period, which could include letting London sign trade deals, according to a document due to be formally endorsed by EU ministers on Monday. Davis dismissed a question on whether he could really negotiate for Britain if senior members of the cabinet disagreed about what the transition deal should contain: "There is no difference between the chancellor and myself and indeed the prime minister in terms of that we both want a Brexit which serves the British economy and serves the British people," he said. But May, who gambled on a snap election last year that cost her party its majority in parliament, is facing pressure from multiple angles: pro-EU lawmakers, hardline Brexiteers, and another contingent who question her leadership credentials and criticise a "dull dull dull" domestic agenda. LETTERS OF NO CONFIDENCE Several newspaper reports have said the number of letters expressing 'No Confidence' in the party leader is approaching the threshold of 48 required to trigger a leadership contest. The actual number is not made public by the party committee that holds them. May is aware that the plan to change little of the current relationship immediately after Britain formally leaves on March 29, 2019, is fuelling anger among Brexit campaigners, who fear their mantra of "taking back control" is being sold out. Jacob Rees-Mogg, who heads a hardline group of pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers that could have enough members to topple May, has said Britain must stop accepting negotiating terms set by the EU and that current transition plans would render it a "vassal state". The febrile mood in the party is likely to linger; May has had to struggle to keep her lawmakers united over everything from transition to the future relationship to the so-called Brexit dividend - the funds that will be freed up when Britain stops paying into EU coffers. But Davis said the prospect of an independent trade policy was worth waiting for. "We must keep sight of the fact that this is a bridge to a new future partnership," he said. "... where, crucially, the United Kingdom is outside of the single market, and outside of the customs union; where the United Kingdom courts are sovereign once more; and where the United Kingdom can take advantage of its status as an independent trading nation." -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-27

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Am trying to find my Austin TX TR and am encountering many airline phone number threads. Is there an easy way to find my TR? Thanks, TDudette

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