Well, my itinerary is starting to firm up. Since it’s high tourist season in Thailand, I’ve been making guesthouse/hotel reservations over the ‘Net rather than get there and be without lodging. I could probably walk around and find something, but what I would find would be bottom-of-the-barrel accomodations.

So, I’ll go to Seoul next Wednesday and fly out of Incheon airport at 9:50 a.m. Thursday and get in Bangkok at 1:40 in the afternoon. Thailand is two hours behind Korea, so it’s about a six-hour flight, nonstop. From the 23rd to the 26th I’ll be staying at {{link http://www.suk11.com/ Suk 11 Guesthouse}}, a fairly inexpensive, nice-looking place near one of Bangkok’s main thoroughfares–very busy, lots of stores, bars, restaurants, etc. On the 27th I’ll fly to {{link http://www.udonthani.com/english/ Udon Thani}} in Northeast Thailand and stay overnight at the {{link http://www.thaifocus.com/hotels/vbro/100114.mv Charoen Hotel}}. I’m flying {{link http://www.airasia.com Air Asia}}, a cheap, no-frills airline with some great deals. The flight will cost $25. Then, from the 28th until about the 3rd or 4th of January, I’m staying at a great looking little guesthouse, the {{link http://www.mutmee.net/ Mut Mee}} in Nong Khai, right across the border from {{link http://www.visit-laos.com/where/vientiane/ Vientiane}}, the capital of Laos and about 40 miles from Udon Thani. The guesthouse looks to be very sedate, as does the entire area around Nong Khai, just what I’m looking for. It’s the home of the {{link http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Northeast-Thailand Isan people}}, an interesting culture indigenous to Northeast Thailand. I’m sure I’ll take a day trip to Laos and I may try to get to {{link http://www.visit-laos.com/where/luangprabang/ Luang Prabang}}. I originally was going to take a boat trip down the Mekong River, from farther north in Thailand, to Luang Prabang, but I decided to wait to do that until the low tourist season, perhaps this summer. Still, if I have time I might try to get up there from Vientiane by bus, then fly back to Bangkok. If I stay in Nong Khai the whole time, I might take the {{link http://www.thaifocus.com/travel/train/ train}} back to the big city.

I have reservations at a resort on Ko Sukorn in Thailand from Jan. 6 thru the 10th, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts. After that, I haven’t decided anything. I’ll probably try to go to another beach for a few days, and then finish my trip off in Bangkok for several days. Coincidentally, there is a Thailand English Teachers conference in Bangkok from Jan. 20-22, so I’ll try to make some contacts there and perhaps put in a job application or two. I’d love to work in Thailand, even though doing that may spoil paradise for me! :O

The next post might be from Thailand, so keep checking back to see where I’m at and what I’m doing!