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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 8: The Long Trip Home, and What Not to Take on Holiday

We’re sitting in a Thai Airlines A330 Airbus, about to fly from Phuket back to Bangkok. A member of the cabin crew is walking up and down the aisles with a clicker device in his hand, counting the occupied seats. … Continue reading

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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 7: Exploring Thyn B’eech Taol

We’re up at dawn to say goodbye to the Golden Buddha Resort and to the manager, who comes to wave us off. The aquatic equivalent of a tuk-tuk takes us to Kuraburi Pier and from there we embark on a … Continue reading

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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 6: A Patch of Paradise in Ko Phra Thong

We’re up at dusk to catch a 9.30 flight to Phuket. Because of a surprisingly shambolic check-in procedure at the Avani hotel a few days earlier (‘Is it just feather pillows you’re allergic to, or feather duvets as well?’), the … Continue reading

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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 5: We face Bangkok sans face masks

I’ve always wanted to set foot in Bangkok, but today the city’s taxi drivers have other ideas. Take our first destination, a huge hospital in which Carol is to have the second of her anti-rabies jabs (here’s the story of … Continue reading

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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 3: Luang Prabang – and a brush with death

Our longboat arrives at Luang Prabang at dusk and we head straight for our hotel. The room is modest but the bed is again enormous, measuring at least seven feet wide. If I snore tonight it’ll be quicker for Carol … Continue reading

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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 2: ‘Alexa, play the sound of a longboat cruising down the Mekong’

We say goodbye to our hotel in Chiang Rai, although not audibly because that would be silly. In fact we barely say anything at all, it being 5.40am. Instead, we travel in bleary-eyed silence for a two-hour drive to Huay … Continue reading

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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 1: Chiang Rai

I’m in northern Thailand in a vast hotel room in which the TV is about the size of our double bed back home, while the bed itself is easily the size of Wales. Le Meridien Hotel, sprawled on the banks … Continue reading

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