What would you do
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 1, 2012 12:58 PM Last Post By: Swissjon
Aug 31, 2012 7:35 AM
What would you doHi All,
Newbie here, appologies if this has already been covered, there's such an overwealming amount of good info on here and I really need some suggestions to focus on.
Over the coming months (Probably early November) I'm going to fly into Singapore (for some office work in the day) then take a train to Kuala Lumpur (For some more day time office work) This is likely to last a week.
I then fly up to Bangkok to meet my dad to celebrate his 70th birthday (He lives in Chiang Mai), we are interested in exploring the Isaan area for a week.
From there I have to return to BKK for a week in an office. At the end of that week I have an Air Asia flight to Bali (It was the cheapest way out of town) and I imagined taking a Scooter/Motorbike(I have a motorbike licence and ride one at home for many years and have ridden in Thailand outside of BKK)/Train/Something into Java to explore for a week, before flying home.
The only place I have accomodation is in BKK, Singapore and KL, the rest of the trip is pretty much ad-hoc.
I'm 43, I will be travelling alone in Indonesia, and with my 70 year old dad (still quite agile) in Thailand.
I'm a very keen photographer, and have no problem with travelling on public transport, although my gear is quite expensive and so I'd like to avoid ummm... less than safe... travel. I would, however, like to see some local life outside of cities, I'd like to see some wildlife, and be able to photograph people and things, I'm really not one for sunning myself on the beach for very long, although I love swimming.
So I would like some suggestions as to what to do and photograph in Singapore and KL after office hours, (I know BKK quite well, but suggestions will always be welcomed). Any ideas in Isaan, and most especially Bali/Indonesia. I haven't got any accomodation arranged in Indonesia and I have no idea whether that will pose a problem or not as this will be my first trip outside of Thailand in Asia.
Where would you go, what would you do.. Any suggestions that can help me would be great. I already have my shots up to date (I've just returned from Malawi)
Thanks a lot.
Edited by: Swissjon
Aug 31, 2012 9:28 PM
1In November you will have no problem with accomodation anywhere...since you are experienced riding a motor bike I think that would be the best way for you to get around...
In my opinion Indonesia is a lot more scenic and "colorful" than Thailand..you will be overwhelmed by the photo opps.
There is a ton of great stuff to photograph in Indonesia...too much to even start to mention...volcanos, rivers, lakes, ceremonies (esp in Bali) cultural performances, markets, daily life, homes, offerings, temples, and so on.. Just a friendly note, please do not stare at people bating in rivers and do not photograph them either.
If you haven't checked out Travelfish yet, they have good short articles on various places around Indonesia. I do think a week is WAY too short to do Bali and Java...you might have to just concentrate on Bali alone or Java alone.
Sep 1, 2012 1:22 AM
1 week is always too short for anywhere. :( Unfortunately that's all I have this time around. Oh well.
I'm not really into "Touristy" things as such. I was in Malawi earlier this month working on a couple of Aid projects for my summer holidays with my wife. I guess we're a bit wierd like that. So what I'm really hoping to do is get away from your average tourist trap and find a little place to hide. I've no idea how realistic this idea is.
If riding a bike is reasonably safe, (for Asia) I think that's what I'll do.. In Thailand the average engine size is about 185, which is tiny, I was hoping to get a hold of a 250 or 450 off roader so I could cope with rough roads as well as go at a reasonable speed on made up ones, the bikes in Thailand were not kept in good condition, brakes not working properly, engine playing sputter sputter.. It took me taking the bike I rented back three times before the guy finally managed to give me one which was capable of stopping and starting roughly when I wanted it to.. I'm guessing life is unlikely to be much better in Indonesia.
A friend of mind suggested I make my way to Yogyakarta by train and start from there, but that seems to be almost a day lost travelling in each direction, although I like the experience of travelling public transport, it gets old fairly quickly when . Perhaps on this occasion it might be better to just get on a bike, get out of Denpaser and ride round Bali, stopping where it takes my fancy. Having a bike to hand means I can get up pre-dawn and get some sunrise photos over the volcanos..
I don't drink alcohol, I'm not a party animal, really I'm looking for peace and space away from crowds where I can quietly get on with my hobby of taking photos.. Does that sound doable on Bali? Or do I need to cross the straight onto Java? Or am I just dreaming?
Sep 1, 2012 12:08 PM
3I am no photographer, nor can I say I am such a worldly traveller, but I have to say that Bali is amazing to photograph. The buildings are amazing, its almost like living in a temple all the time, there are beautiful people and amazing colours all around. In addition I think the nice with with Bali is also that you find some "not so nice" views, rubbish piles and animals and all that which makes for amazing experience and amazing pictures.
Bali also has amazing volcanoes and beaches and mountaintops (why not take one day doing the Eco Cyling?)
I didnt do any partying in Bali at all, for i find relaxation fits more with the overall surrounding.
Here are some sample photographs from my recent trip, you might be interested in? With some from KL and Singapore too!
There will be absolutely no problem finding accomodation in Bali, we went to the Grand Hyatt Bali, and I have never been to a hotel better. It is (lets face it, a bit fake), but stunning.
If I were to go back, I might consider the Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel (check it out)
Sep 1, 2012 12:58 PM
4Thank you Lisa
I'm unlikely to book ahead, I tend to figure things out as I go along. But I took a look at your photos, it does indeed look like there's plenty of potential on Bali, do you mind if I ask where the rice paddies were? Or were they all over?
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