Erin was up at the crack of dawn to head back to the airport to begin the next leg of her trip in Nepal. I roused myself just long enough to give her a sad hug, and fell back to sleep. I finally dragged myself out of bed around 9:30, had breakfast, and set off for a walk around town. The first, and most important part of my day was figuring out where to go from here. After a small amount of deliberation (and almost booking a bus to meet some friends in Koh Chang), I bought a 400 Baht bus ticket south to Krabi.
As my climbing bag was kindly taken back down to Tonsai by Kira, a climber I ran into in Chiang Mai, I have no choice but to head down there to reunite with it. Of course, I will definitely get in some climbing, a much-needed exercise option to burn off some of this fat I obviously gained in Vietnam! Fortunately, this side trip gives me another week before having to make any decisions about where to go next!
After a relatively uneventful (and fortunately, half-full) flight, Erin and I wearily arrived in Bangkok last night around midnight. We shared a metered cab with a Scottish fellow for the hour-long jaunt to Khao San Road, finally entering the familiar territory around 1:00 am. I led us to my previous Bangkok home, Ranee’s, but the place was full, so we opted for next door at the New Joe Guesthouse. Erin and I settled into our room, had one final conversation, and drifted off to sleep.