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  1. I generally try to avoid street food, mostly eat...

    I generally try to avoid street food, mostly eat at home and a fair proportion of various western type dishes.
    Thai food just now and again
  2. Thread: Italy break

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    Hi A few more pics, first looking towards Como...

    Hi

    A few more pics, first looking towards Como from Brunate, the Como football stadium appears in the lower left of the pic
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    Hi Nigel I particularly like the oil painting...

    Hi Nigel

    I particularly like the oil painting


    Lovely thread and sketches/paintings.

    Not a part of Italy I`ve been to.

    Thanks.
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    Some more pics, this one of the furnicular train...

    Some more pics, this one of the furnicular train parked up at Brunate


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    Lovely painting, as are the others, hadn`t...

    Lovely painting, as are the others, hadn`t spotted this thread before, was just looking through Penang threads for some info

    Nice thread, Thanks.
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    Hi Dave Thanks for the comment, I have similar...

    Hi Dave

    Thanks for the comment, I have similar feelings,loved my previous visits to Thailand as a tourist, retired very early in 2009 and decided to move here.

    I thought I`d enjoy the fairly...
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    Hi A few more pics, first of a house at...

    Hi

    A few more pics, first of a house at Brunate, very near to Como, 10 mins or so


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    Hi Thanks again for the comments, appreciated....

    Hi

    Thanks again for the comments, appreciated.

    re. Ticinio, I`ve visited a couple of the districts,Lugano and Mendrisio, agree worth the visit, particularly the former.

    Brescia/Lake Garda ...
  9. Thread: Italy break

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    Some Como pics, I really like lake/hill/mountain...

    Some Como pics, I really like lake/hill/mountain views so have taken a fair few of them :



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    Hi Thanks for the comments. I hadn`t really...

    Hi

    Thanks for the comments.

    I hadn`t really thought about it but yes going by the pics so far, looks like the land that time forgot.

    San Fermo is a sleepy little town, someone I know lives...
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    More San Fermo, only about 10 shops in the town...

    More San Fermo, only about 10 shops in the town plus 4 bars, think that`s about the right proportion, there`s one the side of the fountains area, nothing special but OK to sit outside with a beer or...
  12. Thread: Italy break

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    Italy break

    Hi

    Taking a break from Thailand, flew back to UK to sort a few things out/catch up with friends, then off to Italy for a lazy 1 month holiday.

    Flew Easy Jet from Gatwick, 45 minutes late taking...
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    Great thread as usual BLD, thanks. It brings...

    Great thread as usual BLD, thanks.

    It brings back some memories, Hong Kong was also the first place in Asia for me, loved it, Guangzhou was the 2nd place after HK and after a couple of stays in...
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    Great thread, thanks, sometimes have similar...

    Great thread, thanks, sometimes have similar thoughts to your comment there, a lot of injustice in the world, let`s hope it gradually improves for the ordinary people of Myanmar.

    Never been , yet....
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    ^ Hi katie, yes that`s the same pagoda. I`ve...

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    Hi katie, yes that`s the same pagoda.

    I`ve got a few more pics from last couple of days in HCMC to put up, one day this week.
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    Very nice pics. Thanks

    Very nice pics.

    Thanks
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    Walking back down was bit easier ...

    Walking back down was bit easier






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  18. Thread: Vientiane visit

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    Hi BLD, that river trip looks nice, thanks for...

    Hi

    BLD, that river trip looks nice, thanks for the offer I`ll re visit sometime but unlikely in the near future, heading back to UK/Europe in April for a couple of months before returning to...
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    At the river front area ...

    At the river front area







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    Hi Thanks BLD & prawnograph for the...

    Hi

    Thanks BLD & prawnograph for the additional pics, nice.

    Yes "Kop chai der" that rings a bell



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    ^ Hi katie Thanks.Yes, I loved the views from...

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    Hi katie

    Thanks.Yes, I loved the views from the top.

    We visited on a Monday and from what I was told Vang Tau is generally very quiet week days, mostly coming to life ( as such ) on weekends.
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    Sorry, messed up posting, mean`t to add a little...

    Sorry, messed up posting, mean`t to add a little more.

    I was also late to visit the cathedral, looked nice at evening time though


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    Thanks for the pics Bangyai and also prawnograph,...

    Thanks for the pics Bangyai and also prawnograph, had also missed the thread.

    I was there a couple of years ago, liked the place and also went to look at that cathedral.

    Couple of pics to add...
  24. Thread: Vientiane visit

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    Hi terry, Thanks those pics taken with an old...

    Hi terry, Thanks those pics taken with an old Fuji F11, still have it but almost expired, won`t hold a charge for long and it uses the very old fashioned XD memory cards.

    Bought a Samsung S 66 to...
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    Picture blurry, sorry but shows part of the...

    Picture blurry, sorry but shows part of the staircase inside the statue, narrow and steep




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  26. Thread: Vientiane visit

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    Some great architecture ...

    Some great architecture



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  27. Thread: Vientiane visit

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    Vientiane visit

    This is from a couple of years ago, yep I`m a bit slow :poke:

    I consider myself lucky that of the places I`ve visited, enjoyed virtually all of them.

