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From Edinburgh: Explore Amazing Vietnam 13-31 March £602.24pp @ Hotels.com £1,204.49

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I've just finished planning my Christmas & NYE trip to Vietnam and I'm sure someone mentioned Vietnam previously so here is a taster. This is just over a two week itinerary and you may want to adju…
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I am be travelling to the region with my parents (in their early 60s) now in December. Any comments or suggestions to the below skeleton itinerary:

Days 1-3
Explore Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)

Day 4
Depart Siem Reap for HCMC and spend half a day exploring HCMC

Day 5
Explore HCMC

Day 6
Day tour of Mekong Delta

Day 7
Explore HCMC

Day 8
Extra day in HCMC (can be changed for something else)

Day 9
Travel to Da Nang and transfer onto Hoi An

Day 10
Explore Hoi An

Day 11
Cooking class in Hoi An

Days 12 / 13
Relax on the beach (heard mixed reports about weather in Hoi An in December)

Day 14
Fly to Hanoi and roam around the city

Day 15
Explore Hanoi

Day 16
Go to Halong Bay and stay overnight (Vin Pearl Island perhaps)

Day 17
Day cruise of Halong bay

Day 18
Back to Hanoi for the last day before flying out.

Happy to change the order or places to be visited if recommended.

Appreciate any other ideas / changes / things to cover.

Edited By: mascot99 on Sep 11, 2016 10:30: Spelling
I can provide what we did although we had been very busy prior to travel (we both did a 20 hour day before we flew)

9/5 day 1 take off from manchester
10/5 day 2 arrived at HCMC (booked into Villa Song Saigon District 2 - 15-30 mins in a taxi to the centre)
11/5 day 3 day walking round the city
12/5 day 4 mekong delta tour full day
13/5 day 5 shopping in the day time and then the XO "Foodie" Tour in the evening
14/5 day 6 travel to phu quoc (booked into Salinda 3 nights)
15/5 day 7 relax
16/5 day 8 relax
17/5 day 9 travel to HCMC and then onto nha trang (booked into mia resort 3 nights)
18/5 day 10 relax
19/5 day 11 walk round nha trang
20/5 day 12 travel to hanoi (booked into oriental central 6 nights)
21/5 day 13 travel to halong bay
22/5 day 14 halong bay and canoeing
23/5 day 15 travel back to hanoi
24/5 day 16 Hanoi kids (free trip with students trying to improve their english) half day tour
25/5 day 17 cooking lesson at Orchid Cooking Class
26/5 day 18 travel to bangkok
27/5 day 19 trip to the water market and temples
28/5 day 20 trip to tiger temple and elephant sanctuary
29/5 day 21 shopping
30/5 day 22 travel back to uk




Edited By: mike1212 on Sep 10, 2016 20:51
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Thanks, sunkissed. I am thinking now to stay in the Mekong Delta for a few days, go back to HCMC and fly to Siem Reap for 3 days and then fly from there to Da Nang for Hoi An and Hue. From there to do Halong Bay, then Hanoi and then Sapa or Mu Cang Chai, back to Hanoi to fly home. I checked the flights and they weren't too bad. No doubt my plans will change a bit before March. Going to check utube. Thanks
I would be careful your not cramming too much in as you will be exhausted I did 3 weeks and probably had too much in my itinerary. I didn't really see Nha Trang due to exhaustion we ended up just staying round our pool and tried to explore at night.
In the 3 weeks we had 5 internal flights and a full day of travelling by people carrier.

Thanks for that. I think you are right. Although I would love to see Angkor Wat I think we will leave it for another holiday. So, fly in to HCMC, time on the Mekong Delta then making our way up to Halong Bay via Hoi An, Da Lang, and Hue. Then to Hanoi, Sapa and back to Hanoi to fly home (UK). I think it will be better to see more of Vietnam. We are not as young as we were! Thanks for your input.
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Thanks, sunkissed. I am thinking now to stay in the Mekong Delta for a few days, go back to HCMC and fly to Siem Reap for 3 days and then fly from there to Da Nang for Hoi An and Hue. From there to do Halong Bay, then Hanoi and then Sapa or Mu Cang Chai, back to Hanoi to fly home. I checked the flights and they weren't too bad. No doubt my plans will change a bit before March. Going to check utube. Thanks


I would be careful your not cramming too much in as you will be exhausted I did 3 weeks and probably had too much in my itinerary. I didn't really see Nha Trang due to exhaustion we ended up just staying round our pool and tried to explore at night.

In the 3 weeks we had 5 internal flights and a full day of travelling by people carrier.

Edited By: mike1212 on Sep 10, 2016 16:28: More detail
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Remember you will need an visa for Vietnam and don't get ripped off by the fake companies that offer to do this for you - we went for 3 weeks via HK and got our visa from the Vietnamese embassy in HK


​you don't need a visa if you're there for less than 15 days. this was announced last year. i was there in feb/mar and the entry was pretty simple


Just in case anyone books any other dates this advice is correct Until 30 June 2017
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From Birmingham: May Bank Holiday, Verona and Lake Garda Break + car hire £231.42pp @ Hotels.com £462.83

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Love to make the most of the bank holidays? How about heading away for the May Bank Holiday week to Verona and Lake Garda? A lovely city break in Verona first, you are going to be based at the Ibis wh…
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Personally, I'd sack off the car hire and save yourselves a few quid.

