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    Tropical Storm Tour: Cambodia Part 1

    July 3rd, 2015

    Friday, July 3, 2015
    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    On the bus from Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    On the bus from Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

    It was a miracle I woke up on my own at 5:00 am today, because the alarm on my iPod touch got drowned out by the fan right above my head. (Maybe I unwittingly had the volume turned down? I could have sworn I turned it up before I went to sleep.) By 6:30 am, I made it out onto Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang to wait for bus number 15. Luckily, it showed up in a few minutes so I didn’t have to waste a bunch of money taking a cab to Siam. Down there, I boarded the SkyTrain up to Saphan Khwai, where I tried to hail a taxi cab to the northern bus terminal in Mo Chit. After hailing two cabs, neither of which contained drivers who spoke English, the third one was the charm, and understood when I said, “bus station” to him.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 29

    July 2nd, 2015

    Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Bangkok, Thailand

    A cook at May Kaidee's in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.
    A cook at May Kaidee’s in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 28

    July 1st, 2015

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Bangkok, Thailand

    A fruit juice vendor on Thanon Khao San in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.
    A fruit juice vendor on Thanon Khao San in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 27

    June 30th, 2015

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Bangkok, Thailand

    A pleasant afternoon on bus number 15 in Bangkok, Thailand.
    A pleasant afternoon on bus number 15 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 26

    June 29th, 2015

    Monday, June 29, 2015
    Bangkok, Thailand

    The exterior of the Lithai Guesthouse in Phitsanulok, Thailand.
    The exterior of the Lithai Guesthouse in Phitsanulok, Thailand.

    I wanted to stay a few extra days in Phitsanulok to do some more exploring, but, unfortunately, my Thailand visa was set to expire on July 3, so I had to hightail it back to Bangkok to take care of some important errands before I headed over to Cambodia. At bus station number one, I was surprised to find only two or three windows selling tickets to Bangkok. Maybe station number two has more? Anyway, I bought my ticket and had about an hour to kill, so I ate lunch at a little hole in the wall eatery just across the street.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 25

    June 28th, 2015

    Sunday, June 28, 2015
    Phitsanulok, Thailand

    The cafe at the Mountain Green Resort in Dan Sai, Thailand.
    The cafe at the Mountain Green Resort in Dan Sai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 24

    June 27th, 2015

    Saturday, June 27, 2015
    Dan Sai, Thailand

    Color-splashed chaos at the Phi Ta Khon festival in Dan Sai, Thailand.
    Color-splashed chaos at the Phi Ta Khon festival in Dan Sai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 23

    June 26th, 2015

    Friday, June 26, 2015
    Dan Sai, Thailand

    A Saen man conducts a ritual to summon Phra Uppakut at Wat Phon Chai in Dan Sai, Thailand.
    A Saen man conducts a ritual to summon Phra Uppakut at Wat Phon Chai in Dan Sai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 22

    June 25th, 2015

    Thursday, June 25, 2015
    Dan Sai, Thailand

    Welcome to the Mountain Green Resort in Dan Sai, Thailand.
    Welcome to the Mountain Green Resort in Dan Sai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 21

    June 24th, 2015

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Dan Sai, Thailand

    Carrot soup and toast at Veggie Cafe in Phitsanulok, Thailand.
    Carrot soup and toast at Veggie Cafe in Phitsanulok, Thailand.

    I awoke around 9:00 am this morning to the unexpected and loud sounds of fighter jets circling low around the city of Phitsanulok. I wonder what that was all about? For breakfast, I had small bowl of carrot soup and a tiny piece of toasted bread next door at a hipster cafe with really chic interior design. It even had a fancy fixed gear bicycle on display near the front window! After checking out of the Lithai Guesthouse, I took a tuk-tuk to Phitsanulok’s bus terminal number one to climb on board a rig bound for Dan Sai, a small town about two hours north. Luckily, it was due to depart in only 20 minutes, so I would arrive in Dan Sai in the early afternoon. Yay! Fortunately, no one sat next to me, so I could put my backpack in the open seat for maximum comfort instead of between my legs. The journey was very pleasant as we passed through numerous small towns and farmlands, and proceeded up into the woodsy mountains of the Loei province of Isaan, an area where few tourists go.

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