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Wed May 03, 2017 11:14 am

Rob wrote:Anything in particular that got the Dead Rabbit pub voted best in the world? And on the back of that, is it not always rammed?
A friend of mine runs a lot of successful cocktail bars in the UK. He visited the Dead Rabbit last year and said that the menu of drinks alone is good enough for it the win best bar in the world.

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Wed May 03, 2017 11:24 am

We went in about 2pm in an afternoon, got a seat at the bar. It was fairly full but not rammed. Planned to go back one evening but never got round to it.

Couldn't tell you what it did to win the vote, but it is really nicely designed and the drinks were pretty good.

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Wed May 03, 2017 12:39 pm

Have a wedding invite for NY in Nov, still to decide if we're going or not but if we do we'd only have a day or two to see the city. What would be the must see's if you'd only 24/48hrs there.

I know everybody loves the place but it's not somewhere I've ever had much interest in going to so the wedding might be the push I need.

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Wed May 03, 2017 1:04 pm

I only had 3/4 days there the other year. thought Central Park and the 9/11 memorial Museum were both outstanding.

Also went up the One World Trade Centre. it was good and all, but not must see for me unless you really the view. Got a play on broadway which was great (written by Larry David, starring Jason Alexander) so would depend on something yous wanted showing.

Other than that, kinda just explored some different neighbourhoods. I'm sure others will have tonnes more suggestions

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Wed May 03, 2017 1:31 pm

For views, go up to the top of the Rockefeller Centre just before sunset and wait around until the sun goes down. Likewise, get the subway over to Brooklyn, get a pizza and eat it while watching the sun go down on Manhattan. Then walk the bridge back.

I went to a Mets game and loved it. Don't go see the New York Red Bulls though. The stadium's way out and you'd see a better standard in your local park on a Sunday.

The Met is brilliant. Set aside a couple of hours for it though, it's huge.

Walk the High Line.

Hang out in Bryant Pk

Other than that just stroll about. I was similar to Percy in that I wasn't ever really pushed about visiting but I went last year and loved it.

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Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:08 pm

I text my mate on Monday to see if he'd be visiting London the same time I'll be there in a few weeks... long story short, we've booked flights to Cambodia in November instead.

I'll only have a week there, so anything I definitely shouldn't miss?

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Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:36 pm

shivo wrote:I text my mate on Monday to see if he'd be visiting London the same time I'll be there in a few weeks... long story short, we've booked flights to Cambodia in November instead.

I'll only have a week there, so anything I definitely shouldn't miss?
Angkor Wat... goes without saying.
I'm sure it's a huge part of the reason you've picked Cambodia anyway, but give it the time it needs.
I'd spend at least two full days there, 3 nights. Rent bikes in Siem Reap and cycle out to it and around the various parts. It's very well spread out, but some of the temples are incredible. Highlights are the complex itself, baton, and tah prohm
Follow the crowds for the spot to watch the sunset in the evenings.

But be sure to start out from siem reap in the morning while it's dark. The sun rises behind Angkor wat itself and it is like nothing you have ever seen.

Hard to do Phnom Penh and not do S21 and the killing fields. Eye openers. Well worth your time.

And a book well well worth reading while youre there is Not Without My Father.
It's a quick read, but it'll give you a huge insight into just how crazy the whole situation was and the lasting legacy it has left the country.

Sihanoukville is a nice spot, very underdeveloped coastal town but a nice beach.

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Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:16 am

Big up, Biggy!
Exactly what I was looking for, nice one, and the book will be waiting for me on my Kindle when I get home.

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Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:18 am

Not long back from Cambodia myself. Agree with all of what Biggy said. The temples are amazing, we did Angkor Wat at sunrise which was incredible. Get yourself a nice spot at the lake at the front for the best pictures. Angkor Thom is amazing as well. I really liked Siem Reap, plenty of nightlife around and pints are 50 cent each. :thumbs:

If you're going to Phnom Penh, definitely check out Tuol Sleng Prison and the killing fields. As sad as you'd imagine but defo check it out. All the guides there were directly affected by the Khmer Rouge regime so it's a pretty intense experience.

