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Archive for July, 2009

Tourists warned of Thailand airport scam Jul 30

It seems like quite a few tourists have been detained at the Bangkok airport this year with allegations of shoplifting. In order to get out of this they have been forced to pay thousands of US dollars. Please read this BBC article for more information. I have been through the Bangkok airport many times over the last couple of years (see my Bangkok trip report) but I have not experienced anything like that…yet. I hope that they will sort this out or else it will be another set back for tourism in Thailand.

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I’m going to Hong Kong :-) Jul 28

A few years back Nikki and I went to China and Hong Kong was one of the stops on the way (check out the Hong Kong trip report here). The only problem was that I caught a cold in Beijing and by the time we came to Hong Kong I felt miserable. And to top it off….this was in 2003 and it was just when the SARS virus hit town. All in all the visit was not a huge success to say the least. But now I’m going to check it out again – in September I will visit the city once again and hopefully I will be in better shape this time and hopefully I will be left with a more positive impression of the city. Have you been to Hong Kong? Feel free to get in touch if you have any recommendations when it comes to must see places, places to eat, bars with a view etc.

Here is one video from YouTube

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Follow Åsa around the world! Jul 27

Åsa Riton has won a trip trough ebookers/MrJet and now you can follow her adventure around the world. She is a Swedish girl but don’t worry…she covers all her experiences in English. Her trip will take her to places like LA, Hawaii, Thailand, Venice, Tokyo etc and I’m sure she will have a great time. Keep an eye on her travel blog as she is updating it with text, photos and videos. She is also on YouTube . Have fun Åsa and get in touch if you need some help with the travel planning :-)

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Centara Grand at CentralWorld in Bangkok Jul 25

I stayed at Centara Grand at CentralWorld in the beginning of December 2008. I booked the hotel via the internet and it was 4000 THB per night. As I booked it via the internet I also got the promotion of either getting a room upgrade or getting access to the lounge on the executive level. For reference: I have been to Bangkok a number of times before and I have stayed at places like Lebua at State tower, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Rembrandt, Majestic, Dusit Thani etc. Here is a trip report that I made from Bangkok when we went there in 2007.
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Trip report from Angkor Wat in Cambodia Jul 21

We went to Angkor Wat in Cambodia in April 2009. It was pretty amazing to see the Angkor Wat temple complex with my own eyes and it covered a HUGE area. I have now posted a trip report from the Siem Reap and Angkor Wat on my homepage http://gardkarlsen.com/Angkor_Wat_Cambodia_trip_report.htm . Feel free to check it out and get in touch if you have any questions or comments. You can reach me on gardkarlsen@hotmail.com

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Flightstats – all you ever wanted to know about your flights Jul 19

I use flightstats to check out different info regarding flights that I have been on (great to use in connection with FlightMemory). Here you can find out how long your flight really was, what plane was used etc etc.

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Flight to Dubai with Lufthansa Jul 18

This is a trip report from a trip to Dubai with Lufthansa. We bought these tickets when we came across a great Lufthansa offer a few months back and the price was just to good to turn down. We got the tickets for 2800 kroner (about 420 USD) per person for a round trip from Stavanger in Norway and that is almost half the price of what you normally see. We did go to Dubai in 2002 and you can read that trip report here. I’m also planning on making a new proper trip report…this trip report will focus on the flight to and from Dubai.
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A short summary after a trip to Johannesburg in 2008 Jul 17

I went to South Africa in 2008 and below is a short summary that I wrote while I was in Johannesburg. As Nikki is born and raised in Joburg, we have been there many times and here is one trip report that we made after a stay at the end of 2004. During the stay in 2008 we also had time to stop by Cape Town and you can find the trip report here. I think quite a lot of people will go to Johannesburg in connection with the soccer world cup in 2010 and I hope that people will see that it is a city worth a stop :-)
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Review of Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam Jul 16

I stayed at Hotel Pulitzer in Amsterdam from March 16th to March 18th on a work trip to the city. I went for this hotel as they could offer a good deal on 2 night stay and as it was a Starwood hotel and I’m in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. I had to pay 207€ per night for the room. I have been to Amsterdam before but I had almost forgotten how charming this city can be. Nikki and I went there in 1999 and it was one of our first vacations together after she came to Norway. Here is a trip report from back then http://gardkarlsen.com/amsterdam.htm .
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What to find out which hotel on offer on Lastminutetravel.com? Jul 15

Lastminutetravel.com is one of those websites that offers you a hotel at a certain price, a certain class and a certain area without really giving you the name of the hotel. Here is a way to find out what hotel that is on offer. First clink on the link of the hotel that is offered and in the URL you will see hotelId=9999 (where the 9999 will be unique for each hotel). Go to this link:

http://www.touricoholidays.com/en/PageHotelDetail.aspx?hotelId=9999&provider=localTgsProvider

and replace 9999 with the hotel ID and the name of the hotel will pop up :-)

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