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Old 08-22-2005, 10:56 PM   #1
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Hey everyone!

Well it's my first time on the boards, and I must say that I can't get enough of it.

I'm leaving to go to Australia and Thailand with my girlfriend this November and wondering how much "bread" I should expect to bring. Were going to Sydney and going to travel our way up to Cairns for about 2 and a half months, then fly to Bangkok and stay in Thailand for 2 months. Were going to stay in Townsville for roughly a month with my Aunt and hope to work get some good working time during that period.

I was also wondering about my time in Thailand, since were staying there for more than 60 days. I was told that I should leave the country after the 60th day and then go back in to avoid hassle. Is this true?

Also, just for the hell of it, will picking up ganja in OZ be tough?

Much appreciated.

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Old 08-23-2005, 12:03 AM   #2
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I'm looking at spending most of November in Australia, then a week in New Zealand.

So far, it looks like the average hostel price in Oz is about US$16 a night. Transportation & activities going from Sydney to Cairns and back to Brisbane looks to cost around $1000, but I'll be packing in a lot in those few weeks. Figuring I'll be staying with friends here and there and that I won't be eating like a beast (but drinking like one), I'm planning on spending a grand total of $2k for 23 nights in Australia... I was hoping that'd be the figure for the whole trip, but since there's a wedding right in the middle, I guess there'll be a bit of a splurge in there.

Realistically, I don't know what it'll break down to, since there's so much I want to do. A surf camp, sandboarding, snorkeling, rafting, seeing as much wildlife (natural and nocturnal) as I can... I think I might die of sticker shock if I price everything out, but I'll have to do it eventually.

I know Thailand costs a lot less, but not having been there, I'll leave the average costs to the experts around here

As for picking up weed, it's illegal in NSW, and possession is a ticketable offense in Queensland. However, it's widely available on the East Coast, particularly in towns like Nimbin, where just about everyone is stoned They even have an event called Mardi Grass to celebrate the sticky icky icky.

Personally, I'd much rather drink beer, so if our paths cross, we can chug back a few. Happy traveling!
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Old 08-23-2005, 06:03 AM   #3
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When I was in Malaysia (specifically Penang) there was many tourist offices that you could buy Visas for Thailand, so maybe you could go down there for one.

You shouldn't have a problem getting weed in Oz.

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