View Poll Results: Where to go on a 5 to 7 day trip?

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  • Vladivistok; less than 2 hours, but visa is a hassle.

    0 0%
  • Saipan - might be boring.

    0 0%
  • Guam - might be too American.

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  • Hong Kong; can't believe I've never been.

    11 31.43%
  • Macau; could be a double trip with HK.

    6 17.14%
  • Taiwan; close and cheap.

    8 22.86%
  • Fuk off & die kunt, we do not care...

    4 11.43%
  • Somewhere else...

    6 17.14%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Bali the Australians Benidorm, gets my vote
    At least all those bogans here, means you can get a decent steak. Demand led economy got tourism.

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    Go and visit Mandaloopy in Mongolia. Summer.

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    If I had a week to myself I'd be sorely tempted to go back to Sri Lanka, although I have no idea how the recent bombings may have affected things.

    Start at Colombo, a few days heading down the west coast, must stay at a fantastic colonial hotel in Galle, then head back to Colombo inland via Nuwara Eliya (tea area) and Kandy. A week may not be quite enough though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Go and visit Mandaloopy in Mongolia. Summer.
    He has a tale about Mongolia and I'm sure he's blacklisted from going back

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    HK, I can't believe you've never been either it's cool.

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    As you've listed HK twice in the OP, I'd definitely do it. Was there in October last year (Tsim Cha Tsui, Kowloon). Loads of stuff to do and see. Great / cheap transport system, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Week long train ride around China?
    Do the trains have flush toilets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Week long train ride around China?

    I did it years and years ago.
    The trains there are a lot different now . They have 60% of the World's high speed rail network

    You can get to Beijing from Hong Kong, a distance of 2,500kms in under 9 hours


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    HK, Macau & Taiwan could be a good idea
    Done that visit. Good food, nice little restaurants to eat at. easy public transpo. Macau has some really nice casino hotels to toss out some money. Taiwan has some great bars and there are a few distillers making some damn good whiskey's.

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    I've done HK + Macau in one trip, Taiwan 2x. Among the 3, my fave is Taiwan. I'm not big on shopping or casinos, but HK Disneyland was fun. However, at this point in time, I prefer the diversity of places that Taiwan has to offer. There are cities, countryside, beaches & mountains in 1 small island. Easy to travel by trains too. I traveled around Taiwan for 11 (or 12?) days in 2017. I visited several cities: Taipei, Hualien, Taitung, Kaoshiung, Tainan and Taoyuan. Visited Taichung & Taipei in another trip. Taroko Gorge in Hualien City is worth a visit - get a 1 or 2 day ticket, or join a tour. I made a thread about it but I don't know if the pics survived the photobucket purge. If it was 5-6 days, I'd do Taipei & Hualien, plus book a Klook day tour to go to Yehliu Park, Shifen & Jiufen (klook dot com). Cheers & happy travels!

    BTW, I'll be travelling in Vietnam (North to South) in a few weeks - thnx for the Danang tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cisco999 View Post
    Do the trains have flush toilets?
    A chick comes along to empty the buckets from the cabin every hour or so.

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    I've spent time in Portugal and Macau has the same black and white "wave" pavements as mainland Portugal. The ferry trip is good too. I like Hong Kong as its so rubbish and intend to revisit when in Asia.
    Bali is officially great with its crazy Hindu architecture and decorations. I am into scuba diving and it has great dive sites such as the Tulamben wreck.

    Do you need a sad old fucker to act as your butler ?

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    Have you done Nepal Betty?

    Khmer GF from 2005 sent me photos of her trip to Annapurna last month which I also did in 2014.

    The Himalayas are by far the biggest mountains in the world and their ice capped peaks are a sight to behold.

    Truly one of life's meditative and spiritual experiences spending a few hours watching the wisps of micro cloud silently forming and dissolving around the jagged summits.

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    What about Palau?. I've never been there and HATE travel with a passion but it always gets good wraps, is not too far from SK, and you do very good pictorials so the rest of us can see if it's worth visiting or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Palau
    I had to google that one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Annapurna
    Or show the forum the size of your beautiful smooth pink balls by heading down to Everest just for the landing and take-off at Lukla airport...



    I think it may be the officially most dangerous airport in the world with a multiple fatality crash only last month!

    If I go back to Nepal, which I surely will, I guess I will go to Everest, having done Annapurna already.

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    Sri Lanka is likely to be very cheap for a few months. No greater risk to life and limb than being a pedestrian in Thailand

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    I flew in and out of Lukla 16 years ago for an Everest Base Camp trek. Far better to fly to Pokhara and trek around Annapurna.

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    Some great suggestions.
    Everest base camp would be my first choice.

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    Lots of stuff to do/see in HK and Macau. Did a Macau thread and the pics survived the purge:

    https://teakdoor.com/china-korea-japa...ec-2012-a.html

    Aside from travelling by ferry, you can now do the trip by land, since the new bridge is already being used.

    Taiwan thread, only a few pics left
    https://teakdoor.com/china-korea-japa...ng-taiwan.html

    I searched my memory and realized that I've been to HK 3x, Macau 1x and Taiwan 3x.

    In HK, I went to these sites (all touristy) : Victoria Peak, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Ladies Market, HK Disneyland, Big Buddha in Lantau Island (+cable car ride), Promenade with statues, New Territories, etc. Wan Chai (didn't go there but Dillinger said night life is good, heh) would be interesting for a guy, maybe.

