For backpackers and travelers of all variety, Southeast Asia still represents the ultimate travel destination. Budget friendly and beautiful SouthEast Asia can be a paradise for both the traveler on a budget and those looking for private and luxurious escapes. Firmly established on the tourist trail, with rich and vibrant destination that affords you plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten path. From beautiful beaches, to jungle, and mountain it is also filled with freidnly hospitable people and a rich and unique culture. While many people classify Southeast Asia as one place it is really made up of several countries with different cultures, characters, foods and unique people. So, if you have been weighing up a trip to this wonderful part of the world in your mind for some time, this blog post is here to present you with a clear case for traveling here which includes a diverse set of reasons. Are you ready? Let’s get going!
I have been in Beijing a few days now, and i am excited to finally see the sun today. The last few weeks in Asia have been in a smog ridden haze. The Air reading well over 300 yesterday. Its Sunday here in Beijing so I believe some of the factories are closed and less cars are on the road as well as a swift breeze that seems to be blowing through the city. It boggles my mind that people believe China to be an emerging super power when they care so little about the importance of the world. This country is lawless with no traffic control and no order or respect. No one seems to obey traffic lights or avoid blocking intersections at rush hour. The spitting and smoking are out of control, I haven't been anywhere outside and not had a whiff of cigarette smoke.
Since the smog has cleared i can see that this was once a pretty city. A local told me that the smog has been bad since 2006 and that it is very rare to see the sun. The government does nothing that she could see to reduce or regulate the industries that create the smog problem. Even though during the 2008 Olympics they shut down factories and kicked out non residents from the city so there would not be smog for the Olympics.
It baffles me to know someone has a solution to a mass issue but prefers to not fix it.
The first few things I noticed is how locals seem to have no sense as to what is happening around them. People play their video games with the sound blaring with no concern to the other people around them. More often then once has my elevator car stopped at a floor and no one has moved for anyone to get in or get out. Two gentleman stared at the open door with confusion never it seemed taking in to consideration that someone; meaning me, had pushed that floor and needed to get out. They literally had to be physically moved so we could exit the elevator. The food here has also been quite a culture shock although there are many American options in the upscale areas of town and around my hotel.
Macau reminded me of Reno Nevada. Mostly American casinos take up much of the Downtown area of Macau and countless watch and Jewelry stores take up the in between. Trying to get dinner was interesting as well. Inside the Casino every restaurant I went to said they were full and had many empty tables. This is one of the main differences I found between Macau and Vegas. In Vegas You can actually eat at 10PM, at both the Wynn and the MGM I was told that the kitchen could not handle any more tables. So if you are planning on spending the evening here make a reservation.