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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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Gin and Jazz at SO Sofitel Hua Hin – Saturday 17th February 2018

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

LET YOUR JOURNEY BEGIN !!Discover crafted gin cocktails and get carried away with a beachside live performance. For more information visit http://www.inspirehuahin.com/huahin/gin-jazz-sofitel-hua-hin-every-3rd-saturday-month-february-2018/

Which Tours Are good for Whitehaven Beach- Whitsundays

by seamuspie @ Fodor's Forum

Im travelling to Airlie beach next month and want to go and visit the infamous Whitehaven Beach. Has anyone been on any tours there and which ones do...

Liverpool jail's severely ill inmates at substantial risk, says psychiatrist

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Liverpool jail's severely ill inmates at substantial risk, says psychiatrist By Michael Buchanan and George Greenwood BBC News Severely ill inmates at Liverpool Prison often wait days to be seen because of poor care and a lack of staff, a senior psychiatrist says. His assessment of mental healthcare, seen by BBC News, says staff shortages present a "substantial clinical risk". Separately, a review of the prison, published on Friday, says conditions are the worst inspectors have seen. Lancashire Care, which runs healthcare at the jail, said it had spent significant sums on more staffing. Full story: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42732682 -- © Copyright BBC 2018-01-19

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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people here use carousell?

by Grumbler @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

how is the experience? anyone sold large items like piano or furnitures before? mostly cash or...

Specialty Delivery Services: Digitally-Driven And To Your Door

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

In Vietnam, the average living area of a family of three is around 50 square meters. That means a centrally positioned sofa would be 25 meters from the front door, which is an easily reachable distance to pick something up. With that short distance in mind and considering the global rise in food deliveries that led us to […]

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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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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.

HK Housing / Tenancy Laws

by dogbag101 @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Hi all, I'm curious to know if anyone here knows the specifics of HK's housing/tenancy laws and...

Events and Offers in Bangkok - 19 January

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

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Read More Chinanatown Fair 2018 At Soi NaNa - Chinatown 28th January 2018 As a part of TCDC's Bangkok Design Week 2018 : The New-ist Vibes ออกแบบไปข้างหน้า, Soi Nana residents are hosting 'Chinanatown Fair 2018'. Chinanatown Fair is a creativities focused event that combines art... Read More Fenner (UK) at Levels l Thursday 25th January 2018 Levels in partnership with Gold Label present: * FENNER l Thursday 25th January 2018 Originally from London in the UK, Fenner is well known for playing the freshest music, exciting mixes, energetic performances & funky scratching! ... Read More Not So Wasted At The COMMONS - 27th January 2018 As part of the Bangkok Design Week 2018, The COMMONS is organizing Not So Wasted!, a whole day dedicated to sustainability and food waste reduction. It’s a brand new year, so let’s do something good (and green) together! When people ... Read More Dropzone Festival Bangkok 2018 At Wonder World Extreme Park 2-3 March 2018 EARLY ACCESS PASSES NOW AVAILABLE! 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Read More ASIA Digital EXPO 2018 At Queen Sirikit National Convention Center / 25-27 January 2018 It is the biggest digital expo in Asia, there are all kind of digital technologies in order to transform your business into the digital world. Highlight Digital Tank: The source of Digital entrepreneurs in Asia Show Case: The successf... Read More Celebrate A Sweet Valentine’s Day At Le Meridien Bangkok - 14 February 2018 Bangkok, 11 January 2018 – This Valentine’s Day (14 February 2018) celebrate in style at Le Méridien Bangkok and enjoy special offers that will make the time you spend with your loved one even more memorable. Read More Cherish The Cheese At Latitude 13 Le Meridien Bangkok - until 28 February 2018 The palate awakens to new ways of tasting cheese. Satisfy your curiosity and cravings for delicious cheeses at Latitude 13 with its new “Cherish the Cheese” menus. An assortment of fine cheeses make all kinds of dishes tastier under ... 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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.

Norwegian Dreamliner Breaks JFK Speed Record

Norwegian Dreamliner Breaks JFK Speed Record

by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

While no commercial aircraft has come close to touching the record transatlantic flight time of the now-defunct Concorde, which clocked in at just under two hours and 53 minutes back in 1996, one subsonic airliner has now come closer than ever before. As The Telegraph reports, this Monday, a Norwegian 787 Dreamliner flew from New …

Almost 1 million people may qualify for insurance reinstatement

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Almost 1 million people may qualify for insurance reinstatement By The Nation Some 960,000 people who had taken out voluntary insurance under the Social Security Act’s Section 39 and then lost their insured status will soon be able to get it back if they want, if draft legislation is approved by the National Legislative Assembly after okayed by the Cabinet on Thursday. The proposed law would allow application for reinstatement by those whose membership to the Social Security Office (SSO) Fund was previously suspended after they failed to make a monthly contribution for three months in a row to the senior-welfare scheme or failed to make a full monthly contribution for nine months in one year. Applications for reinstatement could be made within one year after the law is put into effect. SSO chief Suradech Waleeithikul said the law as now drafted would allow some 960,000 people who lost their “voluntary insured person status” to regain the SSO coverage. He said successful applicants would not be required to pay for missed past contributions but instead could start over. He urged insured people to regularly check on their contribution consistency with the SSO office to prevent their membership being suspended without their knowledge. People can call the SSO hotline at 1506 for more details. Insured person under Section 39 refers to those who had been an insured person under Section 33 (an employee who paid the monthly contribution for no less than 12 months) and then resigned within a six-month period and applied for designation as an insured person under Section 39. Those accepted into the programme must pay contributions to the Social Security Fund at a rate of Bt432 per month. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30336648 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

Letter of income mistake

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hi, Can anyone advise me? I received my letter of income and the figures were fine, however I put down a friends school address down to send it back to, as last year it got lost for two weeks until I redirected it to the school address I used this year. I now notice they say I reside at the school address. I do have other documents required for my retirement visa to show proof of where I live. Do you think Thai immigration would deny me my visa even though it is a letter about income. Thai Immigration do not answer phone or email. Any advice would be appreciated. Rob

looking for a gym partner in Whampoa (Goji gym)

by kk16 @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

I recently joined Goji gym in Whampoa but i am just too lazy to go alone plus its a bit boring too....

Let’s Know More About Watching Movies Online

by Ricky Jordan @ Fraiche Restaurantla

People love to watch movies in their free time and this is also one of the best entertainment sources. There are numerous ways by which you can watch movies but you should choose the one which is best and easy. You may know that watching online movies becomes a craze among the people from all around the globe. Well, this is also an easy and simple method for which you don’t need to spend your precious money or time. By watching movies online, you can easily find out the old or classic movies easily which are not available anywhere. If your friends want to watch an old or classic movie then you don’t need to make efforts to find it and then struggle with its downloading process. The thing which you should do is to take help from the online sources that allow you to watch online movies and then search the movie. After this, you watch that movie online and you can also connect your device to a large screen in order to have an awesome experience. Unlimited movies If you want to watch movies online then there are plenty of websites and sources present on the internet. You […]

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Lourdes - help please

by Lindycarmel @ Fodor's Forum

Hi, My husband and I will be travelling to Lourdes in May. On the way back we would like to get to Nice from Lourdes (by train), however, since this...

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.

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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SkyTeam Is Forcing American & China Southern To Scale Back Their Codeshares

SkyTeam Is Forcing American & China Southern To Scale Back Their Codeshares

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

In early 2017, American Airlines bought a $200 million stake in Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines. On some level this was surprising, given that prior to this the two airlines didn't cooperate in any way. They had no codeshare agreements, and American doesn't even fly to to Guangzhou. American said that this investment “creates a strong foundation for a long-term relationship between two of the world’s biggest carriers.”

It didn't seem to me like they had huge plans overnight, though rather this seemed somewhat reactionary, as Delta bought a stake in China Eastern a few years back, while American doesn't have a single partner airline based in mainland China.

When this partnership first launched, American and China Southern announced their intentions to begin codesharing, with the ability to earn and redeem miles, through-check bags, and book travel on both carriers on a single ticket, but only on codeshare routes.

The Sad State Of Service On American Airlines

The Sad State Of Service On American Airlines

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I just have to briefly vent. I don't want to generalize too much here. US airlines have some fantastic employees, and US airlines have some lousy employees. They're consistently inconsistent. For example, recently I had an American flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong with exceptional service. Over the summer I had a United flight from Frankfurt to Houston with equally great service.

US airlines can be great, and when you point out their product deficiencies, they respond by saying that they can't compare with Gulf carriers, that the playing field isn't level, etc. The irony is that in many ways, US airlines actually have superior inflight products. American's 777 business class is significantly better than Emirates' 777 business class. The seat is better, the wifi is better, etc. Unlike Qatar, Emirates doesn't even offer dine on demand.

What grinds my gears about US airlines isn't the mediocre food or anything of the sort, but rather the defeatist attitude some (though certainly not all) employee take. I spent the past week flying Gulf carriers, and even when you don't have a good crew on one of those airlines, you'd still never experience these kinds of things. On other airlines the default service mentality is "sure, I can do that" rather than "let me think of a reason why I can't do that" (again, this doesn't apply to all flight attendants in the US, but it does apply to more here than in most regions).

Ant madness! Help!

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Over the last five years in our house I have been using borax to control the tiny, 1mm ants that get everywhere and love any food scraps or crumbs. But now!.............the ants aren't coming from outside, they're coming out of the walls, from small gaps in tiling inside the house. I've used silicone sealer to close up some larger gaps in the tiling but the little buggers find another way out before long. I don't think that grouting/sealing is going to be a solution because it will still leave the ants inside the walls and they'll find a way out sooner or later. Is having ants in the walls a common problem? Will a pest control company be able so sort it out? Opinions/suggestions/advice, please!

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.

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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Extending a single entry Non-O Visa

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Newbie here. Just a quick question. Can I extend my 90 day Single Entry Non-O visa (issued London UK) ? This expires 26 February and I wish to stay until 27 March. Thanx

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.

Travel buddies wanted

by mochi @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

I'm a local gal in my late twenties looking for kind, friendly and responsible travel buddies to go...

How to get a lease agreement template for visa Renewal

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I rent an Apartment in Pattaya and the lady in charge has no idea about lease agreement required to renew my retirement visa, She is ready however to assist and fill a contract but we need a Template that will please the immigration officers. Meanwhile i pay monthly without any contract on paper. Please assist

Get help if fever and headache appear after forest walk: Health Ministry

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Get help if fever and headache appear after forest walk: Health Ministry By The Nation Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, spokesman and deputy permanent secretary for the Public Health Ministry The Public Health Ministry has warned tourists returning from a trip to a forest during the winter season to seek medical attention if they come down with a fever and headache as they could have caught scrub typhus or malaria. Scrub typhus is spread to people through bites by infected chiggers (larval mites) and the latter through bites by female mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles, said Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, spokesman and deputy permanent secretary for the Public Health Ministry. Though the two diseases occur year-round, the numbers of cases rise during the winter season. From October 1, 2017 until January 12, 2018 there were 2,185 scrub typhus patients in Thailand two of whom died, said Opas. Scrub typhus symptoms include fever, headache (especially in the temples and forehead), body aches, and dry cough. Symptoms appear 10-12 days after being bitten. Some 40 per cent of patients also had “eschars”, dark red patches of dead skin tissue, around the skin areas where infected chiggers bit them. Some patients suffer from serious complications, such as pneumonia and encephalitis, which could turn deadly. Chiggers live in shaded humid bushes. Opas also advised that people emerging from the forest should shower and wash their clothing right away to prevent chigger bites. From October 1 until January 12, some 500 people were diagnosed with malaria. Symptoms include fever and headache as well as serious complication affecting the brain and blood, and kidney failure. Symptoms show 14 days after being bitten, Opas said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30336651 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

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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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 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 […]

Dependant visa advice needed.

by Kus Kus @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Hi I would like some advice on visa issues…. I am from the UK and am separate from someone who...

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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Sales of Trump properties suggestive of money-laundering - researcher

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Sales of Trump properties suggestive of money-laundering - researcher By Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions attended a closed door interview with the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Testimony to the U.S. Congress by the head of a political research firm indicates that the Trump Organization's sales of properties to Russian nationals may have involved money-laundering, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Thursday. The panel released the transcript of a Nov. 14 closed-door interview with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, whose firm hired a former British spy to research then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign ties to Russians and produced a dossier. "Those transcripts reveal serious allegations that the Trump Organization may have engaged in money laundering with Russian nationals," Representative Adam Schiff said. The Trump Organization dismissed the allegations as unsubstantiated. Another Democrat on the Republican-controlled committee, Representative Jim Hines, sought to temper Schiff's comment, telling CNN that Simpson "did not provide evidence and I think that's an important point. He made allegations." The House of Representatives panel is conducting one of the three congressional investigations into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is leading a separate probe by the U.S. Justice Department. Moscow denies the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that it interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump and Trump denies any collusion. In his testimony, Simpson said that his firm closely examined sales of condominiums in Trump properties in New York, Miami, Panama City and Toronto. "There were a lot of real estate deals where you couldn't really tell who was buying the property," Simpson said. "And sometimes properties would be bought and sold, and they would be bought for one price and sold for a loss shortly thereafter, and it really didn't make sense to us." "We saw patterns of buying and selling that we thought were suggestive of money-laundering," he continued. Alan Garten, the Trump Organization’s chief counsel, said that the deals Simpson referenced primarily involve properties to which Trump licensed his name, rather than owning, developing or selling them. "These accusations are completely reckless and unsubstantiated for a multitude of reasons," Garten said. "These issues have nothing to do with the scope of the investigation" by the House intelligence committee, Garten said in a phone interview. "But it’s not surprising the minority (Democrats) would focus on this given they’ve found absolutely no evidence of collusion." Simpson, under questioning by Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat, also said that Russia’s operation to influence U.S. politics included attempts to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other conservative organizations, such as groups promoting independence for the states of Texas and California. “They seem to have made a very concerted effort to get in with the NRA,” Simpson said, according to the transcript. The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Earlier this month, Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein released Simpson's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she is the ranking Democrat. The panel's Republican chairman, Chuck Grassley, had not agreed to the release. Fusion GPS, based in Washington, hired former British spy Christopher Steele to investigate Trump's business dealings with Russia. It first investigated Trump on behalf of the conservative Washington Free Beacon online news site and then for the Democratic National Committee. Trump has repeatedly criticized the dossier, which was based on Steele's investigation, calling it "bogus" and "discredited and phony." Some Republicans critical of Mueller's investigation have said that Steele's dossier triggered the initial probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They have raised questions about whether the FBI may have relied on the Steele document to improperly obtain surveillance warrants to spy on Trump's campaign associates. The testimony by Fusion GPS's Simpson before the Senate Judiciary Committee last August contradicted those claims. Ever since Feinstein released the testimony on Jan. 9, House Intelligence Committee Democrats have been asking that Simpson's testimony to their committee be made public. (Additional reporting by John Walcott; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Grant McCool) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

What Southeast Asian Countries Require a Visa?

What Southeast Asian Countries Require a Visa?


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

Shipping boxes HK to Bali

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Does anyone know a good company for shipping by sea about 10 boxes of household goods to Bali...

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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THAIVISA 2018 Calendar

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Here it is the THAIVISA 2018 CALENDAR. All monthly images were selected from those posted in Photography and the Arts during 2017. https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/files/file/748-thaivisa-calendar-2018/ Remember this calendar is printable.

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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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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United Introducing Premium Plus (Premium Economy)

United Introducing Premium Plus (Premium Economy)

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

As of now the details are limited, though Wandering Aramean is reporting on an internal United memo regarding the introduction of a true international premium economy product. It looks like United's new premium economy product will be called Premium Plus, and it will be introduced later this year. Here's all we know so far:

"Introducing United® Premium Plus

International premium economy is coming.

Later this year, we’ll begin to introduce United’s Premium Plus. Available on select international flights, United® Premium Plus will give you more space, comfort and amenities. The seats will be more spacious and you’ll enjoy upgraded dining on china dinnerware, free alcoholic beverages, a Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow, an amenity kit and more."

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

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


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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

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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Vietnam in spring – Best places to go

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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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Houston, We Have A Problem: Angry Buzz Aldrin Misses Delta Flight

Houston, We Have A Problem: Angry Buzz Aldrin Misses Delta Flight

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Well this is quite a video. TMZ has the footage of Buzz Aldrin missing his flight at LAX this morning:

It's not entirely clear what happened, but at 9:20AM he's still at the check-in counter for his 9:25AM flight. When he's told that he'll be rebooked on the next flight he isn't happy at all, and gets up from his wheelchair to approach the Delta employees.

We're not sure what exactly caused this, though Buzz tells the Delta employees that "I'm telling you guys, you're going to be in a little bit of trouble, because we've been sitting here now 20 minutes for somebody to come and fix a two minute problem." We don't know what that two minute problem was.

Do US citizens need Vietnam tourist visa? - Fraiche Restaurantla

Do US citizens need Vietnam tourist visa? - Fraiche Restaurantla


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A new e-visa option has been introduced by Vietnam which lets you know in the time span of 3 days, whether or not your visa will would approved or not. You need to be a citizen of one of the 40 countries, which also includes USA. Vietnam being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, traveling to this Southeast Asian country has become simpler than ever. Even if you are a US passport holder, getting the visa is easy. Vietnam tourist visa for US citizens can be received at the Vietnam international airport too. If you have a United States passport, you can easily enter Vietnam. In order to get the stamp visa at the airport, you must have the following documents; Visa approval letter from the Vietnam Immigration Department 2 passport size photographs Immigration form Fee for the visa stamped In case you are wondering of a rejection, then take a sigh of relief because there is no such client whose visa has been denied. You are supposed to follow step by step instructions for entering the country. According to the regulations set by Vietnam government, all citizens of various countries in the world along with the …

World's confidence in US leadership under Trump at new low, poll finds

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World's confidence in US leadership under Trump at new low, poll finds Julian Borger in Washington -- Approval for US falls to 30% from 48% under Obama -- ‘Historic low’ of Gallup poll ‘sets a new bar for disapproval’ Global confidence in US leadership has fallen to a new low, and the country now ranks below China in worldwide approval ratings, according to a new Gallup poll. The survey of opinion in 134 countries showed a record collapse in approval for the US role in the world, from 48% under Obama to 30% after one year of Donald Trump – the lowest level Gallup has recorded since beginning its global leadership poll over a decade ago. The result comes after a separate Gallup survey found that Trump reaches the first anniversary of his inauguration with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year. Full story: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/18/us-leadership-world-confidence-poll -- The Guardian 2018-01-19

Brazilian Low Cost Carrier Gol To Fly Nonstop To The US

Brazilian Low Cost Carrier Gol To Fly Nonstop To The US

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Gol is a Brazilian low cost carrier that can probably be most closely compared to Southwest Airlines in the US. They're South America's largest low cost carrier, and Brazil's second largest airline, after LATAM Brazil. The airline presently has a fleet of 119 Boeing 737s, though they're looking at some massive growth over the coming years.

