June 17, 2009 1:19 PM, Anonymous commented on the Sitangkai "Venice of the South" blog post: "as travelling to this place without a male companion is taken as something out of this world, i am wondering what it's like to travel there as an out lesbian couple?"
That was such an important comment/question. Here is my reply: "Everything about our travel to Sitangkai was pleasant. Thus, we encourage you ladies to travel to this beautiful place. Like any travel though to off the beaten tracks, travel to this place should be planned--research, research, precautions, precautions.
"In travelling to Sitangkai, we recognized the sensitivity of the locals to women travellers. Recognizing this, we did not further challenge them on a further sensitive issue--that of lesbianism; thus PDA (public display of affection) was a no no then. It's a tough world, indeed. But, hey, let the locals be used to women travellers. Hopefully in time, the world would turn around and lesbian travellers would just be an accepted occurrence to them."