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I’ve only made my first passport last year, a couple of months before embarking on my maiden trip overseas. I went to Macau for one month as a graduation celebration, funded by myself (or rather, what was left of my study loan), before I officially began my career correcting people’s atrocious punctuation and grammar. πŸ˜† (I’m really not one to talk, as I often come across typos in my posts here.) And just recently, my posts of late have been about my latest and second trip overseas, which was Bangkok for vacation. My beautiful vacation lasted four days and they were the best four days this year despite the unrelenting heat and the few sour moments when we were swindled by locals making a quick buck off us.

So anyway, whenever I think about Bangkok, I also think about Macau. Being the first two cities out of the country that I have visited, they hold a special place in my heart. They couldn’t be more different than each other, though!

The first difference that struck me was that Macau was scenic as Bangkok was not. Bangkok is not a beautiful place, in my opinion. Perhaps I did not go to the right places? Macau, on the other hand, is beautiful, especially in the city. It is not difficult to find a nice view in Macau. They have plenty of beautiful gardens, and the casinos try to outdo each other with spectacular lightings at night. Macau Tower is the best place to view the best of Macau.

The second difference between Macau and Bangkok would be the people. In Macau, I look like another Macanese until I open my mouth and my strangely-accented Cantonese comes out. I don’t remember exceptional rudeness from Macau people, and I do remember the salesgirls in shops being pretty polite, at least providing better service than their Malaysian counterparts. However, the taxi drivers were quite nonchalant and brusque. It could be just my luck. In Bangkok, you could tell I was definitely not local. Someone even asked me if I was Japanese. πŸ˜• So perhaps that might be a reason I felt Thai people are friendlier in my contact with them. The salespeople were mostly polite, save some of them from Chatuchak market, probably because I was just one of the many tourists there. I might be biased here, but I would say Thai people are friendlier than Macau people.

The third difference is food, of course! I have spent a month in Macau, so even though I might not have had the best of food there is to offer there, I would say I could judge it pretty well. And my verdict is that Macanese food is bland. Whatever dish they have that is labelled ‘spicy’ is totally not. And I am someone who cannot really take food that is too spicy. Not only is Macanese food bland, it is also much too porky for my liking. In Malaysia, it’s all about chicken, beef or fish. In Macau, it’s all about the pork. Meanwhile, in Bangkok we only managed a semi-decent Thai meal at a seafood restaurant. There, I got to sample an exquisite tom yum goong! That was easily the best dish I savoured during my vacation. Other dishes I fondly remembered are the fried rice and pork noodle stew that Angel and I bought from the streets just outside of the hotel. I don’t think it was very Thai, but it is Thai street food and it was good.

The fourth difference is toilets!! I’m not too sure which city has better toilets. There will always be bad toilets, of course, but I think Macau is slightly better in this department. The memory of their impeccable bathrooms at the University of Macau had a lot to do with my decision. πŸ˜€ In Bangkok, clean toilets are more accessible if the place you’re at is of a higher ‘class’. Siam Paragon mall had clean toilets, of course, as did our hotel room. Best toilet in Bangkok, our hotel room. :mrgreen:

The fifth and final difference is… shopping, what else!!! Needless to say, Bangkok wins this hands down. Bangkok is excellent for cheap but tasteful shopping for every kind of budget. You would not need to look hard or far to find something you like; you would need determination to resist buying excessively! Which I miserably failed at. πŸ˜€ Shopping in Macau is quite similar to shopping in Malaysia. Price wise, it is slightly cheaper in Macau but the fashion is so safe and boring. Just walk down the street of both Bangkok and Macau and you can see the clear difference. Girls on a Bangkok street would be colourfully and skimpily attired to various degrees. Girls on a Macau street are pretty much the same – short-sleeved T-shirt with jeans or shorts.

So, all that said, which do I prefer, Macau or Bangkok?

It depends, of course. If I am looking for a quick getaway, 3 days 2 nights, Macau would be my choice. You can cover all the major tourist spots by the second day because they’re all so near each other; Macau is a small place, after all – which is an advantage for people who dislike commuting too long during their travel. You would not need to spend much here because there isn’t much variety, in my opinion. Must-try local delicacies would be the Portuguese egg tart, a pork burger and perhaps Portuguese cuisine if you can afford it. Food is expensive in Macau, I forgot to mention. Must-buy souvenirs would be biscuits from famous Chinese bakeries.

If you’re looking for a longer vacation, Bangkok will keep you entertained for weeks, certainly! That is, if you have the money to burn. πŸ˜€ Bangkok is a big city and there are innumerable places to shop and temples to visit and interesting activities to experience. From floating markets to elephant rides to risque shows πŸ˜‰ there’s something for everyone in Bangkok. Thai food is famous worldwide and for good reason, surely. I have yet to taste the best of Bangkok food, so I’d think food is better than what I’ve eaten during my vacation. And if you’re adventurous, there are always the fried bugs to try. πŸ˜€

One might think Bangkok is a better destination to head than Macau, but I wouldn’t necessarily agree. It depends what is your budget and what is your objective. If you’re looking for a relaxing, quick getaway, Macau is a great choice. If you’re looking for new experiences and a crazy, hectic holiday, Bangkok would suit you better. πŸ™‚

Okay, that’s all the tourism promotion for my currently two favourite cities! πŸ˜†

Comments on: "Comparing My Two Travels" (11)

  1. lovelyloey said:

    Just wait till you get here.
    Clean toilets, small scenic city with lots going on and girls dressed in all manners, shopping of all varieties … all the best things crammed into a country just 64km east to west.
    And did I mention that no one, absolutely no one will care if you’re a foreigner? LOL

    sulz: singapore tourism much? πŸ˜€ yeah, i really want to visit singapore for my next overseas destination. hopefully i can save better this time!