Gol has 120 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on order, which they'll start taking delivery of around the middle of the year. For those of you not familiar, the 737 MAX is the more fuel efficient and longer range version of the 737, which has opened up a lot of interesting routes for airlines (for example, Norwegian uses their 737 MAX planes for transatlantic flights).

While Gol operates primarily within Brazil, they also operate some flights around South America. For the first time ever, the airline has announced plans to fly nonstop between Brazil and the US (in the past they operated flights to the US via third countries, including flights through Punta Cana).

Modest variable minimum wage hike comes under criticism from workers and employers

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Modest variable minimum wage hike comes under criticism from workers and employers By THE NATION A worker, waving a red flag to warn motorists at a Bangkok construction site, will likely be among millions of workers benefiting from the proposed wage hike. ACADEMICS and workers believe a consistent nationwide “flat rate” hike for the minimum wage should be in place instead of the variable Bt5 to Bt22 daily wage increase that comes into effect on April 1 after Cabinet approval. However, there seemed little probability that any decision on wage hikes – finalised on Wednesday by the government tripartite committee – would satisfy everyone. Business representatives have all along complained that they saw the wage hike as merely “tackling the symptoms” of economic problems, adding it would leave them shouldering increased costs of production and could result in worker layoffs. Rangsit University deputy rector Anusorn Tamajai said wages should be hiked to Bt350 or Bt360 to improve the quality of workers’ lives. The “rather slight” increase approved would be of little help for workers’ coping with high living costs and debt, while low-skilled workers would still not be able to save, Anusorn said. The minimum wage hike should be a consistent rate nationwide because Thailand’s cost of living did not vary much depending on area, he said. Also, a flat-rate wage hike would reflect values of equality and allow labour unions to increase their bargaining power for fairer wages and welfare assistance, he said. Chalee Loisung, chair of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee (TLSC), called for a Bt360 flat-rate hike nationwide. The TLSC would meet on Monday to work out their stance opposing the government’s decision, he said. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, who is in charge of economic affairs, hailed the wage hike as stimulating the economy, which he said “obviously [emerged] from careful consideration by all sides”. Workers would get a boost in their purchasing power, which would in turn allow private-sector companies to sell more products, he said. Somkid said he had already instructed the Ministry of Commerce to implement controls to ensure that the prices of consumer items do not increase and are kept in line with the increase in wages. The final details in the wage hike emerged on Wednesday after a seven-hour meeting of the committee tasked with reaching an agreement. The panel also recommended a trial “floating rate” wage hike in three provinces under the Eastern Economic Corridor scheme – Chon Buri, Rayong and Chacheongsao. Somkid said that the proposed trial would be discussed at a later date as the government would first implement the core recommendations. The nationwide minimum wage was raised from Bt300 to Bt310 last year after remaining static for three years from 2014 to 2016. With the new increase, the average nationwide minimum wage will be Bt315.97 per day. Some business leaders were not happy with the relatively small increase. Businesses would see an increase in operating costs without a corresponding ability to boost their production, said Pipat Luengnaru-emitchai, assistant managing director of research and financial institutions analyst at Phatra Securities Public Co Ltd. Some companies would replace workers through automation, he said, while others with large numbers of workers who could not be replaced by machines could move their production base to other countries. “This raises a challenge for business operators to adjust and boost their production to cover the wage hikes. If they fail, it will certainly lead to some impacts,” he said. Some companies would replace workers through automation, he said, while others with large numbers of workers who could not be replaced by machines could move their production base to other countries. “Such a significant hike as 10 per cent in some areas raises a challenge for business operators to adjust and boost their production to cover the wage hikes. If they fail, it will certainly lead to some impacts,” he said. With the northeastern province of Buri Ram seeing its minimum wage hiked by Bt15 to Bt325 a day under the committee agreement, business operators there said they would have to shoulder increased costs until they passed it on to consumers by increasing prices. The result would be negative for both workers and people in other professions whose incomes remained static, business figures argued. Naiyana Thabwong, a wholesale and retail shop owner, said she employed 13 people and paid about Bt100,000 a month in wages. With the wage hike, she would have to shoulder more costs during a period of “slower economic conditions due to the shrinking sale volumes, because people are trying to save money”. She said she might have to lay off some workers to ensure the business survived. The new wage hike was an approach “tackling the symptoms” rather than solving the root problems in the economy, Naiyana said. The Employers Confederation of Thai Trade and Industry vice president Tanit Sorat said he did not agree with raising wages because it would adversely affect small and medium-seized enterprises (SMEs). It was also irrational to group poorer provinces with richer ones, such as Roi Et with Prachuap Khiri Khan or Kalasin with Nakhon Sawan province, he said. The SMEs in poor provinces could not afford the same costs, he said. Even SMEs located in the greater Bangkok area with 200 or more employees would face rising costs of about 1.1 million per year, he estimated. Low technology industries such as garments, leather and food processing could be hard hit and find it difficult to raise prices due to fierce competition, he said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30336603 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

Croatia Towns/Islands Suggestions

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Hello all. I�m looking for thoughts on a trip to Croatia in late Sept/early Oct for 2 weeks. We are experienced travelers but have not been to...

Testimonial 2017

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BOT says minimum-wage hike ‘appropriate’, price hikes of goods need monitoring

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BOT says minimum-wage hike ‘appropriate’, price hikes of goods need monitoring By The Nation A senior official at the Bank of Thailand (BOT) on Thursday endorsed the minimum wage hike of Bt5-Bt22 per day expected to come into effect on April 1. The increase, which results in grouping provinces into one of seven different levels of wage increases based on their economic growth rate, was “appropriate”, said Don Nakornthab, senior director of the BOT's Economic and Policy Department. The average wage hike was approximately a 3.4 per cent increase, which was neither too much nor too little and was in line with an economy that has been continuously improving although not at the same rate everywhere, said Don. Workers, especially those 12 per cent of workers who still earned less than the minimum wage rate, could get additional income from the wage hike and their debt burden lessened, he said. And that would lead to an improvement in overall consumption, he added. Varying the increase based on a province’s rate of economic growth was also appropriate as it is based on the provinces' economic and social contexts, Don said. However, he said the anxiety over the capacity of business operators to increase production to support the higher cost in wage required close monitoring, especially among the small entrepreneurs whose main cost of production is often low-earning workers. The BOT would follow the wage hike's impact to the country's inflation rate, he said. The business operators' decision about hiking prices of goods would depend on how much the workers' average income had increased, the strength of the economy at the time and the business operators’ competition. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30336586 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

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 […]

Countries that Require Visa for US Citizens

Countries that Require Visa for US Citizens


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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 →

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.

Woman trampled by elephant coming from Thailand

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A woman was seriously injured by a wild elephant in Battambang province yesterday. Police confirmed it was the same six-tonne female elephant that strayed into Cambodia from Thailand on January 10. District police chief Song Sopheak said Chork Kimhai, 32, a local farmer, was trampled by the beast while she was sleeping in her tent in a cassava field in Bour commune. “She was transported to the hospital following the incident,” he said. “She is still being treated, having suffered several broken ribs.” Mr Sopheak said the elephant moved towards Nam Sap Mountain after the incident. read more http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50103163/woman-trampled-by-elephant/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 19/01

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 […]

Is it common for a school to terminate employment on the basis of not returning the next year?

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I signed a contract at a school in October to work until March 31. The school processed the paperwork and I got my 3-month non-B ending February 27. Then I got my work permit. The next step is to extend the non-B to March 31 based on employment. I'm told that can happen next when there is under 30 days left on the visa. The school does all of this in Bangkok. They gave a form out today asking if we will return or not next year. I have to go back home, so I will not return. I need to answer by Friday, January 25. My concern is that if I tell them I will not return, they will terminate employment early to get out of paying me and getting my non-B visa. The problem is that the actual teaching ends February 16, grades must be in by February 23. In March, we basically come in to school and do any extra work they need. But I've heard it's usually just coming in and doing nothing, so I'm concerned the school will try to get out of it. Is it common for a school to cut a contract early due to a teacher not returning? Is the process for extending the non-B for the remainder of the contract costly or complicated for the school? Are there any legal means to prevent a school doing this? All the other teachers were on 11-month contracts so they have their extended non-B's. I'm alone in that I can't quite receive the extension yet. I would love some input as this affects my plans. I planned on travelling a bit around SE Asia after March 31 and then going home, so the school ending the contract early would affect all of that.

French tourists arrested for catching protected parrotfish off Promthep Cape in Phuket

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French tourists arrested for catching protected parrotfish By The Nation File photo Six aged French tourists were arrested on Thursday afternoon with eight protected parrotfish off the popular Promthep Cape in Phuket. Police from the Chalong Police Station arrested the six after their chartered long-tail boat returned to the Rawai beach. They were identified as Daniel Albert, 71, Patrice Jacques Comte, 63, Jean Jacques Pierre, 61, Didier Tapin, 61, Le Cort Andre, 65, and Wemer Claudette, 66. Police seized the fish and five DIY harpoon guns from the group. Police were alerted that the tourists were seen harpooning fish at Koh Kaew Yai, off Promthep Cape, so they waited for them at the beach. They were taken to the Chalong Police Station for legal action. Catching green humphead parrotfish, which are less than 50cm long, is unlawful and carries a fine of Bt100,000 or one year in jail or both. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30336635 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

Italy's centre-right leaders sign policy pact ahead of election

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Italy's centre-right leaders sign policy pact ahead of election Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is seen during the television talk show "L'aria che tira" in Rome, Italy, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Remo Casilli ROME (Reuters) - Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his rightist allies agreed on Thursday to a joint manifesto ahead of a March 4 national election, committing themselves to cutting taxes and rolling back pension reform. "United we win," Berlusconi wrote on Twitter, announcing that he had signed the electoral programme along with Matteo Salvini, head of the anti-immigrant Northern League, and Giorgia Meloni, leader of the nationalist Brothers of Italy party. Opinion polls suggest their alliance will win the most seats but will fall short of an outright majority, making it hard to predict what sort of coalition government might finally emerge from the ballot. The centre-right bloc did not immediately release the final version of their electoral pact, but officials had previously said it would include a pledge to reverse 2011 legislation which called for staggered increases in the retirement age. The three leaders have also said they would promise to introduce a single flat tax. The League has called for the tax rate to be set at 15 percent, while Berlusconi has said it should be somewhere between 20-25 percent. The current top tax rate stands at 43 percent. Centre-right leaders have given little indication of how they will make up the shortfall in revenues, suggesting only that they will step up the fight against tax evasion and predicting that the new tax regime would stimulate the economy. The final manifesto is unlikely to commit to a specific tax rate, officials said. Indeed, much of the programme is expected to be made up of general pledges, rather than nitty-gritty policy proposals, enabling them to paper over differences between their individual policy platforms, which will be published separately. Other joint election promises are expected to include a crackdown on illegal immigration and a change to national law which would give the Italian constitution precedence over any legislation approved by the European Parliament - a move that could put Italy on a collision course with Brussels. One thing the centre-right bloc has yet to agree on is who will be the prime minister should they sweep the centre-left government from power. Berlusconi said earlier on Thursday that he was ready to lead Italy again if the European Court of Human Rights scrapped a ban on him holding public office. However, such a ruling is unlikely before the March election. (Reporting by Crispian Balmer; editing by Grant McCool) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

Thai Class

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I am looking for private Thai Lessons in Bangplee, Samutprakarn. Any teacher here or any recommendation of teacher? Thanks in advance. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app

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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Reviews on caterspot

by 24601 @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Anyone here used caterspot and then submitted a review of their experience? As from my experience,...

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 […]

He was my hero'; Dylan Farrow details accusation against Woody Allen

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He was my hero'; Dylan Farrow details accusation against Woody Allen In her first television interview, Dylan Farrow details allegations of sexual assault by her adopted father, Woody Allen, who denies the accusations. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Woody Allen's adopted daughter gave a tearful television interview on Thursday, giving details of an alleged molestation by the filmmaker more than 25 years ago. In her first television interview, Dylan Farrow told the CBS show "This Morning" that Allen touched her private parts when she was 7 years old. "I loved my father. I respected him. He was my hero. And that doesn't obviously take away from what he did. But it does make the betrayal and the hurt that much more intense," Farrow, now 32, told Gayle King in the interview. Allen, 82, has repeatedly denied the accusation, which was first made in 1992 in the midst of his bitter split with his then-partner, actress Mia Farrow. In a statement on Thursday, Allen repeated his denial, and said Farrow was using the sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood to renew her accusation. Sentiment in Hollywood against the "Annie Hall" director has grown in recent months with several actors distancing themselves from him or donating earnings from his films to sexual harassment support groups. Dozens of powerful men in Hollywood, media and politics have been fired, forced to stand down, or dropped from projects in the past several months after being accused of sexual misconduct. The recent spread of the hashtag #MeToo has highlighted the ubiquity of sexual harassment and has given rise to Time's Up, a group lobbying for anti-harassment legislation and providing legal support for victims of harassment and assault. "Even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more true today than it was in the past," Allen said in a statement. "I never molested my daughter – as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago," he added. Allen was never charged. Farrow alleged that she was molested when Allen visited her mother's Connecticut home in August 1992, in the middle of a custody fight. "I was taken to a small attic crawlspace... He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother's toy train that was set up. And he sat behind me in the doorway and as I played with the toy train I was sexually assaulted," she told King. She added that Allen "often asked me to get into bed with him when he had only his underwear on and sometimes when only I had my underwear on." Allen, who won Oscars for his comedies "Annie Hall," "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Midnight in Paris," has continued to turn out a movie almost every year. His most recent film "Wonder Wheel," distributed by Amazon.com Inc's Amazon Studios, has fared poorly at the North American box office, taking only $1.4 million since its Dec. 1 release. His next film, "A Rainy Day in New York" which is also from Amazon Studios, is due for release later this year. (Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bill Rigby) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

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NSB arrests 14 suspects in drug raids at 59 locations

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NSB arrests 14 suspects in drug raids at 59 locations By Kittipong Maneerit, Preewadi Wichaiprasit The Nation National police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda inspects evidence presented during a press conference yesterday at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau in Bangkok following an eight-day anti-drug operation. A NARCOTICS SUPPRESSION Bureau (NSB)led crackdown on four drugs networks netted 14 suspects and seized evidence worth a total of Bt910 million over the eightday operation, national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda told the press yesterday . Under the operation, code named “Chaiya Sayop Pairee 61/2”, officers raided 59 locations across the country from January 12 to 19. They seized 3.6 million yaba pills, two kilograms of “ice” crystal methamphetamine, 12 kilograms of marijuana and 770 grams of cocaine. They also seized 21 guns and 1,163 bullets as well as assets including 11 cars, two houses, 37 properties (condominium units and land), and Bt7.96 million in cash. The operation aimed to crack down on four drug networks under alleged drug kingpin Jirat “Ek Ouan” Pensophonwitch who was arrested last September, and also suspected drugs leaders Thip-apa Raksasaeng, Thidarat Jitranont and Montri Wongboonlertchai. The raids were conducted in Bangkok and jurisdiction areas under the Provincial Police regions 1, 4, 5 and 7. Chakthip said police would also probe whether highway policeman Pol Lt-Colonel Thanakrit Nitsapan – the common-law husband of 31-year-old Thip-apa – was involved in his wife’s illegal activities. Thip-apa was arrested on Monday over an alleged link to a larger drug ring allegedly led by Xaysana Keopimpha, a Lao who was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport in January 2017, and an alleged link to 500 kilograms of marijuana seized in Songkhla last October. Thanakrit was taken into custody on Wednesday night, hours after the criminal court issued an arrest warrant for him on charges of conspiracy to possess marijuana for sale and taking assets in exchange for abetting a crime. The officer denied knowing anything about drug trafficking as he said he thought the wife earned her living as a money-lender. He has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of the investigation. He will be sent to apply for a detention order from Bangkok’s Ratchadapisek Criminal Court today. NSB chief Pol Lt-General Sommai Kongwisaisuk said police were confident they had solid evidence against Thanakrit and would probe further to arrest the couple’s accomplices. Sommai suspected more police officers assisted Thanakrit. He said Thip-apa’s cosmetic surgery and a car with a hidden compartment helped her evade police arrest for nearly 10 years. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30336601 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

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China Eastern Becomes First Chinese Airline To Allow Inflight Smartphone Use

China Eastern Becomes First Chinese Airline To Allow Inflight Smartphone Use

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

For years China has had an annoying policy when it comes to the use of personal electronics inflight. Specifically, you're not allowed to use your smartphones or tablets on Chinese airlines, even if they're in airplane mode, and even during the flight. It's a strange policy, since nowadays some Chinese airlines offer inflight wifi, but you can only use it on a laptop or larger device.

I remember the first time I experienced this — I figured I was misunderstanding the flight attendant, and explained that my phone was in airplane mode (I figured that was the issue). The flight attendant explained it needed to be off completely, and for the entire flight. So you can’t use your iPhone to take pictures, play games, listen to music, connect to wifi, etc.

It’s my understanding that this is a way outdated policy, and that back in the day their concern was that people wouldn’t keep their phone in airplane mode, etc. I guess here in the US we don’t have that much room to judge, since up until a few years ago phones had to be completely off for takeoff and landing, while now they’re okay with airplane mode. China’s policy up until now had similar logic, but it just applied to the entire flight.

Property Ownership in Thailand

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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 [...]

