I have never sweated this much in my entire life.
I have done long runs on endless country roads in blistering summer heat. I have spent nights in agony camping on river banks. I have lived an entire summer in a college house in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with no air conditioning. But the heat in Thailand is something I have never experience before.
I tip my hat to the people of Thailand. There were men in suits and women in sweatshirts unfazed by the humid heat beating down on my ill-prepared Midwest skin. With a high of 95 degrees 70 percent humidity, I was struggling. I won’t go into detail but think butt-sweat.
It took four days, three planes and a few long layovers, but our trip has finally begun!
On the 25th we landed in Los Angeles. Our pal Morgan took us under her wing, and the three of us checked out Hollywood Boulevard the first night and Venice Beach the next day. It was beautiful in LA, but the pollution was very noticeable. In our light tanks and Chacos, it was evident we did not blend in well. No night scene for us!
We hopped a 1 a.m. flight to Taiwan, an island off the coast of China. We slept for a majority of it (it was a 13 hour flight!), so the next day wasn’t an issue. We left the airport and explored Taipei and Tamsui. The costs were pretty similar to the costs in the U.S., so we struggled to stay as close to our budget as we wanted. Mostly we just jumped from one air conditioned building to the next!
Finally after another late night/early morning flight last night, we found our way to Bangkok. We got to our hotel pretty early this morning and allowed ourselves to sleep until we woke up. We probably would have slept longer, but we didn’t realize there was an air conditioner in the room. It was so hot. So, so hot. (I’m sorry – hot will be a theme throughout this blog. Please assume that I was sweating during every activity.)
We spent today bobbing and weaving throughout busy city streets on a tuk tuk — a three-wheeled motorbike — with our incredibly kind driver JoJo. For a very small price (less than a dollar) he drove us to various stops around the city to beautiful temples and shops.
For anyone concerned about our safety due to the military coup, you can breathe with ease. We saw a few soldiers today, but after talking with other travelers (for example a 60-ish couple from Hawaii who was leaving after a few weeks of traveling and two 20-something women from England) and some locals, it seems that peace is in order. From what I have read and learned from locals, most people are not in support of the coup, but they cannot deny that the presence has brought peace back to the country and the city.
Tomorrow we are taking a night bus to Chiang Mai. On Sunday we will leave for a three-day trek to spend time with some locals and see what the city has to offer!