Fewer westerners arriving?

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Re: Fewer westerners arriving?

Post by rogerrabbit » Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:46 pm

bangkokhooker wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:23 pm
western tourist numbers are down.
uk 5% usa 9% or something from 2017



theres 85% more Chinese in 2018
UK is correct but your USA number is totally off.

Latests stats (Jan-June 2018 compared to Jan-Jun 2017: USA -1,2%, UK -5,0%. But then again France +3,0% and some other western countries increased as well.

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Re: Fewer westerners arriving?

Post by Josh_76 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:32 am

newkidontheblock wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:04 pm

Also saw a backpacker sporting a small gym bag. Couldn’t have carried more than a change of clothes and maybe some shoes. Each arm through a handle and on the back it went. How can one survive Cambodia on a single change of clothes (or less)?
Funniest thing I read all day. While you sadly omitted asking the guy and getting the full explanation, including a look into the bag, I can tell you that I've done 4 weeks in SE Asia with just a carry on bag. It's not hard to do.

Now that I think of it, I got quizzed on my lack of luggage in public in Singapore once on the bus going to the airport by some insomniac dude going there just to amuse himself. Was that you?
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Re: Fewer westerners arriving?

Post by fax » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:28 am

The Thais let me check-in at the diplomat counter when I was returning from a one day trip with just a backpack. Many countries lack embassies in Cambodia, renewing a passport is one reason to travel lightly to a neighboring country. Don’t assume that everyone traveling is a tourist.

One time I was detained in Bangkok for acting suspicious (staying too short time) but that’s another story.
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Re: Fewer westerners arriving?

Post by newkidontheblock » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:30 am

Josh_76 wrote:
newkidontheblock wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:04 pm

Also saw a backpacker sporting a small gym bag. Couldn’t have carried more than a change of clothes and maybe some shoes. Each arm through a handle and on the back it went. How can one survive Cambodia on a single change of clothes (or less)?
Funniest thing I read all day. While you sadly omitted asking the guy and getting the full explanation, including a look into the bag, I can tell you that I've done 4 weeks in SE Asia with just a carry on bag. It's not hard to do.

Now that I think of it, I got quizzed on my lack of luggage in public in Singapore once on the bus going to the airport by some insomniac dude going there just to amuse himself. Was that you?
Nope. I stopped flying Singapore airlines and changed over to EVA a while back. More expensive and longer flight times. The only insomnia was from hordes of mainland Chinese arriving. I was the dude hanging out at the Dairy Queen waiting for the missus because she got confused about my arrival time.
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Re: Fewer westerners arriving?

Post by fax » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:35 am

You had to wait at the airport for your pickup because she thought your arrival time is your departure time?

Your life is a cartoon. Why didn’t you hitch a car?
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Re: Fewer westerners arriving?

Post by Barang chgout » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:26 am

finbar wrote:
newkidontheblock wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:04 pm
Also saw a backpacker sporting a small gym bag. Couldn’t have carried more than a change of clothes and maybe some shoes. Each arm through a handle and on the back it went. How can one survive Cambodia on a single change of clothes (or less)?
So not actually a backpacker then.
How to survive?
Buy cheap clothes at the market perhaps?
Of course if you need a "special" size that won't work ...
If you need to buy a " special " size, you need to buy 2 seats on the plane and can carry your "special " clothes in 2 carry on bags....

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Re: Fewer westerners arriving?

Post by bangkokhooker » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:32 am

rogerrabbit wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:46 pm
bangkokhooker wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:23 pm
western tourist numbers are down.
uk 5% usa 9% or something from 2017



theres 85% more Chinese in 2018
UK is correct but your USA number is totally off.

Latests stats (Jan-June 2018 compared to Jan-Jun 2017: USA -1,2%, UK -5,0%. But then again France +3,0% and some other western countries increased as well.

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Re: Fewer westerners arriving?

Post by Josh_76 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:17 pm

newkidontheblock wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:30 am

Nope. I stopped flying Singapore airlines and changed over to EVA a while back. More expensive and longer flight times. The only insomnia was from hordes of mainland Chinese arriving. I was the dude hanging out at the Dairy Queen waiting for the missus because she got confused about my arrival time.
Just kidding of course. He spoke very loudly in that 'Asian uncle gives it to you straight' way: "What!? That all you got for four weeks?!!" I find it very funny now but it was a bit weird being called out like that, especially when we should call out those with too much luggage, taking a lot of crap they probably won't even wear/need using up unnecessary kerosene.

I'm sure you do realize that many people flying in & out of SIN do not use SIA/SQ.

Changi is still my favorite airport on the planet and I doubt that will change in the future.

I will fly E. V. A. (they're not called 'Eva', as I've learned) at the beginning of next year. Am excited to try their business class as their fishbone seating arrangement looks very appealing. I'm burning through 400K United miles prior to my move next year and snapped up two biz tickets and an economy.
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Re: Fewer westerners arriving?

Post by newkidontheblock » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:47 pm

I’ve never flown business class. Too expensive to justify the price. Plus Singapore airlines to Cambodia is a between 28 hrs - 38 hrs, too long for my tastes. EVA is much shorter. Plus the goody bag is nicer - comes with slippers, too: And I like the toilets on the Boeing aircraft better. The only negative is the 2 AM departure time.

I think you would enjoy EVA. As for me I’ll be spending all my points with Singapore before they expire this year.
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Re: Fewer westerners arriving?

Post by Patcan » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:34 am

I go to Bangkok with little more than the clothes ony back the reason being I buy all my clothes there instead of in Phnom Penh. From my experiences, clothes and shoes, even shoe laces seem to last longer from Thailand.
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