Feels like its been ages since I was on here getting great advice and sharing stories with all you on here. Settled in now and back from the latest SE asia trip. just wanted to say hello and catch up a bit from anyone whos interested. That includes you MADMAC since I missed seing you in Muk lol.....
Yeah I have some plans for this winter Although since I just did 4 months in SE Asia I'm planning on it up a bit and going to the mid east for a bit. Most likely Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and maybe one more stop. I was planning on doing the rest of Se Asia like phillipines, indonesia etc but I've always wanted to see the pyramids lol. however after a 7 day pass at Angkor, going to the far off Koh Ker and Preah Vihear Temples my expectations are pretty high ;-P
I've heard good things about Egypt and Jordan, although I've never been. I lived in Turkey for several years and thought it was a particularly great place for travelling around. Istanbul can be as unfriendly as any major city, but it also has amazing history and charm, a great deal of variety, and a good public transportation system. Some of my favorite spots outside the city are Cannakale and the nearby Dardanelles and Gallipoli, the little town of Selcuk, which is near Ephesus, and Cappadocia. Pamukkale and Bergama (Pergamon) are worth a look too, but they are a bit harder to reach if you don't have your own transport.
For the "one more stop" place, consider Syria. It's got some amazing archeological sites too... Palmyra, Bosra, Krak de chevaliers and Aleppo to name but a few.
I lived in Damascus for four years back in the 80s... it was perfectly safe and the people were very hospitable and friendly even though when I was there diplomatic relations with the west had been severed and most of the embassy staff had left.
Not sure what the transport situation is like now though. There was zero tourism when I was there and we had our own car.
Sounds really good guys. As for Turkey I'll definitely get those places down on paper and keep them in mind. I'll probably have a month to spend there. I don't tend to last in capitals very long so Istanbul probably won't be an issue as all capitals tend to be a little too busy for me.
I hadn't looked in to Syria although it sounds like it just might be the way to go. I'm always up for archeological sites. Also it seems from I briefly looked into to be one of the cheapest places in the area which is always a plus for me.
Thanks for the info.
Yes I ended up goin to Noree's albeit only one time but it really was a great time. Spent most of my time there checking out the local life, awesome night market etc. Very friendly people. Walking to my hotel I got waived over by two separate families to talk and sit. Great place to call home im sure.
so how is everyone again? :)
Been browsing travelfish alot lately for an upcoming trip in Oct. To Burma, Vietnam, malaysia and Thailand and wanted to sys hi.
Very excited about Burma and malaysia, a little uneasy about Vietnam, and Thailand well I feel like visiting some favorites again.
Hope all is well