The idea of writing this article came naturally. In recent years, whenever I ask myself what destination I would like to reach, I involuntarily think of an Asian country. Of course I want to see Australia, South Africa, America (Las Vegas) and others, but I’m in love with East and South East Asia and I’m sure it will be a lasting relationship that I would love to make it official someday. Until then I take into account the advantages of a sabbatical year.
There are countless reasons why I like to go back there, but I’ll just remember a few of them:
- I miss the film landscapes, with islands thrown in the middle of the sea, shrouded by the spectacle of sunrise and romance of sunset that sculpt the sky in unreal colors
- I miss fresh mango juice indulged on the beaches with plenty of sunshine.
- White sand is a feet delight.
- I love snorkeling in the hot turquoise waters and sneak through the thousands of beautifully colored fish and try every time to catch one just to make sure they are real.
I can not wait to eat a lot of fruits, but I will certainly devour pounds of mango, my favorite, by far the best fruit I’ve ever eaten. But there are other very good fruits: longan (also called dragon eye), pineapple, mangosteen, papaya, baby bananas, young coconut and why not, durian, a very strange fruit because, although it smells unpleasant, it tastes delicious. I tried it. I ate the best fruits in my life in Asia, even if some of them are found in our country, the varieties there are different.
That’s what I meant. Many mangoes!
In Southeast Asia, night markets are a way of life, you find whatever you want at good prices and nothing compare with a tuk-tuk walk to a famous market where you can become a good bargainer. Often, the prices displayed are higher than those you can get.
I like Asian food: Thai pad, which is made in Thailand and if you can, it may be less spicy, Tom Yum soup – very flavored, but very good – fried noodles, a simple but tasty dish that you find everywhere in Asia and finally mango sticky rice (again mango), an excellent dessert I’ve also prepared, but with no Thai identical results.
It’s a pleasure to swim at night and watch the impressive light show of plankton, those microscopic organisms that do not swim, but they are moving in the water through currents and waves. The picture offered can not be described in words. Millions of fireflies illuminate the area where you swim and everything becomes phosphorescent blue. How can’t I miss this? Unfortunately I can’t illustrate this scenery.
The Songkran (The Water Festival) or Thai New Year can’t be missed if you reach the area. It celebrates on April 13 and represents purification before entering the New Year. Local people rejoice together with the tourists and splash with water for general fun.
People are simple and warm, more and always smiling, although many of them live to the limit of survival. I met whole families who had a boat and this was the main means by which they gained their existence. However, when you ride their boat, they’re the best hosts and they amuse you with picturesque English, often hilarious, and at the end of the trip you heartly often them a tip. Of course, you are another tourist for them who will pay them and for this they do everything smiling.
Every time I buy clothes that are locally made – traditional trousers and T-shirts with elephants, but also shoes that I wear very often while on holiday – makes me feel very close to them. Well, now don’t imagine that you can easily find shoes if a man wears size 45-46. My husband tried dozens of pairs and left behind so many vendors giggling visibly amused by the feet size.
I am very happy that I don’t need luggage for clothes when I leave home, I just take the necessary things; I find everything I need abroad (once I bought from Romania a lotion against the Asian mosquitoes which I traveled with about 12,000 km by plane and, after I used it, I was more delicious for the small insects hungry for European blood).
Generally, in Southeast Asia, prices are quite low; I refer here to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos. You can find accommodation at a 4-star resort at just $ 40 per night, or at a 3 stars hote, with pool and all comfort you need at $ 20. Food is very cheap, too; of course, you can choose to eat at luxury restaurants where prices are accordingly, but if you want a decent holiday, not an extravagant one, you can have it at reasonable expenses.
That being said, Asia, I miss you!!!!
See you soon!