We went to Verona, Venice, Milan and Garda in August following a cheap flight deal on HUKD and the trains are reliable and reasonably priced:
Verona-Venice: £9.50pp
Venice-Milan: £17.50pp
Milan-Garda: £13pp
Garda-Verona: £3pp

So if you're just going to Verona and Garda, you may be able to knock another £85 off the price quoted above.

Having said that, I'm not sure I'd want to stay in Limone. It's a funny little town that's really interesting for a half-hour boat stop but I'm not sure how much else is going on there.

We stayed in Peschiera Del Garda and I'd highly recommend it - it's right by the train station and there's plenty going on. Hotel San Marco is reasonably priced, and while the rooms are a little dated, the exterior and more importantly, the location right on the lake are absolutely fantastic.
please note the hotel capo reamol is in Limone on the other side of the lake to verona a long drive from the city
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This makes me wonder how many people go to Birmingham for a holiday oO

Quite a few I would think - it's probably the closest airport for seeing the Cotswolds, Shakespeare's Stratford, etc. And just over an hour by Virgin Trains to London.
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Make sure you have car hire excess insurance in Italy...

Insurance4carhire are good and cover the excess.


Yes, buy the excess insurance online before travel, just don't buy them from the car rental company at the desk, as you might end ​up paying more for the excess insurance than the car rental cost itself. Also don't go into the ZTL zones in the major cities of Italy, you will get a fine plus also an admin charge from the car rental company.
This makes me wonder how many people go to Birmingham for a holiday oO
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From Manchester: Long Weekend in Rome (3 nights) January 2017 just £111.86pp £223.73

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Here is a lovely long weekend (leaving on a Friday returning on a Monday), to Rome from Manchester. It is from 6th-9th January, so just after Christmas, so forget getting your other half rubbish Chri…
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You are there to witness Day of the Kings - 6 January, the Christmas celebration in Spain. Beautiful city but wrap up as is can be so cold in Madrid, enjoy . Caliente
Thanks, that is useful to know for Spain, however this deal is for Rome, in Italy. It is likely to be cold there too though.
Durrrrrr - sorry , Rome in Spain ! I must have been on the Gin that evening, you have corrected my ignorance.
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sayitasitis
You are there to witness Day of the Kings - 6 January, the Christmas celebration in Spain. Beautiful city but wrap up as is can be so cold in Madrid, enjoy . Caliente

Thanks, that is useful to know for Spain, however this deal is for Rome, in Italy. It is likely to be cold there too though.


LOLLL
Any good with kids. 1 year old and 2.5 year old? Or is it too busy
Villa Borghese is free and wonderful. After a few hectic days in busy Rome it's the antidote.
Why is this hot? I would normally expect to pay this price but for a citybreak in the summer on Ryanair. Not for one in the depths of January when nobody travels as they have no money after Christmas.
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From London: 10 nights in Japan, inc central, good rated hotels & rail pass £993.52pp @ hotels.com

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I've just been planning my own trip to Japan and thought I'd put together a similar deal. I've chosen some good rated hotels that are near stations and also included a 7 day rail pass for Japan so the…
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If you haven't booked hotels you may find availability poor, especially in sone places as it will be peak Autumn Leaves season in some.
I didn't go to Nikko, I preferred Kyoto than Osaka, we spent 4 nights in Kyoto and it's a good base, one of these days we went to Himeji castle.
In Kyoto we stayed here it is small, bit clean and only 5 mins walk from JR station. Some good cheap eats nearby and staff lovely.
In Hiroshima we stayed here. It was 10 mins walk from the station (good for catching the train to Miyajima) and we stayed here as it was cheaper than downtown and also close by for buses. It offered a great breakfast included, 24hr hot/cold drinks Inc soup and free laundry washing and drying. It was a bargain compared to hostels as we had a 15% Ebookers/Venere code.
In Kanazawa we stayed here as it was the cheapest we could find and it had a free shuttle from the station to the hotel, typical business hotel but clean and well located, free breakfast too.
In Takayama we struggled to find anything and this was the cheapest option and I was a bit nervous about it here as we knew our private room would be divided with others with just a curtain for the door and the room division walls didn't go straight to the ceiling, eg there were gaps. There was also shared bathrooms. It was actually perfect, immaculate clean and some of the most friendly staff and kitchen facilities were also perfect. Close to bus station for highland buses too. My only criticism was the beds, the hardest and most uncomfortable in the whole of Japan, it was like a small piece of foam on a rock had slab.
Kamikochi is expensive, like very expensive and it may not even be open when you go now. The autumn leaves will be out in force in many other areas though.
For the Fuji area we based ourselves in Kawaguchio as I'd read this was one of the best places for views of Mt Fuji.
We stayed here and I loved it. Imagine our surprise when I opened the blind to find Mt Fuji right in front of my eyes from the window, I'll try and find a couple of pics now. Shared bathrooms but perfect and the owner was lovely, gave us some Mt Fuji postcards when we left.
Buses very easy, everyone will help you, the Japanese were so friendly and accommodating.

Thanks for the info, looks beautiful I hope the weather is as good for me.
First pic is view from Kawaguchio Station Inn at about 6:55am (you can see the clouds lingering at the bottom of Mt Fuji), then the Alps again, last two are Mijajima. Catch the ferry from Hiroshima, with the JR pass. Lovely day, hike to Mt Misen if you can, without taking the cable car (it was quite tough), watch your rail pass and maps as the wild deer will eat anything!

