to Get to Bangkok: A South East Asian Travelogue 2005 - 2006
Get to Bangkok details the more than six months I spent in
South East Asia. I traveled with several people, met dozens of
locals in different countries and under different circumstances,
and observed both fantastical behaviour and solemn rituals, indiscriminate
malice and profound kindness.
I kept a record
of that journey and now that it has receded into the near past
and I can be honest about the challenges, the embarrassing revelations,
and the troubling conclusions, I've revitalized it here. My friend
and I went to Thailand and traveled into the north and floated
down the river in Laos on a boat loaded with tourists, went over
the mountains to the capital, Vientiane, and then by train to
Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Once my friend
left, I went south through the contested regions of Thailand on
the Malay border, and then into Malaysia and to Sumatra in Indonesia
by boat across the Malacca Strait. I returned along the same route
only to meander into the north of Thailand at the height of dry
season. There I traveled by motorcycle through the backcountry,
crossed the border into Myanmar or Burma a few times, and went
south to join friends who wanted me to show them the Thailand
I'd found on my trek.