    • lovelyloey said:

      Singapore tourism? It’s something we live and breathe on. Unlike some stupid American city I’m going to visit, our tourist information centre is open on Sundays. That’s one sure sign we are actually serious about our tourists, lol.

      sulz: wah, so patriotic. πŸ˜› what city is that? their tourist info centre isn’t open on sundays? hmm, i’m not sure if ours are open on sundays but i would be really surprised if it isn’t – it’s only logical to open on sundays!

      • lovelyloey said:

        San Francisco.
        Yah, it’s not opened on Sundays, and only half-day on Saturday. How stupid.
        Heh, it’sn not patriotism. It’s National Education i.e. Brainwash.

        sulz: haha, err… no comment. πŸ˜›

  2. finally the trip ended on a good note provided you splurged a hell lot of money on shopping πŸ˜› and what more you got a taste of thai culture.
    Bangkok seems to be totally opposite in contrast to Macau , so where are you planning to go next?
    try for south american or latin countries ……..i too want to visit one ….may be brazil or chile ! πŸ˜›

    sulz: much too soon, sadly! and ouch, said my pocketbook. πŸ˜€

    i’m hoping singapore! i should do as many asian countries as possible before i embark to any european country. i believe i won’t want to travel to asian countries anymore after the taste of snow and spring and all that asian countries haven’t got to offer!

  3. oh how can i forget to include this one other difference? in macau, i met my blog buddy lovelyloey and in bangkok i met my thai friend keo, who i got to know from the summer course i entered in macau!

    ah, bless my international friends. πŸ˜€

  4. Don’t worry, I’ve been confused with some other minority in the past when I was in the city last; Some guy almost got it right, when I was near the stall of Botticelli’s in the train station, until he lost 50 extra brownie points when he asked me if I was from K.L. Too bad it wasn’t visual, because I would’ve sent it to The Fail Blog πŸ˜›

    sulz: well, you gotta give him props for nailing the right country by association! technically i’m no kl-ite but i wouldn’t feel bad for being mistaken as someone from there. now japanese is way too far off. i have no japanese inclinations whatsoever. i only ever eaten at sushi king, and that’s only when they have promotions!

  5. ROFLMAO I hate going to places with inadequate toilet facilities. I guess it goes back to my very early years when we lived in a few places where the toilets were outhouses. I was just a little kid but I can still remember the awful stench. At least the toilet paper was entertaining as everybody used the mail order catalogs for toilet paper. I can still remember going on vacation with my folks in the late 70’s visiting friends and relatives living in the Southern States of the US and we still ran into several outhouse facilities – even at a couple of businesses. Yikes!

    I guess I can never understand peoples fascination with traveling great distances and choosing shopping as a source of entertainment. LOL! When I am visiting someplace new -shopping is not on my agenda unless a clothing emergency arrives. I want museums and other places of interest. Plus I want to partake in the local flavors of food. Nothing amuses me more than when people go on vacation and then flock to some fast food or chain restaurant to eat at. I call those people grazing cattle. πŸ˜‰

    sulz: i share the same sentiments. i am very uncomfortable with wet toilets and unfortunately most malaysians like to wet the toilets. πŸ˜•

    hah, so you are calling me grazing cattle, huh?? :mrgreen: i think everything is a new experience no matter how similar it is, be it shopping or eating at fast food restaurants. they aren’t all the same!

  6. Firerocket said:

    I think we share mutual feelings about Bangkok, but not so much about Macau. Maybe it’s just because I’m so sick of the city-life that all cities now just seem too fake and flashy. I don’t know. But anyway, I received your package today. It was very sweet of you πŸ™‚ Thank you. I’ve eaten it all already, but I plan on keeping the box, it looks very cool. Hahah
    And the post card is beautiful too by the way. πŸ™‚
    I’ve decided, if I find something that reminds me of you, I’ll send it your way.

    sulz: i think macau is not very city city! compared to what little i saw of hong kong, macau is quite laidback and serene. yay! hehe, i thought of you when i saw it cos you said in your blog before you wanted to quit smoking but can’t.

    a postcard will do really, no need to crack your head thinking what to get me. i collect postcards! and bookmarks. πŸ˜€

  7. So when are you coming to Chennai? Would love to see you write about my city πŸ˜€
    Your post makes me want to visit the two places and do the comparisons myself πŸ™‚

    sulz: after singapore, perhaps? (because i have been saying i want to visit singapore since don’t know when that i have to go now or otherwise i’ll just be saying it over and over again! haha) i definitely want to visit india, seeing as i have many blog buddies from here. hopefully the currency exchange will be in my favour that will enable me to do a mini backpack tour of india! πŸ˜€

    oh you should… i think you will like macau very much. they will be opening a science centre late this year or next, i think a will like that! as for bangkok, if you like shopping then definitely you will love it. πŸ˜€

  8. It will be nice reading such a comparison when u visit India πŸ˜€

    sulz: in the near future, i hope!

  9. hey!
    wow, u really summed it up for ur readers, sulz ! and u did a really good job at that, btw.
    Although i’d love to visit these places too, now that u describe em…. I’d have a reeeally tough time , I think… I’m vegetarian !
    but yea, the toilet part’s pretty important in travel, now that I think of it… and ure one of the few travellers to write about it so sincerely πŸ˜€

    a great read

    sulz: thank you for the compliment! hmm, yes that’s true… but you know where to stay in bangkok for that reason – the hotel i stayed in serves vegetarian food for breakfast! hehe, well, we’re all human and nature calls every day, so toilets are a pretty important aspect of travel life, i’d think!

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