I seem to spend a good chunk of my time split between Thailand and Bali. It’s a bit boring, perhaps, but they are cracking spots. Still, it’d be even better if we there was a third place that blended the best of both. Here’s a go of what our paradise shall contain:
- Thai design, fashion and architectural aesthetics and sensibilities.
- Thai prices, except for petrol.
- Colours and smells of Hinduism.
- Relative simplicity and pleasant tone of the Indonesian language.
- Thai food, with some extra additions.
- Ready access to cheap, fresh fruits on every corner in Thailand.
- Clean water sidewalk dispensers in Thailand.
- The mixed crowd of Thai nightlife.
- Walking markets of Thailand.
- Less obsession with sugar in Bali.
- Beaches of Thailand.
- Vivid greens of Bali rice fields and foliage.
- Roads and infrastructure of Thailand.
- Beauty of Balinese people.
- Reliable, fast and affordable Internet speeds in Thailand.
- Way less dumping of trash in Thailand.
- Less traffic and crop-burning pollution in Bali (relatively!).
- Less stinky drains in Bali.
- Much less evident sex tourism in Bali.
- Balinese use of natural building materials.
I think I’ve said this a dozen times with like-minded folk; Thailand is a far more rational choice as a location to do what it is that I do (cheaper and better Internet being two important factors), yet Bali has a rather special charm that wins over the heart vs. the brain.
I fully know this is written with an extremely narrow vision; there is much I have yet to see in these respective locations and across the world.
Any omissions dear readers?