Ubon Ratchasima and Buriram

The last 2 stops on our trip (aside from the obligatory night in Bangkok before our flight) were Upon Ratchasima and Buriram. Ubon was up first and, like Mukdahan, was a western tourist-free zone. It was lovely! And although we didn't "do" much aside from wandering around the city and taking it all in, we... Continue Reading →

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Mukdahan, Thailand

Crossing the Savannakhet Thailand-Laos friendship bridge made us smile the biggest smiles. We were so relieved to be back in Thailand after the awful previous week we had endured in Laos. Plus Mukdahan ended up being one of the best places on our whole trip. True, wherever we would have gone after Savannakhet would have... Continue Reading →

The Rest of Laos

What a title, eh? "The rest of Laos." Not lumping everything into a single category at all! But there's a reason for the lumping. Firstly, as always seems to be the way, we forgot to update the blog, and so are writing this several months after the trip had finished (oops). And secondly, after the... Continue Reading →

Laos Practicalities

Before I start writing about Laos, I need to air a pet peeve. There are quite a few blogs online claiming to be the experts in travel and, in this case, state what money to take into Laos. All the articles that we read stated that US Dollars and Thai Baht are widely accepted, and... Continue Reading →

Nong Khai, Thailand

We were pretty glad to get out of Udon Thani, and only had an hour train to the border town of Nong Khai. Instantly we noticed that it had a very different vibe. Whilst there were still a good few old foreigners (especially at the foreign run bars around our hotel, featuring scantily clad and... Continue Reading →

Udon Thani, Thailand

Udon Thani was our next stop along the line. It really was chalk to Nakhon Ratchasima's cheese: there were foreigners everywhere. In some areas (mainly the restaurant and bar area) there were more foreigners that Thai's, and they all seemed, under first impressions, to fall into 1 of 3 stereotypes: A.) old man covered in... Continue Reading →

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Our first venture through Thailand's north-eastern province of Isaan took us along the train route from Bangkok to Nong Khai on the Laos border. As we were treating this as more of a holiday than usual, we stuck to 3 of the towns and cities and generally explored the urban areas. First up was Nakhon... Continue Reading →

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Well, the train from Bangkok station to Ayutthaya is certainly interesting! It was only 90 minutes, but it was all 3rd class. Now 3rd class is usually fine for us. More than fine in fact. But this was cramped. And by cramped, I mean that Will's knees nearly touched the seat in front of him,... Continue Reading →

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