    I had travellled BKK to Udon Thani on Air...
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    On the 2nd day there, met up with the British guy...

    On the 2nd day there, met up with the British guy who I`d met in HCMC plus his Vietnamese wife, both very nice people.

    My Thai GF and his wife got on really well, as did myself and the Brit, on to...
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    OK, on with a few more pics, first 3 of room at...

    OK, on with a few more pics, first 3 of room at Green Hotel, I liked it, clean, staff OK and quiet at night, usually a taxi or two just outside to use going towards the more central part of Vang Tau,...
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    ^ Hi Katie, yes that`s right about US $ 10...

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    Hi Katie, yes that`s right about US $ 10 each way.

    Someone I met in HCMC happened to be going the same day as me but by bus, think he said about 3.5 hrs. for about 80 K VND ( $4 ).

    I`ve...
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    Hi katie The pagoda was in Mai Thi Luu Street ...

    Hi katie

    The pagoda was in Mai Thi Luu Street District 1.

    The ferry was 200,000 VND each way but 250,000 VND on weekends, we went out Sunday and back Tuesday.

    After an unfortunate incident...
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    Setting off for Vang Tau on the hydrofoil ferry

    Setting off for Vang Tau on the hydrofoil ferry
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    Hi I visited this place, Emperor Jade Pagoda I...

    Hi

    I visited this place, Emperor Jade Pagoda I think, small but OK for a quick visit
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    Hi katie Yes, the HSBC building is still...

    Hi katie

    Yes, the HSBC building is still there, noticed it and had to use a bank so did actually go inside.
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    Hi Just a Thanks for all the useful replies,...

    Hi

    Just a Thanks for all the useful replies, appreciated.

    crocman, by your description, seems like I would love the Boracay bar/music scene.

    I wasn`t aware that mid April would be the...
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    Boracay or Subic Bay ?

    Hi

    I`ve never been to the Philippines but am considering spending a few days there in April.

    I`d be flying in from BKK to Clark ( Manilla if really necessary but not sure I like the sound of...
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    Hi crocman, Thanks and sorry have just come back...

    Hi crocman, Thanks and sorry have just come back to the thread.

    Yes, I thought Saigon was fairly clean, people would throw some rubbish in to the street but it seemed to get cleaned away without...
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    Arc de Triomphe ...

    Arc de Triomphe


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    Thanks BLD, I had been planning to visit Hoi An...

    Good thread roamer.i wanted to check out halong bay but the typhoon came in so had to give it a miss, i can highly recommend hoi an though, decent beach and an interesting little town, im toying with...
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    Yes, struck me the same, could not have been more...

    Yes, struck me the same, could not have been more helpful, both the staff at the HCMC hotel and also later in Vung Tau.

    I had a little difficulty with the internet at Liberty 3, mentioned it and...
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    I liked the tree lined roads and just strolling...

    I liked the tree lined roads and just strolling in the park nearby, a very nice change from Pattaya where I spend most of my time.


    I took along my Thai GF, we`ve been to Vientiane and Phnom...
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    Vietnam first visit report

    Hi

    Partly inspired by some of the TR`s here I decided to spend a few days, 9 in Vietnam.

    First ever visit.

    I went to HCMC + 2 days in Vung Tau.

    Flew with Air Asia BKK( DM) to HCMC.
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    Thanks for the observations livinloss,...

    Thanks for the observations livinloss, interesting.

    I notice the traffic seems to be getting heavier and the pace of building increasing.

    That in Pattaya.

    Still fairly content here.
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    Hi On the 13th this month I went to Cambodia (...

    Hi

    On the 13th this month I went to Cambodia ( border) to get another 90 day entry.

    I have a non imm O

    not sure if that helps.

    The agent I use was asked a bit more money than before for...
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    Hi BLD Thanks for mentioning that you`d rate...

    We didnt loose any weight

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    Vietjet are certainly an interesting airline, one to keep an eye on when they go internaional, which they...
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    Thanks for another great thread. I`d been...

    Thanks for another great thread.

    I`d been thinking about a Vietnam visit for next January, never been, Saigon + any one of nha trang, vung tau or phu quoc.( maybe 6 day total)

    All seem to look...
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    Thanks for the excellent thread and photos,...

    Thanks for the excellent thread and photos, enjoyed reading/viewing.

    Good to see it is working out for you.

    Well Done.
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    Hi I`ve visited many times, mostly the...

    Hi

    I`ve visited many times, mostly the northern Como( lakes) region, very near Bergamo previously mentioned.

    I think the country is great, good food, find most of the people to be friendly.
    ...
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    Nice report. Thank You. Looking forward to...

    Nice report.

    Thank You.

    Looking forward to the rest.
  50. Thread: Guesthouse

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    Hi Well I found it a useful thread so I`ll say...

    Hi

    Well I found it a useful thread so I`ll say Thanks even though I didn`t ask the question.

    Looked on line at the places in the links,seem fine for the money.

    The GF reminded me that she...
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