View Poll Results: Where to go for a week?

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  • Taiwan.

    7 36.84%
  • Vladivostok.

    4 21.05%
  • Guam/Saipan.

    0 0%
  • Somewhere Else...

    6 31.58%
  • Toe-fees and cream.!

    2 10.53%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    (excluding HK which is very cheap...).
    Bingo - you've found your destination

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    I was reading the 'paper', saw this and thought of you:

    https://cnaluxury.channelnewsasia.co...VtpPInGDf60G2I

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    I was reading the 'paper', saw this and thought of you:

    https://cnaluxury.channelnewsasia.co...VtpPInGDf60G2I
    SL is a good call PH, there probably won't be a better time than now to visit before the tourist numbers and costs tick up. I think Betts has been before though, i may be wrong. Tiz a lovely place and worthy of more than one visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Afghanistan maybe.




    I'm going to Australia to visit the real Aussies the Aboriginal people

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    Anybody been to Okinawa?

    From Seoul, $200 return and about 2 and a half hours South, and nicer temperatures than other local places...

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    Soooooo... Almost certainly Okinawa or Taiwan, I'll probably mull it over for a few hours then book tonight. Flights are much cheaper to Okinawa, but hotels and food will be more expensive. Weather probably nicer in Okinawa.

    But, I have recent bad memories of Japan, and it'd be just my luck to be sharing a hotel with loads of Bokks...
    How do I post these pictures???

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    If Taiwan, piccies of betel nut girls (if they're still around doing their "lookee me in sexy dress" shtick), please.

    Also, barbershops where you can get more than your hair trimmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Soooooo... Almost certainly Okinawa or Taiwan, I'll probably mull it over for a few hours then book tonight. Flights are much cheaper to Okinawa, but hotels and food will be more expensive. Weather probably nicer in Okinawa.

    But, I have recent bad memories of Japan, and it'd be just my luck to be sharing a hotel with loads of Bokks...
    My cousin lived in Okinawa for five years, and I know he liked it a lot. I heard the beaches are really beautiful, but I don't know much else. I could ask him if you want. He ended up marrying a Japanese girl from there, so he must have loved it! haha..
    I can't help you on Taiwan as I've never been. I know Seoul well as I lived there three years . Good luck!

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    So there's a bit of a trade war going on between Japan and Korea; the Koreans are quite nationalistic and won't buy Japanese at the moment - lots of posters up, etc...

    &, it turns out the Peach Airlines, a Japanese Airline, are flying a route from Incheon to Okinawa, but Koreans aren't holidaying there this year, so flights are super cheap - 3,300 baht for the return all inclusive.

    Now, where to stay and what to do in Okinawa???



    Booked the flights with Peach Airlines; going out on the 8th and back on the 12th - I'll do two days on a local beach then Friday and Saturday night in town!
    $143 return including the reclining extra-legroom emergency exit seat both ways - can't say fairer than that!

    I've had a quick look at hotels, look reasonable, I'll book them later. Monorail from the airport to town and close to beaches. Great food. Temperatures of 25 degrees or so. Jobs a good 'un.

    Actually, because this is pretty cheap, I'm thinking I'll book 4 days in Taiwan as well either late January or early February - just see when I can find some decent flight prices...
    Last edited by Bettyboo; 26-11-2019 at 04:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    there's a bit of a trade war going on between Japan and Korea; the Koreans are quite nationalistic and won't buy Japanese at the moment - lots of posters up, etc...
    ffs




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    Koreans and Chinese (China) like to stir anti-Japanese sentiment whenever they want to get their peoples' minds off domestic troubles. Wankers

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarilynMonroe View Post
    My cousin lived in Okinawa for five years, and I know he liked it a lot. I heard the beaches are really beautiful, but I don't know much else. I could ask him if you want. He ended up marrying a Japanese girl from there, so he must have loved it! haha..
    I can't help you on Taiwan as I've never been. I know Seoul well as I lived there three years . Good luck!
    Hey MM, I am hoping for two days in a great beach and two days getting wrecked in the city with maximum beer and craziness...

    Anything you can suggest will be much welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Koreans and Chinese (China) like to stir anti-Japanese sentiment whenever they want to get their peoples' minds off domestic troubles. Wankers
    These sleight-of-hand distraction techniques appear to be universal, historically and present day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Hey MM, I am hoping for two days in a great beach and two days getting wrecked in the city with maximum beer and craziness...

    Anything you can suggest will be much welcome.
    Sounds like fun, I'll ask him on fb. He now lives in Oz with his family.. now Australian citizens. He spent many years in Japan back when EFL was booming starting in the 90s.

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    @betty - good luck on your Okinawa trip. Post pics, please. I've watched a short docu about Okinawans. There are many ppl in their 90s to 100s, who are still hale & hearty. But the younger generations are experiencing heart disease & diabetes and dying earlier. They attribute it to burgers & western diet post WW2. Okinawa has lots of western fast food chains bcos of the US bases.

    Re: Taiwan, I went there a few years ago in late January. I think it was 1 week before the Chinese New Year. On my return flight, it was full of Taiwanese coming to PI to escape their winter for a few days. Temp that time was 15-20 Celsius, which was too cold for me! (hey, I'm a tropical gal)

    Anyway, just a warning that it could be zombie apocalypse if you go to Taiwan during CNY. A friend said that trains & public transport become chock full bcos ppl are leaving Taipei to visit folks in the provinces. I checked, and CNY 2020 is on January 25th. I remember that I vowed not to revisit during public holidays bcos of the loads of people.

    But, if you do go to Taiwan, I suggest touring Taipei & Hua Lien (Taroko gorge tour). While in Taipei, you could do a Klook tour of Yehliu, Shifen
    & Jiufen. It was a bit hectic, but it was 3 places in 1 day, and quite nice. If bringing the wife, she'd probably enjoy it. Look up Klook dot com. Cheers!

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    ^ thanks Katie; I'll plan a long weekend in Taiwan away from the CNY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    ^ thanks Katie; I'll plan a long weekend in Taiwan away from the CNY!
    Good choice. You won't regret it. Be sure to visit Madam Chiang Kai Shek's Grand Hotel. Truely a Grand place.



    And as I mentioned before, the National Museum.

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    ^ will do, thanks for the suggestions.

    I've booked 4 days at this hotel in downtown (Naha) Okinawa from Jan 8th to 12th:

    https://www.hotelwbf.com/artstaynaha/en/



    Only a few metres to the monorail, very easy to get to the main sites from here. Also close to buses if I wanna go on longer trips out to beaches etc for the day. US$75 per night - paying for the location really, but supposed to be decent; lots of markets, food, pubs and clubs around; can walk to sites like Shuri Castle, etc. I'm looking forward to getting up early, walking around the markets and having some nice breakfasts; there's a fish market where you buy the fish on the first floor then take it up to the second floor and choose a restaurant which will cook it - I'll give that a go. Okinawa is famous for food and fresh markets...

    Throughout the whole of Jan and Feb I have Fridays free (and can take Mondays off if I need to, so I'll do a long weekend in Taiwan then). From Dec 23rd, I have a very very lights schedule that includes 5 weeks holiday up to March/April time ( a bit of work here and there, but nothing much - fillers...).
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