An overview of where we went, where we stayed, and what we did during our 12-day Southeast Asia trip. Plus some tips for families traveling with toddlers!
For the longest time, I was hesitant to go to Indonesia because of two things: Chyng Reyes’ horrific experience at the immigration and the country’s Islamic extremism. But then learning from our Singapore trip that opinions can’t always be right and besides the fact that Rowjie had been wanting to experience Indonesia, I finally shrugged off my uncertainties and booked tickets to their surf paradise that is Bali.
When you only have a few hours to experience one of the saddest countries in the world, you won’t really be lonely at all. You have time and pressure as your company. And though I only spent a day in Singapore (SG), there were just so many happy things that I won’t forget about this first world country (however you define first world).
You know how travelers love to procrastinate? Yeah, that bad habit of packing things when it’s just a few hours away your scheduled trip? That’s what we did when we were bound for Singapore (SG), pack things for a month-long trip in under two hours.
While looking for spots to visit in Malaysia that are not in Kuala Lumpur yet not so distant from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), I stumbled upon Malacca or Melaka in Malay in some of my friends’ blog posts. Since it is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and I am aiming to visit as many as I could, I was very eager to see and experience the third smallest state of the Malaysian Peninsula.
Since Rowjie and I had plenty of time to see, visit, or do whatever that we could while we were in Phuket, we decided to just go to Big Buddha, Wat Chalong, Phuket Weekend Market, and Old Town. We first went to Big Buddha.
If you’ve already been in a tiangge, then you’ve been to Phuket Weekend Market; the only difference is that the vendors speak a different language and ask for a payment in different currency.
I was really dismayed with Patong, Maya Bay, Bangla Road, and everything about Phuket but I gave it a second chance. And it wasn’t bad at all because I definitely enjoyed this second visit.
If you feel like skipping Phnom Penh as part of your upcoming Cambodia trip because of its depressing and tragic past, let me then give you a rundown of what you’ll be missing. Especially in the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center aka The Killing Fields, the part that says a lot about the dark period of Kampuchea.
My heart beats faster than normal. I am filled with sadness and hatred as I write this. It has been a year since we set foot in Phnom Penh but I can still completely recall what we witnessed there. Never in my life had I been in a place so solemn yet tragic. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center notoriously known as The Killing Fields did it for me.