Buddha assembly line, Savannakhet, Laos
In comparison to India, travel in Laos and Thailand was simple and hassle-free. Thailand is well developed and the transportation is reliable while Laos is charmingly mellow.
We crossed from Lao-Bao outside of Hue, Vietnam and rode smoothly back into Laos. Savannaket was like any number of sleepy Central Valley (CA) towns. Dogs wandered purposefully. Still warm air hung well into the night. Not much seemed to be going on.
Fading light outside Nom Lung Lake, Laos
Women making reed torches
Bag insignia for the grain of strength
The last thing you want to come across while hiking
From Savannakhet we bussed back to Bangkok, stayed the night in the red-light district of Sukhumvit, then arranged another day's worth of bus and boat rides that would get us to the island of Koh Chang. I'm not much of a water person but beaches in Thailand will relax the shoes right off you.
Young Thai cliff divers at Nam Tok Klong Plu waterfall
Z at our wee cottage (Apple Bungalows, Koh Chang)
Thousand-armed sand dollar
Back in Bangkok we ate our fill of amazing curries and sticky rice and even tried a durian before boarding a plane back to Oahu where we decompressed a bit before heading to Southern California.
Awesome street-food, Banglamphu Market...
and in Sukhumvit...Bangkok
Youth procession, Banglamphu Market
Typical Bangkok skyline
More travel notes over at other-climes.