C40's Journal

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Ego
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Re: C40's Journal

Post by Ego » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:45 am

Most people go with relatively fixed itineraries. They have a ticket into Bangkok, a ticket out of Singapore and six weeks to see as much as possible. You don't have that problem. You can buy a one-way ticket and book a few nights in a hotel in Bangkok then wing it. Southeast Asia is a place where winging it is very easy.

We did what 2Birds plans to do. We got to know the major areas the first time we visited in 2005 then stayed longer in a few places the second time. Our favorite hostel in Bangkok SUK11 closed not too long ago. We've stayed there at least 20 times over the years as Bangkok is the crossroads. Hostels with private rooms are common in the region. They are great places to meet other travelers and talk about places to go and how to get there.

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by bigato » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:44 pm

There are a number of characteristics of a country that you can easily learn through the internet, youtube and books. The touristic attractions being the easiest of them. But that is a small and unimportant part of what constitutes actually living there. And a lot of aspects, you may never know if you don't go there because people shooting videos for youtube or writing geography books and articles never thought they were relevant enough. I'd say that culture and the personalities of local people are among the characteristics that will have the most impact on your daily life and also happen to be knowledge that can be hard to acquire if not from first hand. I'd suggest you do all the research you can from home, and them roughly make a list of places and things you want to check out. And them walk around (that's important, actually walk not only ride) the places for one, two or more days, talk to people, see what they do, follow your intuition. Be exploratory. From that you'll acquire a type of deep knowledge that nobody else can grant you, because it is as much about you getting to know the country as it is about the country getting to know you.

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