I never really thought Bangkok could come across as ‘normal’, but touching back down at Suvarnabhuni after three weeks in Burma was a shock of modernity and reliable electrical supply. Next door, it feels as though the 1950’s have been vacuum-packed in to the twenty-first century. As you might expect, this made transport a novelty, and a blast, through the course of my trip last March and April.
Month: September 2012
Quite frankly, I don’t understand why anybody eats in tourist restaurants. Those places are way over-priced, charging two to four times the real prices for local dishes. The food is invariably a westernized version of the real thing, and not nearly as delicious. The settings are ho-hum and blasé. And they’re filled with other westerners. Is that really where you want to be when you visit a new country? Really?
Some destinations are overlooked because of geographical isolation, others for a lack of modern-day comforts or even political instability. Estonia, with its beamingly exuberant capital of Tallinn, suffers from none of these and remains one of Europe’s most exciting and interesting cities despite being repeatedly overlooked by travelers.