Saturday, February 15, 2014

Stop Four: Last Energy


Siem Reap, Cambodia
Planned: 2 days, 1 night
Reality: 3 days, 4 nights

I arrived late on my first day. I lost my interest anyway, because I was in love already with Vietnam. And I blacklisted Phnom Penh due to some reasons. But I got to go, because my flight back home was from Bangkok. And the nearest city to Bangkok is? Siem Reap. And better yet, the biggest temple complex were just right around the corner. It'll be your one and only visit to Cambodia, Vick, so be it! I said to myself.

But then again, as I always been doing along this trip, I changed my mind again. And perception about Cambodia -Siem Reap, to be honest, because I won't ever change my perception about Phnom Penh. So yea, the city, once again, had my mind blown away. Temples aside, you know it's fascinating, Siem Reap's atmosphere was, oh well, so damn convenient.

Streets in Siem Reap
Pub Street, one of a few reasons I want to go back to Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, Angkor Temple Complex
Ta Phrom (Jungle Temple), Angkor Temple Complex

People, whoa what can I say, as always, were wonderful. Met some more international citizen but the highlighted nation was France, and China. I was trapped among these two people. Met this fancy French guy who introduced me to his gang, all speaking French and I was like, oh okay oh cool and stuff. Also this Chinese lady, my adventurous-temple-exploring-mate, who brought along her Chinese friend, and met so many other Chinese tourists along the temple trip and of course, all speaking Chinese, I was just like, oh okay oh cool and stuff. What a smile-making memory.

After all, I didn't go to any other tourist attractions but the temples. Just laid back, saving my energy for the temples, temples, restoring my energy before departing to Bangkok, and done. But I spent my last energy for something so, so delightful. I made a good decision.

Well I'm sorry I can't tell much about it.
I didn't explore lots of things in Siem Reap.
Because its best stuff, I conquered

Friday, February 14, 2014

Stop Three: Laid Back

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Planned: 4 days, 3 nights
Reality: 6 days, 5 nights

See the gap between the planned, and the reality? Yea I was kinda shocked by myself too. I mean, Saigon, oh Lord it's not much different compared to Jakarta but... I don't know, something kept me to lay a little more, a day or two, somehow longer than what I thought I'd be staying for.

It was like, I stayed a night. Then explored a bit on the next day. Then I decided to extend one more night. Then went on an exciting tour the next day. Then I convinced myself to stay one more night. That's what I been doing. And all my days, it was all like days of relaxation. I spent much energy in the previous two cities, and would spend some more on the next one so, it was a lay back time.

Just Saigon's street, at Ben Thanh roundabout
Notre Dame Cathedral
Cu Chi Tunnel
City Hall, looking so beautiful already by day
City Hall by night, and it was during Tet. I'm so lucky.

And the people, again, were top notch. Locals, tourists, and even Indonesian! Met a guy and a girl from home, met some cool friends who befriend a friend of mine, met tons of other backpackers with different stories and travel routes, met a bus mate going out of the country to complain together with, I was a social freak. Having this thirst to socialize.

I had one crazy big city adventure in here and I enjoyed it so, very much. But things wouldn't be the same if I didn't meet these guys so, thank you :)

Well I'm sorry I can't tell much about it.
I have plans of where to spill more things about Saigon.
And its I'm-not-sure-what-it-is magnet

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stop Two: Stunned

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Mui Ne, Vietnam
Planned: 1 day, 0 night
Reality: 2 days, 1 night

The second stop of my Indochina trip. One stop where I got stunned. By the attractions, by the hospitality, by the unique city layout, and by the sun. Like seriously, sun gave me no mercy it struck me hard deep into my skin. Yea I got the worst sunburn along my stay in here.

Basically, I planned to go to Mui Ne only for the sand dune. But things got way too overwhelming the more seconds I stay here. I gave up and spent a night, to enjoy more stunning beauty Mui Ne possesses.

Street in Mui Ne
White sand dune
Fishing Village
Fairy Stream

Although this was an international beach resort area, destiny set me up with Asian people. Well yea I made a nice friendship with the owner, Vietnamese, and met an adventure company along the tour, a Korean, and got our steps slowed by an annoying family, a Chinese one.

So yea these kinds of things that made me stay a bit longer in Mui Ne. And of course, something unplanned will feel a whole lot better to you, won't it?

Well I'm sorry I can't tell much about it.
I have plans of where to spill more things about Mui Ne.
And its breathtaking natural wonder

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stop One: Energized, Still

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Nha Trang, Vietnam
Planned: 3 days, 2 nights
Reality: 4 days, 3 nights

So this was my first stop. The stop where I got my eyes opened about Vietnam. Thank God I started here, because in Nha Trang, I experienced the all-local stuff I ever wanted from other nations.

Well I got to taste tons of local dishes. And I got a company from a local friend, all the time he had along my stay, he spent it with me and his sisters. Culture stuff, religion believes, national nature, there were five local attractions they recommended and I visited six of them. Six? Oh yes, I was told an extra spot to visit so there I went, still with my full battery.

Bao Dai Villa's beach
Long Son Pagoda
Ponagar Cham Towers
Chong Rock
And I met so, like, sooooo many amazing people. Both Vietnamese, and global ones. Talking to strangers I met at the spots, talking to fellow bus rider, talking to the guesthouse owners, to the cook, to the bus fare collector, talking, talking, and more and more talkings. Sometimes I thought that I need to shut the fvck up.

But blame me no more! Most of the times, those people are the ones coming to me, and start talking. I'm never gonna skip the chances to involve myself in a multinational conversation, eh?

Well I'm sorry I can't tell much about it.
I have plans of where to spill more things about Nha Trang.
And its complete package I adore

Monday, February 10, 2014

What's Up, World(wide)?

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Hey there guys, I'm back!


You know where have I been to? Traveling. Two weeks. In Vietnam and Cambodia, where things are way way different from here in Indonesia. And not everybody speak English.

Whoa. Whoa.

Never thought I made it. You know, things got more spontaneous the more I continued traveling. I booked only the first three days of my trip. And the rest? I just dragged my ass to nearby hostels and there I go. I kept rescheduling my itinerary, adding cities to stay, crossing some others off my list... So. Damn. Spontaneous.

Whoa. Whoa. Damn, whoa!
You know what the best part was?

I met tons of people all around the globe. Some just for temporary accompany, some others ended up appearing on my Facebook friends list. These people, well they can be my asset because someday, someday soon I'll be visiting them right on their places of living.


One post can't take it all.
Need to break it down to some parts.
Like what I've always been doing in my blog.

Saigon Town Hall and Bayon

But you might be able to guess the bottom line yes?
Joyful abroad trip experience, meeting global people at once,

Yes. It's the beginning of my own Worldwide Fun.
Spontaneous worldwide fun