Most times, traveling to a new place is fun. Excitement kicks in just as you arrived to the destination; eager to explore, and ready to embark on an adventure. Woohoo!
Unfortunately, there are times when the excitement quickly fades away, due to various reasons. Things may not be as you think they would be, when you were planning your trip; your expectation of a destination may be higher than the reality.
I have faced that kind of situation several times, and although I tried my best to enjoy my time while I was there, I don’t feel the need to go back to those places. Here are three of them:
This may be shocking to most of you, because I am fully aware of how popular Japan is to most Indonesians. When my friends went to Japan, all I heard from them when they came home was about how great their experience was. The food, the culture, everything seemed perfect for them. Even some of them visited Japan 2x a year, on different seasons so they could have different experiences.
The only time I went to Japan was back in 2003, with my parents. We only went to Tokyo on a week-long trip. I think it was sometime in January – winter time. Our itinerary was pretty standard; we went to Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea, we went to Tokyo Dome, Akihabara, Shibuya, etc . All of them were interesting tourist spots (who does not love Disneyland?). Of course, we also ate delicious Sushi and I remember buying yummy Japanese snacks. I even consider Japanese food as one of my favorite!
But, something about Tokyo made me feel uncomfortable.
The hotel that we stayed in was a typical Japanese hotel. It wasn’t Ritz Carlton or anything, instead it was very small. Everything was in micro-size to me. I mean size-wise I’m nowhere near a giant, in fact I can consider myself petite, but still I found everything was so small to my standard.
Also, everything in Tokyo was so fast. Think of the famous Shibuya crossing scene for example. Tons of people crossing the street at the same time, it somehow made me feel lost. Plus, everything was in a language that I don’t understand. At that time, I think there were not many English signs on the street; mostly everything was in Japanese.
Nowadays, I have to say no whenever someone asks me to go to Japan. I’ve been there once, and I think there are other destinations that I have yet to visit, before I go back there again. Perhaps if I ever come back to Japan, I’ll spend more time outside Tokyo, where I can simply enjoy good food and the pretty scenery like I’ve seen from my friends’ posts.
Ho Chi Minh City
I’ve written my experience previously in this post. In general, Ho Chi Minh City to me is just like a much older version of Jakarta, so I don’t think I need to go back. Plus, there are so many motorcycles on the road!! Hahaha sounds so familiar, right?
If I ever set foot in Vietnam again, I’ll definitely opt for Hanoi or Hoi An 🙂
Distance wise, Kuala Lumpur is very close to Jakarta – less than 2 hours flight. There are a lot of cheap flights too, making it a popular destination for Indonesians. I’ve been there several times when I was younger with my family, and then I went there with a friend of mine in 2013 for a weekend break.
I don’t quite remember my impression of the city when I went there with family, but I clearly remember that I did not feel anything special when I went there as a grown up. Again, I think it is very much similar to Jakarta with all the malls and shops.
The only thing that made me excited at that time was the fact that British snacks/food were easier to find in KL than in Jakarta, including Nando’s!!! Well, Nando’s can’t be considered as British food, I know, but it’s just something that I used to go when I lived in the UK. In contrary, I love Penang so much and will definitely go back again if I had a chance.
So those are the 3 cities that I don’t feel like revisiting as a tourist. I’ll share 3 cities that I would really really really love to revisit in the upcoming posts.
Now, what do you think about those cities? Do you also have a city that you don’t want to revisit? Feel free to share in the comment section 🙂