100 chickens, goats, dogs, cats, buffalo, & 2 guns

Trip Start Aug 19, 2012
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What I did
Wat Phou
Don Det
Bangkok Floating Market

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Friday, September 7, 2012

That's how many we've seen on this trip.  Not to mention 3 elephants, 30 ducks, 10 cockroaches, and 1 torpedo converted into a garbage can.  I kid you not.

So the guns:

1 was in the first village we stayed in and a local villager brought it out for our guide to check out.

The next was in Don Det, the last stop in Laos.  Let's just say we partied a little too hard for the laid back villagers and one official looking local guy became 5, and one of them had a rifle.  The party still didn't slow down for another 1/2 hour.

Did I mention I love the adventures we've had in Laos?

Not to mention the only hotel we decided to leave after being in the room for an hour.  Let's just say I felt like I was in a brothel when I was in my room.   Didn't help that there was a guy sleeping on one of the beds when we entered it.  The guesthouse we changed to was bigger, cleaner, brighter, quieter, AND cheaper.

We are now in Bangkok after travelling more than 24 hours from Don Det (super chill island southern Laos).  We paid for a private van to take us to the Laos-Thai border, caught a pickup truck (with Adrian riding in the back under the beating sun) for an hour, then caught an overnight train.  Cool experience, but doesn't exactly make me want to try riding a Thai sleeper train again.  Not exactly clean, but surprisingly more comfortable than some of the beds I slept on in Laos.

Crossing the Laos-Thai border felt like moving from a 3rd to 2nd world country.  Or imagine moving from the 70s to the 90s.  Weird.  You can FEEL the difference in a matter of minutes.

After arriving in Bangkok, we took much appreciated showers and revelled in our "fancy" hotel room (clean water!  flushing toilet!  hair dryer!  shampoo?  shower gel?  SHOWER CURTAIN???!!!!).

We are really loving our great accommodations and free mini bar.  Wait, don't get so excited - there's no booze in it.

Today, we got complimentary Thai massages, I got a mani/pedi (hot pink baby!  glows neon with my tanned skin), checked out the famous Bangkok Floating Market (very cool if you ignore all the tourist goods/junk being sold), and went wandering through the streets and back alleys of our neighbourhood for good food.  We had some really neat food tonight including grilled squid from a famous street vendor and loved it.
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