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Edited By: rachelandgromit on Nov 04, 2016 07:12
Here are some, third pic is Mt Fuji as we were walking around the Lakes area, first one is Arashiyama nr Kyoto. The rest are from the amazing Alps and Kamikochi.

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If you haven't booked hotels you may find availability poor, especially in sone places as it will be peak Autumn Leaves season in some.

I didn't go to Nikko, I preferred Kyoto than Osaka, we spent 4 nights in Kyoto and it's a good base, one of these days we went to Himeji castle.

In Kyoto we stayed here it is small, bit clean and only 5 mins walk from JR station. Some good cheap eats nearby and staff lovely.

In Hiroshima we stayed here. It was 10 mins walk from the station (good for catching the train to Miyajima) and we stayed here as it was cheaper than downtown and also close by for buses. It offered a great breakfast included, 24hr hot/cold drinks Inc soup and free laundry washing and drying. It was a bargain compared to hostels as we had a 15% Ebookers/Venere code.

In Kanazawa we stayed here as it was the cheapest we could find and it had a free shuttle from the station to the hotel, typical business hotel but clean and well located, free breakfast too.

In Takayama we struggled to find anything and this was the cheapest option and I was a bit nervous about it here as we knew our private room would be divided with others with just a curtain for the door and the room division walls didn't go straight to the ceiling, eg there were gaps. There was also shared bathrooms. It was actually perfect, immaculate clean and some of the most friendly staff and kitchen facilities were also perfect. Close to bus station for highland buses too. My only criticism was the beds, the hardest and most uncomfortable in the whole of Japan, it was like a small piece of foam on a rock had slab.

Kamikochi is expensive, like very expensive and it may not even be open when you go now. The autumn leaves will be out in force in many other areas though.

For the Fuji area we based ourselves in Kawaguchio as I'd read this was one of the best places for views of Mt Fuji.

We stayed here and I loved it. Imagine our surprise when I opened the blind to find Mt Fuji right in front of my eyes from the window, I'll try and find a couple of pics now. Shared bathrooms but perfect and the owner was lovely, gave us some Mt Fuji postcards when we left.

Buses very easy, everyone will help you, the Japanese were so friendly and accommodating.
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[quote=otherside27] Seems really expensive :/ There are plenty of amazing hostels in Japan at really decent prices with awesome staff who treat you like family so I've never bothered with a hotel as they're just too expensive. Also that flight is a little expensive - in 10 years that's the maximum I've ever paid (minimum £400ish but that was a while back and to Nagoya not Tokyo). Worth looking around if you're flexible with dates (Y) Hostels are Sakura (Asakusa), J-Hoppers (Kyoto/Takayama/Osaka/Hiroshima) and Khaosan (Fukuoka) that are all pretty good :)
The flight prices are under £400pp? I agree, there is cheaper if you are willing to use hostels and stay in ryokans that have shared bathrooms. Occasionally though when I put deals together with hostels or shared bathrooms people complain so I've picked good rated but cheap hotels. I'm using a mixture of hostels and hotels for my trip and some do have shared bathrooms but I know that isn't for everyone. In some cases I was getting hotels for around £60 a night when a private room with a shared bathroom on airbnb or in hostels was priced the same or more expensive! If you can get 10% off codes for hotels sometimes, but not always, you can get bargains. As always it's worth comparing once you know dates.
If this is really expensive then I must be an absolute fool , going to Japan in a month and paid £560 for flights, £330 for my 2 weeks JR pass, hotels are £600 in total. This sounds like a superb deal. Well done Rachel.
I'm there in October. Are you going end of September? You probably return just as I leave.
Are you back yet? Can we have a run down of what you got up to, suggestions etc :)[/quote
I'm just at airport in Tokyo ready for home! It was amazing, loved every minute. My favourite was the Alps and seeing the autumn leaves, hiked two mountains and around 25 miles in two days in Kamikochi including climbing Mt Yake, the Nohi buses for the Alps were great for getting around. Climbing Mt Fuji was out of season but we did have great sunny weather so was able to clock up some miles around the 5 lakes area. Kyoto is great and my favourite in terms of cities. I'm not a great city lover but I could people watch in Tokyo all day. Hiroshima and Miyajima already also worth visiting. We only had two days of bad weather, one yesterday in Tokyo when it rained pretty much the whole day and another when we were travelling a fair bit and spent a good half day on bullet trains and buses.
Public transport buses, metro and trains surprisingly easy and the people are the friendliest and I've ever encountered. I also found everywhere so clean. We stayed in some budget hotels and a couple of hostels with shared bathrooms but private rooms (sometimes hotels were cheaper than hostels with shared rooms). All the accommodation we stayed in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Takayama, Kamikochi, Kawaguchio Lake and Tokyo was brilliant so if you need specific recommendations let me know.
Food wise, you can get good ramen (noodle type dishes) for the equivalent of about £5, alcohol is expensive in restaurants, I'd say London type prices but if you head to a 7/11 or a store called Lawson you can get beer for around £1 a can or less. Also, little stores like Lawson do great fresh food such as noodle type dishes they microwave for you and you can then eat back at your accommodation if you dont fancy eating out all the time and Japenese bakeries are also good value and very yummy.
My current thoughts are if you can install Japenese toilets in the UK. They are fantastic!
Seriously, it's amazing. If you can get open jaw flights into one airport like Osaka and out of Tokyo like I did that will cut out some backtracking. I also found Tokyo a little overwhelming, and that was at the end of the trip! But that's probably as I love the countryside more.

