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Travel Around Thailand 3 – Take Off

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 trying to move toward becoming a minimalist after reading Life Zero and listening to their Podcast while I was wrapping up my thesis in 2009, so I’m trying to pack as light as possible.

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.

Have fun and don’t work too hard :D


  1. Hey Clayton,

    thanks for your answer in the other post. Made me
    think that I’m probably trying to overcomplicate
    things. I am always thinking “how would this thing
    run if I wasn’t there?”.

    Have a great time in Thailand!

    You might also wanna take a journal and a nice
    pen with you. ;)

  2. Have tons of fun man. Hopefully it’s a nice break from the grind of article spinning that we love so much. Have a great time!

  3. Have a great trip man! It’s awesome that you’re taking advantage of your ‘location & time independent’ income!

  4. Nice route plan. Have a save journey and have an enjoyable time around SE Asia :)

  5. Hey Clayton,

    I imagine that you will be reading this comment when you are at internet cafe somewhere in Bangkok.

    I sent you an email. Do call me in Singapore for the JetPack beer bonus. :)

  6. Hope you had a safe journey Clayton. Looking forward to your next post! :)

    The chance to experience life with different cultures is a great teaching experience. I think you will learn a lot during your journey.

    I hope you’ll be able to share a few pics of your journey with us.

    Take care and enjoy your journey..

  7. Have a great trip Clayton! I definitely recommend Vagabonding by Rolf Potts (and so does Tim from 4HWW –

    Also, I definitely recommend a Kindle – if you love to read and travel a lot, there is nothing like being able to choose from 700k books instead of a single wall of English books at a Thai bookstore!

    Most important rule for me to travel is if I’m having fun, stay! Don’t move on because your on a schedule or the next place sounds better – it almost never is…

    • Thanks for the comments everyone. So far Bangkok is great! We’ve only been here 5 days, but there has been so much going on. I’ll definitely be posting soon when I can find a little down time :)

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