Friday, March 24, 2006

To Laos... and beyond!

Kuala Lumpur let us down with the inopertunity to travel longer, so we took the tracks to Bangkok. We wanted to take the train because the journey is long (14 hours just to Hat Yai on the border of Thailand) but the sleeper train we caught was not bad. We wanted to get there as soon as possible so we took the only available seats for the next available train to Bangkok. Sure they were third class but at least there was aircon we thought, in Malaysia we rode in third class aircon and it was not bad, reclining seats, semi-comfortable. Thailands standards however are a but different as we came to realize. 18 hours of rock-hard bench seats facing two strangers with the aircon blasting so hard that I practically got frostbite with a temperature of 40 degrees outside! Uncomfortable doesn't begin to describe it.
Ok but that's the name of the traveling game right?
So on to the positives, we are prospectively leaving tomorrow to Vientienne in Laos. Everyone we talk to has loved Laos and has recommended it completely, I hope that we have a similar experience. We plan to spend three weeks in Laos then two weeks in Cambodia, I am thrilled! If I get My way, we will spend our final week on a beach in Cambodia then come back to Bangkok to fly home. We are scheduled to arrive home on May 9th... Happy Birthday Mom!
So in the meantime we have been bumming around Bangkok in the livid wet heat waiting for our visas and to buy film and I get to do some shopping yay !

This is a bit of Khao San Road goodness.

Last night we met up with Bee and his friend Paul and we even bumped into Dan's friend Matt by chance earlier that day so we all went to the "Gas Station" (a bar) and had a good time. I don't know how it will be in Laos for internet, so you may not hear form me for a while, but it doesn't mean that I'm not thinking about you.


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