On Friday my girlfriend and I met with our Thai friends from Rom Mai Thai (a great Seattle Thai restaurant) one last time before we left. One of them talked to his cousin in Bangkok, who has agreed to help us get adjusted when we get there. This makes me feel much better about things. So far Thai people seem to be the nicest people in the world.
My girlfriend and I are leaving for Thailand tomorrow. I’d be lying if I said that we’re 100% ready. I’ve gone on long trips like this before and I’ve come to expect that there are just so many little things that crop up that you just don’t have time to do. You end up staying up all night the night before you leave taking care of the most important ones.
(Staying up all night is all so good because it makes sure that you’re completely exhausted by the time you get on the airplane. You’ll sleep the whole time and find that you don’t get jet lag when you arrive.)
I’m only bringing a few changes of clothing, some basic toiletries, a book (chosen mostly because of its small physical size), a netbook to keep connected and to do a little work now and then, a camera, and the necessary documents (passport, etc.).
Our rough itinerary is this:
Bangkok: September 29 – October 21
Krabi: October 21 – October 28
Kuala Lumpur: October 28 – November 1
Singapore: November 1 – November 7
Bangkok: November 7 – 17
Chiang Mai: November 17 – 24
Bangkok: November 24 – December 7
This might change a bit, but this is roughly where we will be over the next two months or so.
Anyway, from what I understand Bangkok is pretty wired with lots of good internet access, so I should be able to make regular updates on the road, but things are probably going to be a little chaotic when we first get there. Please understand if I can’t respond to all of your comments.