    In Macau, I went to the Panda Park, Old Taipa Houses, various churches and casinos, Senado Square (Portuguese design), Ruins of St. Paul Church + fortress, Ama Temple, Maritime Museum, neighborhoods in Taipa and Coloane - just wandered in those areas. Lots to see/do aside from the casino-hotels.

    In Taiwan, saw & did many things in my 11-12 day trip. At the end of it, I was glad to just sit in the park and people watch.

    If you do HK+Macau, prolly spend 3 days in HK and 2 in Macau. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Go and visit Mandaloopy in Mongolia.
    Dilly has covered that succinctly, but if you'd like the longer version than please feel free to buy my book: The Mongolian Swan.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    If I had a week to myself I'd be sorely tempted to go back to Sri Lanka, although I have no idea how the recent bombings may have affected things.
    As admirers of my Sri Lanka trip thread will know, I do like Sri Lanka, very nice. But, not from here (Korea) and not now (people seem to be killing each other).


    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    HK, I can't believe you've never been either it's cool.
    Yeah, I know, I really should, but just never been interested. A bit like the Philippines before I went, and I really enjoyed that.

    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    As you've listed HK twice in the OP, I'd definitely do it. Was there in October last year (Tsim Cha Tsui, Kowloon). Loads of stuff to do and see. Great / cheap transport system, etc.
    Yes, you're right. But, HK always leaves me a bit cold; not sure why.


    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Done that visit. Good food, nice little restaurants to eat at. easy public transpo. Macau has some really nice casino hotels to toss out some money. Taiwan has some great bars and there are a few distillers making some damn good whiskey's.
    Yes, it must be a good trip. &, I am kinda keen on a commonsensical front, but emotionally it doesn't get me excited.



    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I've done HK + Macau in one trip, Taiwan 2x. Among the 3, my fave is Taiwan. I'm not big on shopping or casinos, but HK Disneyland was fun. However, at this point in time, I prefer the diversity of places that Taiwan has to offer. There are cities, countryside, beaches & mountains in 1 small island. Easy to travel by trains too. I traveled around Taiwan for 11 (or 12?) days in 2017. I visited several cities: Taipei, Hualien, Taitung, Kaoshiung, Tainan and Taoyuan. Visited Taichung & Taipei in another trip. Taroko Gorge in Hualien City is worth a visit - get a 1 or 2 day ticket, or join a tour. I made a thread about it but I don't know if the pics survived the photobucket purge. If it was 5-6 days, I'd do Taipei & Hualien, plus book a Klook day tour to go to Yehliu Park, Shifen & Jiufen (klook dot com). Cheers & happy travels!

    BTW, I'll be travelling in Vietnam (North to South) in a few weeks - thnx for the Danang tips.
    Enjoy your trip, Katie.

    I suspect that Taiwan might suit me better than a HK/Macau trip although if I kept that cheap, I could in theory do both as separate trips...
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orrens View Post

    Do you need a sad old fucker to act as your butler ?
    Do you give additional services as required, and do you have nice legs?


    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Have you done Nepal Betty?
    I am quite upset that you have clearly never seen or don't remember my fantastical trip to Nepal thread... Next time that I pass a child playing with a WW2 aircraft, I will tread on it!


    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    What about Palau?.
    That does look nice, but the flight from here is about the same price as popping back to England (which I'd rather do in some ways).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    I am quite upset that you have clearly never seen or don't remember my fantastical trip to Nepal thread... Next time that I pass a child playing with a WW2 aircraft, I will tread on it!
    I was mortified at this oversight and eventually found your thread on page 3 of the Nepal travel forum.

    I was then horrified to discover that I was actually familiar with the thread so that means my memory could be wearing out prematurely.

    I had not forgotten your bum-fondling photo shoot with the Nepalese gay bikers or indeed the closing pillow-shot with wifey hiding behind the hand-mirror.

    I wonder if Durbar Square has been restored to its former glory following the earthquake which occurred after both of our visits. It is an epic place.

    But still, you really should go and see the actual mountains. It is a lifetime must-see.

    I did not find any gogo bars when I was in KTM.

    I feel cheated and must return to investigate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    I was mortified at this oversight and eventually found your thread on page 3 of the Nepal travel forum.

    I was then horrified to discover that I was actually familiar with the thread so that means my memory could be wearing out prematurely.

    I had not forgotten your bum-fondling photo shoot with the Nepalese gay bikers or indeed the closing pillow-shot with wifey hiding behind the hand-mirror.

    I wonder if Durbar Square has been restored to its former glory following the earthquake which occurred after both of our visits. It is an epic place.

    But still, you really should go and see the actual mountains. It is a lifetime must-see.

    I did not find any gogo bars when I was in KTM.

    I feel cheated and must return to investigate
    All our memories are going, we're getting older.

    Certainly CatManDo is a great place, and I'm glad I went before the earthquake. &, yeah, I suppose the mountain would be nice, but I don't fancy that flight...

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    IF you have not been;
    Maldives just for relaxing and u have lots of spare$$

    Burma, 5-7 days will get ya to Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay. go now before its ruined
    Fly into Mandalay- boat to Bagan- overnight vip bus to Yangon- fly out

    Darjeeling is fantastic BUT its best to combine it with a ride up from Siliguri by the toy train

    Sri Lanka deserves more than 7 days but 10 would do a nice primer

    Everest base camp would be my first choice.
    better go where you wont meet hundreds of other westerns, "Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu trek"

    Did u know u can now take 4wd/motorcycle on the entire Annapurna trek? Kinda defeats the purpose of trekking when u walk on a road 40% f the time.
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    Burma plain of pagodas might be cool to visit.

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