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away from tourista in asia.almost disheartened traveller

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1. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

Travelling in asia then down to australia.
i'm going in alittle over a month...dont know were dont know how long. i have started to dislike back packers telling me how long they have been travelling(every body does the same thing guys!)
i want to know which countries people have enjoyed but not from anybody who spent 6weeks in phuket.and if anybody has really gotten off the track where is easy. i think jackboy might be able to help.
also working anywhere there would be great but i cant find anything.
all help is needed
so advanced thanks

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

where are you?

3. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

hi massagar
i'm in italy. but flight prices are real high here so might go from different country. but out of europe basically

4. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Just get a flight into Bangkok and a bus to Pattaya and flop on touristy Jomtien beach for a few days to start letting your brain get rid of its westernised thinking.
Thailand has great roads and great Bus service and its very cheap and fast.
Jump a bus appox 0800 and "jump off" somewhere along the coast as theirs islands and beautiful beaches right up to the Cambodia border.
Cross the border and jump a boat to Shanoukille and doss on its beaches for a day or two then up to Phnom Penh and it will open your eyes.
Then a boat and minebus down to Saigon for a day or two then a boat up the coast of Veitnam,OR!!!!!
Theirs a million ways to go so just have "Lonely Planet South East Asia" and GO as you want.
Yes, other travellers the first thing they tell you is how long they have been on the road but when YOU have been travelling for a while you/we are all the same!!!!!!!
Sometimes you meet really interesting people who its a joy to talk to and be with for a few days.
TEFL is the job market in Asia so try links,tools at top of this page and see if they have anything going.
Have a great trip in Asia and dont rush to Aussie.
al de bes

5. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

thanks jb.
the aimless wander is a speciality of mine. and ya there will be no rushing down under.
anybody else..

6. Posted by rolla (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

hi igetlost
r u italian? i am, so if u wish u can write a message to me in our shared language.
anyway i've been to sea for quite long and i've found the most off-the-beaten-track place defenately is indonesia (it's the most engaging one too). i've gone through it all, from sumatra to east timor: if u think u'll be there (i.e. if u're on an overland trip to australia) tell me and i'll try to help: indo can be VERY non-touristic, especially in the far east.

otherwise, sticking to indochina, i'd say:

thailand: don't think touristy places don't have anything interesting to offer. ko pha-ngan has great bays that are laid back and far away from more jammed hat rin -> go north-east. ko tao too, just go south.
and i think bkk is amazing and u should stay longer and longer to appreciate every corner of it and explore less backpackery spots.
so is chang mai, and pai, although it's becoming more of a backpackers' heaven, but the nature's still awesome and u defenately can find an isolated place just for urself.

laos: i'd say everywhere's off the beaten track, but 4000 island is THE place.

cambodia: i remember being very lonely at the landmine museum in siem reap, i've also volunteered for them. it's very striking and not that kind of horror-friendly museum of cruelty u find in that country.

vietnam: tourism is becoming pop (the kind of tourism that likes luxury dinners and asian pampering) but i recommend mountain areas and small villages. nevertheless, i've experienced great human relationships in the market of a very crowded town like hoi an. the seaside of hoi an was lovely as well, at night all locals go on the beach for self-arranged dinners and it's a cute place.

BUT indochina's too an easy place to travel, quite effort-free too, and OF COURSE u'll find many backpackers! it's not all bad about them, but for sure it can become boring after a while. backpackers usually don't feel at ease in indonesia, so go there!!!!

in general:
hire motorbikes, it's a great way to meet local people and handle ur time as u like, esp. in indonesia. but public transport is of course one of the best ways to get local flavours...
why don't u try travelling without a guidebook, just following other people's hints? lp thailand's too pop, and u don't find the best places on it.
in my experience the best places were the ones somebody i liked sent me to.
can i help with more details?

7. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

grazie mille
no not italian i'm irish bot i love italy though.just finished i big plate of knocchi!!that was very useful very much what i'm looking for and interesting.i will diffinitly pick your brain in the near future. i also apologise to all for the moderate negativity in the post..
thanks again debo

8. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

Fly to Bali. Take a Perama trip (bus/boat/bus) to Sengiggi on Lombok.
Get outrigger to take you to Kontiki accomodation on Gili Meno, the least commercial island of the Gilis.
You want to snorkel with turtles just off the beach?
Well this is the place.
Late afternoon walk to Sunsets on the NW tip of the island and watch the sun go down over Gunung Agung (Bali's active volcano) with a cold Bintang in your hand.



Fly to Bali. Take boat to Nusa Lembongan. Walk up to far left end of beach to Puri Indah and book in for a few weeks.
Chocka with surfers (Aussie, US, Brazilian, etc), and all they talk about is barrels, reef lacerations and beer (sometime girls even!!).
Sit in the open lounge of the Puri and watch dudes hit the water 5 metres from your chair as they head out to surf Lacerations, a rather nasty break.
Walk round the island and cross the bridge to Ceningan island for something different.
Take a snorkel trip to Nusa Penida. The local boatie will drop you off at one spot and the current slowly takes you along the reef till you reach his boat waiting for you.
No need to expend an energy whatsoever.
Saw a 4 metre mantaray last time I did that. Awesome!!!


9. Posted by jeniwhit (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y


What did you do volunteering at the land mine museum? I've heard they need people but not sure what doing? Can I just turn up there? Do I need special skills and what's the shortest period I can volunteer for?

10. Posted by rolla (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

hi igetlost
happy to help u, ask whatever u're curious about! it's always a pleasure to give hints about asia!

hi jeniwhit
i just translated the book of the museum from english into italian, 'coz when i went there was no italian version. akira, the guy who set the museum up and runs it, is a very simple and nice person, and when i proposed myself to do that, he acted like it was the most normal thing i could do. he welcomes people who wish to help, and there are many ways to do it: just see how it feels when u get there ans ask him.

peace and love