Trip Start Dec 21, 2007
23Trip End Feb 08, 2008
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We've lucked out big time with the weather. It's rained on us one day in Philippines, 2 or 3 nights (briefly each night) in Thailand, one hour an afternoon in Thailand and 2 nights (briefly in Bali).
Temperatures have ranged from as low as 28 at night up to 35 during the day the entire time. I can't get over how lucky we've been. It's supposed to rain a little more often here in Bali...keeping the fingers crossed.
Waves in Thailand (Patong, Karon, Kata beaches) were all small at best, maybe a meter high.
Waves in Bali on the first beach Nusa Dua, were maybe 1.5 meters high. On Kuta, however, the waves here are for surfers!!! They range from 2-5 meters. We're going to attempt to swim on the beach tomorrow if they aren't too high.
Food to-date: we've mostly eaten local food everywhere we've been. Hit up fast food joints maybe 4 times thus far. In terms of taste, here is the order of preference: Thailand, East Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Philippino, then Western food. No preservatives, or additives in the local foods which can't be said for the fast food joints and some of the Western food selections. Great places for folks who appreciate amazing and incredibly flavourful foods.
Also have discovered that some people are great travelers, some are good travelers, some are mediocre travelers and some shouldn't travel too far at all. Good diversity which makes things interesting.
Locals - every community and country we've been in, which are many, are amazing. No grumpy people yelling at others, no road rage that we've witnessed, no ignorant arseholes like we experience most other places for reasons of their own. The only time we've come across those emotions was basically from foreign folks traveling. If they do show anger, it's only when you don't buy something from them. The only aggresiveness I've seen is from folks trying to sell you things. I think that's the only negative thing we've really come across.
So prices...well internet in most places is about $0.50 to $1.50/hr. All places, except Indonesia (Bali anyway) the speed is OK. If you go to some of the smaller communities, the speed is
Food is incredibly cheap - especially seafood. You can eat for $4.00 for a full meal of seafood, veggies and rice (of course). Even Western food is reasonable if you want it.
All the clothing, souveniers are all so very reasonably priced. We bought art that is just so reasonable it's incredible. Had some custom leather pants and a jacket, in addition to nursing uniforms made for prices that would make you shake your head.
Things like jet skiing are about $25/30 minutes and you can go on tours (full day) of a variety for approx $20-$40. You can go scuba diving for $100 for two dives in the open ocean. So it's super cheap!
Can't wait to come back and visit Indonesia and would love to see the Philppines again as well.
More later folks....