Last updated: July 30, 2019 0:02AM (6-minute read)
The world is very huge and I would always want to know more. When I was in Primary 5, that was around 2000, there was a summer camp in Australia and my family could not afford it. They sent me to the summer camp in Hua Hin, instead... And the cost was like... only less than 10% of the Australia camp. It was very bad, right? In Singapore, I saw so many commercials about getting the children their passports so they can travel, so they can learn. My opportunity was delayed... I was given my passport for the first time in 2006, for a 10-day summer camp in Singapore!
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Not coming from a rich family, not everything is affordable. I have been working hard to earn, to save for the future, to invest, and to travel. I have never been a fan of the culture of my home country because of the inequality and... you know... the authoritarian rule of you know who. As you might already know, the Kings of Ayutthaya, Rattanakosin, Siam, and Thailand (well, these are just the names of the very same kingdom in different era), are believed to be God who come down to earth to rule the people. That's why all the Ayutthaya, Rattanakosin, Siamese, and Thai people have to worship King as God. But the Kings are not God. So I'm keen to learn how other people from other countries live and worship God and respect their head of state. That's why I always set my goals to hit other lands around the world.
The first country I visited was, as mentioned above, Singapore in April 2006. I could see so many things especially how people lived in such a developed environment and, well, there were so disciplined. People queued. People kept the city clean at all times. Car drivers didn't run the red light. And most people were on time. Traffic was great! We went to many places, including Sentosa's Underwater World and Singapore Night Safari. We went to Science Museum and Snow City. I saw and compared, these places were much better than Siam City! Everything was so exciting that I would not like to go back to Thailand.
|Singapore||April 9-18, 2006||n/a||n/a|
In 2010, just before my passport expired, I went to the United States. It was the "Work-Travel Program" and students who participated would be given a J-1 Visa. It was a big change of plan just few months before the trip and I was sent to Cincinnati, OH instead of resort town in the West. I flew there alone and met another 40+ exchange students at the destination. Anyway, I spent a lot of times alone and traveled to Chicago and New York City. I talked to people around me in English so I could practice my speaking skills instead of speaking Thai with another Thai students. I knew many new things about the people, their cities, and most of all, "how Thai people lied about the American". The remnants of the nationalist period in Thailand was still circulating around and I could prove that they were all wrong. Other students who talked to each other didn't know much because they didn't really talk to so many locals. I felt so nice and I could separate the truth from lies already. Later on, I could see that it was also in the Bible:
Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
I could silence the lies! Generally, Americans are so nice, kind, and helpful. Moreover, I could feel that Thai people are even more selfish than most Americans I know! I'm gonna write more about Thai people and how selfish they are soon. Anyway, I'm not going to critique a lot, but I'll be trying my best to contribute and write more about the ways people can improve. So, stay tuned!
I came back to Singapore, twice, in 2012, with my friend in April, and with my family (my uncle and my grandma) in August. We went to all major places, including the Merlion, Sentosa, Fort Canning, Clarke Quay, Garden by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Little India, and Chinatown.
|Singapore||April 27 - May 1, 2012||
฿11,434.00 (2 people)
S$260 (2 nights in city and 2 nights in Sentosa)
|Singapore||August 11-13, 2012||n/a||n/a|
In 2014, I planned a trip to Malaysia, alone, before moving to Singapore for study. I flew from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur and stayed there for 3 days. I went to many major places like the Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, Chinatown, and Masjid Jamek. Then I flew north to Langkawi and spent 2 nights there. I cycled from Cenang Beach to the Cable Car, but unfortunately the Cable Car was closed due to bad weather. The days in Langkawi were very nice and I could talk to so many locals. Some of them said that they were very not good at English and apologized me before started speaking anything. Buy hey! If they are very bad at English how could we describe Thailand's Prime Minister's English communication skills??? And when the hostel's staff turned on his radio and I could sing along, both the staff and other guest were surprised! The other guest could only dance along while I sang. It was very fun!
|Kuala Lumpur||May 12-14, 2014||
฿956.82 (2 nights)
|Pulau Langkawi||May 14-16, 2014||
฿512.50 (2 nights)
Total: ฿9,363.30 (~฿15,000 with pocket money)
In 2016, my friend, Tom, went to the U.S. and during his way back, I met him in Japan when he stopped for a 5-day vacation. So, we met at Narita Airport and caught the express train to the city together. We went to Kamakura and Yokohama for the Great Buddha and Landmark Tower. We also went to Tokyo Skytree and Tower Tower, Sensoji Temple. Most shopping districts were visited, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Akihabara, and the famous Takeya Mall. Moreover, before we went back, we visited the onsen near Tokyo Dome, LaQua. It was the first time both of us were naked in front of each other! After Tom left for Haneda Airport for the flight back to Bangkok, I went to Narita Airport for the capsule hotel, waiting for my own flight in the morning.
S$400.99 (SIN-NRT), S$288.87 (NRT-DMK), S$125.32 (DMK-SIN); S$815.18
S$219.50 (4 nights), S$53.50 (1 night); S$273.00
Pocket Money: 65,000円 (S$822.15)
Also in 2016, I went to Indonesia for the first time with Payu, but only for a day. We went to Nagoya Hill just to find out that it is a normal shopping mall, then we tried Balinese massage and Go-Kart. We wanted to end our trip by seafood, but most of the restaurants we went to were closed because it was Hari Raya. We ended up eating normal meal before went back to Singapore.
|Batam||September 11, 2016||~S$200||n/a|
Apart from the church's trip to Batam in Indonesia, the other destination for my 2018 trip was Taiwan. I enjoyed the weather there, it was cool. I went to many major locations, but I intentionally skipped some locations (like Xiang Shan and Long Shan Temple) due to my legs' condition. Those locations I went includes Ximen-Ding, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei 101, National Palace Museum, Tamsui, and Shilin Market. For one full day, I left Taipei for Taichung's 921 Earthquake Museum on a THSR high-speed train. And for a night, I spent in the rural aboriginal town, Wulai, with many hot springs and waterfalls. Overall, I spent more than 10 hours in the hot springs (wenquan or onsen) and massage parlors (I went to onsens in Beitou and Wulai. I massaged once within the onsen in Beitou, which means I entered the massage room naked because everything else except my wet towel were in the locker. I also massaged a few more times somewhere else).
S$424.97 (SIN-TPE), S$50.10 (THSR to Taichung)
Pocket Money: NT$25,000 (S$1,141.55)
Confirmed trip to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.
|Australia||🛂 Visa Application: S$206.05 (Visa A$146.45, Biometrics S$52.00)|
|Sydney, Australia||October 17-22, 2019||
A$385.46 (5 nights)
|Melbourne, Australia||October 22-26, 2019||
A$358.70 (4 nights)
🎟️ Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: A$190.00
Planned trip to Osaka and Tokyo, Japan.