Asia Journals

Troubling Around

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A travel journal to Asia by SeenThat

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Unplanned Serendipity - Thailand

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Vector Thailand Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Serendipity is a much overlooked factor while travelling, yet it may become the most significant, the one providing the most joy and opening new and unexpected gates to future trips. People travel away from jobs, homes and troubles seeking new experiences, a different culture that would help them forget – at least for a while – whatever they left behind. Before the trip they go to the nearest bookshop and buy a guide of the desired destination. Many travellers insist in its being the latest one, as if cities could change significantly within a year or two. Actually, if they did change so fast then something dramatic happened there and they probably aren’t a leisure destination anymore. ...Read More

Planned Trip - Nepal

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Monsoon Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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"Let’s go to this town!" the unplanned traveller says while reading an eye catching poster in a bus station. Next day he is there. The process repeats itself several times, each time leading him in a random direction and transforming him into an oversized Brownian Particle. This is incredibly fun and interesting but unsuitable for certain locations. Travelling in the Himalayas requires careful planning due to the extreme climate conditions. Many visit Nepal for the sake of trekking or climbing. Few countries offer a better infrastructure; none offers higher mountains. Among the various areas available for such activities, the ...Read More

Vasting Around - China

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Macao Photo, Macau, China
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Some destinations are special due to their vastness. How can a traveller truly expect to see China in a month or two? How can that be done while keeping the appearances of a leisure trip, without transforming the experience into forced labour? Achieving that may be impossible, but the traveller can successfully get the illusion of having accomplished just that. The trick is not concentrating in one area but in the travel methods. China is a roughly circular country with its geographical centre at Lanzhou; however, the main travel hub is a bit eastwards of there in Xian, one of the country’s old capitals. China’s shape hints to a radial approach; thus, every attempt to travel around the cou...Read More

Anti-Destinations - Singapore

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Southernmost Point of Continental Asia Photo, Singapore, Asia
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Vast destinations. Frozen ones. Friendly ones. The variety seems endless. Some of them are even tiny. How long can you enjoy a country in which a subway travels around it in less than an hour? In essence this is the anti-destination for a traveller – there are no distances to cover. Relaying too much on serendipity in such a trip would land the traveller into another country after a few seconds. The trick here is paying attention to the details, and Singapore offers plenty of these. CityA feeble ocean breeze from the southern seas attempted to brush away the tropic heat of the long gone day; desert streets and closed shopping malls hid their shame under a gentle fog, th...Read More

The Grasshopper Traveller - Asia

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Wrong Parking Photo, Hong Kong, China
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After a while most travelers would find themselves as an intercontinental grasshopper passing through random airports in unknown cities. A few hours in Johannesburg in the way from Hong Kong to Sao Paulo. Incheon as a break between ...Read More