Essential insights about travel-transport

  • Getting around Vietnam is an art form. Taxis, overnight trains and buses, the back of a local’s motorbike - whichever mode of transport you choose the chances are you’ll come out of Vietnam with a story to tell about it!
    But you'll travel smarter if you know the ins-and-outs of transport before you go.
    Check out these tips for making your journey as smooth as possible (potholes not withstanding) whichever way you choose to travel.

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  • This "undiscovered" gem of Southeast Asia is a beauty! Vibrant, full of life and diversity from throbbing metropolises to white sand beaches.

    But like any developing nation the "can do" attitude of locals is sometimes a little "make do" - make do with what we've got - which is not always a lot.

    This is really evident when it comes to getting around the country. Some of the transport options are, well, a bit dodgy.

    Which ones, and how can you tell? That's why you need this handy little insight.

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  • Thailand is a pretty safe place - if you're sensible about it - but the thing that's most likely to get you in trouble is a rented motorbike. People keep falling off them!
    They're also the source of the number one myth about Thailand: you don't need a license to ride a motorbike. You do. Yea, we know the guy at the rental shop said you don't, but honestly, you do.
    But what about bikes under 50cc, and are you covered if you are injured?
    All your scooters in Thailand questions are answered here.

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  • If you love riding your bicycle, you’ll love Denmark. Cyclists reign supreme here and often have --or think they have -- the right of way on roads. You can even rent bicycles for free. There are a plethora of bicycle lanes in cities like Copenhagen, ...

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  • Diablos Rojos are the colourful former school buses that are seen everywhere in Panama, they are the principle form of local transport, costing a measly 25c for a one way fare. Travel on these local buses is not recommended because they do not follow ...

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  • Driving in Oman isn’t the Mad Max adventure it can be in other Middle Eastern countries but driving standards do differ from those in most western countries. Aggressive tailgating and sometimes spectacularly inappropriate driving far beyond ...

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  • Navigating Qatar can be a challenge. The country has one of the highest rate of roadway deaths in the world. Part of the problem is the large number of road projects, speeding and frequent roundabouts. The good news is conditions have improved a ...

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  • Getting around in Nigeria can be really difficult, because of bad infrastructure and criminal elements.� Travelers should know first and foremost that Nigeria has a lot of traffic. Like, a lot, a lot. Epic traffic jams can turn a five-minute trip ...

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  • By far the most dangerous part of Zambia are the borders with Angola, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. You should seriously reconsider your need to travel to these areas as the risk of landmines is very high. Not surprisingly, ...

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  • The most authentic way to travel around Nicaragua (and most Central American countries, for that matter) are on the public people movers, nicknamed �chicken buses�. These old, decommissioned American school buses rattle and lurch like a dilapidated ...

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  • Botswana is a wild and rough wilderness. Untouched and sparsely populated, you can travel for days without seeing anyone. It�s the isolation and wild feel that has made Botswana so desired by travellers and so revered by people who attempt to cross ...

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  • The sinking of the Costa Concordia has prompted many people to ask this question. The simple answer is �yes�, if you�re prepared and take reasonable steps to look after your own safety. You�ll find practical tips on how to do that below. Sensibly, ...

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  • Travel within the country, given its rural nature, can be challenging. �Some roads are paved, but many still are not. Rental Car They are available but most tourists don�t bother/aren't brave enough.�Poor road conditions, narrow and winding routes ...

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  • One of the world's poorest countries, Guinea Bissau can be a challenging travel destination. Once seen as a shining beacon of development potential, it is now largely propped up by international aid. It�s definitely not on the usual African tourist ...

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  • Unspoiled landscapes, rugged mountain trails and rural retreats are the major drawcards for travellers to Lesotho. Unfortunately, getting to these isolated spots means braving some challenging roads and dodgy drivers. For the most part major roads ...

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  • If you�re taking a holiday in Lesotho you�ll almost certainly be spending most of your time in the mountains. Whether you�re riding along ridges, searching for dinosaur footprints, relaxing in a mountaintop lodge or camping in the valley below, the ...

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Will my government help me if I'm in trouble overseas? Yes, but there's a limit as the head of Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs has said.
His stern warning to travellers - echoed by governments around the world - is that embassy officials have a responsibility to help individuals where they are caught up in circumstances beyond their control, but this responsibility has limits.

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