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Itinerary Ideas for Southeast Asia?
Hello, I am leaving for Southeast Asia with a friend in three weeks. We are planning on traveling through Thailand, Vietname, Cambodia, Laos, and the Philippines. We are in Asia from April 25th-Aug 28th. We were planning on winging it but in order to get a Visa for Vietnam we need to know when we plan to enter. I would LOVE to hear some sample Itineraries from you guys. We were thinking Bangkok, Southern Thailand (beaches), Cambodia, VIetname, Laos, Bangkok, Philippines, Bangkok. We want to know where to go and the best (cheapest) ways to get around. Thank you so much for your help! xo.
If I were you, I’d ditch Vietnam, and instead replace them with Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia – these countries present a lot more variety and excitement, not to mention less touristy.
::Arrive in Asia at Bangkok (TH) > Chiang Mai (TH) > Isan region (TH) > Vientiane (LAO)
::Bangkok (TH) > Pattaya (TH) > Siem Reap (CAM)
::Bangkok (TH) > Southern Thailand (TH) > Hat Yai (TH) > Penang (MAL) > Kuala Lumpur (MAL) > Singapore
::Singapore > Batam (IND) > Medan (IND) > Lake Toba (IND) > Jakarta (IND) > Bali (IND) > Komodo (IND) > Jakarta (IND)
::Jakarta (IND) > Singapore > Davao (PHI) > Cebu (PHI) > Boracay (PHI) > Palawan (PHI) > Manila (PHI) > Tagaytay (PHI) > Vigan (PHI) > Batanes (PHI) > Manila (PHI)
::Manila (PHI) > Hong Kong (CHI) > Depart from Asia
Singapore & Isaan
For this post, I am going to profile two very different qualifiers for inclusion beneath the term “Isan Singapore.”
Isan Singapore I
Thanks to website Lonely Planet, I now know that there is an Isan Gallery in Singapore:
The home gallery of Percy Vatsaloo showcases intricately crafted and exquisitely beautiful clothing and other textiles made by tribal craftspeople of Isan in northeast Thailand. Visitors are welcome by appointment, and most of the items on display are also for sale. Percy works closely with the craftspeople themselves, and half of the sale price goes directly to them.
From the Isan Gallery website:
We work in quiet ways from the peace and tranquility of our Home Gallery away from the city. We are both collectors and dealers of beautiful artifacts from the Indo-Chinese Region. Since 1987, Percy Vatsaloo, who runs Isan Gallery has been traveling extensively across the Korat Plateau or Isan Region of North-Eastern Thailand to study and collect old textiles, lacquerware, basketry and silver from within Thailand and from neighbouring Laos, Cambodia and Burma.
Percy’s passion for things hand-made eventually got him involved in weaving. Since 1997 Percy started to realise his dream of creating his own silk fabrics. Today the thriving weaving studio in the outbacks of Isan produce contemporary works of arts in the form of one-of-a-kind “limited edition” silk shawls and wall hangings and other handwoven fabrics that are exclusive to Isan Gallery in Singapore.
The team of 35 weavers use age old techniques of Ikat, Supplementary and Tapestry Weaves on old-fashioned hand-looms to produce stunning Contemporary Works of Art. The use of handreeled silk results in a very supple fabric which is soft to the touch.
A Flickr member (“sleepydays”) uploaded a 37-piece photo-set of images taken over 2006 and 2007 in an album she called Signature Pieces, and offered this about Isan Gallery:
Isan Gallery is well-known among those “in-the-know” as an exclusive gallery for antique lacquerware, silver, textiles, designer shawls and accessories.
I am a personal fan of the designer Mr Percival Vasaloo, the owner of Isan Gallery, and his beautiful works.
She also listed another website, but it is no longer active: http://www.isangallery.jp/. At least her photos give a better impression of some of the Gallery’s products than does its own flashy official website — the images there are far too small in my browsers for me to appreciate them.
Isan Singapore II
A researcher by the name of Pattana Kitiarsa wrote a paper he titled Village Transnationalism: Transborder Identities among Thai-Isan Migrant Workers in Singapore (August 2006). This is its abstract:
Based on ethnographic fieldwork among Thai-Isan (the Northeastern Thai), male migrant workers in Singapore’s construction industry in 2004, I propose ‘village transnationalism’ as a conceptual model for understanding the transnationalization and globalization processes from below. Exclusively hailing from rural working-class and farming backgrounds, Thai-Isan migrant workers have redefined their transborder identities by relying on their limited cultural and symbolic capital from their home villages to survive the hardship working as ‘3D workers on 3D jobs‘ in a foreign land. My primary aim is to engage with the current ‘transnational turn’ in the anthropology of border-crossing and international migration studies. It is argued that village transnationalism as an analytical as well as explanatory model could be applicable to some extents to other forms of contracted migrant workers (i.e., construction workers, domestic workers, and farm/plantation workers), especially in the intensively constricted and highly regulated contexts of Southeast Asian countries.