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Review: Shangri-La Colombo

Review: Shangri-La Colombo

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I had a quick one night stopover in Colombo. I arrived at around 5PM, and was leaving the next morning at around 9AM. The city of Colombo is quite a ways from the airport, though there aren't any good airport hotels, as far as I know. Fortunately there's an expressway connecting the city to the airport, so while it's quite a distance, the drive only takes 30-45 minutes, assuming you're not traveling during rush hour.

In the past I've reviewed the Hilton Colombo, which is serviceable though nothing special. I was quite excited this time around when I noticed that a gorgeous-looking Shangri-La just recently opened in Colombo. I didn't realize this was under construction. The only hotel I was anticipating was the Grand Hyatt, which has been under construction for years, though it seems like that won't be opening, unfortunately.

The rate at the Shangri-La Colombo was about $180 for my one night stay, which is expensive for Colombo, but not unreasonable by international standards. I managed to get a bit more value out of that rate, as Ford was able to book me through Shangri-La's Luxury Circle program, which comes with extra benefits like a room upgrade, a $50 food & beverage credit, complimentary breakfast, and more.

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Swedish PM does not rule out use of army to end gang violence

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Swedish PM does not rule out use of army to end gang violence Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven (R) attends an interview at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden will do whatever it takes, including sending in the army, to end a wave of gang violence that has seen a string of deadly shootings, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in Wednesday. Sweden's murder rate is relatively low in international terms, but gang violence has surged in recent years and Swedes are worried that the police are unable to cope. In 2016, the latest year for which official statistics are available, 106 people were murdered in Sweden, a country of 10 million. But Swedish TV reported there were over 300 shootings, mostly in turf battles between gangs over drugs, protection rackets and prostitution. Four people were shot dead in the first week of this year. One man died after picking up a hand grenade outside a subway station in a suburb of Stockholm. Law and order is likely to be a major issue in a parliamentary election scheduled for September with the populist, opposition Sweden Democrats linking public concern about the rising crime rate to a large increase in the numbers of immigrants. "It would not be my first option to bring in the military, but I am prepared to do whatever is necessary to make sure that serious, organised crime is stamped out," Lofven told news agency TT. The government has promised police an extra 7.1 billion crowns ($880 million) through 2020, toughened laws on gun crimes and made it easier for the police to monitor private phone calls and emails, among other measures. But a report by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention shows increasing numbers of Swedes worried about crime with confidence falling in the police and the judicial system. "People are shot to death in pizza restaurants, people are killed by hand grenades they find on the street," Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson said in parliament on Wednesday. "This is the new Sweden; the new, exciting dynamic, multicultural paradise that so many here in this assembly ... have fought to create for so many years," he said sarcastically. ($1 = 8.0577 Swedish crowns) (Reporting by Simon Johnson; editing by Richard Balmforth) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

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 [...]

HK Housing / Tenancy Laws

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Hi all, I'm curious to know if anyone here knows the specifics of HK's housing/tenancy laws and...

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

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Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett killed in U.S. helicopter crash

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Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett killed in U.S. helicopter crash File photo: Roy Bennett arrives at the high court in Harare January 13, 2010. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (Reuters) - Exiled Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett and four other people were killed in a helicopter crash in a remote northern part of the U.S. state of New Mexico, officials and his political party said on Thursday. The crash of a private Huey helicopter in rugged terrain near Raton, New Mexico, on Wednesday evening killed Bennett, 60, along with his wife, Heather Bennett, 55, James Coleman Dodd, 57, of Colorado, Charles Ryland Burnett, 61, of Texas and Paul Cobb, 67, of Texas, New Mexico State Police said. Bennett, a former treasurer general of the opposition MDC party, was an important figure in Zimbabwean politics and served time in prison under former President Robert Mugabe. He recently told CNN that his country would never again let itself be ruled by a dictatorship. "Roy was a resolute and committed fighter for democratic change in Zimbabwe," the MDC said in a statement. The party described Bennett as a charismatic grassroots politician and successful farmer in the country's eastern Chimanimani District. He was fluent in Zimbabwe's Shona language, it said, and had helped hundreds of impoverished villagers pay school fees for their children. Though white, Bennett fought for the rights of black Zimbabweans, the party said, and had the nickname "Pachedu," a Shona word that translates as "together" or "one of us." The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the crash 15 miles (24 km) east of Raton. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Daniel Wallis) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

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

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


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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

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Non O renewal 45 days from stamp not visa -

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Dragged our toddler out of bed at 6.30am to go to Chaengwattana today. Arrived at 7.45am and got seen at 10.30am. All docs in order but no extension. It's my fault for not knowing the rules but (as ever here) the rules seem <deleted> dumb. Visa expires 22nd Jan but last entry 30th Dec so my stamp is end of March which is > 45 days so they won't do it. I explain I travel 2 - 3 times per month for work so if I can't do it now I'll have no visa to enter under when I next return. They told me to get a re-entry. So I've already got (and paid for) a multiple entry visa and I have all the docs for (and want to pay for) a multiple entry extension but in the meantime I need to queue again and pay again for a re-entry permit?!?! Where's the logic in that?? Anyway I'm not queueing only to got and waste another morning there in a few weeks and then go a 3rd time to pick it up, I'll just go and get another visa.

Looking for a sinecure? Get drafted!

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Last year, my neighbor's son got a lucky number and was drafted. On November 1st, he joined the Thai Navy. The next day, he got his marching orders: 20 days in, 10 days off, 7,000 baht a month! Indeed, after 20 days, he was already back home to enjoy his first 10 day break. And these days he is already on his third break. Now, think about the unlucky guy who was not drafted. Looking for the closest thing to military action, he may have signed to work as a security guard in a parking. He gets 2 days off and 9,000 baht per month, has to pay for his room, his food, his electricity and everything else. If he doesn't like wearing a uniform, then he may be working in a supermarket, or on a construction site, in similar conditions. Meanwhile, the happy part-time soldier is enjoying a free fully inclusive package (room, meals, laundry...) when he is in service (playing football), and has 7,000 baht to spend on beer when he is in R&R. The only downside of this deal is that it lasts only 2 years...

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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Safety the priority not money, says commander of Tourist Police

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Safety the priority not money, says commander of Tourist Police The Phuket News Commander of the Tourist Police Maj Gen Surachet Hakphan and Director-general of the Marine Department Chirute Visalachitra (2nd and 3rd from left) inspect one of the boats involved in this week’s speedboat collision on the east coast of the island. Photo: PR Dept PHUKET: The commander of the Tourist Police has said that safety should come before money following this week’s boating accidents which left dozens of people injured. Meanwhile, the Governor of Phuket has urged local government officials to brainstorm what they see as the island’s problems, so the issues can be reported to members of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), during thier visit to the island planned for February 3-4. Governor Norraphat Plodthong’s comments came following the commander of the Tourist Police yesterday (Jan 18) pointing out problems with Phuket’s marine safety during a visit to the island yesterday morning. Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/safety-the-priority-not-money-says-commander-of-tourist-police-65631.php -- © Copyright Phuket News 2018-01-19

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

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Marcus Loke is the production manager at District Eight. Like many of us, he found his vocation by chance. Disappointed by his high school exams, Marcus set off on his bike to the industrial zone near the edge of his hometown in the north of Malaysia to look for work. That journey led to a […]

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Thailand, Chile to cooperate on tourism promotion, trade, investment

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Thailand, Chile to cooperate on tourism promotion, trade, investment BANGKOK, 19th January 2018 (NNT) – Officials from the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of Chile held talks on bilateral cooperation to promote tourism and strengthen trade and investment. The Digital Economy and Society Minister, Pichet Durongkaveroj, welcomed the Ambassador of Chile to Thailand, Christain Rehren Bargetto, at the Chaeng Watthana Government Complex, Bangkok. Both sides have agreed to consider establishing tourism cooperation using technology as a key mechanism, as the number of Chilean tourists visiting Thailand has continually risen. The two officials also discussed bilateral cooperation on trade, investment, and commerce. They have agreed to tighten cooperation between Thai and Chilean agencies in various areas, including startup projects. -- nnt 2018-01-19

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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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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Activist Assaulted While Protesting Prawit’s Luxury Watches

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Activist Assaulted While Protesting Prawit’s Luxury Watches By Teeranai Charuvastra, Staff Reporter Undercover police drag Rittikrai Chaiwannasan away Friday moments after he assaulted pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkanwan. BANGKOK — A man was arrested Friday after attempting to punch an activist who has been staging daily protests over a junta boss’ collection of luxury watches at the Government House. Rittikrai Chaiwannasan, 56, was charged with physical assault and carrying a knife in public. A police official said undercover officers stopped Rittikrai just in time before he harmed activist Ekachai Hongkangwan. Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2018/01/19/activist-assaulted-protesting-prawits-luxury-watches/ -- © Copyright Khaosod English 2018-01-19

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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Reviews on caterspot

by 24601 @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Anyone here used caterspot and then submitted a review of their experience? As from my experience,...

Southeast Asia for New Zealanders – What to know about visa & travel

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

To begin your trip to the attractive Southeast Asia, let's figure out where you can initiate first and whether you need visa to these places or not.

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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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Review: Air India Business Class A321 Delhi To Colombo

Review: Air India Business Class A321 Delhi To Colombo

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

After getting off the bus from the remote stand I followed the signage for international transit. Even though I already had a boarding pass, I was told I needed to go to the transit desk and get my boarding pass reprinted.

After that it was time for transit security. The line didn't look that bad -- there were maybe three dozen people in it. The last time I transited Delhi it was a great experience, but that's probably because I was flying Air India first class, and they assigned me an entourage to whisk me through security in a matter of seconds.

This time around I had to wait in line. I don't think I've ever in my life seen such a slow moving line. My frustration wasn't even that I had to wait for an hour, but rather just how damn inefficient the process was. I wish I had a blindfold so I didn't have to watch. They had separate lines for men and women, and while the line for women was fast, I couldn't believe the pace at which they processed men. They took one person at a time, and then they'd put things on the belt, get a full body pat-down, etc.

Obtain a further re-entry permit possible?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I will be departing Thailand this weekend with a single entry re-entry permit (retirement extension until Nov 2018) and towards the middle of this year, I anticipate a further single re-entry permit will be required. My question is, will I be able to obtain a further single re-entry permit this weekend (DM) considering I already have a valid permit in my passport which will of course be used when I return to Thailand in about a week? Thanks

Dresses for Weddings | Wedding guest dresses | GOSHOPDRESS

by ffgdd @ Fodor's Forum

Dresses for Weddings Wedding guest dresses GOSHOPDRESS Dresses for wedding guests from top designers. Find plus size, tea length & other wedding...

Cambodia E Visa for Tourism Travel Purpose

by shafiq @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Has anyone applied for EVisa and travelled using that Evisa I am Indian passport holder,...

interior designers

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hi, I'm kind of new in town and want to transform my condo interior. Just wondered if anyone could recommend some upmarket interior designers, I'm looking for something special, lots of style (not the same old, same old). Thanks, Justin

Which Tours Are good for Whitehaven Beach- Whitsundays

by seamuspie @ Fodor's Forum

Im travelling to Airlie beach next month and want to go and visit the infamous Whitehaven Beach. Has anyone been on any tours there and which ones do...

LATAM Is Canceling Washington Flights After Less Than Two Years

LATAM Is Canceling Washington Flights After Less Than Two Years

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Well that sure didn't last long. As of May 2, 2016, LATAM Peru began flying 3x weekly between Lima and Washington Dulles. This represented their fifth US destination, after Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Orlando, and like most of their other US routes, it's flown with a Boeing 767-300.

Usually when an airline launches a new route it at least sticks around for a few years as they try to grow the market, but I guess the route must not be doing well for LATAM at all, and they're ready to cut their losses.

LATAM is discontinuing their flights between Lima and Washington Dulles as of March 1, 2018. While the flight still shows in the schedule (as of now), they're zeroed out the inventory, and presumably it will be fully removed shortly.

Where Should i Visit in Queensland

by seamuspie @ Fodor's Forum

Im currently booked to go to Airlie Beach in February but have taken a month off work and would like to visit a few places in Queensland. What do you...

Car plows through Copacabana sidewalk, kills baby, injures 15

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Car plows through Copacabana sidewalk, kills baby, injures 15 RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A speeding car plowed through evening strollers on a crowded sidewalk of Rio's famed Copacabana beach on Thursday in an apparent accident, killing an 8-month old baby and injuring 15 people, police said. Injured pedestrians lay sprawled out on the sidewalk, recalling recent terrorist attacks by vehicles mowing down pedestrians, but there was no indication that the Copacabana incident was deliberate. The G1 news website reported the driver, who fled the scene but was quickly arrested by police, said he had an epileptic fit, and medicine for epilepsy was found in the car. An officer at the Copacabana police station confirmed the baby's death by telephone and said 15 injured people were being treated in hospital. He did not know if the driver's epilepsy fit had been confirmed. Witnesses said on the Globo News network that the racing car shot over a bicycle path and across the sidewalk, hitting people and crashing through tables and chairs, before coming to a stop on the sand of the beach. The smashed widescreen and dented roof indicated the force with which the vehicle had hit people. The sidewalk of the Copacabana crescent-shaped beach is a favorite summer evening walk for Rio residents and tourists that have begun to arrive in Rio ahead of Carnival celebrations next month. (Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Sandra Maler) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

Former DSI chief Tarit gets 3-month suspended jail term for concealing assets

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Former DSI chief gets 3-month suspended jail term for concealing assets By Thai PBS Former director-general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Tarit Pengdith was on Friday (Jan 19) sentenced by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to three months in prison and a fine of 5,000 baht after finding him guilty of concealing assets. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) indicted Tarit in the court after finding him intentionally concealed several assets while he served as the DSI chief during 2009-2014. The assets that Tarit failed to declare to the NACC included four bank accounts worth over 5 million baht; investments in two companies worth over 6 million baht; property in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima province worth over 20 million baht; and his spouse’s cashes in two bank accounts worth over 6 million baht. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/former-dsi-chief-gets-3-month-suspended-jail-term-concealing-assets/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-01-19

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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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.

This Is The Next Big Thing

by Ricky Jordan @ Fraiche Restaurantla

Women enjoy dressing up and looking good and when it comes to special occasions and parties’ women go all out to dress as well as impress. While there are a number of things that ladies can do in order to look good, some of the most important accessories that every woman should definitely include in her wardrobe includes a Tiara. Although lot of women believe that a Tiara is something that can only be worn on an occasions that is specific to ones such as a birthday party a maybe a wedding the truth is that these days more and more women are becoming confident about carrying off a Tiara even if the occasion isn’t about them. If you plan on wearing a Tiara then is important that you check out some of the best quality tiaras for sale so that you end up using something that will work well for you and you will be happy about. While there are a number of different kinds of tiaras available in the market it is very important that you make sure you invest in one that not only suits your style but also your personality and will last a long time. […]

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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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Vietnam visa requirement for US - Vietnam e-visa & Visa On Arrival | Only From 8$

Vietnam visa requirement for US - Vietnam e-visa & Visa On Arrival | Only From 8$


Vietnam e-visa & Visa On Arrival | Only From 8$

Do US passport holders require visa for Vietnam ? American citizens the same as many citizens in the world need visa to Vietnam. United States of America passport holders either can apply Vietnam visa on arrival (Vietnam evisa) with Vietnam Immigration Department on this website OR apply Vietnam visa with Vietnam embassies in the America. How... read more »

Thoughts on buying secondhand Mercedes/BMW or Mazda Cx-5?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Recently started living in Bangkok and want to buy a car for fun, some weekend getaways etc. Will not be driving many km. Only had 1 car before and dont have much experience and knowledge on cars. Want to buy second hand directly from a private owner. Thinking of buying either a 2-3 year old Mazda CX-5 for 7-800.000 baht Or find a 4-6 year old Mercedes/BMW for around 1-1.2 mill baht Think also maybe u can get a fun 7-10 year old Mercedes E-line at a good price. Using UK/German prices as benchmark and taking maintenance cost, depreciation in to consideration. Where is the most value? Hoping some car owners here have some thoughts and tips to share.

You Can Now Buy Access To Etihad’s JFK Residence Lounge

You Can Now Buy Access To Etihad’s JFK Residence Lounge

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Etihad is known for the Residence, which is their private three room suite with butler service available on their fleet of A380s. I had the chance to fly the Residence from Abu Dhabi to Sydney last year, and it was probably the most memorable flight I’ve ever had.

The Residence experience begins before you get on the plane. In addition to being escorted every step of the way from the moment you arrive at the airport at your origin until the moment you leave the airport at your destination, Etihad has a dedicated Residence Lounge in Abu Dhabi. Here you get a private suite with butler service, and it’s almost as over the top as the in-air experience.

In order to make the experience as consistent as possible, Etihad also has special rooms for passengers traveling in the Residence at some of their outstations, so they can get privacy from the rest of the passengers. They have this in New York and London, for example.

