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Peringkat Negara ASEAN untuk Jalan-Jalan Versi Simbok


Dulu saya punya cita-cita agung, mengunjungi semua negara ASEAN sebelum menikah. Apa daya, pada tahun 2010 saya hanya sempat sampai di Filipina – negara ASEAN ke 9 yang saya kunjungi. Dua bulan setelah itu saya terpaksa menikah dengan Puput sebelum tuntas.

Saya pernah ditertawai teman sih, punya cita-cita kok ASEAN, mbok ya mengunjungi mengunjungi semua benua! Wait! Itu cita-cita berikutnya, dong!

Myanmar yang seharusnya menjadi pelengkap, still got away. Maklumlah tahun 2010 itu Myanmar masih harus pakai visa, ribet ngurusnya. Tapi, waktu ke Kamboja (2008) dan Laos (2009) pun saya masih harus bayar VOA yang USD 20 itu! Huh.

Kabar baiknya, the one that got away was not getting away anymore! Apaan sih ini bahasa? Maksudnya, setelah terlambat 5 tahun – tepat di hari ulang tahun saya yang ke 25 – akhirnya saya menuntaskan semua negara ASEAN.

Berikut ini cuplikan serta peringkat negara mulai dari yang paling saya sukai hingga yang saya least sukai. Ingat, ini SUBJEKTIF, sesuai dengan pengalaman dan selera saya. Jadi jangan protes kalau tidak sesuai dengan pendapat Anda. Selain itu, walau sudah ke semua negara, di tiap negara paling saya hanya berkunjung ke 1-3 kota, kecuali Malaysia (10+ kota). Ke tiga, saya sengaja tidak mencantumkan Indonesia karena nanti jadi tidak adil dan kalau tidak jadi nomor 1 bisa-bisa saya dikepruki massa nasionalis .

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Halong Bay di Vietnam
Halong Bay di Vietnam

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The Gold Temple of Vientiene


The story is written by my friend Geno, currently lives and works in Africa. Check his blog for more interesting stories.

This must be the largest golden structure I’ve ever seen. Like something out of an old movie, it’s a tall, golden Buddhist stupa shining in the sunlight. I never expected to see something like this in a poor country like Laos. This beats other golden icons I’ve seen anywhere, the size is just enormous.

This is Pha That Luang, also known as the, ‘World Precious Sacred Stupa’. Read more

WHY ON EARTH GO TO SOUTHEAST ASIA?


Jungle surrounds ancient Cham ruins in Central Vietnam today. This former Viet Cong hideout was heavily damaged by bombing during the war

The story here is written by my friend Geno who has traveled and worked in many countries around the world. Enjoy reading his stories!

When I first told friends that I was going to live in Southeast Asia and travel extensively through these countries, their first reaction was between shock and surprise. Then came the inevitable questions.

“Isn’t it dangerous?”

“Don’t the people there still hate us?”

The questions were understandable, since these were the lands from America’s longest 20th century war, the first war America didn’t win. The cold war quagmire spread across Vietnam’s borders to include Laos and Cambodia. Faraway places that Americans had never heard of before the conflict, became infamous: Saigon and Khe Sanh. Hanoi, and the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Phnom Penh, and the Mekong River. Continue reading

Tat Kuang Xi, Kesejukan di Laos Utara


Negeri kecil Laos mungkin belum banyak dikunjungi oleh wisatawan Indonesia, padahal ada beberapa lokasi wisata yang menarik di sini. Salah satu yang paling mengesankan adalah air terjun Kuang Xi, yang dalam bahasa setempat disebut Tat Kuang Xi. Air terjun ini berada di kota Luang Prabang, di bagian utara negeri.
Kolam-kolam alami di mana wisatawan dapat berenang. (Olenka Priyadarsani)

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What to expect as a female solo traveler


I was once belong to this group. Although I’m not anymore, I am eager to share my experience during my few years often traveling alone. Yet, you ladies may have traveled alone more extensively. Please free to chip in!

1. A stranger come to you out of nowhere saying they only want to make friends. Classic pick-up line. You tend to get attention when you are traveling alone, especially in certain places. The fact that some of us have Asian-looking may contribute to the curiosity. And then BAM, suddenly a stranger come to you. He only wants to make friends. Yes, whatever. I normally put a straight face, walk faster, ignore the stranger completely. Some of you may argue that you get this a lot in some places in Jakarta, like in Sabang, Kebon Kacang, and Kampung Bali.

Me – alone in Taal Crater, the Philippines. Credit: Tripod

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