Unexpected visit to China. At last, I boarded the airplane to Beijing at midnight. Then, it happened. My flight to Japan was full.
The end of one of my trips. Suddenly, an idea to start this trip came out a couple of months ago and suddenly, this trip will end up.
I think the reason why they can have much donation is the personalities of staff and the boss.
There is a funny thing here. The name of this guest house is ‘Joe Guest House’, but why? There is no western owner here. Probably, somebody’s name in this family is nearly ‘Joe’.
When I got at the bus terminal in the capital, Vientiane, a guy said to me, “Where are you go, sir?” I did not say anything, because one of my friends in New Zealand told me,” Don’t believe people speaking English in poor countries”.
At 7:30, I got up and went down to meet a French guy, who I had seen at the station. He turned up late and ordered a cup of coffee before getting into a tuktuk. When he was drinking coffee, a tuktuk driver went into this restaurant and sat on a table.
I decided to go to Khon Kaen where it takes 8 hours from Bangkok toward north by local train. I paid my ticket for 399B and also bought a bottle of water (10B), a snack (10B) and a pan cake (10B). My budget is 15$ (= 500B) a day, so I’ve already been nearly broke.
At 3 am, I finally got to Bangkok, but one of my Thai friends didn’t turn up. I decided to stay over the night in the airport, before going into the city at 7 am by bus. After exchanging 50 US$ for 1600Bahts (1$ = 31B), I took a shuttle bus for 150B, which was a bit expensive for me. In the bus, I saw an Italian man with a big blue backpack. He was going to Pakse in Laos.
The Beijing Airport was not very nice. When I got there, I had no idea what to do. So I asked an officer about something, but she was talking to somebody on her mobile.