November 16th, 2011



Waking up in Bangkok after arriving last night late. Heading to Vientiane today. pics tonight if I have Wifi. Flew on Korean Air A380, the largest plane in the world, yesterday. Impressive machine.

13 hours in Bangkok

I arrived at 11 PM last night, slept until 7, had breakfast (twice, one omelet at the hotel, and then some awesome noodle soup and duck up the street). Was intrigued to notice that for some reason Thailand drives on the British side of the road. I guess they have to sell all those right hand drive cars somewhere. I stayed near enough to the airport that I had the pleasure of low flying planes all night. I'm not sure if I can actually say I've visited Thailand, any more than I can say I was in the Air Force (inside joke). Anyway, here are a couple images. One from the stupa across the bridge from my hotel, and the other from the airport.

Now I'm off to explore Vientiane a bit. First on the agenda, a real cup of coffee.

Vientiane, day 1

Vientiane, capital of Laos, just over 250,000 people. I've really only had a half day here. My flight arrived at just before noon. I took a quick reconnoiter around the block near the hotel and withdrew 1 million Kip from an ATM (about $125). Then I sat and had some hot and sour fish soup and a Beer Lao while I looked over the Lonely Planet to plan my next stop. After that I took a walk past the US embassy (which I am not allowed to photograph, dammit!), and up one of the main avenues to Patuxai, a giant Laotian ripoff of the Arc De Triomphe. These two shots were taken inside it.

People are very friendly so far, with no heavy handed attempts to sell stuff. I forgot to mention that yesterday in Bangkok, the river next to my hotel was wall to wall carp, all swimming lazily just enough to stay pointed upstream and eat whatever was floating down. Tomorrow I'll walk down to the Mekong and around to the few other sights Vientiane has to offer. Then south.