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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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WoWasis product review: a Korean world class GPS unit, the AVOL HN90R8

Here’s a GPS device that will make traveling by auto in Korea a lot more easy for English-speaking travelers

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The tuk-tuk driver took me on a wild goose chase in Bangkok

The Good Manner: Advice on Thailand from WoWasis’ Pa Farang This week’s dilemma: The tuk-tuk driver took me on a wild goose chase  Dear Pa Farang, I agreed to pay a tuk-tuk driver 50 baht to go to a temple. Instead, he drove us around to two different gem shops.you to gem shops, and finally […]

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Cebu Pacific Airlines dancing flight attendants in the Philippines

Asian airlines continue to push innovative marketing and customer service strategies and practices that surprise and delight travelers, especially those from western countries, who have become sadly used to crabby flight attendants in their own lands. Late last year, we here at WoWasis reported that PC Air, flying out of Bangkok, was now flying with […]

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WoWasis travel tips and avoiding scams in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a wonderful place to visit, not as touristed as other countries in the area, and full of friendly people and terrific sites. Like any other country, there are some things to keep in mind, and a few things to avoid. We here at WoWasis have already written an informative post on hiring […]

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