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Insider advice for your Asia and Middle East vacation


AndreaLJC
Thinking of going backpacking? 4 stars
Before I left the UK to go backpacking I thought I had travelled but how wrong I was!  Yes, I had been to a good few places but I never saw much of anything, I just soaked up the sun and relaxed, I didn't realise how much I actually missed out on.  Backpacking certainly opened my eyes to a whole new world, a whole new way of living and a whole lot of me that I never even knew existed and I would highly recommend it to everyone.  Its not as costly as you might think (obviously depending on the country that you visit), its flights that set you back the most.  In Thailand, for example, it costs roughly ?10 a day, which includes everything you might need; accommodation, tours, food and partying.  There are also plenty of things you can do to make money while you are away like freelance writing, any internet based jobs, hair cuts in hostels, teaching English, you can often work in hostels in return for accommodation, there are all sorts of options when you put your mind to it.  Guide books are helpful to find out about costs, travel, safety, things to see and do and where to stay.  I travelled Asia and Europe for a year without working (ah, bliss) but would recommend a period of about four months to ensure it stays as exciting as possible.  Its definitely the best thing that I have ever done and its totally changed my life, but now I have caught the travel bug and there is no way that I can ever stop!

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Aditi
Pondicherry/Auroville 1 stars
Someone tell me about a few great restaurants in pondy? i shall be going to auroville. apart from that what else should i be doing? i'll be staying in pondicherry for 3 days, over Christmas. also what are the shopping tips and good shops for the city?

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AndreaLJC
Cathay Pacific 5 stars
Next time you have to fly long Haul check flights with Cathay Pacific as they are the best airline that I have ever flown with. I was treated so well by the staff and the seating was really comfortable with my own TV screen, email and telephone. You also get to choose from a menu what food you want which is cool. My 11 hour flight zoomed past as I just watched loads of films and played video games, it was great. The food was very edible too! You also get a pouch with a toothbrush kit and eye mask which was thoughtful. Very good service, I was very impressed!

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AndreaLJC
Air Asia 5 stars
I was traveling around Asia for about 8 months and someone I met mentioned Air Asia to me as previously I was doing all my traveling over land as I just presumed it would be cheaper than flying but Air Asia have some truly amazing prices! Often you can fly one way for ₤10, thats for an hours flight say from Malaysia to Borneo or Malaysia to Thailand or internal flights. Another example was flying from Bali to Kuala Lumpur for only ₤30. Air Asia flies between Brunei, Borneo, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Myanmar and Philippines so there are a good range of places that you can travel to. Bookings can be made on line at www.airasia.com so you will need a credit card or via the telephone. Air Asia also have preferred travel agents that you can book through but it might cost you a little extra but is useful if you don't have a credit card. The flights I have take are generally very timely and the service is fine. There isn't a huge amount of space on the flight but most flights are no longer than three hours so its sufficient and considering the cost I think its a great way to travel round Asia.

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