Sounds like you had a brilliant trip! I fly to Tokyo tomorrow for 3 weeks and home from fukuoka. OK here are some questions you can probably help me with..
Did you prefer kyoto to osaka and how many days do you recommend?
Where did you base yourself to go the 5 lakes/fuji?
I've got 2 nights booked in nikko did you go?
Yes hotel info on Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Takayama, Kamikochi, Kawaguchio Lake would be great. Is it easy to find these nohi buses?
I'm still fairly unsure how much time to allocate to each place as I've never rushed around a country in only 3 weeks haha.
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From London: Austria Trip - 2 Nights in Vienna & 2 Nights in Salzburg £162.85pp @ hotels.com £325.69

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If you fancy a lovely break to Austria then check out this deal that sees you visit both Vienna and Salzburg. The hotels in each city are in a central location so you are ideally placed for the sights…
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cold - not nationwide


Hot because it's a hot deal
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Think you might need to edit the title . I was with you all the way till saltburn
Oops, that's what you get for drinking and watching Netflix at the same time!

psychobitchfromhell
Think you might need to edit the title . I was with you all the way till saltburn
yes, sounds like somewhere in northern Scotland.
Salzburg is nice, so too Vienna, been to both, Salzburg is famous for "the sound of music".


​to note. the locals don't actually like the association with the sound of music!
cold - not nationwide
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Think you might need to edit the title . I was with you all the way till saltburn
Oops, that's what you get for drinking and watching Netflix at the same time!
Look out for us. We've booked identical holiday and times as your advice. If you see us say hello (Grahame and Vanessa) were not stalkers and thank you for our holiday we didn't expect.

Have a lovely time. I will hopefully be moving house so won't be in Vienna then. I have been before though - I caught the overnight train from Venice. I really enjoyed Vienna though.
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Think you might need to edit the title . I was with you all the way till saltburn
Oops, that's what you get for drinking and watching Netflix at the same time!

psychobitchfromhell
Think you might need to edit the title . I was with you all the way till saltburn
yes, sounds like somewhere in northern Scotland.
Salzburg is nice, so too Vienna, been to both, Salzburg is famous for "the sound of music".
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From London: Toronto, Niagara Falls and New York 9 night Holiday £832.10pp inc hotels, flights and car hire £1,664.20

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This is a lovely September break which has you in Toronto for 4 nights, 2 nights in Niagara Falls and then New York for 3 nights. This can probably be replicated at cheaper times such as February but
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If the holiday is like that picture, here, have my money.
Does anyone have any good money saving tips for a summer holiday in New York?
Family of 4 with 3 adults and a 14 year old???
The short trip from the airport to niagara falls is around one and a half hours, some lovely views mind. We stayed at the shereton on the falls on the 15th floor, with amazing views over both falls for 3 nights, then to Toronto for 2 nights with views over the lake. We flew with BA from heathrow. Hotels, flights, transfers cost for 2 was £1700 with Trailfinders. This was oct 2014. The falls are amazing but 2 nights is plenty, could have spent more time in Toronto, the CN Tower is fantastic, had a lovely meal before going down to the observation deck with glass floors.
Great find, great price, wish i could go back again , but saving for somewhere else .
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we got return Canada flights with British Airways in the holidays for £350 each. our resort hotel is £800 for for of us for two weeks. bringing ours to £550 a person.... however our car hire is £550 for a full size car for two weeks. I doubt very much that under £100 for 9 days includes insurance, car hire in Canada without insurance is a huge no no. you WILL get screwed on every little mark, plus you're not covered for windscreen, tyres, interior etc.
I don't get how this deal has got hot?

When I went to Canada and hired a car for the Rockies we used a separate insurance it's called insurance4carhire which covers the excess. Of course the car hire deal doesn't include extra insurance at this price and I would never never use the insurance sold by car hire companies which is overpriced IMO. Insurance4carhire is just one of similar places that I have used to cover the excess and when I needed to claim (not in Canada) everything was fine.

This isn't car hire for 9 days it's only for the Canada part which is 6 days as you then fly from Toronto to New York and I haven't included a car for New York.

Toronto flights are frequently under £300 and when I went to Calgary/Calgary our flights were just over £350. Obviously this deal is a little more expensive as you are flying back from New York and have 3 nights in New York. It would be easy to adjust this trip for 4 people and of course that would bring the cost per person down, the hotel I've picked in Toronto for example sleeps 4 but I've based this deal on 2 people.