Spent some time in Battambang at the end of our trip which was really nice. The people in Cambodia are some of the nicest most welcoming people I've ever met travelling which is even more impressive when you consider they're awful recent history.

The heat there last month though! Fuckin hell, unbearable at times.

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Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:11 am

billysexcrime wrote:Not long back from Cambodia myself. Agree with all of what Biggy said. The temples are amazing, we did Angkor Wat at sunrise which was incredible. Get yourself a nice spot at the lake at the front for the best pictures. Angkor Thom is amazing as well. I really liked Siem Reap, plenty of nightlife around and pints are 50 cent each. :thumbs:

If you're going to Phnom Penh, definitely check out Tuol Sleng Prison and the killing fields. As sad as you'd imagine but defo check it out. All the guides there were directly affected by the Khmer Rouge regime so it's a pretty intense experience.

Spent some time in Battambang at the end of our trip which was really nice. The people in Cambodia are some of the nicest most welcoming people I've ever met travelling which is even more impressive when you consider they're awful recent history.

The heat there last month though! Fuckin hell, unbearable at times.
Meant to mention this actually. Get a guide for S21, or at least talk to the ones that you see walking around there.
First hand accounts. People who were held there, or lost family members.

And tip well everywhere.

It's definitely one of my favourite places I've seen, Cambodia. Leaves a lasting impression.

Cheers for the advice earlier this year actually shivo re Cuba. Pretty much did it blow for blow, Havana, Vinales, Trinidad and got the most out of the time i had there. :thumbs:

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Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:10 pm

Interesting about Cambodia. Haven't been yet, hear very mixed things from people here about their time there. Many people can't get past the scams or maybe the poverty or I don't know what.

I'm spending 4-5 weeks at the end of the summer driving all around Vietnam on a motorbike. 2 weeks in Bali and a week in Chiang Mai before that. Any recommendations for Chiang Mai would be appreciated!

For my bike trip I'm tempted to go into Laos and head south before re-entering Vietnam, have a couple of friends who are doing just that this week so I'll see how they get on. If not then my original idea was to head west from Saigon when I get there and on into Cambodia, would be cool to see it that way too.

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Casino wrote:Interesting about Cambodia. Haven't been yet, hear very mixed things from people here about their time there. Many people can't get past the scams or maybe the poverty or I don't know what.

I'm spending 4-5 weeks at the end of the summer driving all around Vietnam on a motorbike. 2 weeks in Bali and a week in Chiang Mai before that. Any recommendations for Chiang Mai would be appreciated!

For my bike trip I'm tempted to go into Laos and head south before re-entering Vietnam, have a couple of friends who are doing just that this week so I'll see how they get on. If not then my original idea was to head west from Saigon when I get there and on into Cambodia, would be cool to see it that way too.
If you're going to go out to that part of the world and have that much time, it'd be an absolute crime not to take in Angkor Wat. It's one of the most photogenic places on earth. Of everything South East Asia has to offer, it'd be the first thing i'd see, for sure.

I'm not sure how long you're planning on giving Laos, but don't know if i'd give it too much. Its a very non descript country in comparison to the other countries in SE Asia. And i think they've done away with the Tubing in Vang Vieng these days, which was unbelievably great craic but fucking lethal, there's not a whole lot else there. Luang Prabang has some nice temples, but you're going to see plenty of the same style in Chiang Mai, equally as nice, and there's way more craic in Chiang Mai.
Its the same story everywhere you go, you make your own craic etc, but we found Laos a bit sedate. If you can still go tubing, i'd go for that alone.

There's a 3 day trek you can do from Chaing Mai, that takes in loads of stuff. a climb to a hill top village tribe, (bring small gifts for the kids), sleep the night up there, elephant riding, trek through the jungle, and finish with white water rafting on a bamboo raft and in a dinghy, and being woken up by the sounds of elephants washing in the river outside your hut. Can't remember who we booked it with, but most likely available from any hostel.