'Be my guest': France's Macron spells out reasons for Britain to stay in EU

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'Be my guest': France's Macron spells out reasons for Britain to stay in EU By Elizabeth Piper France's President Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May inspect troops at Sandhurst Military Academy, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay SANDHURST, England (Reuters) - "Be my guest," French President Emmanuel Macron told Britain on Thursday, saying he would welcome any move by Prime Minister Theresa May to stay in the European Union's single market. But he added a warning - London's prized financial centre could not enjoy the same level of access to the EU under May's current Brexit plan. At a summit where both leaders hailed the two neighbours' friendship and historic ties and tried to focus on deepening security and defence cooperation, differences over Brexit once again threatened to sour the meeting - underlining the struggle May faces to negotiate a deal that will protect the economy. "The choice is on the British side, not on my side," Macron told a news conference after being asked why he was opposed to Britain's financial sector being included in any agreement on future trade between the two sides. "They can have no differentiated access to the financial services. If you want access to the single market, including the financial services, be my guest. But it means that you need to contribute to the budget and acknowledge European jurisdiction." Britain has ruled out pursuing a deal with the EU that would mean it would have to pay into its budget or respect its four freedoms, including free movement of people. Instead May says she wants a bespoke free trade deal covering both goods and services. But by pressing for the inclusion of the financial services sector - which accounts for about 12 percent of Britain's economic output and pays more tax than any other industry, May has lit the fuse on what could become the argument that dominates the so-called second phase of the talks to dismantle more than 40 years of membership of the EU. Last year, Macron launched a charm offensive on banks working in London's City, calling on them to rebase in Paris. "We recognise that as we're leaving the European Union we will no longer be full members of the single market," May told the joint news conference. "I believe that is not just in the interests of the United Kingdom but also of the European Union as it goes forward to continue to have a good economic relationship." BORDER AND BAYEUX The two leaders fought hard to underline that Brexit had not dominated the talks. They played up a new agreement to bolster security at French border controls and for Britain to speed the process of bringing unaccompanied migrant children across the frontier from France. They lauded a raft of agreements on everything from a British commitment to send three Chinook helicopters to Mali, where France has forces to help fight Islamist militants, to support for French counter-terrorism operations and measures to boost school exchanges as a sign they could work together. May also offered France 44.5 million pounds ($62 million) to help with border security, part of May's strategy to use defence as one of her strongest arguments for gaining leverage in negotiations on Britain's planned departure from the EU. But Macron, visiting Britain's army officer training academy for a guard of honour, was clear that, in his mind, there was no trade-off on the border in favour of Brexit. "I am not here to either punish or reward," he said. There were choreographed displays of cordiality, including a loan to Britain of the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry and a lunch visit to a Michelin-starred pub in May's own constituency in the southern English town of Maidenhead. But even the decision by France to loan the more than 900-year-old tapestry fell flat in Britain's eurosceptic media. "What a stitch-up! Did borrowing the Bayeux Tapestry cost Britain 45 million pounds more to stop migrants at Calais?" the Daily Mail asked, while the Sun mocked up the depiction of how William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066 as a tale of the EU trying to stop Britain leaving the bloc. (Additional reporting by William James in London and Michel Rose in Paris; editing by Mark Heinrich) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

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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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 […]

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?

Italy trip with 4 days to spare

by 2butterflies @ Fodor's Forum

DH and I are planning a two-week trip to Italy this spring and need to fill in some gaps in our first pass trip plan which is as follows: Rome (3...

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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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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Deferred MP election bill could delay poll

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Deferred MP election bill could delay poll By THE NATION file photo Nov election unlikely as panel wants law effective only 90 days after promulgation. FEARS OF A delay in the promised election have risen following a reported attempt by the committee vetting the draft bill on MP election to stay its enforcement until 90 days after promulgation. The government’s legal experts said it was not unusual to postpone enforcement of new laws, but politicians warned that further delay of the election is not good for the junta’s image. A source close to the junta admitted yesterday that there was a suggestion to delay enforcement of the law. This was to complement the recent Article 44 order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) which amended the Political Parties Act, the source added. The order stated that after the organic law on the election of MPs is promulgated in the Royal Gazette, political parties and relevant agencies may discuss holding the general election. The source said the NCPO was afraid that if the MP election law were to be enforced early, the election would take place before November when it is tentatively scheduled to take place. “If the election takes place before November, it’s not good for the government. They need time to prepare the budget and bureaucratic transfers. Political parties also need time to prepare for the election,” the source said. However, another source familiar with the matter said that the delay could be an attempt to give new, pro-junta political parties more time to prepare for the election. “They will get three more months,” the source said. The 2017 Constitution states that the general election must take place within 150 days of four organic laws – on the Election Commission, political parties, MP elections, and the composition of the Senate – being promulgated. If enforcement of the MP election law is delayed by 90 days, the election would then have to take place within 240 days of its promulgation. The delay would prevent the election being held in November as junta leaders have promised. Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, who is in charge of legal affairs, said yesterday that the Constitution does not require that all new laws must take effect the day after it is promulgated. He said there were cases in which new laws were set to become effective 30, 60, 90 or 120 days after the promulgation. Asked if the delay would benefit newer political parties, Wissanu said the older ones would also gain. Norachit Singhaseni, spokesman of the Constitution Drafting Commission, which is charged with writing the organic laws, said yesterday that it was not unusual to delay enforcement of new laws, to avoid adverse impacts or to allow sufficient time for relevant agencies. He said that he was commenting on the matter as a member of the Council of State, which is the government’s legal advisory agency. Democrat Party politicians Nipit Intrasombat and Sathit Pitutecha expressed dissatisfaction over the possibility of an election delay. They said the government’s credibility was increasingly on the decline after repeated failures to keep its promise about the election. The Isra News Agency reported yesterday that the vetting committee, at their “secret meeting” on Tuesday, had agreed to amend Article 2 of the bill, which stipulates when enforcement of the law begins. The article says enforcement commences one day after the law is published in the Royal Gazette, but the committee’s amendment pushes enforcement back to 90 days after promulgation, the report said. Members of the vetting committee, however, denied the report, insisting the panel had not discussed or included such a stipulation in the bill. Taweesak Suthakavatin, spokesman for the vetting committee, dismissed the report yesterday. He insisted the panel did not discuss the matter, and reiterated that the current draft bill would be enforced one day after publication in the Royal Gazette. He said the committee would meet today to finalise the draft and then submit it to the National Legislative Assembly for further deliberation in the second and third readings next week. Seree Suwanpanon, another panel member, said it had convened a meeting on Wednesday but nothing about adding 90 extra days to the enforcement date had been discussed. He was not sure whether it was just someone spreading a rumour or an attempt to extend the time period to help the parties, giving them more time to conduct the primary or internal voting. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30336590 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

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.

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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Check Out This PDF Finder Today

by Ricky Jordan @ Fraiche Restaurantla

There are a number of reasons why it’s very important for you to move ahead with technology and while some people believe that they still prefer to read paper books the truth is that it is always best for you to read ebooks rather than investing in paper books mainly because it is safer for the environment and you also save on a lot of money when you switch from the actual book to an ebook.  While some people believe that reading a paper book is more satisfying the truth is that reading ebooks are more convenient as well as satisfying because you do not really have to worry about spending money on the book ever again and it’s also easier for you to travel because you don’t have to worry about carrying books with you so that you can read them in your spare time. If you are looking to Search for PDF Files then one of the smartest things to do is to go online and check out the various sources that provide you with ebooks for you to read when you have time in hand. While there are a number of different websites available to provide you […]

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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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Turkish Airlines Offers 15% Discount For Booking Flights Through App

Turkish Airlines Offers 15% Discount For Booking Flights Through App

by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Turkish Airlines is offering a 15% discount for any domestic or international flight booked through its mobile app between now and Saturday. The discount applies to both economy or business-class flights purchased between January 18 and 20, for travel between January 20 through December 31, 2018. The promotion seems to be part of a push to get …

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

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


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

United’s New Premium Plus Cabin to Launch This Year

United’s New Premium Plus Cabin to Launch This Year

by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

American Airlines and Delta currently offer a true premium-economy product on select international flights, matching the offerings available with select foreign carriers. United’s been mum on the topic of premium economy, though — until today. In a memo to employees, the carrier finally shared its plans to launch a product later this year, called United …

Visa extension based on marriage (Chaeng Watthana)

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Today I went to Chaeng Watthana. Arrived there about 8:15am. Already a long queue in front of the Immigration office which will open 8:30. I had to take a queue number (I still don't know for what) then wait in the queue. The number was actually for nothing but you need to have one for allowed to enter. but you give the queue number in front of the Immigration office the the officer. At the Service Desk i became the Visa document and I proceed to the queue for extension of visa (counter L). Then had to wait same many of the other persons. While this time I filled out the form for extend stay in the Kingdom. Around 11am we could go to the counter which checked my documents and so far everything seems in order. this took about 5 minutes and I also became a paper with the information about overstay and their fines/banes, which I had to sign, then out and wait my number for the real officer. About 11:30 we can go and the officer checked every document again and as well some of the original documents. Ask a few questions about where we life, how long we know each other. After this we had to move to another desk where all the information was entered in a computer and a new paper was printed out, which we had to sign (Both). Then the third desk (I think a senior officer which had a short check again, and again some signatures to made. about 12 clock she realize I not had a copy of my TM6... so she told I should go run downstairs for a copy of the TM6 and bring it back to her.. not need to wait for queue. So I hurried because now the announcement for leaving everybody because of lunchtime.... but I could make the copy and bring it back to the senior immigration officer.. she was waiting. All in all I had to say all the persons working there were very friendly. The documents I was bringing with me: Passport 1 passport picture of me Copy of Passport (Front page, Page with Visa and Entry stamp) everything on one A4 Copy of Yellow Book (Front page, Page with my name) (Original nobody wanted to see) Pink ID card Copy of my Pink ID card ID card of my wife Copy of ID Card of my wife Copy of Tambien Ban (Blue Book) of my wife (Original was with us, but nobody wanted see them) Marriage certificate (Extract from record of marriage ICCS) from Switzerland Copy of marriage certificate KorKor 22 Copy of KorKor 22 Bank Book (Deposit) Bank letter including a copy of all the pages from the bank book (was made by the bank.. thanks) 4 pictures of us (2 were we stay in front of our condo door to see the room and house number of the condo) all 4 pictures printed on one A4 A printed map of our condo Copy of TM6 (this I forgot.. so had to do there) Shortly after 12 we were finished with everything and I can go again for pickup my extension on February 16. The 90 day notification she also has done right away. As this was my first extension I not knew what I had to expect. So after I have done it, I must admit it's not that horrible to do. Except of the 4 hours spend at the Immigration but was actually expecting something worse...

Discover: Takaoka

by @ Wikitravel

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.

Where Should i Visit in Queensland

by seamuspie @ Fodor's Forum

Im currently booked to go to Airlie Beach in February but have taken a month off work and would like to visit a few places in Queensland. What do you...

Italy trip with 4 days to spare

by 2butterflies @ Fodor's Forum

DH and I are planning a two-week trip to Italy this spring and need to fill in some gaps in our first pass trip plan which is as follows: Rome (3...

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 […]

Visa application centre moving to New Delhi

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I just got an official email confirming this. But no indication if dates yet. Sent from my SM-G930F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app

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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Former Phuket Democrat MP files complaint against Chalong Underpass construction

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Former Phuket Democrat MP files complaint against Chalong Underpass construction The Phuket News Former Phuket Democrat MP Raywat Areerob hands his complaint to Governor Norraphat Plodthong. Photo: PR Dept PHUKET: A former Phuket Democrat MP and former member of the House of Representatives yesterday (Jan 18) filed a complaint to the Phuket Governor for delays in the construction of the Chalong Underpass. Former Phuket Democrat MP Raywat Areerob together with Chalong Mayor Samran Jindaphol met with Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong at Governor House in Phuket Town to file a compliant about the ongoing delays in construction of the much-awaited Chalong Underpass. Mr Raewat said, “The Highways Department provided a budget of over B546 million to construct the Chalong Underpass. The contract was signed on July 27, 2015. The contract started on July 28, 2015 with work set to be complete on Sept 14, 2017, a total of 780 days. Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/former-phuket-democrat-mp-files-complaint-against-chalong-underpass-construction-65626.php -- © Copyright Phuket News 2018-01-19

Vietnamese Fashion Brands: The Future Of Brick And Mortar Retail

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

With the current Vietnam fashion retail market reported to be worth US $358 million, Vietnam is attracting global industry players drawn by its double-digit growth figures of 22.5%. For the consumer, that means choice across different segments; for the retailer, that means new strategies are required to increase sales both on- and offline. Despite impressive […]

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A Saturday in London

by harvmatic @ Fodor's Forum

It was recommended that I repost this in the Europe Forum, so here goes. My husband and I, and our 18 yr old grandson will have 24 hrs to spend in...

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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Apply Now For The New Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

Apply Now For The New Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Last year American Express and Hilton announced that they'd be entering into an exclusive credit card agreement (while previously Hilton also had credit cards issued by Citi). As part of this, American Express and Hilton are introducing two new credit cards, and also rebranding their two existing cards, which is great news for consumers.

The new credit cards go live today, and as part of that we're seeing the introduction of the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, which is the first Hilton Honors small business credit card.

Applications are now live for the new $95 annual fee Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, which is offering a sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 Hilton Honors points -- you can earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first three months, and a further 25,000 bonus points after spending an additional $1,000 within the first six months.

Trump administration appeals 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court

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Trump administration appeals 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court FILE PHOTO: People march across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest the planned dissolution of DACA in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Yang WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it had asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling last week that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a programme that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The Republican president in September rescinded, effective in March, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, programme put in place in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. Trump asked Congress to come up with a legislative fix. A variety of Democratic state attorneys general, organisations and individuals challenged Trump's action in multiple federal courts. The administration is challenging a Jan. 9 decision by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who ruled that DACA must remain in place while the litigation is resolved. The Justice Department is not filing an emergency application that, if successful, would result in the judge's ruling being put on hold. That means the programme will remain in effect during the litigation. "It defies both law and common sense for DACA ... to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Tuesday announcing plans for the appeal to the high court. "We are now taking the rare step of requesting direct review on the merits of this injunction by the Supreme Court so that this issue may be resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved," Sessions added. Since the programme was implemented, about 800,000 young, mostly Hispanic adults dubbed "Dreamers," have been protected from deportation and allowed to work legally in the United States. As of September, when the most recent figures were made available, 690,000 young adults were protected under the programme. "Dreamers came out of the shadows based on a representation that if they qualified for the status, they would be allowed to stay in the country. Now they're being used as bargaining chips in a high-stakes immigration policy debate in which their status should have no part," said Mark Rosenbaum, an attorney for the public interest law firm Public Counsel, which represents six DACA recipients in the case. Alsup's ruling came during negotiations between Trump and congressional leaders over immigration policy. Those talks fell apart after Trump rejected a bipartisan deal and provoked outrage with his reported use of vulgar language to describe African countries in a meeting with lawmakers on immigration. The Justice Department's move to go directly to the Supreme Court is unusual as the administration is essentially seeking to circumvent the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which previously ruled against it over Trump's temporary travel bans on people entering the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. Even if the high court agrees to take up the case, it is unlikely to rule until its next term, which starts in October and runs until June 2019. (Reporting by Eric Walsh; Additional reporting by Lawrence Hurley and Dan Levine; Editing by Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

Mysterious: Qatar Airways Offered 25% Stake In Unnamed US Airline Startup

Mysterious: Qatar Airways Offered 25% Stake In Unnamed US Airline Startup

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Qatar Airways has been investing in foreign airlines the past few years, presumably as a way for the government to diversify their assets. They're not necessarily looking to fully integrate with these airlines, but rather they seem to be investing as a way of getting a direct return on their investment, at least long term (unlike what we've seen Etihad do with airberlin, Alitalia, etc.). In other words, it seems that they're fine investing in airlines even if it doesn't lead to an amazing joint venture, etc.

As it stands, Qatar Airways has a 20% stake in IAG (the parent company of British Airways and Iberia), a 10% stake in LATAM, a 49% stake in Meridiana, and just recently announced their intentions to acquire a 10% stake in Cathay Pacific.

The Pegasus 737 That Ran off a Cliff Might Fly Again

The Pegasus 737 That Ran off a Cliff Might Fly Again

by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

After a Pegasus Airlines 737 nearly fell into the sea in Turkey last Saturday, engineers have started the process of recovering the damaged aircraft. Pegasus flight 8622 was traveling from Ankara (ESB) to Trabzon (TZX) when upon landing, the plane skidded off the runway and found itself hanging off the side of cliff — just …

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.

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.

10 Best Credit Card Offers For January

10 Best Credit Card Offers For January

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses of the month.

While there are several excellent long standing credit card offers, the specifics of the best offers are constantly changing (be it the annual fee, minimum spend requirement, or even amount of the sign-up bonus).

If you read my blog on a daily basis then by all means skip this post, but for me it’s a useful, “current” place to refer people who ask about which cards they should sign-up for, a question I get on a daily basis.

Endurance Athlete Chi Nguyen Aims To Run In 100 Cities

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

In November, Chi Nguyen finished third in Ho Chi Minh City’s first Techcombank International Marathon in a time of 3 hours 22 minutes. The Vietnamese endurance athlete has also completed the Mont Blanc CCC, a 100-km mountain challenge that quickly climbs to the Grand Col Ferret Alpine pass at 2537 meters. It’s a race in […]

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Can you suggest me a reliable, honest & cheap CPA for taxation? HK does not welcome to foreigners..

by rolovan @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Hello all, Incorporated my 100% online business in HK 18 months ago and now I got first Profits...

Trip Report Anyone here in turkey ?

by beautyofheaven @ Fodor's Forum

*If anyone here in Turkey which destinations, are you planning to visit this week?*

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 […]

Shipping boxes HK to Bali

by wendy597 @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Does anyone know a good company for shipping by sea about 10 boxes of household goods to Bali...

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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Chlorine tablets in ubon

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hi does any one where I can buy slow release chlorine tablets in ubon ( apart from ubon pools ) Have been using powder from global with no success Many thanks Sent from my SM-G925F using Tapatalk

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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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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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 […]

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.

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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Cambodia launches national ageing policy to improve well-being of elderly

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen launched the National Ageing Policy (2017-2030) on Thursday with the aim of further improving well-being of older persons in the country. Speaking at the launching ceremony at the Peace Palace here, Hun Sen said the policy was to further enhancing and improving the life quality of elderly persons in Cambodia with emphasis on ensuring them equal rights and opportunities. "The policy is to ensure that older persons are enabled to fully participate with freedom and dignity in family, community, economic, social, religious, and political activities," he said. "It's also to eliminate age-based discrimination so that older persons are guaranteed the same rights as younger persons and treated on par with them in all aspects." Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Sauth said the Southeast Asian country had about 1.2 million older persons, aged over 60 years old, in 2013, or 8 percent of the country's total population of 15 million. "It's expected that the ageing population will reach 2 million, or 11 percent of the total population of 18 million, in 2030," he said. The minister said the policy focused on a number of priority issues for the elderly such as financial security, health and well-being, living arrangements, older persons' association, and prevention of violence and abuse. source http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/18/c_136906231.htm

One Week in Ubud, Bali: The Only Guide You Need

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

If you’re spending one week in Ubud, you should know that you are about to experience something truly special. The first time I visited Ubud, I made the mistake of only spending four days there. But such a magical place deserves more time — as much time as you can muster. If I could, IRead more

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2nd refused dependent visa

by Pinkpinky @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

2nd time refused dependent visa. Currently status -Refuguess any advice? Do I need to re...