Edited By: rachelandgromit on Aug 06, 2016 06:46
We're going to NY for 6 nights, followed by 9 nights in Toronto (one night in Niagara). 4 weeks 4 days to go! :D8)<3 Can't say it was cheap by any means but it's going to be amazing! Bring it in!
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4* Weekend in Amsterdam (Last Weekend before Xmas) £96.98pp £193.96 @ hotels.com

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The last weekend before Xmas. Traditionally the weekend for work Xmas do's and when the pubs and clubs are heaving in the UK. Want to avoid it all, or have your work do abroad? How about this great…
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add on another 100 quid for hookers and pot
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Went to Frankfurt around that time last year on a cheap deal it was great love the Xmas markets, Can anyone confirm Amsterdam have a Xmas market and is it any good? :)
Remember going there once...... then coming back on the plane and that was it!! the cakes where nice thou ; )
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add on another 100 quid for hookers and pot


​There's more to Amsterdam than that, there's fantastic architecture and......haha haha. ..nope, hookers and pot for me!!
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She can't have been charged based on weight restrictions as Easyjet have no limit on weight restrictions for hand luggage just size. The size measurement restrictions are all over Easyjet website so to be charged £70 she must have had a large size hand luggage. The no limit weight restrictions with Easyjet mean you never really need to take hold luggage, especially for this deal, 2 nights in Amsterdam.
People are too quick to complain about budget airlines when if you read the rules regarding boating passes, luggage etc you shouldn't have problems.
The following is on their website:
easyJet Hand Luggage Allowance. Each passenger is allowed one piece of hand baggage on-board. The easyJet hand luggage size is 56 x 45 x 25 cm, including the wheels and any handles. There is no weight limit on cabin baggage.

It always bugs me when people book budget flights and then expect premium service.
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From Bristol: Visit Belfast & Iceland Game of Thrones Holiday with Car Hire & All Flights £318.69 @ Hotels.com

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If you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms from Game of Thrones then check out this trip to Belfast and Iceland where you can check out many of the GoT attractions. 26 - 28 September You'll st…
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If you're doing the Belfast tour by car don't forget Magheramorne quarry
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Yeah yeah yeah, blah blah flights, blah blah hotel - what we really want to know is, does the Game of Thrones holiday include all the debauchery and pillaging and excessive amounts of drop-dead gorgeous women getting their kit off and doing unseemly things with each other - preferably while riding a dragon!!!

...hmmmm... i'm guessing though, just some rocks, loads of fields and freezing my nads off looking for an old spit n' sawdust pub to drown my high expectations, dream shattered sorrows :(


​only on at the weekends if you can find the right bars
While in N.Ireland you can also pop into Donegal to see where the next Star Wars was being filmed in Malin Head, Donegal (about 90 min drive from Dark Hedges) It is also a great drive along the Wild Atlantic Way.
If not driving yourself McComb's have the best GOT tours (The cast and crew use this firm along with recently the N.Ireland footy team also the tour was featured on a BBC program -can't remember which one!). The Allen Tours one isn't really GOT specific. Note they do the cruise ships also so at times booking in advance in recommended if you happen to be picking a day one has just docked!
https://www.mccombscoaches.com/tours/game-of-thrones-tours - Around £35pp.

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Bus also runs every 30 minutes from Belfast (more frequent during rush-hour) - Europa Bus Station 24/7 to the International Airport for around £7.50 single. (about 20 minute walk from either hotel). Travel time is 30-40 minutes. Bus Stop is right outside the main entrance to the airport. Get off bus at around St.Annes Cathedral or outside Castle Court Shopping Complex for the Ramada.
http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Other-Translink-Services/Airport-Services/Airport-Express-300/

Also to note the Ramada does not have car parking. Car parking is at the Q-Park - pricing below (£5 max 8am-6pm and £5 6pm-8am. Or for either hotel the parking outside The Odyssey complex (near to Titanic building opposite the complex and Premier Inn - surface site) is about the cheapest nearby. Do not ever park at the underground complex beneath the Victoria Square Shopping Centre unless you are willing to get a massive shock at the prices!
http://www.q-park.co.uk/parking/belfast/saint-annes-square
Map below of where the surface site is.
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Edited By: cecilmcroberts on Jul 04, 2016 13:06: adding car parking
Yeah yeah yeah, blah blah flights, blah blah hotel - what we really want to know is, does the Game of Thrones holiday include all the debauchery and pillaging and excessive amounts of drop-dead gorgeous women getting their kit off and doing unseemly things with each other - preferably while riding a dragon!!!

...hmmmm... i'm guessing though, just some rocks, loads of fields and freezing my nads off looking for an old spit n' sawdust pub to drown my high expectations, dream shattered sorrows :(
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If your running late for your flight, will they be kind enough to......
hold the door? 8)
You should have said "Hodor" as in,"Will they Hodor"?
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Yes I know.
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From Newcastle: August School Holidays 8-15th August Zante £228.71pp (2A 2C) @ hotels.com £914.84

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This is a really cheap school holiday break for those up North (Newcastle). There is one downside the rubbish flight times! Leaving on 8th August at 11:20pm at night you arrive at 5am in the morning o…
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There is absolutely no way I'd entertain a 2* in Greece at any price.

Greece (and Turkey are worse for it) tend to grade their hotels on opening day and never again. I knock off a minimum of 2 stars in Greece and 3 Stars in Turkey off the official rating.

It's cheap but I wouldn't take the risk!
vanessaanne
Correct me if I am wrong but there is no hospital in Zante. Or their is but it is very backwards. When we got to Zante they said if their was anything wrong with anyone they would have to go taken to the mainland to the hospital. Asons their is no such thing as a ambulance. Zante is one of the most beautiful places I have been in the world and would love to go back. Can't cos of serious asthma. So someone tell me I am wrong. Heat from me. For the deal x


There is a hospital Zante TownYour text here but I'd make sure you have Comprehensive travel insurance.
Correct me if I am wrong but there is no hospital in Zante. Or their is but it is very backwards. When we got to Zante they said if their was anything wrong with anyone they would have to go taken to the mainland to the hospital. Asons their is no such thing as a ambulance. Zante is one of the most beautiful places I have been in the world and would love to go back. Can't cos of serious asthma. So someone tell me I am wrong. Heat from me. For the deal x
Zante is not usual route for immigrants as it is not near Turkey or Africa which are main departure areas. Good deal!
dsuk
Voted cold, my idea of a holiday isn't bodies washing up on the beach.

