We now have a 27-hour layover in Bangkok in August, can we go away the airport and keep at a resort close by? A. Loe, Gladesville NSW
The closest resort to the airport is the Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport resort. You may simply stroll there from the airport terminal and the resort has a 24-hour Flexi check-in coverage. Pay for at some point’s keep and also you get a room for twenty-four hours, no matter check-in time.
All guests will need to have a Thailand Move [tp.consular.go.th] to enter the nation. Supplied you might be absolutely vaccinated there is no such thing as a quarantine requirement. Nonetheless one of many situations of entry is proof of COVID 19 insurance coverage. No visa is required for Australian passport holders coming into Thailand for tourism functions.
One other various can be to make use of the Louis Tavern Dayrooms Transit Lodge, situated contained in the terminal. For the time you will have out there, the Novotel is a more sensible choice because it has extra eating and leisure choices, however the Thailand Move shouldn’t be handy for such a brief go to. There’s a probability that the move will not be required by the point you journey in August and subsequently you would possibly wait to make a reserving till nearer to that date.
We’re a household of 4 planning to spend 4 weeks in Norway subsequent April. How lengthy ought to we spend within the Lofoten Islands? Additionally plan to fly to Svalbard to expertise freezing chilly. Ok. Meeve, Ringwood VIC
There’s sufficient to maintain you occupied for every week. The Lofoten Archipelago in northern Norway comes straight from the world e book of icy wonders. A paradise for lovers of the good open air, its beautiful surroundings consists of fiords, snow-capped mountains that rise sheer from the ocean and fairly little fishing villages. There is a coastal explorer boat tour that takes you out alongside the fiords to go to the ocean eagles of Trollfjord. One other crusing journey is the sluggish 20km journey alongside the coast from Svolaer to Henningsvaer. Sea kayaking and guided fishing journeys are common and the archipelago’s connections with the Vikings are celebrated within the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg. You may be fortunate sufficient to catch the Northern Lights, though April is the tail finish of the prime viewing season. Wrap up – Lofoten is chilly in April, with common most temperature round 5°C, and loads of rain. Svalbard averages between -9°C and -16°C.
I’ve found eSIM and this appears to be one of the best and most cost-effective option to entry knowledge while travelling and hold your main SIM just for emergency voice and SMS calls. You solely want one cell phone! Your opinion please? D. Shepherd, Woodend VIC
I’m travelling in Italy with two tech-savvy daughters, each are utilizing eSIMs they usually guarantee me they can hold their traditional telephone quantity lively in addition to accessing knowledge domestically through their eSIMs. The perfect of each worlds. To make this occur you want a appropriate telephone and each theirs are whereas my older telephone shouldn’t be, a undeniable fact that brings them appreciable pleasure.
The requirement to finish a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) earlier than returning to Australia is admittedly worrying me. I do not personal a smartphone and will not have entry to a pc. P. Mish, Hawthorn VIC
Whereas the Division of Dwelling Affairs web site says “All passengers arriving by air into Australia ought to (my italics) full the DPD”, which theoretically permits you to return to Australia with out finishing a DPD, most airways are insisting on a accomplished DPD earlier than you are allowed to board a flight to Australia. The web model [dpd.homeaffairs.gov.au] is less complicated to handle than the app. If you do not have a laptop computer or a smartphone your resort might need a desktop pc you need to use. In some international locations equivalent to New Zealand, public libraries have computer systems to be used freed from cost. Alternatively, you should purchase a second-hand smartphone for round $100, and benefit from the innumerable pleasures of posting your travels to social media in addition to complying with the duty to finish your DPD.
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