Looking for a good bulder in Pattaya

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I live in a 10 year house in East Pattaya now in need of various repairs including painting, plastering, carpentry and ground works. I have, over the years, employed many so called builders who have either carried out poor work or ripped me off in various ways. Does anyone know of an honest, versatile, small company able to carry out the above work at a reasonable price? Must have good grasp of the English so as to avoid misunderstandings. I would appreciate any help with the above.

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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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.

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.

American Is Adding New Routes And Expanding Shuttle Service

American Is Adding New Routes And Expanding Shuttle Service

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Today American put out a press release emphasizing the ways in which they're expanding their route network in 2018. They mention that they're introducing 52 new nonstop flights in 2018, though most of these have already been announced. However, there are a couple of new changes being announced today.

Here's what Vasu Raja, American's VP of Network & Schedule Planning, had to say about the additions:

“Our 2018 schedule opens up so many new possibilities of destinations. We are making it easier and more convenient for our customers to fly on American to places that are important to them all over the world, from serving smaller cities more frequently to visiting places we’ve never flown before.”

Italy breaks up Chinese crime ring involved in drugs, prostitution

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Italy breaks up Chinese crime ring involved in drugs, prostitution By Silvia Ognibene FILE PHOTO - Italy's prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho talks during a news conference in Rome, Italy June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people on Thursday on suspicion of running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution and drugs, and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe. The group's base was in Prato, near Florence, a hub for the textile industry where many factories are owned and run by Chinese, police said in a statement. But the network had members in other parts of Italy and across Europe, with arrest warrants issued in Rome, Milan, Padua, Paris, Madrid and Neuss, Germany, the statement said. Those detained are accused of being members of a mafia organisation and other crimes. The suspected boss, Naizhong Zhang, was based in Rome. He used profits from illegal activities to build a massive transport company that dominated the trucking of goods for thousands of Chinese companies, police said. In one phone intercept published in a court document, Zhang recounts meeting three associates in France and telling them they could stop working with him if they wished. "I only said two things. 'If you go with me, you will live. If you go against me, you will die,'" he is quoted as saying. "The next day, at midday, they all three came to me and said they wanted to join forces," he added. It was not immediately possible to contact the arrested men or their lawyers for comment. Zhang won a near-monopoly in distribution across much of Europe through threats and violence against Chinese company owners, anti-mafia prosecutors said. Thursday's operation broke up "a dangerous organisation that had used force to take control of trucking, and was financed by its illegal activities," Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said in a statement. Italy has a long history of home-grown organised crime, including the Sicilian Mafia and the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, but immigration to Europe has opened the way for foreign crime groups to take root, including the Nigerian and Chinese mafias. "Being able to shed light on mafia character of this group is almost incredible," Federico Cafiero De Raho, Italy's chief anti-mafia prosecutor, told a news conference. "It's quite unusual to be able to identify a complex Chinese mafia organisation." The investigation, called "China Truck", began in 2011 following a turf war in Prato between rival Chinese gangs -- one group originating from Zhejiang province in eastern China and the other from the southeastern province of Fujian. Some 40 people were thought to have been murdered between 2005-2010 before Zhang, who came from Zhejiang, emerged from the war as the undisputed criminal boss, a judicial source said. Magistrates estimated that his group's business activities were worth "hundreds of millions of euros". Apart from the arrests, prosecutors seized eight companies and an equal number of vehicles and "a few" millions of euros. (Writing by Steve Scherer and Crispian Balmer in Rome; Editing by Catherine Evans) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

Late 30s British couple keen to meet people in DB

by Beanieskis @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

My husband and I have recently moved to DB, although we're long term expats in HK. We're keen to...

Sunday bus to Urbino

by dreamon @ Fodor's Forum

My current plan is to arrive in Urbino on a Sunday. As far as I can figure out, there are still buses on Sundays from Pesaro but they are less...

Tillerson hopes to visit controversial new U.S. London embassy next week

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Tillerson hopes to visit controversial new U.S. London embassy next week By David Brunnstrom FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at a news conference during the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Nelms/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he hopes to visit the controversial new U.S. embassy during a trip to London next week, but the State Department said it had not been decided whether he would formally open the building. U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to London to open the embassy scheduled for next month, saying he did not want to endorse a bad deal agreed by the Obama administration to sell the old one for "peanuts." Speaking to reporters while flying back to Washington from a trip to the North American west coast on Wednesday, Tillerson did not respond when asked if he would formally open the controversial building, but said he hoped to go there. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a news briefing on Thursday no "ribbon-cutting ceremony" by Tillerson was currently scheduled during his Jan. 21-23 London visit. While the deal on the sale of the old embassy site was concluded under President Barack Obama, the decision to move from Grosvenor Square in up-market Mayfair to the south bank of the Thames was agreed in 2008 under Republican President George W. Bush. Nauert said the new embassy opened this week and the bulk of staff had moved from the old building. Trump addressed the controversy again at the end of a wide-ranging interview with Reuters on Wednesday, complaining that the new building "came out tremendously over budget." "So now we have an embassy that cost $1.2 billion, I think it was much more than that ... in the wrong location." "Just so you understand, it started in the Bush term, but the deal was made in the Obama term and the deal was built in the Obama term," Trump said. Asked whether he would go to Britain this year, Trump said, "they've invited me," but didn't elaborate. He said his relationship with Britain was "very good." Asked if he agreed with Trump that the embassy move had been a mistake, Tillerson said: "That’s a decision that’s already been taken, so I don’t think we need to revisit it." The cancellation of Trump's trip was a further blow to relations between Britain and the United States, for long the closest of allies. More than a year into his presidency, Trump has yet to visit London, with many Britons vowing to protest against a man they see as crude, volatile and opposed to their values on a range of issues. Tillerson rejected the suggestion that Trump might see Britain as less useful now that it was embroiled in Brexit and other political issues. "No, not at all," he said. "I mean, we still have the special relationship with the British people. As you know, President Trump was supportive of the UK’s exit from the EU. He still thinks that was the right decision for them. "Britain needs to focus on those Brexit negotiations right now, which is really important to them, and I think the president realizes that’s where Prime Minister May really needs to focus her attention." (Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Andrea Ricci and James Dalgleish) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

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: Hue City and Sightseeing Guides

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

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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A Saturday in London

by harvmatic @ Fodor's Forum

It was recommended that I repost this in the Europe Forum, so here goes. My husband and I, and our 18 yr old grandson will have 24 hrs to spend in...

Buying a laptop in Yangon

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

One of our work laptops has been mortally wounded so planning a quick trip into Yangon to get a replacement. Anyone have information of what makes/models are 'hot' in the country? Also need to know any recommended IT shops in town to check out. Since this an urgent, work-related and ultimately client reimbursable, the cost isn't so much of an issue but no need to go high-end. The machine only needs to have moderate processing power, maybe around i3 level processor and 2Gb RAM, 250 or 500 Gb HD; enough to handle simple stuff like Word docs, Excel spreadheets and the like. Thanks! NL

Non-B Visa extension?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hello, I am currently on a 3 month Non-B visa which will expire next Tuesday. For some reason the company which plans to employ me has not been able to extend the visa yet. My question is: Is it possible for me, by myself to extend this visa for any period of time (7,10 or 30 days,...) ?

Cuban boxing coach vows to bring more Olympic Games gold medals in 2020

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Cuban boxing coach vows to bring more Olympic Games gold medals in 2020 By Thai PBS Thailand Boxing Association on Thursday (Jan 18) formally introduced to the Thai media its newly-hired Cuban boxing coach Juan Fontanils who will be in charge of mainly training Thai female boxers for the 2018 GPP Championship tournament, Asian Games in Indonesia this year and the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. TBA president Pichai Chunhavajira told the media that the TBA had many male and female boxers and, therefore, it was about time that the training should be shaped up and the responsibility to train the boxers should be split up between newcomer Fontanils and the old Cuban coach, Julian Ricardo Gonzales. But, as a matter of fact, Fontanils is not a new face for TBA and the Thai boxers. He used to train Thai boxers who made outstanding performance in previous Olympic Games. He left Thailand about 16 years ago. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/cuban-boxing-coach-vows-bring-olympic-games-gold-medals-2020/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-01-19

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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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 […]

Alaska Airlines Debuts New Employee Uniforms, Its First Combined With Virgin America

Alaska Airlines Debuts New Employee Uniforms, Its First Combined With Virgin America

by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Disclaimer: Alaska wants its employees to be the first to see the new uniforms, so photos of the custom-made garments have yet to be released to the media. We will update this story with photos once we get them. Alaska Airlines debuted the latest change to its airline in its ongoing merger with Virgin America. …

How To Choose The Best Heat Press Machine?

by Ricky Jordan @ Fraiche Restaurantla

For many people, the way of the review is the best one to get proper information about the product. This particular way becomes beneficial if you are getting details from the best source. Mainly the review related to any type of product is written by the experts or professionals. For getting the proper knowledge you are required to read out the review which is written in a perfect manner and with lots of information. In case you want to gather beneficial details related to the heat press machine then my review here. You can easily get complete information from the review by taking help from the online sources. The major benefit of considering the way of the review is that you can easily buy the high-quality heat press machine. If you want to make a beneficial deal then you should pay attention to the following parameters – Quality – when you are going to start inspection of the heat presses at that time, first of all, you should focus on the quality of the product. You are able to make a judgment related to the product quality, by checking its internal parts or type of technology used in its manufacturing. […]

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Cambodia E Visa for Tourism Travel Purpose

by shafiq @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Has anyone applied for EVisa and travelled using that Evisa I am Indian passport holder,...

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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Discover: Aberdeen

by @ Wikitravel

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.)

Qantas’ New San Francisco To Melbourne Flight Is Bookable (And Has Award Space!)

Qantas’ New San Francisco To Melbourne Flight Is Bookable (And Has Award Space!)

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

In mid-December we learned that Qantas would be adding flights between San Francisco and Melbourne as of late 2018. This flight complements their existing service between Sydney and San Francisco, though when we first learned about the route they didn't reveal many details in terms of how many frequencies to expect, and when exactly the route would launch. Well, this flight is now on sale, and business class award availability is wide open, which is incredibly rare on Qantas.

Qantas' new flight between Melbourne and San Francisco will be operated 4x weekly as of September 1, 2018, with the following schedule:

QF49 Melbourne to San Francisco departing 9:40PM arriving 7:00PM
QF50 San Francisco to Melbourne departing 10:00PM arriving 6:30AM (+2 days)

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.

My VERY Costly Misconnect At London Heathrow

My VERY Costly Misconnect At London Heathrow

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

This sure hasn't been a good week for me as far as airline reliability goes. I feel like for my past several hundred thousand miles I've had amazing luck with my flights, and have barely had any major delays or cancelations. Then last week I had a 10 hour delay on my flight from Yerevan to Doha due to fog, which threw off my plans.

I'll be the first to admit that I often plan trips very tightly, and that's on me:

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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13m need training for economic upgrade, experts say 

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

13m need training for economic upgrade, experts say By WICHIT CHAITRONG THE NATION THAILAND NEEDS to turn 13 million people into skilled workers in order to upgrade the economy and escape the middle-income trap, said local and international economists. Labour force upgrading is seen as one of the key challenges for Thailand as the country moves towards Economy 4.0, Kiatanantha Lounkaew, economic lecturer said yesterday at a seminar entitled “Re-Design Thailand” hosted by Thammasat University ‘s Faculty of Economics. The proportion of skilled workers in Thailand is only 14.4 per cent of the country’s total labour force, according to Human Report 2016. This is considerably lower than in countries that are well on the way to Economy 4.0, such as Singapore, Sweden, Finland and Germany whose shares of skilled labour are around 45 per cent to 50 per cent, said Kiatanantha. The figure from the report suggested that Thailand needs to turn 12.81 million into skilled workers. The government has been promoting vocational education aiming at producing more skilled workers. “But it is not only quantity that counts, it is also quality,” he said. Some vocational colleges have worked closely with private companies in order to train their students at factories. But we need to scale it up to nationwide level, he suggested. As the government promotes 10-targeted industries which require highly skilled workers, the fast-changing world of business has led to a wide gap of skilled labourers. Significant skills gap A recent survey found that there are significant skills gap in industries which have been designated as champion for Thailand 4.0 , such as ICT, food processing, automobile , logistics, health and wellness , he said. “The challenge is how to close the skills gap as soon as possible , and many countries have succeeded in doing that ” he said. In addition, substantial skills gap is found in the area of creativity, responsibility,work discipline and ability to put knowledge into practice, he said. He said the import of specialists from abroad may address the problem to a certain degree but the government must make sure that these foreigners would also train Thai workers. He referred to the government new smart visa programme which will allow specialists stay in the country for four years. Asked whether he agreed with a plan to raise daily minimum wage nationwide , Kiatanantha said that raising of minimum wage would help consumption and support labourers to cope with the rising cost of livings. Speaking at the same forum, Jong-Wha Lee, director of Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University, said good human capital is essential for a developing economy to become a high-income country. Other factors include strengthening the rule of law, maintaining a high level of investment and a high growth path. Thailand economic growth suffered sharply after the 1997 Asian financial crisis before rebounded, but in recently year growth have been slower at around 2-3 per cent. It is projected that the Thai economy needs to grow an average of 5 per cent annually in order to achieve high income status in the next 20 years. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/Economy/30336600 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

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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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.

Gen Prawit assures Thai soccer fans will definitely be able to watch World Cup final matches

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Gen Prawit assures Thai soccer fans will definitely be able to watch World Cup final matches By Thai PBS Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has assured that Thai football fans would be able to watch the live broadcast of the final 64 matches of FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia through Free TV during June 14 – July 13. In his capacity as the president of the Thai Olympic Committee, Gen Prawit said on Wednesday (Jan 17) that the Government Lottery Office (GLO) and some private companies would jointly pay for the broadcasting right. Concerned agencies were in talk with with the concession right owner for Asia, Infront Sports & Media, for the live broadcast of the World Cup’s soccer matches in Thailand, Gen Prawit said. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/gen-prawit-assures-thai-soccer-fans-will-definitely-able-watch-world-cup-final-matches/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-01-19

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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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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Dependant visa advice needed.

by Kus Kus @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Hi I would like some advice on visa issues…. I am from the UK and am separate from someone who...

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

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


NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

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.

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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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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Upcoming Travel Plan In Romania

by beautyofheaven @ Fodor's Forum

I'm just planning a 3 week trip to Romania for my next trip, and all I want to start from Budapest because I've never been there. The rest of the...

Chinese Visitor Visa

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Looking at going to the China F1 for a visit..... re Visa's...am I reading this right? For a UK Citizen (living in Thailand).....it's 1100THB for a Single Entry Visa? Whereas, if I was in the UK applying for the same Visa, the cost would be GBP85.00 (3600THB)

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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5 Useful Apps That Will Help You Perfectly Pack Your Suitcase

5 Useful Apps That Will Help You Perfectly Pack Your Suitcase

by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

Even if you have a brand new suitcase, it doesn’t mean you know how to pack properly. Things like weather changes can make the contents of your suitcase irrelevant if you’re not prepared, sending you rushing to the store to pick up an umbrella, an extra clothing layer or charger and more toiletries. Or, maybe you’re …

Storm kills three in the Netherlands, three in Germany

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Storm kills three in the Netherlands, three in Germany Firefighters work by a fallen tree during stormy weather in Hanau, Germany, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Three people were killed in the Netherlands and three people died in Germany on Thursday as powerful winds toppled trees, blew trucks off the road and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights. Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport briefly suspended all air traffic on Thursday as gusts of up to 140 kph (85 mph) were recorded along the coast. At least 260 flights were scrapped and falling roof tiles led to the closure of airport terminals. Nationwide train services and many tram and bus services were halted after the highest weather alert was issued. Police said three people were killed by falling trees or debris in separate incidents. In Rotterdam, shipping containers were toppled and entire roofs ripped off homes. Schiphol later said some flights would resume as the storm moved inland, but that there would be severe delays. In Germany, a 59-year-old man was killed by a falling tree in Emmerich near the Dutch border, a town spokesman said and a 68-year-old lorry driver was killed in a storm-related accident in Lippstadt, western Germany, police said. In Bad Salzungen, Germany, a 28-year-old fireman was killed when a tree fell on him while trying to help a woman who had been trapped in her car by fallen trees, the district administration said. In North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany's most populous state, 41 people were injured in weather-related traffic accidents, police said. Some 100,000 people in NRW and in the northern state of Lower Saxony were left without power, a spokesman for the energy company Westnetz said. He said the company hoped to restore power within hours, provided the storm did not cause further damage. The German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said it had suspended nearly all long-distance rail service due to the storm and significant disruptions were expected again on Friday. Regional trains were also halted across northern and eastern Germany and some other areas, it said in a statement. In a statement, the rail operator said only a limited number of trains were operating on international routes. It said it had dispatched emergency crews to deal with storm damages. Some bridges and some stretches of road were closed in NRW. In Munich, eight domestic flights by Lufthansa were cancelled, the airport operator said. (Reporting by Anthony Deutsch, Michael Nienaber and Michelle Martin; Editing by Andrew Roche and Richard Balmforth) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

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

Texas 'tourniquet killer' becomes first U.S. inmate executed in 2018

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Texas 'tourniquet killer' becomes first U.S. inmate executed in 2018 By Jon Herskovitz FILE PHOTO - Anthony Shore, 55, convicted of raping and murdering five children and young women, using a tourniquet to torture and strangle his victims, is seen in this undated Texas Department of Criminal Justice photo in Huntsville, Texas, U.S.. Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout via REUTERS AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - In the first U.S. execution of 2018, Texas on Thursday put to death a man convicted of raping and murdering five girls and young women, using a tourniquet to torture and strangle his victims. Anthony Shore, 55, was executed by lethal injection in the state's death chamber in Huntsville, dying at 6:28 p.m., Robert Hurst, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said by telephone. It was the 546th in the state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Shore, whose murder spree dates back to the 1980s and 1990s, was dubbed the "tourniquet killer" for strangling his victims with handmade tourniquets, the Harris County District Attorney's office said. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles,; Editing by Tom Brown and Sandra Maler) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

Toyota dealership wrong oil

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I had Toyota carry out the first oil service on my truck yesterday at 1500km to remove any metal shavings from the machining process.i specifically asked for mineral oil Not synthetic.'yes,we have,can do for you' they said.so ghe oil change was done.When I got home after driving 30 km I noticed on the leftover oil can that it was semi synthetic oil they have used.When I told them this is not what I asked for they told me that they didn't have any mineral oil so used semi synthetic instead. Should I get this semi synthetic oil changed to mineral oil or is it too late now I have driven 30 km(and 30more back to Toyota)

Phuket police arrest Russian-Ukrainian couple for alleged sale of drug

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Russian-Ukrainian couple arrested for alleged sale of drug By The Nation Phuket police have arrested a Russian man and his Ukrainian girlfriend for allegedly selling drugs to foreign tourists at a pub in the island province. Phuket police chief Pol Maj-General Thirapol Tipcharoen held a press conference on Thursday evening to announce the arrests of Viktor Dvinskii, 27, and his girlfriend, Berezina Vladyslava, 22. Police seized one ecstasy pill, 14.44 grams of cocaine, and 16.66 grams of marijuana from them. Thirapol said police received a tip-off from a pub in Tambon Kamala in Krathu district that a Russian man had been selling drugs to foreign tourists. Undercover police went to the pub and found Dvinskii visiting the toilet too often. When police searched him, they said they found a small quantity of drugs. Police said they checked his mobile phone and saw the photo of his girlfriend with more drugs, so they took him to his rented house where allegedly more drugs were found. His girlfriend was arrested at the rented house. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30336632 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

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!