This deal perhaps isn't for you.
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From London: Long Weekend in Normandy flights, hotel & car hire £119.09pp @ hotels.com £239.18

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This won't appeal to everyone but I've always wanted to visit Normandy, having seen many films and read books with accounts of the D-day landings I think it would be a very moving place to visit. This…
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Slightly off topic but can I ask how you get the screenshots above to appear?
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*From London* 10 night Italian city trip: Rome, Florence, Bologna & Venice £347.83pp Inc flights/hotels/trains @ hotels.com £695.66

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10 nights exploring Italy! On 20th April you'll fly from London to Rome. You'll stay for 3 nights in the centrally located Hotel Piave which is walking distance to the station and many of Rome's a…
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will they collect you at 1 in the morning ?

Who collect you? You can drive, take a taxi, catch a bus or train etc. I've had taxis pick me up at 1am, 3am and drop me off in the middle of the night for £50 return from Cheshire to Manchester or Liverpool when parking is more expensive for me (normally when I'm off somewhere for a few weeks). My flight a few days ago departed at 6am and I drove down to the airport getting there for 4am and had previously paid for parking. I'm sorry but I'm not seeing your point. With every holiday you can book a night before or after in a hotel or make your own way to the airport. I can't predict where everyone lives who wants this deal so would never include the cost of hotel, parking, fuel or public transport in the cost.
will they collect you at 1 in the morning ?
foes4you
That's assuming you have a car, how much is it to park ?

Couldn't tell you, I guess you'd have to do a comparison and look at the different options. I have used justpark.com too which is an alternative to expensive parking where you can park at people's houses.
That's assuming you have a car, how much is it to park ?
foes4you
nice on paper but it will be a bit of a worry getting all the connections, and your times for departure and arrival in Stanstead would require a hotel both ends which you havnt included.

Depends where you are in the UK. Even with a 6am departure I've travelled down on the day to an airport just had an early nights sleep the day before. Much better and no traffic on the road!
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*From London* 3 week Thailand & Cambodia Trip highly rated accommodation 8-29 April £696.51pp £1,393.02

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My friend has flown to Thailand today so jealous am I, that I decided to put this deal together. You can adjust this to suit, bur I think it's a good itinerary. On 8th April you'll fly from London…
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Having recently been in Cambodia, don't get any buses that are less than £10. There is a very very high number of accidents on that bus route.

The company I used, and a lot of the backpackers recommend is Giant Ibis. You can get either day or night buses with them. They cost a little more than most (think it was £15 or so for my night bus to Phnom Penh), but are worth it for your safety. Can also book online which makes things easier. Tuk Tuk drivers in Siem Reap will know where their offices are, its near pub street and the night market.
Good deal, and great effort on the deal.

Shame I have no one to go with, otherwise, this would be idea.
seanmorris100
Seems it could be a complete nightmare moving around all the time.

For some maybe, my complete nightmare would be confined to a resort for any longer than 2 days and not getting about exploring :p I guess you could base yourself in one place but you'll never get to see much. Depends what you want to see and do....
Seems it could be a complete nightmare moving around all the time.
http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm

This is good for advice on train travel in Thailand.
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Leapyear sale on hotels.com with extra discounts

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Hotels.com running leap year sale today with some additional discount vouchers. It's just for today for first 50000 vouchers. Grab if you are looking to book some hotels.
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4 nights in The Algarve, Portugal for £65.57pp (total £262.26) including flights, apartment and car hire @ Hotels.com

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This deal is based on 4 adults flying out to Faro from Luton on Sunday 17th April returning Thursday 21st April. You will be staying for 4 nights in the 3* Studio 17 in Portimao. This little bargai…
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wbafcben
unlimited weight cabin bags?!
Yep easyjet have no weight restriction on their cabin bags aslong as you can lift them into the overhead lockers that's all that matters!

As long Maximum size of 56x45x25cms, including handles and wheels, isn't exceeded.
jezwillmar
Good deal. I regularly use hotels.com for work via 12% quidco. If you register you get a free stay every 10 too


​quidco shows for me 6% on hotels.com - how you can get 12%?
how do i go about booking this package?
xicosm
I think we have a great deal here, but it would be much better if all these travel deals were a bit "smarter" and used the weekend instead of wasting them.

It would be great to be able to take just two days off work, let's say Friday and Monday, or maybe Thursday and Friday, and enjoy the same 4 days trip instead of taking 4 days off.... like the one to Italy posted earlier for instance


​I agree with you. The travel deals on here are always out of a stinky airport like Luton in the middle of the week, badly timed flights and renting a car from some company I've never heard of. They are cheap though... I guess there's a reason all the good companies, airports and flights cost more.
Good deal. I regularly use hotels.com for work via 12% quidco. If you register you get a free stay every 10 too
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Irish 4* Spa hotel weekend for £78.42pp (£156.83 total) including flights, hotel and car hire @ hotels.com

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This deal is based on 2 adults flying out to Cork from Liverpool on Saturday 12th March returning Monday 14th March. You will be staying for 2 nights in the 4* Blarney Hotel and Golf Resort which has
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Apart from the car hire rip off . Ireland is cool but personally would base myself in Kinsale for the south or Killarney to do the ring of Kerry stuff .
sarahmoo
get car insurance cover separately to keep costs down...
Good in theory except they put a €1500 ,at least ,hold on your credit card and inspect the car like a forensic team . Any damage will have to be paid for which you then have to claim back from your own insurance . nightmare. Oh yeah and the €30 admin cost coz you are using private insurance .

