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I hadn’t been back to Indonesia for close to a year and was surprised that some of the hotel chains had started to display prices in IDR instead of the usual USD on their websites before I saw the sign below at the InterContinental Jakarta.

Indonesia Rupiah

Marriott properties in Indonesia were very bad using “fictional” exchange rates when converting displayed USD prices to IDR for payment. I once caught Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan ripping off its customers by 10% and wrote about the incident here. [click to continue…]

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Few weeks ago, I saw some photos on my Facebook feed of friends visiting some tiger place in Thailand and taking photos and petting them. I felt sickened.

Tiger Temple

Over the past week, there has been several pieces on Bangkok Post newspaper (one of the two English dailies in Thailand) about illegal trade and wildlife trafficking at one of the more popular “tiger temples”. [click to continue…]

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The Singapore Parliament has passed legislation that could see immigration lines at Changi Airport increasing as Singapore will begin to collect fingerprints from arriving and departing passengers.

SIN T3TransitArea

Singapore Changi is well known for it’s efficiency and speedy processes but adding an additional layer of collecting a fingerprint will undoubtedly effect the movement of the lines. [click to continue…]

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The Northeast of the United States braces for a record snowstorm this weekend and it is expected that this will disrupt all ways of transportation including air travel on a large scale.

U.S. Storm

While the residents of D.C. and surrounding states prepare for the storm, the airlines have put travel waivers in place allowing for cancellation or rebooking of itineraries effected. [click to continue…]

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In the wake of the terror attacks in Jakarta, Indonesia some airlines put a Travel Waiver in place which allows for free re-booking of flights towards a later date (not including cancellations).

CNN Indonesia Blast

Travel waivers allow for complimentary changes to flight tickets and hotel reservations that has been booked prior to a certain point such as a weather or security related event. [click to continue…]

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Yesterday, there was a suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul and today there is gunfire/explosions killing innocent people in the Thamrin area of central Jakarta.

Indonesia Bombings

In 2002, there was the Bali bombings in the popular tourist island that killed 202 (have seen the memorial) and 2009 there were simultaneous attacks against the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in the Jakarta that also killed several people. [click to continue…]

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After frequently arriving as well as transiting at Beijing’s Capital Airport in the past few weeks it became clear that for whatever reason the situation (especially for transit passengers) is out of control.

PEK Airport Transit

International transit passengers in Beijing have to undergo a passport check (including stamping) as well as security procedures before they can enter the departure area. [click to continue…]

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Three guys on board a flight leaving Beijing’s Capital airport who thought it was funny to pose with some equipment that looks like a gun were met with outrage in Chinese online sources.

Chinese Gun Posers

What was probably meant as a spur of the moment joke and banter escalated once the three chaps uploaded their escapades wo WeChat from where the images spread quickly to Weibo and other websites. [click to continue…]

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When I was browsing my Facebook feed couple of hours ago, I came across this interesting piece about a Chinese passenger stealing more than 5,000 euros on a Turkish Airlines flight and the act caught on tape.

Bangkok Post Theft

There have been reports of passengers stealing money on flights to/from China within Asia and I wrote about a reader whose purse with passport was stolen on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Shanghai (read more here). [click to continue…]

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China surprised this week with an announcement that the existing 3 Day (72 Hour) Visa Free Transit Program will be upped to 6 Days (144 Hours) for the Airports Shanghai, Hangzhou & Nanjing.

Shanghai Visa

These three ports will mark the beginning of an extended version of the popular Visa Free Transit Program that resulted an increase in visitors in the participating cities. [click to continue…]