 

Reunification Train Hanoi-Saigon Vietnam Information and Service

by administrator @ Vietnam Impressive

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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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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 [...]

Best Offshore Location for Easy Remittance of Funds (In/Out)

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I'm in High Seas Trade and International Trading Business. Which country would be the best for...

Discover: Seoul

by @ Wikitravel

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

UK Visa & Immigration to Relocate Visa Application Centres from Bangkok to New Delhi

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

UK Visa & Immigration to Relocate Visa Application Centres from Bangkok to New Delhi 19 January 2018 In June this year, United Kingdom Visa & Immigration (UKVI) will relocate its visa decision making centre from Bangkok to New Delhi. This is part of UKVI's long-standing global strategy to modernise its visa operation and consolidate visa decision making into large regional hubs. There will be no change to the visa application process in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, or to overall service standards. The move to New Delhi will maximise the benefits of new technology that allows for visa-decision making to be independent of the country of application. It will drive efficiency savings and achieve greater standardisation of visa decisions around the world. British Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Brian Davidson, said: "The UK is fully committed to a strong and broad-based relationship with Thailand. The number of Thai nationals applying for UK visas and travelling to the UK rises every year. We are delighted at this growth as it shows the strength of the links between the two countries and that Thai people still love to visit the UK, whether for work, study, family or leisure. UKVI is committed to supporting these links and ensuring that we continue to provide safe and secure visa decisions, excellent customer service and value for money to the UK taxpayer." Customers in Thailand will see no change to visa service standards. Customers will still apply for their visas online and submit their biometrics and documents at two Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Bangkok and Chiang Mai managed by VFS-Global. UKVI, in conjunction with VFS-Global, are committed to delivering excellent customer service in Thailand and new customer services at the VACs will continue to be rolled out during 2018.

Haitian Ad Agency Creates Campaign Around ‘Shithole Countries’

Haitian Ad Agency Creates Campaign Around ‘Shithole Countries’

by Alexa Noel @ The Points Guy

During a White House meeting on January 11, President Trump stated that immigrants from Norway would be preferable over immigrants from “shithole” countries like Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations, according to several reports. According to The New York Times, when Trump heard that Haitians were among those who would benefit from the proposed …

Reminder: You Must Be Important To Use A VIP Entrance At Newark Airport

Reminder: You Must Be Important To Use A VIP Entrance At Newark Airport

by Nick @ One Mile at a Time

It's no secret that airports often have separate entrances for fast-tracking so-called "VIP" travelers like major celebrities, politicians, diplomats, and other dignitaries.  The reason is twofold -- the VIP travelers, of course, appreciate the privacy and the special treatment, but at the same time the distraction and disruption to the ordinary check-in and security process is alleviated.  This is particularly a concern when a notable politician or other high-profile individual with a security detail is traveling.

Ben has reviewed the privately run VIP experience at LAX, the Private Suite.

Well, it turns out Newark International Airport has its own VIP entrance, operated and staffed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  Former New Jersey governor and noted bridge enthusiast Chris Christie -- who is known to relish a private experience unavailable to the general public -- used the VIP entrance at Newark often over the course of his eight-year term, particularly in 2015 when he spent a good deal of the year traveling across the country in vain pursuit of the presidency.

Amid confusion, U.S. Congress scrambles for deal to avoid shutdown

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Amid confusion, U.S. Congress scrambles for deal to avoid shutdown By Richard Cowan U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), flanked by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), addresses reporters in Washington, U.S. January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans struggled to line up support on Thursday for a short-term extension of government funding that would avert a politically embarrassing shutdown, after President Donald Trump offered mixed signals on the stopgap plan. Trump complicated the talks by saying a six-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a Democratic priority, should not be included. The White House later said the president fully backed the proposal pending in the House of Representatives, which includes the insurance plan. Given opposition in both parties, it was still unclear on Thursday if Congress could head off a weekend shutdown of the federal government, which is operating on its third temporary funding extension since the 2018 fiscal year began on Oct. 1. Negotiators have scrambled to reach a budget deal that would include Democratic efforts to protect young immigrants known as "Dreamers," who were brought to the country illegally as children, and satisfy conservatives who want to raise spending for the military. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they were optimistic the House later on Thursday would approve funding until Feb. 16. A procedural House vote to approve the rules for debate passed 226-194. But some Republicans were not so certain the continuing resolution had enough support for approval. Republican Representative Mark Meadows, who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters: "I promise you that's not the case" that the speaker had enough Republican votes to pass the bill. Questions about Trump's support arose earlier on Thursday, when he said on Twitter that "CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!" That led the White House to issue a statement saying Trump was still on board with the House proposal. Asked if Trump's statements were making it more likely Republicans would be blamed for a shutdown, Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic, said simply: "Yes." With the threat of a shutdown looming, some senators began to discuss the possibility of short one- or two-day extensions to allow negotiations to continue without stopping government operations. "I think some of our members would like to see us negotiate the bigger deal and do a short-term CR for a few days," Republican Senator John Thune said. PREPARING FOR THE WORST Some government agencies began to prepare for a possible shutdown. The U.S. Government Accountability Office sent its employees a memo on Thursday warning that regular operations would cease on Monday if a shutdown occurred. If money were to run out, many federal agencies would be shut down and workers sent home. But "essential services" dealing with public safety and national security would continue. McConnell said he anticipated the House would pass the temporary funding bill and the Senate would take it up after that. "Shouldn’t be a difficult vote. There’s nothing, nothing in such a continuing resolution that my Democratic friends actually oppose," he said. Democrats have insisted, however, a long-term spending bill must include a measure covering the "Dreamers," who were protected from deportation under former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme. Trump ordered DACA to end in March and asked Congress to come up with a legislative fix. But bipartisan congressional negotiations with the White House faltered last week, prompting Republican leaders to begin pushing for the passage of the stopgap measure. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer criticized Trump for taking a trip to Pennsylvania on Thursday to campaign for a Republican House candidate rather than staying for the negotiations. He said the House bill to fund the government was “very likely to be unacceptable to the Senate." Schumer said Trump’s changing positions on government spending and an immigration measure were impeding progress in Congress. "The one thing standing in our way is the unrelenting flow of chaos on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue (the White House). It has reduced the Republicans to shambles. They don't know who to negotiate with," he said in a Senate floor speech. Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate and most legislation, including spending bills or an immigration deal, will require 60 votes to pass. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is involved in the immigration negotiations, and conservative colleague Mike Rounds have said they will not vote for a short-term funding bill. Some Republicans have argued a shutdown would hurt military readiness by disrupting supply chains and complicating planning and contracts. (Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell, Susan Heavey, Amanda Becker and Blake Brittain; Writing by John Whitesides; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Peter Cooney) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

Changing my employer...

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hi all! I started my work at private small school in December, 2017, but sooner found better offer and conditions of work. Want to resign and change the employer. I have a single entry non b visa(not extension to stay), valid through 12.8.17-03.08.18. Also, work permit. The question is, how to change the employer without big expenses and stress? Just obtaining new wp from new school and apply for extension to stay afterwards? Thank you.

What nefarious tactics will be used in the next by-election

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What tactics will the executive branch use to make it an unfair fight? Paul Zimmerman will not...

Video: Machete road rage in Phuket

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Machete road rage in Phuket A dash cam recorded the whole incident and Muang Phuket police checked the license plate number and managed to arrest him. By Kritsada Mueanhawong The video of a pickup driver pulling out a machete to threaten another driver after being ‘tooted’ has gone viral. The man has since been arrested. He is being investigated by Muang Phuket police, along with the evidence, his 77cm-long machete. The 2 minute video shows the bronze pick-up truck that was driving in the middle lane cutting in front of the car in the right lane causing the driver on the left to toot him. Full story: https://www.phuketgazette.net/news/machete-road-rage-phuket -- © Copyright Phuket Gazette 2018-01-19

2nd refused dependent visa

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2nd time refused dependent visa. Currently status -Refuguess any advice? Do I need to re...

London Bath Cornwall trip advice, please

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We are two couples - late 60s and in good shape - going to England in October for two weeks, and would very much appreciate the Fodor forum "checkup"...

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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New PCX 150 Battery keeps going flat

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hi, Got a new PCX 150 in November last year had quite a few problems with the battery going flat in a very short space of time, thought i may be doing something wrong, but met someone else i knew just bought one and battery flat after 3 days, went to start today after 4 days and battery flat, jump started it and took to the dealer and they said this is perfectly normal, for me this is not normal.......... has anyone else had this problem or know how to go about getting it fixed?

Four months smoke free!!!

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hi Everyone There seems to be little interest in the 'stop smoking' forum, so I thought I'd start a new thread to see if anyone wants to talk about it. I was a smoker for about 35 years (Bloody hell!) I quit September 17th 2017, the day before the new tax increases were supposed to arrive in Thailand. Ironically, it seems that my old brand's price didn't go up; thank God I didn't know that at the time. How have I done it? I am using will power and that is all. Please don't misunderstand me, if people are using gum, patches, hypnosis, whatever, more power to you. The important point in all this is the stopping; it doesn't matter how... What are the benefits/downsides? The benefits for me are a massively increased sense of taste and smell. Honestly, it is the sense of taste that has been the real shocker; I was a smoker for around 35 years, so I never really tasted Thai food for all the time that I have spent in the country; now I have. And it is delicious! There other big benefit is that I cycle almost every day for about 20 Kms, and now I feel much better doing it. I am getting more oxygen into my lungs (already!) and I am not getting that burning sensation when I am panting/out of breath. There are no downsides. If there are any smokers out there who are thinking of quitting, do it. If I can do it after 35 years, then you can as well. It is difficult, but well, well, worth it. Good luck!

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Wyndham Acquires La Quinta, Will Have 9,000+ Hotels

Wyndham Acquires La Quinta, Will Have 9,000+ Hotels

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

We've seen quite a bit of consolidation in the hotel industry the past few years. Marriott has taken over Starwood, IHG has taken over Kimpton, and Accor has taken over Fairmont, Raffles, And Swissôtel.

The consolidation continues, as it has been announced today that Wyndham will be acquiring La Quinta for 1.95 billion USD. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. Here's how the takeover will be structured:

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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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, […]

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 [...]

Passport Name Changes – All You Need to Know

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Travel news: Monte Carlo Las Vegas Update

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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.

Vietnam Visa for US citizens-Vietnam Visa fee 2017

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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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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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Energy Minister: No plan to cut down PTT, EGAT roles

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Energy Minister: No plan to cut down PTT, EGAT roles BANGKOK, 19th January 2018 (NNT) – The Energy Minister, Siri Jirapongphan, said the government has no plans to weaken the roles of PTT and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), both of which positioned to help enhance national energy security. Mr. Siri has refused circulating rumours on social media claiming the government plans to reduce the roles of both energy giants He said both companies are considered important state enterprises for national energy security, and that the government continues to appoint duties to both companies to help preserve and promote energy security of the country. Infrastructure projects related to energy security, such as the gas tunnel project, electricity cables, and key power plants, will remain under the management of the two organizations. The Energy Minister added that it is within the discretion of both companies' executives to make internal changes to best support their operations. -- nnt 2018-01-19

Best Offshore Location for Easy Remittance of Funds (In/Out)

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I'm in High Seas Trade and International Trading Business. Which country would be the best for...

The Pros and Cons of Staying in a Hostel

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

Most people eventually outgrow the idea of living with a roommate. A desire to have personal space in your living conditions only increases when traveling. After a long day of exploring the city, you likely want to crash in a hotel room, away from strangers. But, for those that want to try spending the trip […]

Outback Australians grounded as pilot crisis worsens

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Outback Australians grounded as pilot crisis worsens By Jamie Freed FILE PHOTO - Waiting passengers watch a Qantas Airways Boeing-737 aircraft being towed on the tarmac from the domestic terminal at Brisbane Airport in Australia, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray (Reuters) - A recruitment drive by Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd after a seven-year hiatus is exacerbating shortages of pilots at regional air services that provide a lifeline to remote communities in the country's sparsely populated Outback. As airlines from Asia, Europe and North America vie for pilots amid a global shortage, there is growing concern among people in Australia's vast interior who rely on flights to major cities for medical treatment. Ewen McPhee, a doctor in the remote mining town of Emerald, said that when he referred patients for specialist care they often needed to travel nearly 1,000 km (621 miles) to the nearest big city, Brisbane. "Then they have to fly," he said. "It is an 11-hour drive otherwise for an ill patient with quite a significant problem." Over the last four months the 80-minute flights have not been as reliable as usual, McPhee said, with last-minute cancellations for lack of pilots. Regional Australia's predicament illustrates the broader risks the aviation industry faces from a lack of pilots as the number of annual air passengers globally is expected to nearly double to 7.8 billion over the next 20 years. Around the world, airlines will be forced to review the wages, training and conditions they offer younger pilots as they open new routes and pursue ambitious expansion plans. Australia's pilot shortage closely parallels one in the United States, where major airlines are on a hiring spree and regional carriers like Seattle-based Horizon Air have cancelled hundreds of flights because of a lack of aviators. Both countries have a culture of pilots paying up to $100,000 of their own money for training and flying for years at regional carriers on low pay to gain experience to be hired by major airlines. To help fill in the gaps, the Australian government has reopened two-year visas for foreign pilots. Regional airlines however say longer visas are required to attract pilots from overseas. Qantas began hiring again in 2016 after years of financial strife, during which it offered pilots leave without pay to work for other airlines. By mid-2018, it says it will have employed 300 new pilots, many from regional airlines. Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd <VAH.AX> hired roughly another 120 pilots over the past year to fly major domestic and international routes. HIGH COSTS, LOW PAY While the Australian government offers loans of up to A$75,000 for students at select flying schools, trainee flyers still need tens of thousands of dollars from other sources to get their stripes. Such costs are a major reason the number of student pilot licences issued annually has fallen 23 percent since 2006, according to official figures. Once out of flight school, young first officers at relatively large regional carriers only earn about A$60,000 ($48,000) a year, while being based in high-cost cities like Sydney where the average house price is about $1 million. "There is not a lot of incentive for smart young men and women to get into aviation," said Shane Loney, a Qantas pilot and vice president of the Australian and International Pilot Association. "They have got a significant up-front cost to get qualified and then there isn't good pay unless they're fortunate enough to land a career with a big airline like Qantas or Virgin." Unlike major Asian and European carriers such as Singapore Airlines Ltd <SIAL.SI> and easyJet plc <EZJ.L>, Qantas does not offer a cadet programme, although it partners with universities for its regional arm. Virgin, meanwhile, had 2,500 applications for 12 cadet spots last year. Australia does not have a formal requirement for airline pilots to have 1,500 hours of flying experience like in the United States, but informally airlines want pilots with at least that number of hours for jets. Even junior turboprop pilots in Australia usually have hundreds of hours, said Kirsty Ferguson, the founder of Sydney-based airline interview coaching firm Pinstripe Solutions. "Australia is having the same gaps in regional flying as in the U.S.," she said. GLOBAL CHURN U.S. regional carriers like Mesa Airlines Inc and Skywest Inc <SKYW.O> are so short of pilots they are raising salaries, offering sign-on bonuses worth up to $50,000 and aggressively recruiting Australians and other foreigners eligible for visas. The U.S. Airline Pilots Association has said regional salaries are moving in the right direction. In Australia, airlines with tight profit margins have not raised pay significantly despite pressure from unions, even as profits have recovered due to heavy cost-cutting. At Regional Express Holdings Ltd (Rex) <REX.AX>, which operates 33-seat turboprops, former cadets are paying agreed penalties of more than A$25,000 to escape a seven-year contract to advance to better-paid jobs at bigger airlines. Rex has seen a spike in turnover as bigger airlines recruit. It wants the government to open up four-year visas for pilots with a path to permanent residency, said Chris Hine, a senior Rex executive and chairman of its flying school. High turnover is not limited to Rex. Qantas's regional arm QantasLink, which employs 400 pilots, hired more than 80 last year and expects to hire another 100 this year as pilots leave for bigger airlines, including Qantas. Others are heading overseas to carriers such as Dubai's Emirates and Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd <0293.HK> while the opportunities are available. "It just follows the trend of cycles in aviation," Australian Federation of Air Pilots President David Booth, a Virgin pilot, said of the hiring rush. "This one is a little bit worse than normal, but I don't think it is going to last forever." ($1 = 1.2544 Australian dollars) (Reporting by Jamie Freed in Singapore; Editing by Stephen Coates) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

Azores Airlines Launches New A321neo Transatlantic Service

Azores Airlines Launches New A321neo Transatlantic Service

by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Azores Airlines is making a significant upgrade to its fleet. Beginning Thursday, the airline is operating its first-ever nonstop transatlantic service with an Airbus A321neo, transporting passengers between Boston (BOS) and Ponta Delgada, Azores (PDL). In December 2017, Azores Airlines took delivery of a new A321neo, becoming the first Portuguese operator of the aircraft. Once …

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.

