Time Traveling: In tourism route

Posted on November 20, 2007 – 00:00
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Since leaving Indonesia and I left the boards in a hotel in Bangkok to walk the route of the Tour. Admittedly, all the way from Mexico City, spent several places called "mass tourism" but always faced these moments as visits to "poke point." Not that he wanted to do but never actually were the high points of my personal travel itinerary.

Tulum was on the way, in Tikal passed close to the Arenal volcano is a must (even as a chrome repeated) and go to the Atacama was only a small deviation (12 hours by bus!). And so on ... always adding "business with pleasure" and visiting historic and touristic landmarks in the way of beaches and waves.

- Buenas olas hoy? - Teased me a local San Pedro to see me get off the bus with two boards on their shoulders, a city in the desert and 2400 meters above sea level.

This feeling of being just passing through on the way to a destination less conventional, gave me some emotional autonomy not to embark on anything that appeared in front of me (hotel booking, tours, happy hours, massage, truc-truc, all you can eat ... you name it!) in their eagerness to make the most of their stay. It was as if there had not been any obligation on that beach to swim, to climb that hill, photographing the landscape, nothing! Actually, those were my points of rest, times to organize photos, update the blog, writing postcards and enjoy a little more civilization. If you go to Rome and not seeing the Pope did not come then great evil. And, I admit, made me feel a little apart and different from most travelers and tourists was finding.

But now, when I failed that goal more concrete and myself a prisoner of agents and tour operators, begin to feel how empty and annoying it can be when traveling we just follow the chain and the steps that others have designed for us, as we were meek lambs towards the slaughterhouse.

In Vietnam and Cambodia, I can not hardly do anything without the help of one of the hundreds of travel agencies that abound in all places of "obligatory passage." I can not find public transport to go up the Mekong River and got to go on a package (which turned out to be fairly off-road), in Siem Reap, do not rent bikes or cars to foreigners, forcing visit the temples of Angkor in Tour independently but renting a tuk-tuk with driver / guide (rent a bike and ride over 30 miles under a blazing sun did not seem an option at the time), and the bus companies are not seen, it is difficult for us sell a ticket directly, without via an agency, there are major schemes assembled so do take trips to exhaustion to finally leave passengers doorstep of a guest-house where the hopes and the promise of a smile a good bath and a comfortable bed.

- I heard that the road is dangerous because it passes through many villages where they sent the old mass murderers - Jean tells me a worried fellow Swiss travel between Vietnam and Cambodia.

You're referring to the road between Siem Riep (Cambodia) and the border with Thailand and the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge movement for over thirty years at the time overshadowed by media coverage of the U.S. campaign in the Vietnam War.

I look at him with a patronizing air.

- But you think someone wants to kill you!? Pity the men ... should only want to live in peace is possible the years left to them. And if it were so dangerous there were no lines of tourist buses doing this route.

Source: tempodeviajar.blogspot.com

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Beyond the guidebook

2005-10-10 12:24:34 by Thailand

Yes, definitely get a guidebook. BUT, beyond that.....
Thailand is a great destination and very inexpensive. You will have a blast. My sister and I spent a week there in 2005. One week isn't enough to see even a fraction of the country, but it's a good start. We started in Bangkok (as most people do), for two days. We spent it touring the temples, the markets, and taking a long tail boat d...d regulary.
Next trip we plan to go up North to visit the hilltribes.
Don't know what else to share as I don't know what your interests are, or what type of vacation you are looking for. The internet though has a WEALTH of information. If there is anyting specific you want to know, just ask. I'll try to answer it (of course, I don't have all the answers....we were only there a week).

Scattered thoughts

2005-03-04 12:12:15 by wat2dowat2do

Thanks. I'm only a happy snapper...
We went to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, etc. How long have you got? I assume 2 weeks.
Use BKK as the hub. Not only do Cathay and Sing air have return economy tickets at the moment for less than $800, but Bangkok is a hub for most of those countries. Bangkok airways is great, just like the old Reno Air.
Fly to BKK. You will get ... you can only get a taste, then Saigon is a great city to taste). You won't get to see Ho Chi Min in his tomb glowing pink but, hey he's preserved for prosperity, right?
BKK - SIAM REAP - SAIGON - BKK (2nights in BKK) then separate ticket
BKK- Laos - BKK
With Laos, give little time to Vieteniene unless you have the time.
There's some sample itineraries on this website :

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