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It seems like everyone and their moms are going to Burma. Or is it Myanmar? (For the answer, see here.) Thanks to political and humanitarian reforms of the last several years, this Southeast Asian country is more open than ever to tourism. Over the next week or so, Jaunted's Julia Buckley will be sharing her tips and experiences as a traveler in Burma without a tour group and without memorizing a guidebook, but with common sense and open eyes on a Burma Field Trip.
This week in Burma we’ve been concentrating on how to get around, and while it’s the most expensive (and bourgeois) option, hiring a taxi or a private driver is certainly the easiest. It’s also more affordable than you might imagine.
Private cars are good for longer journeys, obviously, but they’re also the best way to spend a day sightseeing. You may (as we were) be expecting Burma to be a land of tuktuks; it isn’t. And Burmese cities are big, with the main sights spread all over the place. If you’re looking for a day of sightseeing, your best option is to hire a driver (motorcycles could be another optionwe were offered one in Mandalaybut it’s pretty hot, so you’ll almost certainly want a car).
We found rates varied by city, and also by driver (we were told $50-80 was the going rate in Yangon, for example our driver quoted $50). Also, you’ll be pleased to know, the vast majority of people aren’t out to fleece you; we only had one driver, in a pickup truck in Bagan, who tried to overcharge us. Everyone else was entirely reasonable.
Here’s a list of rough rates we found, as well as drivers we recommend. This doesn’t mean they’re the only reliable drivers, of course – but we met all these, they had good cars, and they themselves were great.
Grab your luggage off the carrousel and head right into downtown the next time you arrive at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, as there’s now a public transportation option that will zip you right into the heart of the city—as long as the city you want to visit is Dallas rather than Ft. Worth.
Around five miles of rail have been added to the existing structure that makes up Dallas Area Rapid Transit—or DART to its friends. This addition makes it possible for arriving passengers to head right into town without the need for a taxi, buses, or a bunch of connections aboard different public transportation options.
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When you visit Bangkok, you'll quickly realize that public transportation is pretty cheap. When using a metered taxi, rates starts at 35 baht (just over a dollar) for the first two kilometers and increase by about 2 baht for each kilometer after. This means that to jump from neighborhood to neighborhood is only a couple of bucks, and if you're in no rush, fares on the subway (MRT) and skytrain (BTS) are under 60 baht ($2) for all one-way trips.
If you're staying along the river and are looking to visit a destination up or downstream, such as the Grand Palace, taking a water taxi is a very good option both in terms of convenience and ambiance. Just as you should never take a taxi that's not metered in Bangkok, you also have to be careful of water shuttles that could cost you more.
There’s more than just the San Juan Islands when it comes to escaping for a little rest and relaxation out in the Pacific Northwest, and now there’s a new ferry to help you escape for the weekend, the season, or just the workday.
Those in search of the awesomeness that is new ferry smell should set their sights on Whidbey Island, as there’s some new back and forth service thanks to Tokitae.
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Even if you’re a subway/metro/underground pro, you'll have to recognize that every city has a slightly different approach to public transit. Subways in Asia get a well-deserved rep for being clean and efficient, and Seoul may be the best of the bunch.
So, here are a couple of things to know on the metro, which will have you looking like you know what you're doing:
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Granted, our usual NYC travel advice is to avoid Newark Airport whenever possible, but take it doubly serious this summer as public transportation to/from the airport is going to be the worst.
The Newark Airport AirTrain will be closed for necessary repairs for 75 days during summer's peak travel season: May 1 - July 15. Rubbing salt into the wound, not even Amtrak will be stopping at Newark Airport's train station, meaning the only option for public transportation is a replacement shuttle bus leaving from downtown Newark.
Additionally, with no AirTrain, travelers making transfers between terminals or heading out to the parking or rental car lots will also need to pile in the shuttle buses. Yuck.
Several spots in Central America have been on the "cool places to visit" list for a few years now, but Panama's popularity gains momentum with every headline event. Just this year, the country has had several new hotel openings (including an Ace!), it's the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal, and now Panama has debuted a brand new subway system.
It’s not every day you get to catch a ride aboard public transportation free from graffiti and litter, and of course on a train that still retains that new subway smell. Panama City debuted their new trains and tracks earlier this month, and they’re the first country in Central America to have such a system.
We’re not here to cause panic and have you choke on your macaron, baguette, or cotton candy, but Paris had a problem a little under two weeks ago when an usual amount of smog rolled in and blanketed the city.
Concerned officials went as far as to throw open the turnstiles to public transportation, offering free rides on subways and buses for three days in hopes of improving air quality and easing congestion throughout the region. It wasn't just the pollution, though. According to the BBC, some unique weather patterns made things that much worse, resulting in an Air Quality Index of 185 that put Paris on par with Beijing.
Things are still every much on the drawing board, but we couldn’t be more in favor with the plans for some of the forgotten metro stations over in Paris. For one reason or another some of these stations haven’t been doing the public transportation thing for quite some time, and now one group is looking to upgrade and update things into a little bit of an urban oasis.
As part of the city’s current race for mayor, one candidate is proposing new ideas to utilize some long forgotten bits and pieces of city real estate. She envisions swimming pools, nightclubs, and art installations, as the city would bring these deserted spots across the city back to life—and better than ever.
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What is, in our own opinion, the coolest event of the holiday season in New York City is almost over, but you've still got one more chance to hop onboard the MTA Nostalgia Train.
The holiday “Nostalgia Special” is a regular subway train, running on the M line from Queens Plaza to 2nd Avenue, and it's made up of historic cars from the 1930s through the 1980s. It operates on Sundays only, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., on December 1, 8, 15 and 22. That leaves December 22.
We've all been theretraveling in a foreign city enjoying the sights, but having to pull out the paper map or Google Maps to re-orient. Not only is the action embarrassing and a tell-tale sign that you're a tourist, but it increases the risk that you'll become the victim of petty crime.
Fear not, for the folks at Design Hype have created metal cuffs embossed with public transport maps of a handful of cities. Now, when jumping from Uptown to Downtown Manhattan, you merely need glance at your wrist to determine if the A, C or E train is the one to hop on for your desired destination.
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There’s still plenty of summer left, and by that we mean that there are a few days to enjoy the warmer weather as the calendar flips from August to September. For those who call Boston home—or just the Northeast in general—there’s never been an easier way to escape towards Cape Cod and the islands. Thanks to the CapeFlyer you can skip the traffic jams, and that’ll especially be the case during the upcoming holiday weekend.
The new train service has been doing its thing since around Memorial Day, and it will continue to do so through Columbus Day. Once aboard the train you can enjoy all the usual train stuff including the chance to grab some snacks and beverages, and they’re even beaming some free WiFi throughout the cabin. Feel free to bring you bike along too—as well as your kids—as both of them are permitted to ride for free.