We have 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 can simply stroll there from the airport terminal and the lodge has a 24-hour Flexi check-in coverage. Pay for someday’s keep and also you get a room for twenty-four hours, no matter check-in time.
All guests should have a Thailand Pass [tp.consular.go.th] to enter the nation. Provided you’re totally vaccinated there isn’t a quarantine requirement. However one of many circumstances of entry is proof of COVID 19 insurance coverage. No visa is required for Australian passport holders coming into Thailand for tourism functions.
Another various could be to make use of the Louis Tavern Dayrooms Transit Hotel, situated contained in the terminal. For the time you have got accessible, the Novotel is a more sensible choice because it has extra eating and leisure choices, however the Thailand Pass isn’t handy for such a brief go to. There is an opportunity that the move will now not be required by the point you journey in August and due to this fact you would possibly wait to make a reserving till nearer to that date.
We are a household of 4 planning to spend 4 weeks in Norway subsequent April. How lengthy ought to we spend within the Lofoten Islands? Also plan to fly to Svalbard to expertise freezing chilly. Ok. 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 beautiful surroundings contains fiords, snow-capped mountains that rise sheer from the ocean and fairly little fishing villages. There’s a coastal explorer boat tour that takes you out alongside the fiords to go to the ocean eagles of Trollfjord. Another crusing journey is the gradual 20km journey alongside the coast from Svolaer to Henningsvaer. Sea kayaking and guided fishing journeys are widespread and the archipelago’s connections with the Vikings are celebrated within the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg. You could 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 the most effective and most cost-effective strategy 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’re able to hold their regular cellphone quantity lively in addition to accessing knowledge regionally by way of their eSIMs. The better of each worlds. To make this occur you want a suitable cellphone and each theirs are whereas my older cellphone isn’t, a indisputable fact that brings them appreciable pleasure.
The requirement to finish a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) earlier than returning to Australia is basically worrying me. I do not personal a smartphone and will not have entry to a pc. P. Mish, Hawthorn VIC
While the Department of Home Affairs web site says “All passengers arriving by air into Australia should (my italics) complete the DPD”, which theoretically means that you can 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 on-line 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 international locations comparable 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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