Late 30s British couple keen to meet people in DB

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Retired demining dogs need a home

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They save human lives, protect livelihoods and yet have nowhere to go when they are decommissioned from active field service in the minefields of Cambodia. These days I get emotional very often. It is so unlike me; in school I had a nickname “ice queen” for not expressing my emotions easily and even my partner often said that my heart must have been made of “stone” because I never cried, even in the most intense moments. Yet, when I started working with animals, building projects to help and make things better for them, I realised I get so overwhelmed that I choke up. Monday night was one of those moments for me when I choked up in public. I was presenting at the famous Nerd Night, in Score Bar, in front of hundreds of folks about my passionate project – Home of Heroes – inspired by one dog I met almost two years ago, a retired explosives detection dog named Muriel. Muriel, then a 9 year-old Belgian Milionis lived with a family that adopted her after her retirement. Retirement from what, you might ask? read more http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50102902/retired-demining-dogs/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 19/01

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Driving license question

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A friend of mine needs to get a Thai driving license. His US license has expired. Will he be required to take a road test and view the classroom videos? Will he need a translator to come along? He will be going to the Bangkok office.

Croatia Towns/Islands Suggestions

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Hello all. I�m looking for thoughts on a trip to Croatia in late Sept/early Oct for 2 weeks. We are experienced travelers but have not been to...

Now Arriving in Hanoi: What You Need to Know

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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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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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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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Popular Places Where U.S. Citizens Need A Visa

Popular Places Where U.S. Citizens Need A Visa


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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.

Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers

Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers


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

Universities furious over ‘substandard’ ratings

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Universities furious over ‘substandard’ ratings By The Nation SEVERAL UNIVERSITIES have attacked the Office of the Higher Education Commission (Ohec) for publicly describing some of their programmes as “substandard”. The reactions stemmed mainly from the fact that the description was reportedly based on outdated information and also that most the programmes failed just one Ohec criterion by not having enough permanent lecturers required for a programme. “Some of our lecturers were furthering their studies during the years Ohec evaluated us,” Khon Kaen University president Assoc Professor Dr Kittichai Triratanasirichai said yesterday. “But now they are back at work.” He said Ohec should not have included his university in the list of institutes with substandard programmes because that status could cause misunderstandings. Earlier this week, Ohec announced that as many as 182 higher education programmes had not met its standards for the 2015 and 2016 academic years. The list of the programmes together with the names of the institutes were also released on the Ohec website. Following the release, Ramkhamhaeng University rector Wutisak Lapcharoensap threatened to take legal action against Ohec. “Our university’s council has already passed a resolution to have university executives explore legal channels to take actions against or sue Ohec for damages,” he said. Wutisak said some lecturers had retired and his university had to wait about one year for the Budget Bureau to prepare a budget for new lecturers to fill the vacant positions. “Also it should be noted that the list just released by Ohec is not up to date,” he said. Of 40 Ramkhamhaeng University’s programmes described as substandard by Ohec, 23 no longer existed, he added. “Six others have already stopped recruiting students and we are going to close another programme,” Wutisak said. Dhurakij Pundit University vice president Nit Petcharaks said yesterday that his institute had already either adjusted the number of lecturers in line with the Ohec criterion or closed the programmes that Ohec had voiced concerns about. “Ohec secretary-general Dr Supat Jampathong, meanwhile, admitted that the recently released list of substandard programmes was not based on up-to-date information. “But we have also explained that the list is based on information from the 2015 and 2016 academic years,” he said. Supat added that the Ohec had issued a resolution to release the list in the hopes of inducing relevant universities to quickly improve their programmes and to enable students to monitor progress. Asked about legal threats from Ramkhamhaeng University, Supat said he was not angry about the reactions. He said he would be willing to quit his post if the release of information was seen as a disciplinary offence. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30336592 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

Back by popular demand! Porn Star Nat and US sugar daddy Harold, 68, resurface!

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Back by popular demand! Porn Star Nat and US sugar daddy Harold, 68, resurface! Video screenshot Former porn star Nat "Nong Nat" Ketsarin and her aging sugar daddy businessman husband Harold Nesland are back in the spotlight. Following news that they may have ceased to be an item last year comes the revelation that Harold, filthy rich and 68, didn't know exactly what he was getting into when he got hitched. Yes, he knew that he had landed a piece of Thai eye-candy other men would swoon over, but he had no idea she was a porn star. "He thought I was just an actress," admitted 31 year old Nat in an interview with Thai media reported by Tnews. "He only found out I had done porn after we signed on the dotted line". Pressed by a reporter for his reaction to that and asked whether he was able to accept her past, she replied: "Yes, he was excited. In fact he wanted a demonstration of my abilities". Nat also revealed in the brief interview that they had originally met due to a mutual business acquaintance. Perhaps mindful that Nat is now sporting a few "love lines" around the eyes, Tnews referred to her as now being the "mother" of adult movie stars. No details were given as to the exact status of their relationship at present though that may be a moot point - Harold is still rich. Source: Tnews -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-01-19

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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Etihad Airways Flagship First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi-AUH

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

A trip to the Etihad Airways First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi was the warm-up to the main event: flying the Etihad First Apartment from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne. It was essentially the only reason we had chosen to route from the US to Australia via the Middle East. And a visit to the brand new lounge was nearly as exciting as flying the A380 since our trip was just about 3 weeks after the May 30th grand opening–talk about timing!

As a result, we were purposely very, VERY early arriving at the airport for as much lounge-time as possible before heading to our gate. We checked in quickly and were welcomed into the lounge which is located immediately after going through security.

CHECK-IN/ACCESS

We were greeted at the entrance and, after checking our boarding passes, she ushered us onto an elevator. One of the best parts about this lounge is the exclusivity, access cannot be purchased at the gate and there are very few ways to gain access. Here’s a list of ways in:

Etihad guests of The Residence Etihad First Class guests Etihad Guest Platinum member + 1 guest Etihad Airways Partner airlines platinum members + 1 guest Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum members + 1 guest

First thoughts: the lounge is absolutely huge! It is apparently nearly 1,700 sq m (18,000+ sq ft) and has more than 16 “zones”, i.e. distinct areas that help break up the lounge and make it feel very private, even if you’re one of 100 guests.

FOOD & DINING

After arriving in the lounge, we kept up with the standard procedure of our trip thus far: eating a meal while not hungry in the least. A server showed us to a nice window seat and we began the quite elaborate dining process. In fact, I imagine this is how most people kill their limited time in the lounge. Our start-to-stop dining experience was nearly 1.5 hours.

–> FULL-SERVICE DINING

The full-service dining area was enormous

Full-service dining area

Views of…mainly construction + a few airplanes

Our server didn’t have to do too much arm twisting to convince us to try the 5-course Emirates Palace tasting menu.

Emirates Palace Dining Menu

The multi-course feast consisted of the following: starter (dates), foie gras de terrine (a course that we added from the a la carte menu), soup, scallops, lamb and then a great dessert.

The first course was a simple date filled with yogurt and crumbled pistachio. The sweet and delicious snack definitely left us wanting more.

Dates with Chami: fresh dates with local homemade yogurt

We added on a course of the Foie Gras Terrine, because, why not?

Foie Gras Terrine: slow-roasted plums, fig and ginger jam with bitter almond tuile

The chicken & barley soup was also good but we didn’t eat it all to save room for the next courses.

Chicken and Barley Soup: rich broth with tender poached pieces of chicken, onion and fresh coriander

The next dish, Scallops Mughrabia was by far the highlight of the meal. Mughrabia is a traditional ingredient in Lebanese cuisine and is essentially a type of [...]

Speed POS: Diagnostic Data For Reactive Restaurateurs

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

In 1883, Dayton, Ohio restaurateur James Ritty was growing frustrated at his staff. Cash kept going missing and customers thought he was overcharging them. In response, he invented the first ever “incorruptible cashier” or mechanical cash register. It could calculate the total price of each bill, keep a log of each day’s total sales, and […]

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Vietnam Travel Guide: Ninh Binh Guide

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Upcoming Travel Plan In Romania

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I'm just planning a 3 week trip to Romania for my next trip, and all I want to start from Budapest because I've never been there. The rest of the...

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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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. […]

Whoa: Emirates Orders Up To 36 More A380s, Keeps Production Alive

Whoa: Emirates Orders Up To 36 More A380s, Keeps Production Alive

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

For years now we've been hearing rumors of Airbus ending production of the Airbus A380. I most recently wrote about this just a couple of weeks ago, as the plane hasn't worked out quite the way Airbus was hoping.

While Emirates already has over 100 of these planes in their fleet and loves them, other airlines haven't been as impressed, and we've seen very few orders otherwise. Airbus is approaching the point where they'll have to shut down production if they don't get any more orders for the aircraft.

This is where the chicken and egg situation starts. Emirates has wanted more A380s, but only if Airbus is committed to keeping the program around long term. After all, Emirates doesn't want to buy what will otherwise very quickly become outdated technology. Rather they'd like to see Airbus improve the A380. Furthermore, arguably there will eventually be more demand for the A380, as the global demand for air travel continues to increase, and as airports become increasingly congested. Arguably the plane was just introduced too early.

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

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


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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.

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

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Lourdes - help please

by Lindycarmel @ Fodor's Forum

Hi, My husband and I will be travelling to Lourdes in May. On the way back we would like to get to Nice from Lourdes (by train), however, since this...

What is the best value apartment you have stayed at?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

i am coming back to chiang mai in february, and i want to stay at a better place this year, i have more income and i am wondering what is the best value apartment you have stayed at really i just want something a little more than the basic 33 sqm bed and bathroom not exactly asking for specific places, just want a general description and price you have paid for it

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.

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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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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Turkish Airlines Is Offering 15% Off App Bookings

Turkish Airlines Is Offering 15% Off App Bookings

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Turkish Airlines flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, and they also consistently have among the best fares out there, both in economy and business class. They have a lot of seats to fill, so more often than not when I'm doing an airfare search between two markets, Turkish Airlines is among the cheapest. It has been years since I've flown them, though I'll be giving them another try in a few months, and am very much looking forward to it.

For the next few days you can score an even better value when booking a ticket on the airline. Those who download the latest version of the Turkish Airlines mobile app and make a booking through it will receive 15% off their base fare. Here are the basic things to be aware of:

Lazada canceled my order why?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Dear Community, i thought i buy something for my dads Birthday and went shopping on lazada. I paid over PayPal because of safety etc. Well i ordered 7 different things for exactly 6100 bath. Not much. My Dad printer didn't work so he needed a new one, so i went and ordered that one for him. Well after i paid over PayPal i thought everything was okay, money was deducted from my account, everything was okay. But those guys from Help support(IT TO ME AGES) wrote to me that the things been canceled because of payment? i said woot? how can it be canceled because of payment when you guys took the money from my account? well i don't know what to thing about this lol, i called PayPal (US) the second i got the crappy mail from lazada, and the Lady on the line with PayPal told me to start the Buyers protection process. Requesting the money back, if they dont send. Well i told PayPal that i don't want my money back, lol just the products delivered because my dad birthday is on the 24. HAHA. any suggestions? i upload all the files as attachment so you can check and understand a bit what i am half talking about :)

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Buy Choice Privileges Points With A 40% Bonus

Buy Choice Privileges Points With A 40% Bonus

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Through February 5, 2018, Choice Privileges is offering a 40% bonus on the purchase of points.

The promotion is valid as long as you buy at least 5,000 points in one transaction, and you can buy at most 50,000 points through this promotion. Points should post to your account within 24 hours. If you buy 50,000 points then you'd receive a total of 70,000 points for $550, which is a cost of ~0.79 cents per point.

Lately Choice seems to be offering discounts on purchased points more frequently, and when they do, typically we see either 30% off or a 40% bonus. While the 30% discount gives you a slightly better cent per point cost, the 40% bonus is more useful if you want to buy more points, since you're capped at buying 50,000 points per year, pre-bonus.

Pope lands in Peru as president seeks help in political crisis

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Pope lands in Peru as president seeks help in political crisis Pope Francis is greeted by Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski as he arrives in Lima, Peru, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Peru on Thursday, as the Andean nation's president appealed to him to help put the country back on track after a political crisis nearly ousted him from office a month ago. The Argentine pontiff landed in the Peruvian capital Lima from neighbouring Chile on Thursday afternoon, the second part of his visit to the two largely Roman Catholic South American nations, where he has sought to restore the Church's credibility after sex abuse allegations. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has called for Francis to bring the country together following an outcry over his pardon of former autocrat Alberto Fujimori, whom he freed from prison on Christmas Eve after narrowly surviving an impeachment bid over a graft scandal. "I hope the visit by Pope Francis puts us once more on the path to peace and dialogue," Kuczynski said on Twitter before the pope's arrival. (Reporting By Mitra Taj and Marco Aquino, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

California parents starved 13 children, taunted them with pie - prosecutor

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California parents starved 13 children, taunted them with pie - prosecutor By Tori Richards A combination photo of David Allen Turpin (L) and Louise Ann Turpin as they appear in booking photos provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in Riverside County, California, U.S., January 15, 2018. Riverside County Sheriff's Department/Handout via REUTERS RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - The California parents accused of imprisoning their 13 children in the family's squalid home beat, starved and chained them to their beds for years, taunting them with apple pie, according to a prosecutor on Thursday who called it a case of "human depravity." The father, 57-year-old David Turpin, is also accused of sexually abusing one of his young daughters, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told reporters in announcing the charges before the couple's first court appearance later on Thursday. "A case like that sticks with you and haunts you," Hestrin said. "Sometimes in this business you are faced with human depravity, and that’s what we have here." Turpin and his wife, Louise, 49, each face 94 years to life in prison if convicted on the more than two dozen charges that include torture, child abuse and false imprisonment. The couple was arrested on Sunday, and the conditions in their home in Perris, California, discovered after their emaciated 17-year-old daughter climbed out of a window of the family home and called police. "The 17-year-old victim that escaped has been working on a plan with the siblings to escape this abuse for more than two years," Hestrin said. "She escaped through a window and took one of her siblings with her. That sibling eventually ... became frightened and turned back." Hestrin said that the couple may have unlocked two of their children after police arrived at the family home but a 22-year-old remained chained to a bed. He said the victims were chained for weeks or even months at a time, not released even to use the bathroom. They were allowed to shower only once or twice a year and given little food. "The parents would apparently buy food for themselves and not allow the children to eat it," Hestrin said. "They would buy food, including pies, apple pies, pumpkin pies, leave it on the counter, let the children look at it but not eat the food." The family moved from the Fort Worth, Texas, area to Murrieta, California, in 2010, and then moved again to nearby Perris in 2014, Hestrin said. The California Department of Education lists the Perris address, where the family has lived since 2014, as the location of the Sandcastle Day School, with David Turpin as principal. Hestrin suggested the schooling was deficient, however, as many of the siblings lacked basic knowledge about such things as police officers and medication. (Reporting and writing by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-01-19

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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London Bath Cornwall trip advice, please

by Dschoening @ Fodor's Forum

We are two couples - late 60s and in good shape - going to England in October for two weeks, and would very much appreciate the Fodor forum "checkup"...

looking for a gym partner in Whampoa (Goji gym)

by kk16 @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

I recently joined Goji gym in Whampoa but i am just too lazy to go alone plus its a bit boring too....

Sunday bus to Urbino

by dreamon @ Fodor's Forum

My current plan is to arrive in Urbino on a Sunday. As far as I can figure out, there are still buses on Sundays from Pesaro but they are less...

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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Thailand Live Friday 19 Jan 2018

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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/

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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What nefarious tactics will be used in the next by-election

by East_coast @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

What tactics will the executive branch use to make it an unfair fight? Paul Zimmerman will not...

Trip Report Anyone here in turkey ?

by beautyofheaven @ Fodor's Forum

*If anyone here in Turkey which destinations, are you planning to visit this week?*

How To Get A Vietnam Visa In Bangkok

How To Get A Vietnam Visa In Bangkok


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Wondering how to get a Vietnam visa in Bangkok? Read our step by step guide to locating the embassy, what to bring and current visa fees

Sa Kaeo prepares for February ethnic food fair

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Sa Kaeo prepares for February ethnic food fair SA KAEO, 19 January 2018 (NNT) - Various agencies in Thailand's eastern province of Sa Kaeo will co-organize an ethnic food fair in early February. The announcement was made during a news conference presided over by Deputy Governor Ronnarong Nakhonchinda. The conference took place at the Indochina Hotel in the Arnnayaprathet District. Attendees included chairperson of Sa Kaeo Tourism Business Association Ratree Saengrungruang, Sakaeo Provincial Cultural Officer Chaiyanun Sangthong and Deputy Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Nakhon Nayok Office Prawat Mungcharoenrat. The ethnic food fair will run from February 2nd to 4th at the Soi Ban Yuan community on Mit Samphan Rd. The area will be transformed into a walking street, flanked by more than 100 outlets selling foods from ethnic groups from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, China and Thailand. Old houses will be renovated to improve the community’s landscape and welcome visitors. Deputy Governor Ronnarong said the event will give visitors a rare opportunity to try a myriad of homemade ethnic dishes and shop for locally-made products. -- nnt 2018-01-19

HOT Magazine, Issue 1 Volume 6

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

HOT Magazine, Issue 1 Volume 6 View File Hot Magazine: Download Issue 1, Volume 6, January 2018 by clicking on the green download button or read the online version here Submitter webfact Submitted 01/19/2018 Category Thaivisa Members Files  

20 year on holiday in need of friends and intro to HK

by Mchiu626 @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Really bored from the UK came over because of family. And I need to chill away from them and...

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Somkid: Baht appreciation is a direct consequence of economic improvement

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Somkid: Baht appreciation is a direct consequence of economic improvement By Thai PBS Thailand yesterday (Jan 18) dismissed allegation by a US think tank of baht intervention, saying the strong Thai currency is a direct consequence of improving economy. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak rejected the US Council of Foreign Relations’ remark accusing Thailand of baht intervention for a trade surplus against the United States. He said Thailand will not intervene in the baht movement and will be inviting the US to monitor the situation. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/somkid-baht-appreciation-direct-consequence-economic-improvement/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-01-19

Thai qualifier Luksika out of Australian Open

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Thai qualifier Luksika out of Australian Open By Thai PBS Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum knocked out of Australian Open by Croatia’s Petra Martic in the women’s singles third round today (Jan 19). World number 81 Martic defeated Luksika 6-3, 3-6, and 7-5 in the round of 32 match, which lasted two hours and 10 minutes amid fierce heat in Melbourne. The victory was the best birthday gift for Martic, who turns 27 today. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/thai-qualifier-luksika-australian-open/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-01-19

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?

