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41. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 877 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

My next destination is the DPRK (North Korea) though I'm getting a little anxious about going due to the all round threats and hostility at the moment. It's just for one day, so should be fine....

Wow that is fascinating. I too am curious to visit such a destination though I would perhaps wait for things to simmer down. Your profile says your from Britain and from what I have heard I it is Americans who aren't recommended for travelling to DPRK at the moment. I didn't even know there were day tours to DPRK, is it just a trip across the border or do you go all the way to Pyongyang?

42. Posted by SteveRohan (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi Teoni,

Yes, Americans are no longer allowed to visit after the terrible Otto Warmbier case recently (the US government forbids its citizens from going and the tour company I am going with will no longer take them).

Yep, it's possible to do a day tour to the border town of Sinuiju from Dandong in China and that's what I will be doing. I'm joining a Chinese tour group but for a bit more money you can take a private tour. You can do tours to Pyongyong but at the moment they are a little out of my budget and I wouldn't feel safe being stuck too far from the border for any length of time at the moment. I will go there when things simmer down, as you say!

Best wishes, Steve :)

43. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I have been craving Thailand or Vietnam for a looong time!
specially thailand as i train Muay Thai as well.
Any recommendation if traveling with family?

44. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I haven't been travelling for few years (2010 Vietnam) so my next one will probably be Thailand again, as it's just so easy to do. That'll be a warm-up (to get me back in the groove) for Borneo. Not sure on time-scale for either but probably early next year for TH.

45. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting puppa17

I have been craving Thailand or Vietnam for a looong time!
specially thailand as i train Muay Thai as well.
Any recommendation if traveling with family?

It's so easy travelling there, it's really well set up for tourists of all types.
Bangkok and Phuket are the more expensive places but they're still cheap by western standards.
You can get cheap guest houses but airbnb is also a cheap option.
Trains are generally good (or very good... but there are always exceptions) and cheap, although check how long you need to book tickets (especially BKK to Chiang Mai) as they're sometimes booked up in advance.
Mini-buses/Coaches seem to go everywhere.
Phuket is easier to fly than train or bus.
Stay away from Pattaya (and the 'adult' part of every town/city) unless you're broad-minded and are happy explaining to your kids what Gogo-Bars/Soapy Massage etc are...
You probably won't want to stay in BKK for long as it's so busy/polluted but it does have a few 'must see' places like the Grand Palace.
Chiang Mai can be unpleasant in the burning season but is a great place most of the time.
The Islands are fun (outside full-moon parties for a few places... from what I've seen they're mainly gap-year kids getting extremely drunk now) but places like Hua Hin are also good if you just want a little beach time.
I know some others aren't keen on them, but I'd recommend a 'lonely planet' or 'rough guide' as although they do get 'out of date' quick and are sometimes just plain wrong, they're a decent guide rather than a travel bible (so don't take everything in them as gospel).
As others will be dependent on you, research, research and a bit more research!

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Sep-2017, at 05:01 by Andrew Mack ]

46. Posted by RachelB17 (Budding Member 42 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Planning for a mini vaca in Bahamas but not until next year!

47. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Taiwan is booked for me in Nov '17, and next year I'm thinking of Sri Lanka (just bought the guidebook while I was in Singapore last week). I live in Hanoi (one of Asia's friendliest cities).

48. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 339 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Daawgon

I live in Hanoi (one of Asia's friendliest cities).

Yep, I'd agree with that.

I spent 4 great days in Hanoi earlier this year and loved it. Only had 15 days in Vietnam but found it to be a great place, thought the touts were much less pushy than the rest of SEA, looking forward to returning to have a look at the South.

49. Posted by u2traveller (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Planning only finally knocking Scotland off my bucket list next year in May. Not sure why it's taken so long for us to finally go - I've wanted to go since I was a teen...uh...20-ish years ago. :) Can't convince hubby to drive (and I won't), so contemplating using Rabbies Tours for day trips or 3 night trip from Edinburgh or Glasgow...

I'm finally starting on 'bucket list' items - this year we did NL at tulip time, in 2019 planning on Venice at Carnivale. Greece is still on my bucket list, as is Australia, but that one will have to wait until hubby retires - hopefully in a few years. So many places we've visited that I want to return to is the problem...we only started travel to Europe in 2008, so I have a lot of catching up to do!

50. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1908 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting u2traveller

Can't convince hubby to drive (and I won't), so contemplating using Rabbies Tours for day trips or 3 night trip from Edinburgh or Glasgow...!

I have to say driving round Scotland is absolutely the best way. Lots of great empty roads (apart from the single track stuff on some of the islands), easy navigation. And it's the kind of place where you want the flexibility to vary the pace, stop to see things which grab your interest. And if the weather's poor you have more flexibility to change the schedule to see the good stuff.

The other alternative to organised tours is rail - for a quick taster trip I recommend the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Fort William, which goes via Loch Lomond and Rannoch Moor, and the extension to the coast at Mallaig where you can get the state subsidised CalMac ferries for day trips to the Small Isles. That gives you a taste of the highlands and islands. Or with more planning you can ferry over from Mallaig to Skye and uses buses on the island before picking up the other rail line at Kyle of Lochalsh to return south via Inverness.

Looking at the Rabbies tours, I'd advise against the 1 day trips. The Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands one covers a lot of the good stuff but looks like a long driving day and I'd be worried how much time you'd actually get to be out of the vehicle seeing stuff. The other one day trips don't go to the highlights for a first time visitor.

Their 3 Day Isle of Skye tour looks pretty good. The only downsides are they don't seem to guarantee taking you to the exciting sights on Skye if the weather's poor, and the return leg back south is less interesting. Or if you can stretch to it their 5 Day Iona Mull & Skye tour looks like it does the same but with a 2 night additional stay in Oban to let you do the CalMac 3 Isles Daytrip (Mull, Staffa & Iona). Staffa is a definite highlight.

Whatever you choose I hope you have a great trip!