There’s travel, and then there’s vacation.
After a long stint of travel in Myanmar — buses, trucks, taxis, boats, trekking, and hotels with odd flaws like bathroom odors, water that pulses hot and cold, wheezing pumps near the room, etc. — I’ve been on a bit of a luxury vacation in Thailand, first at Cape Dara in Pattaya, and now for a few days in Bangkok at the trendy and spot-on Aloft Hotel. On Monday I didn’t even leave my hotel until evening. I had lunch in the hotel restaurant and sat in the rooftop pool for a while. These are not backpacker joints. They’re fancy hotels, pleasant and stylish, and a bargain for the price.
Heaven. For a while, anyway.
Tomorrow I’m back on the road, to Saigon for Tet. I don’t know what it will be, but I am hopeful it will be something. I needed some nothing for a few days — a chance to catch up on my writing and blogging and photo posting, to lie around, to feel zero pressure to go be a tourist and see the sights — and now I’ve had my fill.
The second half
I suppose this is a kind of halftime lull, even if it’s a few days before the midpoint. Plans for the second half are starting to come into focus:
- Vietnam for Tet and then a little beach time until mid-February.
- Cambodia, Laos, and Northern Vietnam from mid-February to mid-April.
- Back to Thailand for Songkran in mid-April, with maybe some South Thailand beach time before or after.
- May in Singapore and Indonesia.
Now’s the time to get in touch if you want to join me for any of those places.
Myanmar and Vietnam galleries are up. There will also be a trickle of Myanmar blog posts over the next few days.
Myanmar (January 2016)
- Bagan Day 1 of 3
- Bagan Day 2 of 3
- Bagan Day 3 of 3
- Mandalay and Environs
- Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake
- Inle Lake
- Yangon Again
- Hpa An
- Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)
Vietnam (December 2015-January 2016)