Packing for Cambodia
13.08.2011 90 °F
I have had a leisurely day in Pattaya, my last. I must say that I chose to stay in the neighborhood, swim and read. Nothing, absolutely nothing, in Pattaya lures me to spend my sweet tourist bahts. I don't want a tattoo. I don't seek a sex partner. I don't possess a compulsion to drink relentlessly. Although I am sure that the performances are amazing I am not going to buy a ticket to an extravagant cabaret show featuring drag queens. I don't feel I need to para-sail over the Bay of Bangkok with unlicensed, uninsured speed boat drivers. Except for inexpensive massages, manicures, pedicures, seafood and good Thai cuisine I am seduced by little in Pattaya.
Dusit Thani Pattaya
My evening has been spent taking a last swim in one of the incredible pools at this resort. All are beautifully designed with bridges, squirting features, swim-up bars, great cabana guys who set you right up with towels and more towels and more towels and drinks. The plumeria cutifolia drop exotic blossoms on you while you swim and look out over the beaches, beautiful ocean and the islands of the Gulf of Thailand. Pretty dramatic!
I am off to find a good Thai dinner and return to packing. I leave by bus early tomorrow to return to BKK and stash unnecessary luggage for the Cambodia trek. Tonight, my king-size bed is separated into two zones: 1) Goes to Cambodia in backpack OR 2) Stays locked up in Bangkok airport hotel (business attire, cosmetics, teaching materials. . . ) I am trying to weigh whether to take the laptop. or risk storing it at BKK. Is it reasonable to lug it when I am literally going to be walking through the border into Cambodia and finding a tuk-tuk or share taxi to take me to Siem Reap?
In Cambodia I could simply use an internet cafe to blog and Skype. Hmmm-m-m-m, I'll see if the laptop fits in my backpack. As I recall my guesthouse offers Wi-Fi in my room. I can't help it. . . I'm addicted. Traveling alone gets old fast. I am so delighted to hear from family and friends through email, Skype and FB. Okay, that's it. The laptop is going with me. Please write. I'm lonesome.
Tomorrow: 2 hours by bus to BKK. Then, two hours to stash luggage and find bus #390 to Aranyaprathet. 4 hours later and I'll be at the Cambodian border. I printed out my eVisa at the business center today at the Dusit. With luck all will go smoothly at the border. I plan on a share taxi from the border to Siem Reap. I hope to check into my guest house in Siem Reap by midnight tomorrow.
I'm nervous and very, very excited!