Thursday, June 13, 2019

Places 8

Phnom Penh was never my favorite city and will never be, 
but I wanted to see what has happened since I was there 5 years ago.
Deeply saddened to say that many aspects have gone downhill.

Felt so helpless and down in the face of so much struggle
despite suddenly being surrounded by many familiar 
brand names, the contrast making it much worse.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Places 7

Phuket town (as opposed to the beach areas) was
laid back and full of different cultures (thus food) owing to its history.
So much great street art that it was a lot of fun
looking for them all.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Places 6

Recommend staying in a non touristic Hutong when in Beijing
 for a surprisingly quiet and peaceful experience.
The residents still use centralized communal bathrooms.
So much history there, will require many visits to see even a little.
Felt much more welcomed here versus Shanghai.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Places 5

I really liked the climate in Chiang Mai.
Never thought it could get that cool overnight in Thailand.

However I didn't like how the old city has evolved to cater to its large
expat community.  Too flowery and showy for me.
Felt that the Thai culture has been lost in the aim to grow business.

People do what they have to do to provide for their families.
Just one of many examples around the world where 
travellers have changed the places they frequent
in their search for cheaper places to exist.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Places 4

On the train from Osaka airport to Kyoto, you can still see
many damaged homes en route.  

I didn't connect with Osaka like I thought I would.  
It felt like a Japanese Disneyland and after a night out for many
particularly along Dotonbori, streets were quite littered, rare for Japan.

I had read that Osaka is like a mini Tokyo, all the good stuff
but with more spirit and less cost.  
But for me, Tokyo still wins.

Kyoto, on the other hand, wasn't as quaint as I had imagined.
It was far more touristy then expected.
However, if you go to the temples early in the morning,
like many well visited places in the world,
you can still find a far more peaceful experience.