Episode 11

South East Asia 2023 (pt. 2)

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About this Episode

In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount a trip across Southeast Asia with Hatim, starting with a lucky break on a ferry from Koh Tao to Chumphon. We accidentally found ourselves in a plush seating area without paying extra, a nice little win that kicked off our adventure. The trip was a mix of comfort, confusion over local names, and the joy of unexpected freebies. From there, we embarked on a train journey filled with friendly chats, even with language barriers, and the quirky charm of traveling through Thailand by rail.

The adventure continued with us navigating through Thailand, sampling local food (even when it meant accidentally ordering chicken feet), and dealing with police checkpoints in a way that turned potential hassles into fun stories. The trip wasn't just about moving from place to place; it was about the people we met, the sights we saw from the back of a scooter in Chiang Mai, and the peaceful days spent on a boat down the Mekong River. Despite the occasional discomfort and the laughable moments of misunderstanding, it was the kind of journey that brings stories to life, connecting us more deeply to each other and the world around us.

Episode Links

  • Jamahkiri Resort & Spa, Koh Tao — A luxurious dive resort on Koh Tao known for its breathtaking views and premium accommodations. Ideal for travelers seeking a blend of adventure and relaxation.
  • Siam Paragon, Bangkok — One of Bangkok's largest shopping malls, offering a wide range of retail, dining, and entertainment options, including a food court with diverse culinary choices and an Apple Store.
  • @madcowbytonisantos — Madcow Gourmet Burger by Toni Santos, the burger place that also served steaks in Bangkok.
  • Melia Chiang Mai — Good and not crazy expensive accommodation in Chiang Mai – if you bring proper shoes and don't need fries by the pool.
  • Pak Beng — This town is a common stop for travelers taking the boat along the Mekong River. While specific accommodations are not mentioned, it's known for its basic lodgings catering to backpackers and river travelers.
  • Pullman Luang Prabang — This upscale hotel offers spacious rooms, a serene setting, and a range of facilities, making it a comfortable base for exploring Luang Prabang.
  • Luang Prabang Night Market — A popular attraction for tourists, offering a wide variety of local crafts, textiles, and street food. Provides a glimpse into the rich culture and culinary heritage of Laos.
  • Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang — A stunning natural wonder near Luang Prabang, known for its turquoise pools and cascading waterfalls. A must-visit for nature lovers and those looking to escape the city's hustle.
  • Vang Vieng — Known for its dramatic limestone karsts and outdoor activities like tubing and hiking. Vang Vieng offers a mix of adventure and relaxation for travelers seeking to explore Laos's natural beauty.