Thailand or India?

View Poll Results: Travel to Thailand or India
Thailand and Southeast Asia, try something new! 3 16.67%
Return to India-build deeper the knowledge and experienes already collected! 14 77.78%
Stay home, surrender to no need to go anywhere to find "the journey and wisdom"! 1 5.56%
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#1 Aug 5th, 2010, 00:41
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In the vast information age we are living options are seemingly limitless and over-abundant. Living as a participant in one of the most privileged countries in the world gives great comfort and ease in life, while at the same time (if we are conscious enough) pushes the individual in this position to great levels of responsibility.
Resonsibility and integrity, because we have the opportunity to be generally (or even incredibly) free in our choices and views and experiences. And if conscious enough can take this level of 'freedom in choice' and utilize it not only for ourselves but for the great wellbeing.
For me I take this into great meditation and sensitivity. Asking, how can I live and travel, learn and explore, have fun and give while still keeping my resonsibility to "the Whole".
I am planning a trip this coming October for at least 6 months. I am creating this poll and message in the wish that others may benefit and be inspired to consider the above, as well as the results of the poll.
With the above kept in mind:
1) Travel to Thailand Southeast Asia
2) Return to India!
3) Stay the heck home and surrender to journey at home.

Travel to a new place (Thailand and southeast asian countries) or return to India for a fourth time with intention to visit new places, build in study of Ayurveda and revisit my villager friends in Himalayas-thus further supporting foreign exchange and subsistence agriculture. The later (India) would create an opportunity to create deeper connection with India and travel there, since I have much experience already I could use this experience and knowledge and delve rather deeper and "off the beat path". For in Thailand and southeast asia I am new and would have to start from a blank slate, but with the transformative power of stepping into the unknown.
I hope others may consider this when they ponder venturing to new places, or returning to familiar places...
Lets see what the poll results say.
Thanks everyone!
#2 Aug 5th, 2010, 01:29
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I think the people choosing to go to Thailand will be on the Thai sites --- not here.

As for me: I'll stay the heck at home. In India.
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In some ways its like asking 'Should I go higher or deeper'. Go deep! Come back to India.You seem to have some kind of a connection here and India is calling you back again; maybe there is something here for you to do!
Good Luck!
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What a shocker, the 3 of us all voted for you to return to India!

Seriously, seems like you have a lot to offer, and appreciate what India has to offer so India seems like a good fit.
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Not quite... I voted to stay at home.

Actually, I've been hankering after a trip to London!
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D. Try West Africa for a complete change of pace.
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IMO, southeast asia can't compete with India as a travel destination, even for a 4th trip (i'm having my 5th this autumn...) Maybe you can give a chance to Myanmar, i went there last year and i found it very very very interesting.
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I was in a similar quandary this spring, planning for a trip later in the year. Do I return to India and another part of the Himalayas for the third year in a row, or go to Thailand and Cambodia for the first time? India, here I come!

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Not Thailand, but Cambodia or Vietnam is a good alternative to India.

India has much more variety and depth than all these countries, sure. But it all comes down to what one wants to do on one particular trip in the end. A five star buffet is of limited use if one just wants a salad.
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Actually, Thailand is a country I do want to visit sometime. Not only would I like to see it, but also it would be an interesting experience for my wife and I to visit a culture unknown to both of us.

Singapore certainly didn't provide that: the shops were as Western as I could desire, and as many people spoke Tamil as she could desire!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Actually, Thailand is a country I do want to visit sometime. Not only would I like to see it, but also it would be an interesting experience for my wife and I to visit a culture unknown to both of us.

Singapore certainly didn't provide that: the shops were as Western as I could desire, and as many people spoke Tamil as she could desire!

I have been to Thailand and i felt its not much different from other south east asian countries culture wise, with influences of Buddhism and Hinduism. Bangkok was like a combination of singapore and mumbai with shopping malls very similar to what you find in singapore.
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Must visit India

I am sure some of the Indian cities have no parallel in the world. Must visit cities in Rajasthan or south indian cities in and around Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka. Besides there are a lot of other places all over India worth visiting. So those who have missed India have missed a lot in their lifetime.
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You could do few months in SEA, and few months in India
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I vote India since you clearly already have a connection.

After traveling/working in SE Asia for 6 months and returning to India now, I feel like I am going home. Nothing can compare to India. Not even Thailand. It is certainly different, and interesting, but you know your heart already lies in India I think. 6 months in SE Asia gets old, fast. Especially in a city like Bangkok.

You could always spend 4-5 months in India and visit Thailand for a month or so on the way out.
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Ah yes, as I assumed responses would be.
We'll keep in up and see what others may have to say.
Yeah, the connection in India runs deep and I guess when looking at southeast asia I didn't realize JUST how much depth and diversity India really has.
I'm not one to stick in cities anywhere for too long, and am particularly interested in village life and exploring, immersing.
Thanks everyone!

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