We’ve a 27-hour layover in Bangkok in August, can we go away the airport and keep at a lodge close by? A. Loe, Gladesville NSW
The closest lodge to the airport is the Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport lodge. You possibly can simply stroll there from the airport terminal and the lodge has a 24-hour Flexi check-in coverage. Pay for sooner or later’s keep and also you get a room for twenty-four hours, no matter check-in time.
All guests should have a Thailand Move [tp.consular.go.th] to enter the nation. Supplied you’re totally vaccinated there is no such thing as a quarantine requirement. Nevertheless one of many situations of entry is proof of COVID 19 insurance coverage. No visa is required for Australian passport holders getting into Thailand for tourism functions.
One other different can be to make use of the Louis Tavern Dayrooms Transit Resort, positioned contained in the terminal. For the time you might have obtainable, the Novotel is a more sensible choice because it has extra eating and leisure choices, however the Thailand Move is just not handy for such a brief go to. There’s a probability that the move will now not be required by the point you journey in August and due to this fact you may 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. Okay. Meeve, Ringwood VIC
There’s sufficient to maintain you occupied for per week. The Lofoten Archipelago in northern Norway comes straight from the world e-book of icy wonders. A paradise for lovers of the good outside, its gorgeous surroundings contains 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 gradual 20km journey alongside the coast from Svolaer to Henningsvaer. Sea kayaking and guided fishing journeys are in style and the archipelago’s connections with the Vikings are celebrated within the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg. You is perhaps 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 technique to entry knowledge while travelling and preserve 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 preserve their typical telephone quantity energetic in addition to accessing knowledge domestically by way of their eSIMs. One of the best of each worlds. To make this occur you want a appropriate telephone and each theirs are whereas my older telephone is just not, a incontrovertible fact that brings them appreciable pleasure.
The requirement to finish a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) earlier than returning to Australia is actually 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 lets you 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 simpler to handle than the app. If you do not have a laptop computer or a smartphone your lodge may need a desktop pc you should use. In some nations akin to New Zealand, public libraries have computer systems to be used freed from cost. Alternatively, you should buy 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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