Tom's Trip to South East Asia

Out of the 'Boat for a few months of tropical travel. No lease, No Dog, No work, No snow, might be the best time of my life to do something extreme. Watch from your office as I soak in sun and culture in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam this mud season.

Monday, September 25, 2006


Well this is the first post of my first blog. I'm just about all set to leave for Bangkok to join the tanks on the streets. Excitement doesn't even begin to describe my anticipation for what's to come over the next three months. For those of you who haven't witnessed my preparations over the last few months and don't know what I'm up to, I'll fill you in. I am flying to Bangkok on the first of October and returning to Denver from Hanoi on December 3rd. In between I have a vague itinerary including travel in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, with a possible detour to New Zealand. I have been planning this trip since the spring and finally caught up to doing something about making it happen about 5 weeks ago and getting to the doctor last week. Clearly I still have a knack for procrastination and pulling it together in the last minute. I am arriving alone and am on my own schedule, but I'm looking forward to meeting new people from all over to keep me company along the way.
The news of a military coup on the streets of Bangkok last Tuesday had me punching the walls in frustration that my trip was probably ruined or at least seriously rearranged with expensive airline ticket changes and possible exclusion of seeing Thailand at all. I was bummed. I am still prepared to make adjustments if need be but with further research and a little time for things to settle Bangkok seems safe enough to travel to. For those of you who haven't followed this story with the detail I have, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was removed from power by the Chief General of the Thai Army while attending the UN general assembly in NYC. The military has declared martial law and has the support of the much loved monarch, with promises of a civilian appointed PM in the next few days and an election in a year. Thank God Buddhists, and Asian people in general hate conflict and turmoil in public, valuing calm and composure as a means of saving face. It seems the general attitude in Bangkok and Thailand towards the coup is relaxed and non-confrontational, although the curtailing of political liberties under the military is of some considerable concern. So from initial frustration on my part, I am now optimistic and interested in seeing first hand how it all pans out. Still, I'm gonna get out of Bangkok as quickly as I can after landing as it seems to be the hottest spot in a cool conflict.
So I have a few more days in Steamboat to watch the foliage change and build up my anticipation and anxiety before heading to Denver to fly into the unknown adventures ahead of me in tropics of SE Asia. I will be updating this blog regularly as per requirement by my nervous mother. Hope some of you find this interesting enough to follow. Wishing everyone the best while I'm on the road. Please feel free to respond at anytime as I might get lonely from time to time and would love to hear from a familiar face.