Explorers Inn Hotel Brisbane, 63 Turbot Street Brisbane Street Studios, 70 Brisbane Street, Annerley Travelodge Garden City Hotel, Cnr Logan Rd & Macgregor St Upper Mount Gravatt Edmondstone Motel, 24 Edmondstone St, Weststadt / Woollongabbe Minto Student House, 61 Gladstone Road, Weststadt / Woollongabbe Kangaroo Point Hotel, 319 Main Street Bowen Terrace Accommodation, 365 Bowen Terrace Base Embassy Hostel, 214 Elizabeth Street The Ridge on Leichhardt Apartments, 189 Leichhardt Street
Which ones are closest to Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank?
Travelodge Sydney Hotel, 27 Wentworth Avenue Y Hotel City South, 179 Cleveland Street Chippendale Aarons Hotel, 37 Ultimo Road, Haymarket Posh Hotel, 8 Broadway Central Railway Hotel, 240 Chalmer's Street, Surry Hills Sydney Central Hostel, 428 Pitt St
Need to be in Haymarket/ Chinatown, Central Railway Station area, Haymarket best.
I registered on Agoda yesterday and will probably book there.
Going to Australia makes you aware of the fact that you're going back into the real world. 65USD for a very simple (but adequate, I'm not that fussy) room seems so unfair! I pay 70USD for the JW Marriott in Surabaya
The other site giving info on all hotel booking sites is useful too. But a bit much clicking. I'm on a slow connection here...
I have a set set of prices/ costs I can run up regarding hotels (grouped geographically ;D) and meals. I submit an estimate of the total cost of the trip, including a point called 'miscellaneous'. This always sees me through no problems.
But I have to also submit the actual costs when I'm back at the office.
Yes, that's pretty normal. My company has a per diem scale with all of the countries of the world listed in one of three zones (expensive, medium, cheap) and you do whatever you want with your budget (keeping the extra money, if any!). In exceptional cases when you exceed your per diem, then you present all actual receipts to get reimbursed, but you had better have a good reason.
I just wanted to post a thread with some pics of my trip to Oz and I find this thread that I started and never finished!
So here goes, the pics! Starting with Brisbane.
Arrival at the airport, very efficient, fast, well organized.
View from right in front of my hotel, looking towards George St.
A bit further down
A lunch in Chinatown, Fortitude Valley it's called
Where to get a proppa haircut
Back in town, recce- ing the way to the expo. We had great weather and walked there and back every day, passing the library of the university of Queensland or something.
As we were there in the middle of April (missing KNY in Phnom Penh), we went to the one near Brisbane. Have forgotten the name of that suburb but it was about 20 minutes outside Brisbane with lots of people from all over Asia. This was a Khmer pagoda (and not a 'borrowed' Thai one), there were about 200 people there and and the ladies had prepared fresh nom ban jok and various sweet delights! Lots of dancing, singing and children running around making a nuisance of themselves.
You very nearly do if you come from a hotter and dustier place.
What surprised me about Brisbane was that it's hilly. And when you get into town from the airport you go through an area along the river that looks like Europe, I was reminded of places with sea inlets in Brittany.
Not easy to buy beer though, you have to go to a bottle shops, normal 7/11 style places don't sell alcohol and pubs won't let you 'take away'.
I'm shocked about the beer, as I thought Australians loved their beer and that access to it would be a birthright.
It is very clean, tidy, modern, with unexpected touches of old-fashioned. Are the buildings in Chinatown as old as they appear?
You all certainly didn't give yourselves much opportunity to become homesick for Asia, did you? ;D
The waterfront pictures are really beautiful. Hope you managed to find accomodations close to that nice area. Were you able to find ways to have fun economically, after the shock back in Spring when you found out how much hotels were?
I'm not sure how old the buildings are, maybe 50 years?
I'm not the one who needs to eat Asian food when we're abroad, it's my boss (he comes along on these 'nice' trips, as he describes them...). I'd be eating all the other stuff if I were aloner, steaks, Jewish, Spanish, Portuguese. I saw all those cuisines in Sydney and would have preferred them to Chinese, Viet or Thai.
Our hotel was so close to the expo site we walked there and back every day, passing the Queensland State Library. So that's where we downloaded our emails, as internet was free. ;D
Actually, after I found that bottle shop not too far away, I started testing the Australian beers, they've got some good stuff. Will post pics tomorrow.