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The end of the around the world trip. Back in America.

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

With a happy heart, and dreading a long ass flight I took a shared shuttle bus to the spic and span new airport. Finally I got to take the raised express way which was not possible on anything with two wheels. It was pretty damn nice with no stop lights, everybody running balls out and only two toll stops. It took maybe ten minutes to cover the distance which took me around two hours traveling along Sukhumvit road.

Slowly I had tapered off the super budget traveling which hovered around the 10-15 dollar per day range. Business class hotels and my own transport made me pretty hesitant to stay anywhere which did not have satellite tv and a good shower. The fifteen plus hours to California was definitely not something I was looking forward to and it would be safe to say added another couple of months to my Asia travels as I just dreaded the thought of being stuck in the flying tube. Had there been a nice trans-Pacific freeway, Amo and I would have been cruising for a week stopping to fish for whales along the way. I finally decided that I had to leave or risk spending writing a year six so I settled on something that would at least appease my apprehension.

$1400US for Business class on flights from Bangkok to Taipei then Taipei to Los Angeles. Fifteen hours scrunched in economy class during major cutbacks of service on airlines was very disconcerting. It was a ton of money especially versus on how long I could have lived with the cost in Asia. It however was the only semi-reasonable way of getting back to the States and not totally dreading it every second of the way. I am by the way worth it.

In the end, six movies and five meals later, I made it to LAX feeling rather spunky. The flights were actually a lot shorter than I would have liked as I had more creature comforts than I have had for a long time, and the food was kick ass. There is really such a huge difference between cattle class and superior humans. At less than twice the cost it was totally worth it.

And 18 hours after leaving my Bangkok home I arrived back in the good old USA. I do have to add though, flying out of Bangkok’s new International Airport and flying into LAX (Los Angeles International) it felt like I was flying back into a third world country. Man, the place was tired looking and worn out. Add the fact that sales tax is like 10%, what the hell happened. When I left it was like a little more than 7%. This was going to be rough.

THE END. Well, sort of.

Final thoughts…SE Asia.

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

On a scale of 1-10 I would have to score this section as a 7. SE Asia is cheap, easy to travel, with a variety of touristy things to do. Basically, it provided me with what I was looking for, a lot of kick back, low hassle, good food, and an availability of all price points. It’s only real down points were that it lacked in roughage and an aire of danger/excitement. The path is fairly beaten to death so not a lot of surprises. Like India though, and I guess all the different cultural centers that I have been, they tend to be extremely one sided whereby I was templed out after the first couple of stops with more temples as far as the eye can imagine. Food was something that I was looking forward to and it did succeed all my wants. I was there slightly over a year and just towards the end was I starting to get tired of the staple foods, and that is pretty good. I still probably only tried a small percentage of what is available, but I think I did a very good job of hitting the standard street stall fare that the locals ate. I just didn’t spend much time in restaurants so didn’t try too many of the “fusion” stuff. The people and culture also made the travel a delight as people were naturally friendly and very accommodating. I don’t think I will be rushing back as I did a pretty thorough job of hitting all the highlights, but if I am looking for a vacation spot or need some down time, I would definitely consider it.

Goodbye Amo thanks for not getting me killed.

Saturday, November 28th, 2009
dscn0973.JPG It’s been a good ride but it was time to dump Amo. Originally, I wanted to give her to a well deserving farmer. As one of my original plans was to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Ladyboys like turkey too. Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 28th, 2009
I think when people reminisce about Thailand or South East in general, it generally ranks as thus: 1) Food. 2) Beaches. 3) Riding around on motorcycles\scooters. 4) Where are all the temples? 5) Prostitutes and monks. 6) Whats up with that dude\chick. Since I have pretty ... [Continue reading this entry]

End of fishing.

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
dscn0966.JPG dscn0967.JPG The time had come to stick a fork into it. Actually, it was pretty much over once I started heading inland, but after my shopping ... [Continue reading this entry]

Clothes shopping, yeaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
dscn0993.JPG I am not a big shopper. I don´t hate shopping, actually I do hate shopping, I just don´t mind going to the shopping mall, if it entails air conditioning, Dairy Queen softies, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Computer problems…

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
dscn0994.JPG I picked up the Samsung laptop from my friend in Goa, India. He had bought it when he was living in Korea. It was a pretty good deal for $250US as ... [Continue reading this entry]

My Thai route.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
thai-map-1.jpg Just to give an idea of the route that I took. Good times, hard ass.

More of the photos of the west.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
dscn0949.JPG Kamphaeng Phet and the narrow isthmus providing a sort of beach. dscn0950.JPG These are the bricks I was talking about earlier. It seems a lot of the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Mae Sot to Kanchanaburi and sort of success.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
Leaving Mae Sot, the road headed back into central Thailand which had cities but lacked in interesting things to see. Now, I wasn’t so inspired about seeing the usual temples, but it is nice if there are cities that ... [Continue reading this entry]