Saturday, September 27, 2008

Arrividerci, India

I'm about to leave for Bangkok, where I'll be for the next 2 weeks.

I was just getting the hang of India. But I only planned to stay for a few days because I'm a wimp. I didn't think I could figure it out in just a few days.

I guess the core insight for the India traveler is that you have to work with probabilities. The engineer's mind wants to allocate blocks of money and time and keep planning the trip. But the train might not show up. Prices depend entirely on bargaining skills. Hotels will charge by how much they think you make. I was almost going to start planning with probability trees, but then saw how ridiculous that was. I figured I'd just go with the flow. I miss the plane, so what? I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

But the county is very impressive. In terms of culture and development, it's different from what I've seen so far, ever. And I used to think I was well travelled. India's monuments are timeless and make all the craziness around them seem unimportant. I'm sure I'll come back with friends someday to travel more and see more.

3 comments:

Saïd said...

Wonderful trips! I think that you are in the right places in the right moment :-) There are amazing places to visit in Asia, and I see that you are enjoying your stay there. Thailand is a very beautiful country, where people are always smiling. But I think that 2 weeks in Bangkok it's quite a lot. If you have time, I suggest you go to Malaysia, which is also a great country, where people are very friendly. Transport with low-cost companies is very easy. You may use www.zuji.com or www.airasia.com.

I’ve been in SE Asia for 4 months and I still have great memories. If you need some suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Take care
Saïd

Abhishek Tiwari said...

Gabor,

I think you hit the nail. It's all about being comfortable with chaos and managing with it versus against it.

I am glad that you are having a good time and staying away from all the scam artists.

Love the posts and pictures. keep them coming.

Simon Oxley said...

I travelled SE Asia back in 2001/2002, hearing about your adventures is bringing back memories of my own,

If you can find the time to escape from Bangkok for a few days I recommend Kanchanaburi (http://www.kanchanaburi-info.com/en/muang.html#bridge). A state bus will take you there very comfortably and cheaply. The POW museums and the bridge over the river Kwai are very moving. Also, rent a scooter and ride out to Erewan Falls (http://www.visitkanchanaburi.com/erawan.htm) – it’s a truly magical experience that you should not miss.

Take care, and have fun!