Edited By: plodging on Feb 09, 2016 08:12
get car insurance cover separately to keep costs down...
Great deal, love Ireland, shame things change. Last time we went to Blarney castle, it was very disappointing to see it full of Romani gypsies.
Looks good, thanks
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Week in Malta *Glasgow School Holidays* just £229.57pp based on 2A and 2C Inc Flights, Hotel & Transfers £918.29 @ hotels.com

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Here is one for those families in Glasgow. A week in Malta in the August school holidays (if I've got it right) from 4th to 11th August. There are hotels slightly cheaper but I've picked this one -…
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where am I going to get my deep fried Mars bars in august then

Best just take some with you to be sure
where am I going to get my deep fried Mars bars in august then
highflyer6
How do you get the hotel at that price, it comes up as £434 for me same dates, same complex. Where does the "secret 10 % discount" shown above come from?

How odd! I've no idea I just followed the link here and it came out at that price (the price in the screen shot as well). I've no idea why you are showing a higher price??

Edited By: rachelandgromit on Feb 06, 2016 20:37: Edit
How do you get the hotel at that price, it comes up as £434 for me same dates, same complex. Where does the "secret 10 % discount" shown above come from?
Joe343
Has the hotel code expired?

There is no code it just comes up at that price.
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August School Holidays: 18-27 August From Manchester 2 weeks Ibiza £264.33pp @ hotels.com

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A bargain school holidays break. God awful flight times but really great accommodation and resort nr Es Cana. Rated highly Apartmentos Art on Tripadvisor in a room for 4 people (prices is based on 2 a…
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Holiday to Brussels & Rio Copacabana 4* Hotel £516.51pp @ Hotels.com

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If you fancy a European city break combined with a Brazilian beach holiday then this is a great deal. Brussels and Rio staying right in Copacabana. Just don't eat too much chocolate in Belgium.....
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Nice trip but Brazil is a long way to travel for just 5 nights.
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Spent 6 weeks in Brazil, several of them in Rio felt totally safe, just was aware not to flash expensive things. I went to Maracana for local derby football game, Lapa for birthday drinks, museums, cathedrals, beaches, sugar loaf and Christ the redeemer. I ate local food, drank down by the beach not one problem. Yes there is crime, but there is everywhere. Amazing place, loved it. Having travelled through most of Asia, I felt just as safe and I've been in Thailand during the red shirt take over of Bangkok and one of the coupes. As a lone female, I found it to be great, only issue was language being Portuguese. I'd go back in a heartbeat! Great find Rachel.
In fact I'd be more concerned by Brussels than Rio! I'd still go though.

Totally agree
Spent 6 weeks in Brazil, several of them in Rio felt totally safe, just was aware not to flash expensive things. I went to Maracana for local derby football game, Lapa for birthday drinks, museums, cathedrals, beaches, sugar loaf and Christ the redeemer. I ate local food, drank down by the beach not one problem. Yes there is crime, but there is everywhere. Amazing place, loved it. Having travelled through most of Asia, I felt just as safe and I've been in Thailand during the red shirt take over of Bangkok and one of the coupes. As a lone female, I found it to be great, only issue was language being Portuguese. I'd go back in a heartbeat! Great find Rachel.
In fact I'd be more concerned by Brussels than Rio! I'd still go though.
p-e-t-e
Good luck, crime rate mentioned in Cancun thread, I guess will be dwarfed by Rio!
Keep strangers at arms length to stop crime.
p-e-t-e
What part of London feels unsafe?

Perhaps it's a Northern thing but all of it! I really don't like it. I know I'm probably a minority but that's why I like open jaw flights and flying from anywhere other than London generally if I can avoid it I will... I'm more of a country girl anyway...
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Can you handle this? 2 nights in Amsterdam & 5 in Las Vegas at MGM Grand Inc Resort Fees @ hotels.com £617.95pp

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Quick deal while I'm on my lunch break. It's certainly the best trip if you like to party! Amsterdam and Las Vegas in one trip. All flights with British Airways. 2nd-4th November You'll fly
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when i select these flights they come up for €799!

May have expired now, they were very cheap so I guess that's why. £277 for BA flights was a no brainer, cheaper than the likes of Norweigan etc when you have to pay extra for luggage.

Edited By: rachelandgromit on Jan 12, 2016 06:04
when i select these flights they come up for €799!
No. I would need a holiday to recover..
rochellejackson
amazing deal.....I might have to book this for The Mr's Birthday :)

Well I'm sure MrRochelle will certainly enjoy it. It's a bargain even if other Hukd ers disagree
amazing deal.....I might have to book this for The Mr's Birthday :)
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4 nights in Venice for £90.89pp including flights and staying in the heart of Venice in an outstanding hotel @ hotels.com £181.78

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This deal is based on 2 people flying out to Venice from East Midlands on 26th January returning on 30th January. You will be staying for 4 nights in the amazing 3* Ca' Bragadin Carabba hotel in the h…
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I'm currently sat on a plane waiting to fly back from Rome - been here for 3 days on a little break.

