Have a few Asia travelling questions...

  • trevchaser

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    Dec 31, 2010 11:15 AM GMT
    Well guys,

    I'm on a quest to get answers to questions of a passion I have found which really feels great. When you really believe in something and you lose sleep over it just to learn more.

    I'm going to fly to Beijing with a 3 hour layover starting just before dinner time, then to Bangkok with a 7 hour layover starting midnight, and then onto my destination in Taipei where I hope to seek answers and most probably end up with more questions...haha. On the way back I will be laying over in Narita, Japan for 5 hours starting just after lunch hour then back home to Canada. So now my questions:

    1. Does anyone know if the standard plugs I have for my iPhone and Macbook charger will work in all locations or will I need some kind of adapter?

    2. What can I do in Bangkok's new airport for 7 hours when everyone goes to sleep? Has anyone ever took quick night tours of Bangkok if there is a such service offered?

    3. When flying Business class are you allowed access to all the partner lounges at other airports for free? I am going through Air Canada which is using their alliance airlines: Air China Int'l, Nippon Airways, Thai Airways, and United Airlines.

    4. Any other tips and tricks at the layover airports that I should know about?

    5. In Narita, I'm going to try to leave the airport and go explore Narita City for a couple hours then come back to catch my flight. Has anyone been to Narita City? Is it pretty straight forward to get around as I believe the Japanese culture is one of the most proud and keep everything very Japanese with barely any English.

    6. I take it, that it's best to do a currency exchange at home before I leave?

    I'm meeting a few really good friends in Taipei which are also on the same quest as I. We've lined it up so that we all land and arrive at the airport within 20 minutes of each other so we'll see each other in baggage claim. icon_biggrin.gif But all my travel in between Taipei and home will be on my own. I've done a lot of traveling in North America and have been to all four corners of the continent and a lot of places in the middle. It's time to venture overseas for the first time and I'm excited! There's a sense of fear as well but I welcome it. Fear makes me feel alive and keeps my alive. I know after doing this trip I'm going to be a better person.

    So if anyone has any other tips for a first time overseas traveler, let me know. I know that questions I have will be answered which will inspire more questions I would have never thought of before these answers. Wish me luck!!
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    Dec 31, 2010 12:04 PM GMT
    Asia thread no 4 this New year's.... Asia is really taking over the world lol

    gay site at a time LMAO

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJC7ykAPXuw
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    Dec 31, 2010 12:11 PM GMT
    http://www.city.narita.chiba.jp/english/welcome/index.html
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    Dec 31, 2010 2:22 PM GMT
    trevchaser saidWell guys,

    1. Does anyone know if the standard plugs I have for my iPhone and Macbook charger will work in all locations or will I need some kind of adapter?

    3. When flying Business class are you allowed access to all the partner lounges at other airports for free? I am going through Air Canada which is using their alliance airlines: Air China Int'l, Nippon Airways, Thai Airways, and United Airlines.

    6. I take it, that it's best to do a currency exchange at home before I leave?

    Electronics were charged through the laptop using an AC converter. Unless you know exactly what the AC plugs & outlets look like at the destinations, don't waste money on generic converters available at home claiming to be universally adaptable. It ain't necessarily so. Flying business class should provide access to both AC outlets and charging ports for some of the small electronics. This perk is available in some coach seats as well. Check this site to view available on-board charging abilities an airline offers for each aircraft type flown: http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/

    A large investment of either money or miles redeemed for business class travel should surely entitle you to use of partner airlines lounges without incurring charges. With the current climate of airline gouging, this could no longer be true.

    The best currency conversion rates are available through your debit card. Notify the issuing banks for debit and credit cards of your destinations and travel dates to activate safe usage away from home. Get cash from ATMs at your destinations withdrawing the largest amount you feel comfortable carrying to pay with cash as much as possible. Even with the 3% user fees attached for use of cards in foreign locations, this is still the bargain. Cash withdrawals will be subject to a flat fee around $5US plus 3% on the amount of the transaction. Under no circumstances should you use any of the currency converting kiosks seen at airports and other places. The rates are not competitive and the additional fees make this a losing proposition. Decline offers by hotels to convert the bill to your home currency. The credit card company will provide much better rates.

