Why is this beach in Bali almost empty? This recent picture was taken at Legian Beach, normally crowded during the peak of the tourist season.
Is it because COVID is such a danger in Indonesia? No, a relatively tiny number of people have died of COVID in Indonesia, far fewer than die in car accidents, from heart disease, cancer, or any number of causes.
Is it because the Indonesian government is exercising reasonable prudence based on sound scientific evidence? No.
It’s because the world has gone mad, and fear overwhelms every rational thought, and every other consideration.
This time in history will not be known as the time that COVID reigned; it will be known as the time that people around the world panicked and inflicted “cures” that were far worse than the disease.
When so many of us are stuck at home, it’s good to remember the good times we’ve had in the past while traveling, and we’ll have again in the future.
To help you along on that journey, we’ll include one of our reader’s comments about her last year in Bali:
“The last year was that good because of all the beauty that I witnessed, diving at night in Amed for hours being mesmerized by bioluminescence, surfing in the most beautiful places by the rocks, so many times, so many sunsets, so many times going in the ocean during the first light, under the moon, watching the sky full of starts endless times, meeting so many truly incredible human beings, so much salt on the skin, so much time spent on the sand laughing and smiling, so many adventures, it’s that “unbearable lightness of being”, not to mention love, of course. But here even just driving from the hill down to your favorite cafe to have coffee feels like a dream in the endless summer.”
The beach may be empty right now, but it’s full of memories. And plans for your future.
When a culture just becomes a series of dusty museums and temples with picture-taking tourists, it dies. It lives when the older people pass on the skills to the young, such as when these boys learn traditional musical instruments in Bangkok, an otherwise very modern city.
The central part of Bali is overcrowded. But just an hour away you’ll find really nice resorts where you can still live the Bali dream, like
@wakahotels. Unspoiled beach, quiet, and the restaurant view is just like this picture portrays it; look right onto the crashing waves.
This huge, and wildly complex, painting can be found along with two other very tall paintings on the top floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Bangkok. This beautiful museum is a bit hard to find but features some of the best contemporary work in Asia.
Minimalism never quite took hold in Thailand, which you’ll notice in particular in Buddhist temples, like Wat Umong Mahathera Chan, a 700-year-old temple in Chiang Mai.
Attention; Hotel and commercial real estate developers.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to do something really unique and cool. This hotel in the Chinese section of #Bangkok has a reflecting pool on the ground level, just a few inches deep but a visual treat. #chinatown
So you’re traveling abroad, and you love the local arts and crafts, but you can’t afford the big art. Just go to the place the locals buy cloth to make their own clothes. You can find amazing, limited run textiles, beautiful like art, like this piece from Bangalore, India.
Let’s face it; sometimes travel is a drag. Big crowds, hassles, high prices. But even in a waiting crowd, like at the always crowded Grand Temple in Bangkok, you have to appreciate the little things. Like this very cute outfit on this kid.
So many temples, but each a bit different. Wat Chiang Man is a 13th-century temple with a gold chedi offering ancient Buddha & elephant statues on scenic grounds in Chiang Mai, Thailand.