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Anyone from Kochi or been there? Planning a short weekend-ish trip there. I was thinking 1-2 days in kochi, 1 day in Alleppey and a night in houseboat. 
 
Any tips? 
Kochi is just another city, you rather go be at peace with greens at munnar/thekkady/wayanad.allepey is good.

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15 hours ago, Aftrunner said:

Anyone from Kochi or been there? Planning a short weekend-ish trip there. I was thinking 1-2 days in kochi, 1 day in Alleppey and a night in houseboat. 

 

Any tips? 

 

I am from Kochi. There is nothing specific here  except some malls. Tourists from other countries find it interesting but not Indians outside Kerala. If you can change plans, then you should opt for Wayanad/Munnar/Varkala/ etc. Alleppey house boat is great fun as long as you have good company.

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On 12/22/2019 at 6:21 PM, Ne0 said:

Anybody drive from Bangalore to Goa and back, recently ? I'm planning to visit Goa during new year's , but read about bad road conditions due to construction work along the way.  Let me know if it's a cause for concern.


 

I don’t know about road trip but If you are going to Goa for the first time during New Year then it’s not that fun. All the places will be extremely crowded. Maybe try Pondicherry. Certainly less crowd compared to Goa but peace. :)

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6 hours ago, GameAnalyzer said:


 

I don’t know about road trip but If you are going to Goa for the first time during New Year then it’s not that fun. All the places will be extremely crowded. Maybe try Pondicherry. Certainly less crowd compared to Goa but peace. :)

tickets are already booked, decided to take the flight.  But do let me know the good places to visit in and around candolim.  Hotel is near to that beach.

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@Keano - thoughts on USA tour?

 

Planning to land in Chicago (friend lives there). From there we plan to go to Orlando (car trip) while stopping in Indianópolis -> Nashville -> Atlanta -> Orlando. 

2nd week: Chicago to Vegas (flight) -> LA. 

3rd week: pending at the moment.

 

I want to visit NYC but friend said it is just tourist trap and crowd. Nothing more. Your thoughts if you been there? 

 

Any other places/cities that are must visit? 

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8 hours ago, Joe Cool said:

@Keano - thoughts on USA tour?

 

 

 

I barely  went around the states on the east coast(only been to Detroit and New Jersey). Visiting East coast states for a road trip depends on what time of the year you are planning to visit. IMO, It might be rough to do a road trip on the east coast states during the next two-three months. I agree with your friend's take on NYC. 

 

Since you are planning to go to Las Vegas - I suggest this. We did  this with a friend of mine in 2015. Grand Canyon National park is a four hour drive from LV, so you can do that too I guess.

 

This is something we did last winter and was a fun trip. 

 

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13 hours ago, Joe Cool said:

I want to visit NYC but friend said it is just tourist trap 

 

Did your friend confuse it with Vegas? NY is pretty amazing. I mean that literally. It amazes you. It's a one of a kind place, much like Vegas, but while Vegas was built in and for the 60's, NY is and has been for all times. It carries a unique vibe. And it's quite a thing in the winter. 

 

Unless you frequent the states and have another trip lined up that you can cover NY with, I'd recommend that you do go there, even if for a short while. 

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14 hours ago, Joe Cool said:

@Keano - thoughts on USA tour?

 

Planning to land in Chicago (friend lives there). From there we plan to go to Orlando (car trip) while stopping in Indianópolis -> Nashville -> Atlanta -> Orlando. 

2nd week: Chicago to Vegas (flight) -> LA. 

3rd week: pending at the moment.

 

I want to visit NYC but friend said it is just tourist trap and crowd. Nothing more. Your thoughts if you been there? 

 

Any other places/cities that are must visit? 

I would recommend you to go and spend atleast a couple of days in NYC. It might be a concrete jungle and it might get crowded but it has a certain aura and energy, especially if you end up catching some gig in times square, or walk/cycle throughout the city while hitting every famous pizzeria for a slice. 

And in this weather you will find that energy doesn't die, you should really go there.

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Thanks, all. Always nice to see different recommendations. 

 

Apparently for road trip you need to drop off back to original location else have to pay drop off fee ($450 flat). So we might add couple more places to make it a circle.

 

But, we also checked flights and that seems way cheaper. Hmmm. So there is that dilemma too. 

 

8 hours ago, Keano said:

This is something we did last winter and was a fun trip. 

 

This looks fun. Did you stay in cities? How long/many days was that 45 hour drive divided into? Cost including fuel? 

 

Main location is Chicago at the moment as I'll be staying there. Planning to trip during spring break. March-April. 

 

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This trip will require 318.9 gallons of gas, which amounts to a fuel cost of $956.57. Is that right? Gallon price is ~$3? 

 

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With flights won't be possible to take all destinations but looks cheaper? It would be Chicago to Orlando direct. Then Vegas -> Canyon drive. LA -> Chicago. 2-4 days for NY and Philly.

 

Thanks. 😌

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20 minutes ago, eddy4823 said:

Anyone here has any knowledge/experience on a Trip to Vietnam. To and fro flights are cheaper than what I imagined them to be. Considering it for my next trip.

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Vacation or business?

My cousin went on a trip to Vietnam a year or two back, supposedly you can buy a glass of local beer for damn cheap from roadside vendors. I think he took a trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh....

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1 hour ago, eddy4823 said:

Anyone here has any knowledge/experience on a Trip to Vietnam. To and fro flights are cheaper than what I imagined them to be. Considering it for my next trip.

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1.) Basically you should plan to arrive in Hanoi, try local food standouts and beer (if you partake), especially you will tons of pho outlets.

 

2) Then you can hit Sapa, it's a bit hilly area and used for agriculture but if you go at the right time, you will be able to see an awesome view, can also trek.

 

3) Followed by Halong Bay, think of it as a cheaper version of Phuket but still quite beautiful.

 

4) Follow down the coast to Hoi An, a bit of central Vietnam and you will find a lot of tourists but everyone being jolly, can check out Nguyen market.

 

5) End in Hoi Chi Minh city, it's a metropolis so just to experience vietnam.

 

You can skip Sapa if you want and go to Phu Quoc Island after you visit Hoi chi minh, spend a couple of days by the sea. But again, keep in mind that you need to end near airport.

 

Most of the tourists go from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh. So you can do it the other way around and save time on transit. 

Plus economy is in our favour over there, so everything will be cheap and for the price, it will be damn good.

 

Source: Close friend of mine just came back.

 

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8 hours ago, Joe Cool said:

 

This looks fun. Did you stay in cities? How long/many days was that 45 hour drive divided into? Cost including fuel? 

 

 

I stayed at Zion NP and visited Bryce Canyon NP as it was a short drive from Zion. Stayed in Vegas, LA few days each. Met family in SFO and drove back to my home after that. 

 

 

8 hours ago, Joe Cool said:

 

This trip will require 318.9 gallons of gas, which amounts to a fuel cost of $956.57. Is that right? Gallon price is ~$3? 

 

 

it is +/- 30 cents to that. 

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Does somebody here live in Australia or visit frequently?

Thinking of taking a trip, Singapore(3N)>>Australia(Sydney+Melbourne). I think it sounds good, but wanna know how feasible it is.

Don't wish to take a package tour, unless its super value for money. I haven't been abroad before, so any and all tips appreciated.

(Also any idea how much money I'd be saving per person if I opt to fix this myself over a package tour?) 

 

Also: I need 3 nights in Sydney, with 1 day for regular exploration, and I plan to spend 1 day with a friend who goes to Univ. of Sydney. 

 

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