“Ever notice that ‘What the hell’ is always the right decision?” – Marilyn Monroe
Let’s acknowledge the Thai elephant in the room: 30-something woman planning a last-minute trip alone to SE Asia — it’s totally an Eat, Pray, Love-style cliche. But, whatever!
- Planning time: 5 days flat
- Travel time: 29 days
- Countries planned: 3 (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos)
- Known travel companions: 0 (But I’m with a tour group of 10 for 15 days, and I think that I’ve almost sold a few of you nomads-at-heart on meeting me in Bangkok for NYE!)
My visit to the Travel Doctor made me take the SE Asian Malaria Mosquitoes pretty seriously. I’ve been pumped full of injectable and pill-form vaccines, and I’ve treated my long clothing with Permethrin, the latest in Mosquito Avoidance Technology. The bad news is that there’s no prevention or cure for mosquito-transmitted Dengue Fever, also known as “bone-breaking fever.” Sounds like a party. On the other hand, the good news is that it’s not the season for Japanese Encephalitis. So, yay?
I’m nearly packed. The big question on my mind tonight is whether to bring my iPad AND my 11″ Macbook Air so that I can edit photos on the road, or if that puts me at too much risk, carrying all that plus my camera, etc.? I am open to thoughts on this.
Other important questions:
- How will Santa Claus find me in Laos?
- Why did I book a tour that passes through a town that proudly serves fried spider? “It’s recommended that you eat these furry arachnids as you would a crab, by cracking the body open and pulling the legs off one by one – delicious!” Holy barf.
After the group tour ends, I have 7 days in Thailand that I haven’t planned out yet — no hotels booked. I’m still considering where I want to spend NYE, how much beach time I want, and how safe I’ll feel traveling around by myself. I’m leaning toward splitting the final days between Chiang Mai and a beach resort… although I suspect NYE in Bangkok might be fun.
Turns out that packing for Cambodia looks a lot like packing for yoga class! Plus nasty chemicals.