Out of the box trip ideas

Discussion in 'Asia' started by Big Blue, Apr 5, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. So.......about 30 years too late, me and my partner want to take a trip to Asia. The kind that you should probably only do in your gap year when you're foolish enough to believe anything is possible!
    We've narrowed our choices down to either Cambodia or Indonesia.
    Now we're looking for ideas from seasoned travellers (yes, you lot :)) to help us make that final decision.
    So come on, any crazy experiences, must-do things about either place that you feel compelled to share will be much appreciated.

    Cheers!
     
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  2. sobore
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    This site will allow you to see different things to do, eat, stay etc..wanderfly
    Just enter you criteria and you can browse through results.

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  3. kwai
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    How long of a trip are you thinking about taking? Cambodia, at least places readily accessible and/or not requiring local language skill, can be played out rather quickly.

    My experiences in Indonesia are minimal (too minimal, but that's a different story) but there's alot to offer. I also love local foods, I rarely eat western food (even in the west), and for both of these aspects Indonesia offers more.

    Also, what kind of comfort level are you planning on? Riding on top of a bus on Sumbawa? Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor in Siem Reap? If you were to lay out more info it would be much easier for your fellow MP'ers to give a hand in further crafting your trip.

    And while we're at it, welcome to MilePoint Big Blue.
     
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  4. NYC_Gal
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    Take a cooking class in Bali.
     
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    Hey, I did that and also a visit to two food markets with a chef.
     
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    Did you do this at the famous Bali restaurant Bumbu Bali? We are considering of taking the cooking class there next month, would love to have some feedback. Thank you
     
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    No, I did it as part of a package at the SPG LC Laguna Resort. For slightly less than the cheapest regular refundable rate I could get, it included both directions of airport transportation, daily fruit, daily big buffet breakfast, lunch from the cooking lesson, and a gourmet dinner in the hotel's fancy upscale new Balinese restaurant with live music. I was glad I did this. (As a SPG Plat, I was upgraded to a one-bedroom suite.)

    The two markets on the morning of my cooking lesson were the big old market (I think in Denpasar) and then the fish market by the fish restaurants along the beach on the west ocean side of the island. An assistant chef who was a Bali native took me in a hotel small SUV, although I was disappointed that almost nothing was purchased for the hotel's kitchens due to hygiene and freshness issues in these markets. The first market included a wet market and some live animals. The good restaurant was closed one day per week, but the market tour and cooking lesson could be scheduled any day of the week, selected during my stay (not in advance or when the package was booked).

    For the lunch, I could choose one of three or four three-course set menus in advance. It was a somewhat early lunch in the hotel's all day dining buffet restaurant. For dinner I was invited to order three courses from the regular a la carte menu which was expensive, although IIRC wine was not included, but service and taxes were.
     
  8. Toula
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    What about doing a cycling tour thru Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

    Alternatively what about doing a Vespa tour of Vietnam ala Top Gear>
     
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