Travelling in South East Asia is sometimes a lot more convenient then travelling in Europe. Sure, it might not always be so comfortable and can often be experienced as a bit more chaotic but they do have a few tricks that we could learn from. With a mix of trust and patience there is usually no problem in getting from A to B.
Good things about travelling in South East Asia
For the common tourist destinations:
– you usually don’t have to buy the ticket in a special ticket office. You can buy it in a small stand at the street or at your hotel/hostel.
– you can often buy a package that includes both land and sea transfer. This means no need for getting separate tickets along the way.
– somehow they do keep track of you along the way and make sure that you end up in the right place.
My trip to Nusa Lembogan
A typical example of how traveling can be is my recent journey to the island Nusa Lembogan just east of Bali. I started by asking my hostel in Ubud how I can go to the island. They answered that I can buy the ticket from them. The ticket would include pickup from the hostel, car transportation to the harbor in Sanur and then the boat trip over to Nusa Lembongan. I paid the money but did not get a ticket, “-It is not needed, I have given them your name”. This is where I trusted him, sometimes that is just the way it goes. In the morning of the journey I got picked up by a motorbike. Sure, it was half an hour late but that is where a good book and patience come in. The motorbike then took me to a gas station five minutes away where I was told to wait. While waiting I met a lovely fellow traveller going to the same place so now I had a bit of company. After about ten minutes of waiting I was showed to a minivan where the driver just asked me for my name. The minivan dropped me off at the harbor and I was handed over to a new local person. This person added my name to a paper ticket that some other tourists had and then I could enter the boat and go to my destination. Easy peasy!
Of course I did have a ticket (I payed for one) but I never had to worry about loosing it as it was never in my hand.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
/Augustine of Hippo