Eat the street food. Buy a bag of roasted grasshoppers, have a beer and go to the local kick boxing arena and watch some white boy from the States or the UK, who's gone over there for a 6 week boot camp thinking he's JCVD, get into the ring with seasoned pros.

Are you doing the Easy Rider bike tour through Viet Nam, or getting your own bikes? Either way its a great idea. Great way to see the country, but the beauty of going with the Easy Rider guys is the benefit of local knowledge, and the places they'll show you off the beaten track. Scenic stuff, historic spots, Swimming holes, local food, local people. We spent our last night drinking whiskey and snake's blood with the guys, and its the sort of experience you'll be hard pushed to find on your own.
A lot of them are ex-Viet Cong too, so if they are ok talking about it, you'll get a real insight. Not all of them are though obviously.

The food in Viet Nam is top notch. And the coffee is a game changer.

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Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:01 pm

loved cambodia. would advise to see as much of it as you can on a bike/motor bike. definitely angkor wat.
some of the most beautiful places for me were just simple countryside. one man's trash... and all that
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the killing fields was an incredible come down, but it would be a shame not to get the history of the place while you are there. horrifying stuff

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Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:37 pm

Keep this stuff coming, we're planning to head out this way for honeymoon so as much info as possible. Had considered Laos, but if there's no tubing what's the point, so good info!

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Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:11 pm

Cheer everyone! Biggy, I've actually been living in Hanoi for the last year so know all about Vietnam. Not massive into sightseeing compared to natural scenery but Angkor Wat and Bagan in Myanmar are two in this region that I definitely want to see before I leave. I'll probably be here for another year so will try to get them done again if not this summer.

And just thought Laos might be interesting, but you're probably right about the cultural side of it not being as strong as in other countries in the area. And vietnam has tons of amazing scenery too. Will go north to Ha Giang on the Chinese border first, the scale of it looks incredible compared to anything else here, even Sapa. Feck all tourists there too. Have been wanting to go since I got here. Want to see lots of the south too as haven't seen much and want to revisit Saigon to see how it compares to Hanoi. Again, not as interested in the most touristy spots (though will check out as much as I can) but just want to cover as much as I can and enjoy it.

And travelling by motorbike is just the best. Am already thinking of what other countries I could do it in. Bought my first proper motorbike last weekend, so much fun.

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Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:10 am

Casino, have you been down to Nha Trang? Heading over with my mom and sister in July......they're over visiting me in HK, and my mom wanted a few days on some nice beaches. Was between Nha Trang or Cebu/Philippines, went for Vietnam as flights were cheaper.

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Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:38 am

Nha Trang is a nice beachy town alright. Loads of bars and resteraunts. We went to a nice spa there that had mud baths and the like (can't remember the name), was really nice and quiet cheap. There's a few temples near by that you can visit too. We also went out to Hon Mun island on a day trip for swimming and snorkling, had a great time.

Nha Trang is like mini Moscow though. Full of Russians!

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Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:07 am

Biggy Shackleton wrote:And a book well well worth reading while youre there is Not Without My Father.
It's a quick read, but it'll give you a huge insight into just how crazy the whole situation was and the lasting legacy it has left the country.
I must be really ignorant of Cambodian history. I'm a couple of pages into this book and I had no idea that it had anything to do with walking a 444mile trail from Mississippi to Nashville

I presume you meant 'First They Killed My Father' :lol: :lol:

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Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:17 pm

Ahem. Yes. That's the one.

I hope they do refunds on kindle books!

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Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:00 pm

I know a fair few on here have been around these parts. Am looking towards Thailand/Vietnam/Cambodia for the honeymoon next year. Having to compromise so spending about a week in Phuket doing the lazy stuff but also going to spend a couple of weeks doing the more adventurous stuff.

One question I have at the minute, is there any way other than flying to go from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh city?

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