DIY work visa?

by NY girl @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Hi everyone, The company that has offered me a part-time position doesn't have the manpower to...

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.

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 [...]

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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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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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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by mochi @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

I'm a local gal in my late twenties looking for kind, friendly and responsible travel buddies to go...

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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Earn Up To 10x Chase Ultimate Rewards Points For Best Buy Purchases

Earn Up To 10x Chase Ultimate Rewards Points For Best Buy Purchases

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Chase has brought back a similar promotion to what they offered last November, which has the potential to be lucrative. Specifically, those with the Chase Freedom can earn up to 10x points for purchases at Best Buy through February 4, 2018. This promotion is intended to promote use of their Chase Pay mobile payment option, so you have to use Chase Pay to earn the bonus points.

With this promotion you can earn 10x points for up to $400 of in-store spend. There's no need to register, and the points should automatically post to your statement within a week of the purchase. Just make sure you're set-up with Chase Pay and make your purchase in-store by scanning your QR code at the register.

What To Cook Sous Vide

by Ricky Jordan @ Fraiche Restaurantla

Everyone wants to make delicious and the healthy food for their friends and the family. Nowadays it’s really hard to prepare food with the nutrition because we are using an old way that burns all the nutrition from the food. That’s the reason why today sous vide wizard becomes a new way which is used in homes and also in most of the famous restaurants around the world. As we all know that pork is difficult meat to cook traditionally and always its cook dry and bland. When you use sous vide it’s going t make awesome pork in the nick of time. Chicken breasts are another great piece of which can easily cook by sous vide without overcooking or even undercook. You can also cook sausage, chuck roast, corned beef easily with the help of sous vide. Sous vide cookbooks The simple tips about cooking time and the temperature are just going to help you to get started. If you are truly passionate about cooking then you need to buy some sous vide cookbooks. These good quality cookbooks are going to help guide through the INS and the outs of the sous vide machine to the best of its […]

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Investor confidence expected to rise sharply in March

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Investor confidence expected to rise sharply in March BANGKOK, 19th January 2018 (NNT) - Investor confidence is forecast to soar following recent Thai economic expansion, continuously increasing stock market index and the global economic recovery. The Federation of Thai Capital Market Organizations has published an investor confidence report, January 2018 issue, which forecasts the stock market index in the next three months. In March 2018, the index is predicted to stand at 153.94 points, increasing by 2.08% compared to February of the same year. Positive factors for the index hike include higher economic growth, capital inflows as well as the Thai stock index’s increase to 1,753.71 in December 2017. Such an increase is close to the index’s all-time record high. The U.S.’ tax policy which is expected to stimulate the U.S. economy is another positive factor for the Thai stock index. International capital flows and the Thai political situation are among the factors that may negatively impact on investor confidence. The report speculates that the Thai stock index might tumble if the government does not announce a general election this year. Furthermore, if the government raises the policy interest rate, funds will move from the capital market to the savings market. The report predicts that this year’s Thai stock index will move between 1,650 and 1,870 points. -- nnt 2018-01-19

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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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.

Review: Emirates Lounge Colombo Airport

Review: Emirates Lounge Colombo Airport

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I arrived at Colombo Airport shortly after 7:30AM, plenty early for my 9:55AM flight to Dubai. Colombo Airport has tight security, as you have to go through two security screenings before they even let you into the check-in hall.

Emirates' check-in counter was located at the far left of the terminal, and was busy, given that the 777 to Dubai was fully booked. Emirates has a surprisingly large presence in Colombo, as they operate five daily 777 flights (three to Dubai, one to Male, and one to Singapore). There was no queue at the first class counter, and within a couple of minutes I was checked in and invited to enjoy the Emirates Lounge.

After checking in I headed to the opposite end of the hall for immigration, which was a pretty quick process. At that point I took the escalator up a level to the terminal. At Bandaranaike International Airport, security is at the individual gates, so you don't have to pass through a main checkpoint first (well, other than the two checkpoints to get to check-in).

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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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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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 […]

Check Int Roaming Status True & DTAC prepaid?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Sorry if this has been covered already, but is there a quick method on the mobile device or internet web sites for both DTAC prepaid and TrueMove prepaid to check the status of my International Roaming capabilities? I would like to know before I leave. Thanks for any pointers.

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.

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.

Alaska Offered Me A Generous MVP Gold 75K Fast Track Offer

Alaska Offered Me A Generous MVP Gold 75K Fast Track Offer

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I'm a big fan of Alaska Airlines, and in particular their Mileage Plan frequent flyer program. On the passenger experience front, the airline has above average employees and doesn't have basic economy fares. Their frequent flyer program is arguably the best in the US, and they have a nice variety of partner airlines that make it easy to earn status without actually flying Alaska that much. Their miles are extremely valuable, which is why I like to credit miles to them, even if I don't actually fly Alaska that often.

Last year I had top tier Alaska MVP Gold 75K status, though as of this year I dropped down to MVP status. It's a bummer, though I don't fly Alaska enough to care that much. I don't value the additional upgrades on Alaska much, but rather my favorite MVP Gold 75K benefit was earning a 125% mileage bonus on tickets (rather than the 50% mileage bonus offered to MVP members).

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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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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20 year on holiday in need of friends and intro to HK

by Mchiu626 @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Really bored from the UK came over because of family. And I need to chill away from them and...

All you need to know about Vietnam visa for UK citizens

by Hanh Pham @ Comprehensive Vietnam Visa & Travel Guide

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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DIY work visa?

by NY girl @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

Hi everyone, The company that has offered me a part-time position doesn't have the manpower to...

7 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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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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How Can I Purchase Best NHL Jerseys?

by Ricky Jordan @ Fraiche Restaurantla

NHL is very famous so its fans are also crazy about jerseys of the players. Fans always wish to purchase the jersey of their desired team. Even many online dealers have sales the various types of NHL jerseys, which are purchased by customers. In addition to this, lots of NHL team jerseys are available at the very convenient price that a person can easily purchase. If you are a big fan and made your mind to purchase any jersey then here are some factors that you should consider before spending money. Check out the price – price of the item always matters, epically when we are going to purchase a product online. No doubt, clothes like jerseys are quite expensive. However, many dealers take the heavy amount of money from customers, which is not a good thing. Therefore, you should choose the sale section in which you will get cheap NHL jerseys. Check the Material quality – material is one of the most important things that a customer should always check.  Many clothing companies use the cheap material while making the jerseys. Due to this, they are able to sales their product cheap and also save a heavy amount of […]

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Vietnam to issue one-year visas to US citizens: legislature - Tuoi Tre News

Vietnam to issue one-year visas to US citizens: legislature - Tuoi Tre News


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The term will be extended to one year from the current three months

Console Gaming Vs PC Gaming – Which One Is Better?

by Ricky Jordan @ Fraiche Restaurantla

If you are finding the source that will sharpen your memory and mind too then you should start engaging with video games. Well, studies also show that people who are playing videos games they are more shaper than people who waste their leisure time in other tasks. Basically, there are some special games which are especially made for adults and youngsters. The game industry is also earning well because nowadays people start giving preference to the video games more rather than other time pass activities. You can play games on consoles like Playstation and Xbox etc. On the other hand, some people like the PC games because of its features and graphics. In order to download top rating games, you can 토토먹튀. Now I am going explain the difference between PC gaming and Console gaming in upcoming paragraphs. Console gaming Well, you can easily spend money on the game console like Playstation or Xbox, which available in the market. In the consoles, you will get a unique joystick and memory card/ hard disk, in which games are saved. Consequently, heavy games you can easily start playing these games. In addition to this, graphics of the Consoles are normal but if […]

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Airconditioner wars with the missus!

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Anyone else have this problem? A partner that seems to have an opposite body temperature to you and an addiction to airconditioners. ME: I like to use the aircon in bursts of like 30 mins just to bring the temp down in our condo when it gets too hot. I don't like having it on all day/night because it's expensive and I wake up feeling dry mouth, dry eyes like I drank a slab of Leo the night before or something. I hate the thing but am not adverse to using it. However much prefer fan over aircon as a first option. HER: She would probably have it on 18 hours a day if she could. Even on nights that are normal temperature she wants it and will nag about it. If she doesn't get it then it is like the world is coming to end. Shes not happy until the place is so cold that she needs to be curled up in a ball under the doona. Before moving in with me she had no airconditioner and only a fan which she brought here when she moved in. Also shes not the one paying the bills of course. This is not just some rant or vent. What I am getting at is a health thing. Probably 80% of the time her body temp is opposite to mine. If I am feeling hot and want aircon she seems content to sit in a sweltering room. If I touch her skin it is normal temp. If I feel cold and she has the aircon barreling down on us I feel her temperature and she is very hot. I had a few thai girlfriends before that were similar but this is next level. I am wondering if she might have some health issue and maybe we should go to a doctor for some tests or something. Or could it be that this is just normal for Thais? I was brought up in a very cold area and she has been brought up in the opposite climate. I'm wondering if this might have something to do with it. Also when we go to Australia and it's like 10 degrees I can be sitting outside having a beer with my friends feeling a bit chilly but not uncomfortable but she needs to be wrapped in a doona to be able to sit with us... opposite again. Anyone else notice this difference in temperatures or anything?

Watch your debit card

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

No doubt this topic has been run previously,anyway last December 27th while waiting for my laptop to get some repairs I went to Krungsri Bank branch to get my expiring card replaced. On the way home decided to use it at a Lotus Express outlet and as has happened before the girl swiped it in one machine but it didn't work so put in another and it paid the 465baht charge. I usually use my BBL card so decided this time to check my Krungsri acct online and saw that I had been charged twice 465baht. Went to the Lotus store next day and a guy there filled in some form and made a heap of phonecalls I think to their bank BBL.Was told it would take awhile to be straightened out; reported it to my Krungsri branch who called me yesterday 18Jan to say it would take 45 days. The same happened to me at a Toyota service last year to the tune of 9000baht or so and they reversed that in about 3 days, I had used my BBL card there and maybe Toyota use BBL too; but maybe the Krungsri/BBL interface at Lotus isn't the same. Have seen my card and other peoples, put through different readers on quite a few occasions,maybe happened to me before and I have never picked it up so from now on I will be looking very carefully at my accounts.

Junta angling to delay vote again: legal expert

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Junta angling to delay vote again: legal expert By The Nation The possible attempt to postpone the enforcement of the MP’s election bill has signalled another election delay, said legal expert Parinya Thaewanarumitkul. The text in the Constitution is clearly written – the election is to be held 150 days after the four laws essential for the election are “effective”, not “promulgated”, the law professor said. If the 90 days were to be added on to the MP bill, then an election postponement could be expected, he said. “I view that this is another way to do it if [they] don’t want the vote to happen,” Parinya said. “It was marked before as November 2018, but if the enforcement date is set [that way] then the voting is delayed.” He said this was a serious issue. Although some people may think that democracy is not all about the election, voting was intertwined with the charter, he said. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) could stay in power until the new government was in place, he added. But the NCPO would be questioned and there would be pressure on it, especially given that it is on its decline, he said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30336626 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

CPF food deal helps 'make America great again'

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

CPF food deal helps 'make America great again' By Cimi Suchontan The Nation Charoen Pokphand Foods’ (CPF) Bt38 billion acquisition of US food giant Bellisio last year was one step towards “make America great again”, said US ambassador Glyn Davies yesterday, referring to the policy shift under the Trump administration to rebuild its economy. The massive Thai investment will be a “win-win for both countries”, he said, as thousands of American jobs were saved and created as a result of the deal. The move was also positive as it increased the volume of US exports, a bone of contention over years of experiencing trade deficits with other countries. As of last week, the US packaged meals were sold at CPF’s outlets nationwide that included 7-Elevens and other key convenience stores. At the same time the purchase has allowed the Thai conglomerate to gain access to 50,000 retail outlets nationwide. “Americans have learned to love Thai food during the last 20 years,” Davies said at his residence while hosting the official launch of the venture to bring Bellisio’s “Boston Market” brand foods to the Kingdom. “We hope Thais will also learn to develop a taste for American food as well.” Tom yum kung sandwiches were served along with fettuccini in chicken cream sauce at the event that also celebrate 200 years of Thai-US trade relations. CP chairman Dhanin Chearavanont and his son, group CEO Supachai Chearavanont jointly presided over the function with Davies as scores of newsmen and diplomats look on. Davies was full of praise for Dhanin calling him a visionary businessman with many forward looking ideas. “I met Dhanin two years ago and I was very impressed by him and his goal of investing in the US. He was amazed Dhanin was able to keep his word and sealed the deal in two years, a feat if speed and conviction. Supachai said the investment was one of CPF’s moves to invest more abroad and that the Bellisio deal “was the largest the company has ever made so far”. Davies also said he expected to see more Thai companies make similar inroads into the US while American counterparts look for Thai partners to tap commercial opportunities. He said the remarkable 200-year friendship and bilateral ties, first inked by King Rama II’s court and US president James Munroe in 1818, has survived two centuries, fostering a better understanding and a common goal for trade and prosperity. When asked about the danger of Thailand being labeled a currency manipulator, Davies said he did not see a problem and that the countries would be “able to work it out”. He did not disclosed Dhanin’s private conversations about his expectations for the global economy but said the tycoon saw a more globalised economy which should bind people rather than divide them. Dhanin advised Davies to “eat nourishing food, exercise and sleep in a natural and tranquil surrounding”. The chairman said he was not likely to see his predictions come true in 30 years but that Davies would be able to witnessed them. The ambassador replied that he expected to greet Dhanin when he returned to Thailand during that time to celebrate close ties. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30336625 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

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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NLA president to submit petition for Constitutional review of anti-graft law

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NLA president to submit petition for Constitutional review of anti-graft law By The Nation National Legislative Assembly President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai National Legislative Assembly President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said on Wednesday that he had received a petition filed by 32 NLA members requesting that the Constitutional Court rule on the constitutionality of the anti-graft law which waives qualifications prohibited under the charter. Pornpetch said that, as the NLA president, he would forward the petition to the Court on Thursday or Friday for a ruling. The NLA would have to inform Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of the need to delay sending him the law for his submission for royal endorsement, he said. Pornpetch said he has no idea how long the court deliberation would take, but that constitution-related cases take about one month to resolve. NLA member Taweesak Sootakawatin said his fellow legislators wished the court to rule on a single point regarding waiving qualifications prohibited under the charter. The NLA recently passed the organic law governing the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), with a change to waive qualifications prohibited under the charter. The Constitution Drafting Commission had drafted the law to allow the NACC commissioners to remain in office if they met qualifications addressed in the charter. NACC President Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit said he is not worried about the petition by the NLA members and if the Court invited him to explain the issue, he would cooperate. Watcharapol, and some other NACC commissioners have had their qualifications questioned when they were compared to the qualifications addressed in the charter. Though they either lacked qualifications or had qualifications that are prohibited under the charter, they were able to remain in their posts due to the NLA’s law waiving the requirements. Watcharapol is known to have close ties to Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan, previously serving as a deputy secretary general of the PM’s Office, attached to Prawit. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30336578 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-01-19

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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National reform committee on legal affairs confirms public participation in future drafting of laws

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

National reform committee on legal affairs confirms public participation in future drafting of laws BANGKOK, 19th January 2018 (NNT) – The National Reform Committee in charge of Legal Affairs has confirmed that the people will be encouraged to participate in the future drafting of laws. King Prajadhipok’s Institute on Thursday organized a special event, which was the second of its kind, to present and open a debate about mechanisms to help people through future laws. During the debate on the principles and the need for a mechanism to offer legal assistance to the people, Mr. Borwornsak Uwanno, who is the chairman of the national reform committee on legal reform, said that the committee has already sought out the essence of the Constitution and ensured it was added to the legal reform plan. Mr. Borwornsak stated that one of the key points highlighted in the reform plan has been the introduction of a mechanism to assist the people in becoming more involved in the legislative process. He added that the committee has asked the King Prajadhipok’s Institute and the Secretariat of the House of Representatives to join the committee in realizing such a plan by learning more about the law drafting process and working with experienced lawyers to ensure quality draft laws. Mr. Borwornsak went on to say that all processes the committee has suggested have only been intended to help the public play a more significant role and have better access to the legal affairs, as stipulated in the new Constitution. -- nnt 2018-01-19

people here use carousell?

by Grumbler @ Hong Kong Expat Forums

how is the experience? anyone sold large items like piano or furnitures before? mostly cash or...

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.

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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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 […]

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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Vietnam Loose Leaf Visa Requirements, Instructions & Information

Vietnam Loose Leaf Visa Requirements, Instructions & Information


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Vietnam Loose Leaf Visa Application Services. Requirements, Instructions & Information for Expediting Vietnamese Loose Leaf Visas for Tourism & Business.

Male Chinese tourist, 31, drowns at Phuket beach

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Male Chinese tourist, 31, drowns at Phuket beach Eakkapop Thongtub Police and rescue workers attend the scene after Mr Xin's body was removed from the water. Photo: Karon Police PHUKET: A 31-year-old Chinese tourist drowned at Karon Beach at about midday yesterday (Jan 18). Phuket Tourist Police was notified of an incident opposite a warning tower at Karon Beach at 12:40pm and reported, “A Chinese male tourist named Pan Xin went out in the water and was about 50 metres away from shore while his his wife and relatives were sitting on the beach. Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/male-chinese-tourist-31-drowns-at-phuket-beach-65621.php -- © Copyright Phuket News 2018-01-19

Vientiane giving out tourist visas to people who have had lots already?

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

I have been getting METV the past couple of years, and before that I had several tourist visas from around the region, including a couple from Vientiane. Would I have a problem getting a tourist visa in Vientiane? If so, are there other embassies in the region that would likely give me one?

Tourist visa 3 months

by @ Thai Visa Daily Digest

Hi, I would like to do a 3 months tourist visa in KL but in required documents, embassy ask for a copy of reservation for the WHOLE stay in Thailand. How it is possible ? Otherwise, my friend (french) can do an invitation letter. Is it ok with only this letter? Thanks in advance

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.

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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