AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Ferry from Qingdao


Posted on Jul 2, 2014

Buying Tickets If you want to take the ferry to Japan from Qingdao you can buy the tickets a few days in advance from the ticket office which is near the International Finance Centre. That is about 5 miles (8km) from the port itself and the railway station, plus they add a bit extra to the prices. The ferry for South Korea has a ticket office next to the passenger terminal. We booked our ticket at the passenger port on the day of...

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From Chengdu it is possible to visit both Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System in a single day. Here’s how we did it: 1. At Chengdu North Station book a one-way ticket to Qingcheng (the end of the line). We went on the 8:30am train. Book a return train from Dujiangyan to Chengdu for around 6:30pm or later. We had time to eat a quick meal of noodles before leaving Dujiangyan. Book the train in advance! The train was...

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Langtang Trek: Costs


Posted on Mar 16, 2014

Note 1: We hired a porter for this trek. The going rate for a porter is $15 per day. Note 2: Porters/guides require an almost compulsory 15-20% tip. Note 3: All prices are in Nepalese Rupees. Note 4: At the time of writing 100 NPR = $1.01 = £0.61 (which I round to $1 & £0.60). Note 5: You can pay the real price for the bus ticket by buying it yourself from the bus station at Maccha Pokhari (in Kathmandu), most hotels will charge...

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Water While Travelling


Posted on Feb 25, 2014

The pricing structure for water means that the more you buy the cheaper it is per litre. Nothing new here, the majority of products are priced in a similar fashion, but for water the quantity increase measured against price increase is very steep. It may cost 20% more to get 100% more water. This is why rather than buy 500ml bottles we buy a 1L or 1.5L bottle, which costs not much more for far more water.. When staying in one place...

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Mobile Data while Travelling


Posted on Feb 23, 2014

Before setting off on the trip I looked at the cost of using my UK SIM abroad, the prices were ridiculous! 1Mb of data costs an absolute fortune. I switched my contract down to PAYG and decided to carry it as an emergency only. Global SIMs also seemed to offer really bad value for money. Yes, the minutes and data were cheaper than using your own SIM abroad but the cost was still high. Solution: My solution has been to buy a SIM card...

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Travel Money


Posted on Feb 22, 2014

Travelling for longer than a month will require you to get money in the country (or countries) which you are visiting. In the olden days people carried travellers cheques and many advice websites still show this as a good method of getting hold of your cash around the world. But that all seems a bit fiddly and old fashioned to me. As of late 2013 in the UK the Halifax was offering a credit card which allowed purchases and ATM...

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