Trip Start Jul 29, 2008
13Trip End Aug 30, 2008
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I really really wanted to go to Laos and it's been on my list for a bit but I really wasn't planning on going this trip but . . . it's so close. Rachel leaves on the night train tonight for Bangkok and I am a little nervous and really excited to be traveling by myself. I've never traveled by myself, and I don't think the U.S. counts, so it's probably about time. I was feeling really nervous until I talked to this French girl who hasn't been home in two years and is spending 6 months in Asia alone. And after that I booked my slow boat down the Mekong river to the middle of Laos. By deciding to go to Laos I am not going to be able to see everything I wanted to see in Thailand. I am a little sad that I won't be able to see the temple ruins in Sukothai but I don't have enough time. I'm hoping that I'm able to travel fairly easily through Laos but I do know that busses only travel in the day time to avoid robbers. Thats good, but then an 8 hour bus ride is a whole day whereas night busses and trains in Thailand are great, its saves a night in a guesthouse and your there for the day. It's going to be tight but I have 10 days to get down the Mekong to Luang Prabang. Then a 10 hr bus ride south to Vang Vieng, then another 8 hours South to Ventiane, and I can walk across the border to Nong Khai, then hop a train to Bangkok. If I have enough time maybe see Ayuthaya, an hour away from Bangkok. I am a little nervous about traveling to Laos by myself, but go big or go home right? And I'd be really upset at myself if I didn't.
I should mention that Rachel and I went to a Thai cooking class so in theory I should be able to make pad thai when I get back . . . in theory. The class also included a tour a market which was great but I recognized only a few things so yeah. . .
I miss everyone and I don't know how expensive internet will be in Laos so I will get in touch when I can.