final chapter: IDYLLIC..... has finally come to an end....
11th October 2002 (past email posing as travel blog)
i have arrived in not-at-all-idyllic khaosan road in bangkok.
i am missing the idyllic days i spent with idyllic panda in idyllc luang prabang already!
oh well.... i guess most idyllic travel situations come to an end, then it's back to the real world.
we spent the last of my morning in idyllic cafes. my favourite cafe has to be this french-owned (i know...) cafe opposite the nam khan with wooden decor and mats u lie on and those triangular/pyramidal cushion thingy u lean your back on.... and the walls are lined with past issues of national geographics! the oldest issue i saw was 1969...
me and panda agreed we could lie there and sip tea the whole day just reading the national geographics, and listening to enya or some such.
transitted at sukhothai... beautiful l'il airport.
plane was ok. i was terrified after reading the lao aviation section in the lonely planet. suzanne and shawn (poms) were telling us about the things they write about lao aviation... i had to read it. apparently, my research wasn't thorough enuff b4 i left....
safety records of lao aviation aren't made public. pilots are forced to circle around during heavy cloud cover, searching for a hole in the sky through which to descend! if fuel runs out, then pilot returns to departure point or descend at another airport in the region. they then refuel the tank, and try again!
so... no radar or any of these instruments to help in landing.
and after hearing panda's accounts of stewardess coming down the aisle to wipe moisture off the vents........
anyway, i survived.
and, was thrown into the infamous bangkok traffic, ending at khaosan road. bought a couple of things..... (can't help it panda! they're kinda cheap...).
so, am back to singy tomorrow.
signing off in