The time has finally come...Tomorrow, we hop on the bus to take us to Narita to start our next trip, this time parts of Southeast Asia. I'll fly to Singapore, while Melody and Lori will fly to Bangkok. Sure enough, just as I expected, things settled down enough to allow travel to Thailand once again. But, to change the plans yet again would have cost a bunch of money. So, in the old airborne parlance, "hold what you got."
We'll all arrive at our respective destinations pretty late. I'm staying at a hostel downtown, and on Friday morning, will be heading out for a day trip to nearby Malaysia. Melody and Lori will enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and most certainly, the tastes of Bangkok. On Friday, they'll head for the border via bus, and then after crossing (at least according to the brochure) continue on to Siem Reap / Angkor Wat via pickup truck. I'll meet them there after flying in from Singapore that afternoon.
If you want to get a feel for some of what we'll be experiencing on our trip, check out Erik Trinidad's The Global Trip 2004 entries on Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore. He's got some great writing, and a bunch of pictures scattered throughout the blog. While you're there, surf around to some of his other experiences using the drop down menu on the upper left side of the page. My personal favorite is his near-death experience in Nepal. Not that I was glad he almost died, mind you...It's a riveting story.
We're glad the trip is finally here. We're mostly packed...Melody still has a couple of things left to stuff in her backpack; but, we're pretty much ready to go.
We'd appreciate prayers for safe and fun travel. And, we'll try to update the blog when we have the chance. Internet cafe's are everywhere, so we should be able to get a post or 2 up while out there on the road.
So, stay tuned!