Hey /trv/, I have a flight to Bangkok on January 5th. I will be in Thailand (mostly north), Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and China. I plan to spend about a month in each, maybe less for Laos and Cambodia. The flight back to my home country is on May 24th.
1. I read in travelfish.org that lonely planet's regional guides are "hardly worth using" compared to country-specific books. Should I leave my new copy of "vietnam cambodia laos & northern thailand travel guide" at home and buy a 2nd hand copy of each country's guide when I enter it?
2. I plan to buy sandals in Bangkok (Something lighter and more suitable than my hiking boots for everyday non-trekking activities). Travelfish recommended Teva's brand. What are your opinions? And where should I buy it?
3. I've been told I don't need to buy a new camera since Iphone 4s's one is good enough. Is it true?
Thanks a lot!
Only worry I'd have for using you phone for pictures is that you migjt not be able to have it juiced up on power when you need to take your great scenic pictures, where a camera doesn't dies out of battery in the same way.
If you had an android, you could just pack some spare batteries.
A battery pack for an iphone is bulky but probably a sound investment. Also get the extended battery case as well, couldn't hurt.
Thanks guys. Any insights about the first two questions?
Also: any ideas for where to see local music/culture in SE Asia? Authentic stuff I mean, and without it being in an expensive theater or too tourist-oriented.
pic related: Burma
my iphone4s's camera is significantly shittier than my $100 digital camera, plus my digital takes aa batteries, has a real zoom, and has swappable memory. i don't know how many pics my phone will store, but my camera's 32 gig removable memory card has 4000 pics on it with room for 1000+ more. if i were on a 6 month trip i'd probably even bump it up to 64.
thanks anon. you made me think. I wonder how much would a decent digital camera cost in bangkok. and if there is a specific model/brand I should aim for
>Travelfish recommended Teva's brand.
Teva has a nice arch support and molded heel cup, but they have some slimmed down less awesome models as well. There's a hawaiian brand called Olukai. New Balance is making some nice ones, as well as Spenco. Sometimes they're "recovery" sandals, meaning exaggerated support for post-marathon or long hours in sneakers, kind of to unflatten the flattened down poor soles. I like vionic, and I actually like some Crocs models. But, I caution you not to get too squishy, because at the end of the day too much little bone and tendon movement seems to tire me as much as it's soft and comfy.
I've walked many cities in Tevas, after my feet swelled on the plane from booze. They were the only shoes that fit well first day :P
>local music/culture in SE Asia?
If you manage to be in Cambodia when there is a Cambodian Space Project or even better, Dengue Fever concert on, go there.
To the uninitiated it might just sound like western stuff with Khmer singing, but it actually ties into a musical tradition from the late sixties, when locals adopted the music they heard on US forces radio and made it their own.
Many brands to choose from :) I just wonder if I should be picky about a specific pair or just select whatever model available as long as the brand name sounds familiar..
Sounds awesome! It's only that I don't plan to go there :/. I'll only land back in Bangkok from Burma at Fabruary 5th. By the time I'll get to Vietnam I reckon it'll be insanely hot..
Reccomendation noted, thanks anon :)
Dude try on the shoes and buy what feels good, and looks durable (or buy 2 pairs). I actually doubt you'll find these specific american brands locally without a lot of expense to you or easily, but I could be wrong *shrug*.
Can't go wrong with suede strapped birkinstocks for durability (make sure they're all leather/suede and without the new trend of fashion-synthetic strap, so you can actually break them in nicely).
You never realize how shitty your camera is until you get a good one. Mirrorless cameras are cheap, light, and quite a few are actually better than big hulking DSLRs. Cell phone cameras should only be used when you see something unexpected, not when you plan to document things you want to remember.
from what I've heard and read today, it seems as if you have to spend at least $300 dollars for a good camera (otherwise stick with iphone 4s)..
Just thought about it too late :/