    Enjoy your trip!
  • cbrett

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    Jan 01, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    1 go buy a all in one adapter
    2 go to the lounge and chill out have a shower refresh yourself for the rest of your flights
    3 if you have paid for it its yours, your business class (your special now) go have a drink Virgin mary is good for flying but a bloody mary make the flight better lol
    4 dont spend money just go to the lounge
    5 I dont think you will be able to leave the airport as you will be in the transate area, you will need to clear customs to get and then again to get back in sorry more airport waiting but the might have a tour that you can go on, (but you get locked in bus not aloud to get off)
    6 exchange some money remenber alot of place wont have a credit card machine so they want real money, alway have enough local money on you for aleast 2 days, their is nothing worse then paying $10 for a coke as they have min purchase


    last travel tip photo copy everything leave a copy with some one you trust (passport credit card and any other travel stuff flight detail, insurance) and take one with you but have it somewere else on you ie not with the orginals

    last travel tip Go enjoy your quest the journey is sometime the quest and the answer is the destation have fun mate
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    Jan 01, 2011 1:21 AM GMT
    amar_m saidAsia thread no 4 this New year's.... Asia is really taking over the world lol


    Rather prophetic in some ways. icon_eek.gif
    For those who have their heads in the sands, it's just a matter of time.
  • trevchaser

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    Jan 02, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    Happy New Year guys and thanks for the tips. It's amazing how much you learn and grow on the beginning of anything you put your mind to. I've learned so much about travel planning and how using stop overs and layovers can be quite advantageous. Learning how to exploit all ways in traveling and use them to your advantage like multi-stops along the way to see even more things then you imagined before. I'm excited! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 02, 2011 12:57 AM GMT
    TerraFirma said
    amar_m saidAsia thread no 4 this New year's.... Asia is really taking over the world lol


    Rather prophetic in some ways. icon_eek.gif
    For those who have their heads in the sands, it's just a matter of time.


    It really is though... when you think about it.. Asia was basically super-powerful the whole time until a few centuries ago, like around the 17th, when European powers took hold, mostly thanks to the colonisation of the Americas, that lasted a few centuries and they themselves were usurped by an ex-European colony in the Americas, afterr Europe itself was ravaged by two world wars...

    so the present situation of the ex-European colonies at the top is essentially a fluke in history and clearly is not meant to last... Asia has been a stable superpower in the world for 5000 years and is retaking that position right now... its practically a "law of nature" that they will do so after just a few centuries of shakiness... it has happened at least five times before.., periods of instability between world empire status... theres no reason on earth for them not to continue this old and familiar path...

    I mean really, lets take China... people are already choosing to speak Mandarin as their second language, not Spanish.. everything you use and buy is made in China... and Chinese immigration world wide (at global scales) has been present for centuries.. I can expect Chinese restaurants and markets in every world city, even in small villages, even in Caribbean and Filipine islands!!! I dont see the same level of European and ex-European influx other than through the media...
  • oursirpeace

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    Jan 02, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    What's with the Asian fascination? Should I be concerned?
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    Jan 02, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    oursirpeace saidWhat's with the Asian fascination? Should I be concerned?


    lol, isnt it obvious? they're taking over the world icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 02, 2011 10:06 AM GMT
    My own pet theory on why China is very much "the Middle Kingdom" and has been for most of its existence...

    ...is because for most of history the Chinese have been the most populous group of humans.

    In the past, the nations or empires with the most manpower typically dominated their respective spheres of influence and then some.

    The Industrial Age was a huge factor in the fluke that has been the success of the (mostly) Nordic/Anglo/Saxon/Frankish/Gothic peoples in being able to use one person to outproduce the efforts of several people, be it in warfighting, food production, or economic production in general.

    Nothing is guaranteed to be forever though, and in time, the mantle may well pass from China to somewhere else.

    Latin America, if it comes together as a single economic power, could well rival China and India as focii for the New Economic Order to come.

    The USA/Canada/Europa won't be relegated to third world status too quickly, and I expect that we will remain players - in some reduced capacity - in the centuries to come.
  • trevchaser

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    Jan 21, 2011 12:18 PM GMT
    Thanks guys for all the tips.

    I just got back from my trip and had the time of my life with friends while meeting new friends from all around the world. Life really is about making new connections and taking advantage of everyone's strengths as a whole to make yourself a better person.

    As I went into the trip I had planned to see all these sights and sounds. To eat this, smell this, touch this, hear this. I got to do all of that stuff but as I left Asia to Canada, what I figured out was that instead of learning a lot of stuff about the cities/countries I visited (which I learned a lot!!), I learned more about myself and how to become a better person, not to take for granted the freedoms and normal things we so take for granted. It was an amazing trip that I urge any of you to do as soon as you can. It'll change your life. icon_wink.gif