Thursday, December 27, 2012

Asia Adventure Part IV: Cambodia

With a 5:55 am train to catch, I slept fitfully on my last night in Bangkok, waking up every 20 minutes to check the time and trying to shake the sense of foreboding that consumed me. 

Mike and I had parted ways less than 24 hours earlier, but I was uneasy. Why hadn't I just returned with Alicia and Dayn to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party? It would have been easy and it would have been fun. I would have been in the company of friends, instead of here, alone in a hostel room, heading into the unknown. 

But it was too late to turn around. So at 4:30 am, I hauled myself out of bed and into the sticky Bangkok night to catch my train.

I didn't know what was propelling me towards Cambodia. But I did know this; the journey to Siem Reap wasn't going to be an easy one.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Asia Adventure Part III: Thailand

After five days in Tokyo, Mike and I were giddy with excitement to finally leave for Thailand. 

In the airport lounge, exhausted businessmen stared at us in confusion over their beers as we ate dinner and laughed loudly while taking iPad photos. Thailand was going to be good. 

We caught a taxi to Khaosan Road upon arrival. Pushing through the hoards of drunk backpackers in singlets, sticky with sweat, Mike and I walked in near silence. After nearly a week spent wandering Tokyo's quiet, clean streets, arriving in Bangkok was like getting punched in the face. 

Getting to the ocean couldn't come soon enough. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Asia Adventure Part II: Four Days in Tokyo

In 2006, after landing briefly in Hawaii enroute to Sydney, I swore that I'd never again book flights without extensively researching layovers first.

So when it came time to book our tickets to Bangkok, I was prepared; I already knew that the flight stopped in Tokyo and this time, I would be stopping with it.
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