If you’ve been reading this for any length of time, you will probably remember that I was debating whether or not to go to Casablanca the day before my flight for Thailand leaves. For a couple of reasons, I decided to go up a day early. First, I don’t want to walk the streets of Meknes (or any other large city, with the exceptions of Bangkok or Las Vegas, which seem never to close) at 2:30 in the morning. And second, I’d like to get a good night’s sleep before the long flight to Thailand. So, I reserved a room at the Hotel Ibis in Casa. The nice thing about it is that it’s right next to the station from which the airport train departs. Very convenient and pretty cheap–about $45 a night.

I’ve also reserved a room at the New Siam II Guesthouse in Bangkok for the night of the 24th. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a train ticket for the overnighter to Nong Khai leaving the evening of the 25th. If not, I’ll stay an extra day or two in Bangkok. It, too, is cheap–less than $25 per night. When I get to Laos, I’ll spend a little time with Nai’s family, but most of the time I’ll stay in a guesthouse. We’re talking cheap cheap in Laos–on the order of less than $10 per night, maybe a bit more in Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. I’m gettin’ antsy to go! More later.