Torn Between Thailand and Dubai

Frugality. Frugality is the key to make THE trip happen. Have you ever felt that pull, that tug of wanting to go somewhere? Outside here, I have only ever traveled in one country: Hongkong. We went there twice, but that was a long time ago. I was young. I didn’t have to worry about the cost of the trip, as my parents and grandfather shouldered everything. Now, for me to be able to travel outside the country, I need to get a couple of things done, as opposed to when I was younger (a lot younger — haha!) when I didn’t even have to lift a finger, except when I had to give my thumbprint on documents. *tee-hee!* Now, I need to be more conscious of my spending habits if I am serious enough to go through with this. And I need to process documents myself.

Maybe this restless feeling which accumulated all these years, coupled with having had enough of everything I’ve been through, finally gave me the nudge push to make me feel determined enough to go, “Hell yes! Go somewhere! And not just somewhere. Go somewhere FAR.” And, well… Here I am. First quarter of a new year and I am dead set on keeping my eyes on the prize.

I initially wanted to go to the UK (castles! pubs! historic sites! charming inns! more castles!) but scrapped that idea. Too expensive. If I go through with it, I’d probably have to live in bread and water for the rest of the year right up until the next two years. *pause* And that’s me being optimistic. So my mind went through a list of places that I can actually visit not just in my imagination. Korea and Japan came to mind. Dubai, Myanmar, and Thailand came to mind. As I talked with my friends about my plans, the two places I was told to visit are Dubai and Thailand. Dubai would be great, as I have friends there. And? Two words: Desert safari. I would absolutely love to try that. Thailand, though… Thailand… I can’t explain why but there’s just something about Thailand that makes me want to go there. Really, really want to go there.

I have yet to decide if I’m going to Thailand or Dubai (How about both?! Haha.) so I have done some light “research” on both places, just to see what I can do while I’m there. I have narrowed down the things I am very, very willing to try, which surely contributed in helping me decide where to go. Here is that list:

Dubai

  • Desert safari
  • Kite Beach
  • Burj Khalifa fountain show
  • A walk in the marina
  • Dubai Garden Glow
  • try their street food (But of course!)
  • wander around Bastakia Quarter

Thailand

  • Visit at least one Floating Market
  • Visit Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya
  • Visit Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun
  • Tour temples
  • Dare I brave the Bangkok Corrections Museum?
  • Go to their night market

Being a horror fan, you can just imagine the thrill that ran up and down and back up again in my spine when I read somewhere that one can visit the Bangkok Corrections Museum. I came across this article:

The Bangkok Correction Museum is another of these creepy-quirky places some travellers seem to enjoy when visiting Bangkok. Set in the three remaining buildings of what used to be a maximum security prison built in 1890, the Correction Museum is located on Maha Chai Road, just past Chinatown and just before Wat Suthat. It is an interesting place to visit if you are an ‘unusual stuff’ hunter. — Bangkok magazine

It’s closed now, though. That’s too bad, as I would’ve enjoyed that. 🙁 Oh, well. You can always click on the source link to see what it used to look like and what you could’ve seen.

I’m quite excited to check out the temples in Thailand. Truth be told, that’s the one of the main reasons I would love to go there. (There’s also my curiosity of their nightlife because it seems so much fun, but sshh… Don’t tell anyone that.)

I have some time to decide (not to mention save!) on where to go. In the meantime, I’ll be busy trying to brush up on my coding skills, ignoring Facebook and Messenger, training myself to use Viber app, and… and aiming to blog more frequently here. So stick around. Let’s both see where this is going. (Is this even going anywhere? Haha.)