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Well, as I've mentioned before this summer sees me going off on my first great adventure. Well, hopefully great...

The plan is to leave beginning of July (5th/6th ish) and go to china, meet up with people in Hong Kong at the very end of July (so just under 4 weeks of china for me) and then after a week in HK going off to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Then off to Australia(Sydney and then up north to the barrier reef).

I'm flying various bits and pieces of this and so I thought I'd see if anybody had any particular recommendations for or against any particular airline or any particular website that can be used to sort these things out or other such companies.

I'm flying here to china (shanghai is the current plan - [livejournal.com profile] hendybear, are you up for a visitor for a bit?) and then from Bangkok to Sydney, probably a connecting flight a week later Sydney to cairns and then from cairns back to the UK.

That's far more information than most of you probably need but if I'm asking for help I want to make sure you've got the full info....

Also for full comment whoring potential then people are welcome to suggest either a) things to do in and around Sydney or b) places to stay up near Cairns/the barrier reef (cairns is where there is a convenient airport but isn't set in stone as such if more awesome suggestions appear). I know I've got a few Australians on my friends list and I'm sure others who have holidayed up there...

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Date: 2009-03-31 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neoanjou.livejournal.com
I flew out to Sydney on Cathay Pacific, and back on Quantas (thanks to a typhoon or something in HK), and both were perfectly acceptable. I must say that I preferred the Quantas flight, although the CP has a bigger screen ion the in-flight entertainment. I booked through http://www.holidaygenie.com/, who are good in the sense that they allow you to specify the date flexibly (i.e. I want to travel on x, but +/- 3 days).

I didn't do too much when I was in Sydney - working most of the time - but I had a fantastic time visiting the nearby Wine Country - it was AUS$ 100 for a day trip (Day being something like 8AM to 7PM) and we visited three vineyards. Manly beach was also very cool - it s 45 minute boat ride from the Harbour. As as Astronomer I also enjoyed the Observatory, and that whole historic area 'the rocks' or something.

[In fact I really disliked Sydney. I was on my own so it kinda sucked as I had to spend 14 hours a day entertaining myself (and slept for the other 10) - I imagine its a lot better with friends.]

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Date: 2009-03-31 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cultureofdoubt.livejournal.com
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb!
Absolutely must do thing. I recommend the Discovery Climb - http://www.bridgeclimb.com/theClimb/DiscoveryClimb/adventure_climb.htm

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Date: 2009-03-31 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyasante.livejournal.com
ooooh, sounds very exciting. Airlines? Hmm, for the love of god, avoid easyjet - they hate your luggage, they hate your bookings, they hate you. Oh yes, most of all they LOATH you and all of your kin who happen to be flying with EasyJet.

Otherwise, have fun. :D

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Date: 2009-03-31 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bateleur.livejournal.com
Sounds epic!

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Date: 2009-03-31 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] almostalady.livejournal.com
I have no useful comments but it sounds like a fantastic trip! What's made you decide to go now? Are you on sabbatical from work? Is it a Journey of Self Discovery?

You'll have to start a photo diary for us ;)

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Date: 2009-04-01 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] almostalady.livejournal.com
All good reasons for a great adventure. Have a fab time and keep us posted on planning so that we can be properly envious :)

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Date: 2009-03-31 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanofstohelit.livejournal.com
That sounds fantastic - I'm a little jealous. I need a vacation one of these days.

When I was in Shanghai May 2008, I couldn't access livejournal (facebook was fine). No idea why, but I thought you might want to know.

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Date: 2009-04-03 10:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hendybear.livejournal.com
LJ is intermittent in China, it is currently blocked, but there are many ways round these things.... I say witting this in Shanghai...

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Date: 2009-03-31 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uon.livejournal.com
Sydney is great! I keep meaning to write up my trip there over New Year.

Things you should do: (a) Go to the Blue Mountains, they are amazingly gorgeous; (b) GO SURFING. Seriously. I'd never tried it before and it's awesome fun. Newtown was a fun area to explore; it seemed to be where lots of freaks and arty types hung out.

Your plans sound ace, I hope you have a great time!

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Date: 2009-04-03 10:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hendybear.livejournal.com
(shanghai is the current plan - [info]hendybear, are you up for a visitor for a bit?)

I most certainly am, finalised my apartment contract two hours ago! I have two spare rooms, you are welcome for as long as like.

Just one word of warning, I can not promise my continuous presence, this new job role is likely to leave me bouncing around the world a fair bit... For instance I start work in the Shanghai office on Tuesday and I may have to be in Korea on Wednesday!

That said I have plenty of friends who will show both the "tourist" sites and the "real" Shanghai.

Oh and a tip on flights, for some strange reason it is often cheaper to book a return flight to China and only use one half of it, no idea why.

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Date: 2009-04-03 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hendybear.livejournal.com
"As for flights I thought you got in trouble for booking return flights and not using both parts of the ticket or something like that? Because you are clearly a terrorist if you book for a flight and don't get on it or something like that..."

Well I have three non used "return" tickets at the moment! Two Shanghai-London and one London to Shanghai. The trick is to make sure your immigration card is filled in with the correct details, then no one cares as the records match.

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