Visiting Southeast Asia without seeing Thailand is like reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but not The Hobbit, eating chili without any jalapeños (or a proper roux base, for that matter), or listening to all of Highway 61 Revisited, but skipping “Like A Rolling Stone.” It may not be your favorite, but it’s a central part of the experience, and perhaps the most well-known part of it at that. Without it, it’s hard to fully appreciate the big picture.
Anyway, I babbled enough about Thailand as a whole in my previous post. Here are some pictures:
If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent countless hours entertaining yourself by scanning the great @_FloridaMan Twitter feed, which highlights some of the day’s more outlandish news stories with the phrase “Florida man” in the headline (“Florida man sets car on fire in McDonald’s parking lot in dispute over dessert;” “Florida man arrested for throwing dog poop at pregnant girlfriend”).
Just me, then?
SOMEWHERE IN NORTHERN LAOS – It’s nearly two-thirty in the morning, and I’ve been on this damned “sleeper” bus for almost five hours now. I’m not sure why sleep is so elusive on this particular night; maybe it’s the fact that the mountainous road from Luang Prabang consists of nearly one hundred straight miles of steeply ascending and descending switchbacks with no real respite before the barely-paved road finally straightens out somewhat after Vang Vieng, or maybe it’s the fact that this area carries a certain notoriety for the restive Hmong tribes that live in the surrounding hillsides and are known to carry out occasional attacks on buses due to an ongoing conflict with the government.