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Welcome to Bangladesh: an introduction

Welcome to Bangladesh! Here, braving the challenges of a country that doesn’t have much of a travel infrastructure for the westerner does have significant rewards. You’ll see things most people you know haven’t, like the wonderful historical temples and mosques outside of Rajshahi and Bagerhat, outside of Khulna. The Sundarbans National Park consists of the […]

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WoWasis travels transportation in Bangladesh

Transportation in Bangladesh consists chiefly of train, car & driver for hire, auto-rickshaw, and pedal-rickshaw.  Train: Bangladesh’s train stations have virtually no signage in English, nor English-speaking information counters (exception: Rajshahi train station). Read the WoWasis post on how to deal with this. When you do get a first class ticket, the trains are relatively […]

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Why WoWasis meets (and needs) the friendly people of Bangladesh

One of the first things the seasoned Western traveler to Bangladesh will encounter is the lack of signage in English. To us here at WoWasis, it was most apparent beginning with the main train station in the country’s capital of Dhaka. There is zero signage in English and even the numbers are listed in Bengali. […]

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Sharia follies continue in Indonesia’s Sumatra with proposed banning of face-forward female motorcycle riders

Ignorance remains bliss in Indonesia’s Aceh province in Sumatra as the city of Lhokseumawe has proposed a  Sharia law that would ban female motorcycle passengers from riding face-forward. Deeming the position “improper,” according to the mayor, women now must ride side-saddle. Sumatra recently banned tight trousers on women, as reported in an article appearing in the […]

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Bangkok traffic to get worse, fast, with new car-buying program now in force

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s new first-time car buyer program, while solidifying future votes, will add an estimated 1.3 million vehicles to Thailand’s streets, much of it in already overcrowded Bangkok. It’s already being called a transportation nightmare, where gridlock slows incoming traffic to an average speed of 16.5 km per hour. A brainchild of […]

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Dhaka, Bangladesh: the worst traffic in Asia?

Here at WoWasis, we hate traffic. No seriously, we really hate traffic. We do know of some workarounds, like taking the BTS Skytrain or MRT subway in Bangkok, and rarely going anywhere in town that’s not serviced by those, or water taxi routes. As bad as Bangkok is, we weren’t prepared for the traffic hell […]

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Visit South Korea’s information kiosks and they’ll help with just about everything

 The modern, industrialized nation of South Korea is a wonderful place to visit for the westerner, with loads of historical places, museums, and geographical treasures. One challenge for the traveler is that many Koreans don’t speak English. This can present problems for westerners ranging from trying to find a particular business, to renting hotels and […]

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Seoul’s Metro subway… easier than it appears at first, but requires practice

Seoul’s subway is easy to use, once you take a day or so to learn it

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Visit South Korea’s historic city of Gyeongju in 2 days… by city bus!

Korea’s historical city of Gyeongju is worth seeing, and you can see lots in only 2 days, inexpensively, by city bus

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WoWasis transportation review: Korea’s ultra-fast KTX bullet train

Korea’s KTX high speed train may get you to your destination, door to door, faster than an airplane

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