Yes, there are people selling junk at a lot of the tourist hot spots and on busy streets, but if that ruined the holiday for you then perhaps you didn't go with the right expectations or indeed didn't actually do enough while you were here?
There is ALOT to do in Rome, even the things off the beaten track are fascinating. I'm curious as to what other 'nonsense' there is here?
The only complaint I have is how utterly shocking the bread is in Rome X)
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I was in Venice last month. To be honest, Venice has become an expensive Disneyland type place. There are far better places to visit in Italy, such as Florence and Rome.
If naffy trinkets are your bag, Venice is the place, otherwise, try Rome. Better history, better shops and cheaper restaurants (still expensive though!)
Rome is crap
Its the biggest tourist trap ive ever seen. You talk about trinkets and fail to mention there are 1000's of knobs on every street corner in rome trying to flog you naff junk.
Ive never been to venice but 4 nights for £90 seems like a cracking deal
So Rome, a city that contains the colosseum, St Peters basilica, the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, the army memorial Parthenon thing (whose name I forget), the trevi fountain and the gardens outside of the colosseum which is steeped in history, wonderful food and cheap, good quality booze is apparently "crap" because a few guys flog handbags on street corners who absolutely do not bother you unless you approach them?Alright mate.
My response was towards the guy banging on about venice being rubbish and full of people selling "trinkets"
The same as they do in Rome
Personally i hated Rome, i visited all the places you mentioned and while the history was great and inspiring it doesnt detract from the fact it is a huge tourist trap with inflated prices, people selling tons of crap on every street corner and outside every single place with any historical value.
Its all about context. You might love Rome, i don't. Also this deal is about Venice and personally i think it's a cracking deal. Not sure why the guy brought Rome into it. It's not a worldwide city popularity competition
You've said nothing extra to detract from my points. I just don't understand how you can let such a minor issue ruin your experience of one of the most historically rich city's in the world.

I just found it a bit much if I'm honest mate. I guess i wasn't expecting it and it kind of ruined the trip for me. Felt like a tourist trap and i wasn't really expecting that i guess

Although I am not one to care much about history, i did enjoy visiting places like the vatican etc but all the other nonsense in and around it ruined the experience for me. Sounds like the histroical value outweighed the rest of it for you but for me it was the other way around.
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drummerdickens
timj13
applebyJedi
I was in Venice last month. To be honest, Venice has become an expensive Disneyland type place. There are far better places to visit in Italy, such as Florence and Rome.
If naffy trinkets are your bag, Venice is the place, otherwise, try Rome. Better history, better shops and cheaper restaurants (still expensive though!)
Rome is crap
Its the biggest tourist trap ive ever seen. You talk about trinkets and fail to mention there are 1000's of knobs on every street corner in rome trying to flog you naff junk.
Ive never been to venice but 4 nights for £90 seems like a cracking deal
So Rome, a city that contains the colosseum, St Peters basilica, the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, the army memorial Parthenon thing (whose name I forget), the trevi fountain and the gardens outside of the colosseum which is steeped in history, wonderful food and cheap, good quality booze is apparently "crap" because a few guys flog handbags on street corners who absolutely do not bother you unless you approach them?Alright mate.
My response was towards the guy banging on about venice being rubbish and full of people selling "trinkets"
The same as they do in Rome
Personally i hated Rome, i visited all the places you mentioned and while the history was great and inspiring it doesnt detract from the fact it is a huge tourist trap with inflated prices, people selling tons of crap on every street corner and outside every single place with any historical value.
Its all about context. You might love Rome, i don't. Also this deal is about Venice and personally i think it's a cracking deal. Not sure why the guy brought Rome into it. It's not a worldwide city popularity competition

You've said nothing extra to detract from my points. I just don't understand how you can let such a minor issue ruin your experience of one of the most historically rich city's in the world.
drummerdickens
timj13
applebyJedi
I was in Venice last month. To be honest, Venice has become an expensive Disneyland type place. There are far better places to visit in Italy, such as Florence and Rome.
If naffy trinkets are your bag, Venice is the place, otherwise, try Rome. Better history, better shops and cheaper restaurants (still expensive though!)
Rome is crap
Its the biggest tourist trap ive ever seen. You talk about trinkets and fail to mention there are 1000's of knobs on every street corner in rome trying to flog you naff junk.
Ive never been to venice but 4 nights for £90 seems like a cracking deal
So Rome, a city that contains the colosseum, St Peters basilica, the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, the army memorial Parthenon thing (whose name I forget), the trevi fountain and the gardens outside of the colosseum which is steeped in history, wonderful food and cheap, good quality booze is apparently "crap" because a few guys flog handbags on street corners who absolutely do not bother you unless you approach them?
Alright mate.

My response was towards the guy banging on about venice being rubbish and full of people selling "trinkets"

The same as they do in Rome

Personally i hated Rome, i visited all the places you mentioned and while the history was great and inspiring it doesnt detract from the fact it is a huge tourist trap with inflated prices, people selling tons of crap on every street corner and outside every single place with any historical value.

Its all about context. You might love Rome, i don't. Also this deal is about Venice and personally i think it's a cracking deal. Not sure why the guy brought Rome into it. It's not a worldwide city popularity competition


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