This is the opening paragraph — it better explains the context of “3D:”
Sorachai, 30, a male construction worker from Udon Thani, Northeastern Thailand, spoke on behalf of his fellow workers claiming: “You know what! Thai workers in Singapore all bear very heavy pressure.” With their average daily wage of 23SGD (14USD; 552THB), they have to handle bondage debts, funds which they borrow from relatives or private moneylenders to pay job placement agents in order to secure a job in Singapore’s construction industry, and also remit money to support their families back home. They also have to live with the harsh realities of Singapore, where they are often looked down upon as ‘3D-job workers’, with ‘3D’ referring to difficult, dirty, and dangerous jobs in international migration studies. They speak neither English nor Mandarin, and thus are not capable of communicating easily with employers and supervisors. They have to obey them fully as their life totally depends on them. They have no rights and no voice in their workplace even though their work could be very harmful to their health or even their lives.
Isan Singapore Potpourri
These are just some marginal references to either “Isan” or “Singapore” that I am adding in a May 5, 2012, post edit:
The draw, which was held in Bugis Junction, under a scorching Sunday afternoon sun, was held as a fan fare event, to reach to the Sunday crowd in one of the busy shopping areas of Singapore. Alongside with the draw, the show …. Weekend Review 28-29 April – *TPL* Samut Songkhram 1-2 Thai Port TTM 0-0 Bangkok Glass Chiang Rai Utd 1-1 Chainat TOT 1-2 Police Pattaya Utd 2-2 Isan Utd Muangthong 2-0 BBCU Chonburi 3-1… 19 hours ago. Just Sports » S- …
Publish Date: 04/29/2012 19:34
Nanolo-kevitra ihany koa i Thng Tien Guan fa mety hanimba ny orinasan’ny fizahantany ao Singapore ihany koa io andro iray fialan-tsasatr’ireo mpiasa isan-kerinandro io: Maro ireo mpiasa an-trano no mivangongo any …
Publish Date: 03/14/2012 4:37
SINGAPORE, April 17 — The first group of men who allegedly paid for sex with a minor via an online vice ring — a case that grabbed headlines in February.
Publish Date: 04/18/2012 6:55
Isan have been creating Handwoven Silk Shawls with Contemporary designs since 1997 in a little village in North-East-Thailand. It is a fair-wages project which supports around twenty families through the weavers’ income. All the weavers are …
Publish Date: 04/04/2010 23:47
Recently, Bobbie and I went with Sor Rattana, a Thai lawyer and member of the Mekong Legal Network (MLN), to several provinces along the Mekong river in the Isan region (the northeastern part of Thailand) to conduct consultations and information sharing on the proposed Xayaburi dam in Laos. The controversial project, which would be the first …. M (International Business Law) from National University of Singapore. Cook is currently working on cases involving …
Publish Date: 05/04/2012 13:17
Singapore: The Nigerian High Commission hosted a trade delegation of the Indigenous Shipowners Association of Nigeria (ISAN) in Singapore from 28 ” 30 September 2009 as part of a push to attract investment from the …
Publish Date: 10/01/2009 3:46
She’s a famous singer in Thailand specialised in the Isan/Laos style of music called Mor Lam and Luk Thung Prayuk, which is certainly not the easiest choice to make. Christy or nicknamed Kitty by her fans is born to a Dutch …
Publish Date: 09/02/2010 13:56
Plot Story- One of the few documentaries ever made about lesbians in Singapore, this documentary, filmed in 2006 uses interview footage with three Singaporean lesbians -Amanda Lee, Sabrina Renee Chong and Gea Swee …
Publish Date: 04/02/2012 8:46
The Charoen Rat Theater: once the place to watch Hong Kong/Singapore film in Korat, now a motorcycle dealership. Signage. Click here view the … The San Pya Cinema – Magwe City, Magwe Division, M… ► June (2) …
Publish Date: 04/14/2012 20:31
And for those who love their time travel as much as they love the rails, the Eastern & Orient Express offers a train in Thailand experience that connects Singapore with Bangkok and serves up slivers of a colonial bygone era on a silver platter. The trip between … The longer journeys include Epic Thailand, a slow train in Thailand from Bangkok to Chiang Mai that detours west to Isan near the Cambodian border for a look at village life amid Khmer splendor. The train also …
Publish Date: 03/15/2012 1:00
Some “ISAN” people take their chance outside of Thailand hoping to get jobs with higher wages. Some go to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Europe, Israel. Beginning of 1980s, there were some 400 000 Thai workers in the …
Publish Date: 01/31/2001 16:00
Singapore Spirit po10sy brings you to Marina Bay Sands (summer 2011)
Uploaded by po10sy on Apr 2, 2011
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. short film Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.
With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000 sq.m. convention-exhibition centre, The Shoppes mall, an Art & Science museum, two Sands Theatres, seven “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating pavilions, a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m. The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was SsangYong Engineering and Construction.
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