A Student in South Easy Asia
Asia is a big place, with a population of around 4.4 billion; it is easy to get lost amongst the hustle and bustle of every day life. This is exactly the reason I chose to travel there! As a student currently on a placement at the time I went about travelling a little differently to most. Unlike others I took a placement year off university and got myself a job within my field of study. Where was the placement situated? Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, perfect! KL has one of the best-connected airports within South East Asia with cheap and promotional flights running every week to countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia. This allowed me to travel every weekend to different and unique parts across Asia while still having a positive influence on my studies and earning just enough to make a living.
It is worth noting before I gained this job I took a placement in Berlin, which was a major factor in getting my job role in Asia. I do feel very lucky to have gained the experience of which I did while still attending university. So what is travelling in Asia on short burst weekends like?
The obvious downsides are not feeling like you get the full experience of really being a traveller. While this is true the upsides almost certainly make up for this. Having the option to pick which new and exciting adventure you go on the following weekend is superb. All made possible from KL’s international airport hub and easy booking travel agency’s like Sedunia, which I found myself phoning on more than one occasion straight from the office and comfort of my desk. I worked at a consultancy firm, in case you are interested.
Koh Phi Phi
One of the most memorable places I had the pleasure of visiting was the awesomeness that was Thailand. Lets face it, I was still a student back then, and Thailand offers cheap alcohol (buckets!) with a fantastic party scene. I caught a short 1 hour 30 flight to Krabi from KL airport early Thursday morning having taken 2 days off work. That was then followed by a short ferry trip to Koh Phi Phi Island. A real paradise. I went with 3 colleagues, who also were partial to an alcoholic beverage. Needless to say we started drinking pretty much straight away and the following days were made up of us making fools of ourselves but enjoying every moment. The locals are friendly and used to seeing Europeans from the major tourism industry that is flourishing there.
My final thoughts to sum up my experience can be simply explained in that I want more and more people to visit places like I did. It is not as hard as people think it is and it really makes you open your eyes as to how similar people can be, even living on the other side of the world. At least that is what I found. So what are you waiting for? Start travelling!
Image 1: zzclef
Image 2: Prashanth Durgiah Raju