The airline lounge latte tastes of rancid milk and industrial solvents. I take one sip and set it aside, lest I do permanent damage. “It gets better,” I tell myself. When I told friends that I was heading to Thailand, the first thing that they invariably said was “Oh, the food there is so good.”
The second thing that everyone said was “The people are so wonderful.” The friendliness of the Thai people is one of those universal truths that everyone repeats, like “the french are rude” and “you will commit a horrifying faux pas in Japan.”
The only contradictory information is from the U.S. State Department, which recently stated that Americans should be careful in Thailand. Our embassy there warns us that locals might be a bit upset at having learned that we operated a torture center in the middle of their buddhist nation.
Warnings aside, friends and random strangers alike have been telling me “get thee hence to Thailand” for decades. Now I’m on my way, in a jet flying at 40,000′ over the Kamchatka Peninsula towards Seoul, then Phuket. 1 I’m traveling with my two partners Dan & Bobby, and we’ll be spending the next month exploring Thailand, traveling by plane, train, automobile, and a Thai sailing ship. The whole way I’ll be writing stories about the people I meet, and of course sharing photos that I take.
My friend Denis recently retired to Hua Hin, a beach community 2 hours south of Bangkok. Every time we videochat he shakes his head sadly and says “Oh, Ron, you are so fucked if you come here. You will never leave.”
This post is being transmitted from my laptop to a satellite, then down to a ground station, and the response follows the reverse path to space and down to my hurtling plane. I’m frustrated by how astoundingly slow it all is, but also astounded that it works at all.↩
8 thoughts on “West to Thailand”
You better come back, or I will personally come to Thailand and haul you back myself. You know I can!!
Have a great trip. I look forward to the stories.
Have a safe trip. Can’t wait to hear more stories.
Ron is in waaaaaaaaay over his head.
Love Denis’s comment.
Good luck trying to come back. Thailand is one of the countries that I could definitely live in. And it is true what they say about the food and the people.
I’m only watering your effing plants til mid January, so you must come back!
Sipping Sunday am coffee from Casa Lisita and delighted to get this birdline from you and commune with your marvelous peeps. Get out in the country and allow your eyes to feast over the ingredients of art that the thai prepare as food. The smiles disarm you with their warmth.
Love and celebrate one another as I do you. Our farewell dinner was a family hug. Love Lisa
you will like it