Originally Posted by axolotl
So, did you end up leaving the camping gear at home? I'm not sure from the photos.
Sounds like you're having a good time. Nice photos and refreshingly well-written blog. I'm curious why you're headed south first. (for the beaches?) For the next 5 weeks or so, the weather in northern Thailand will be quite comfortable and it's the dry season up there. Then it will get brutally hot. Central & southern Thailand are hot all the time. Monsoon patterns also need to be taken into consideration.
Well....I have a tent with me (strapped to the top of the rack). Its 2lb more weight but I like the peace of mind I can take shelter if really necessary; I could very well end up not using at all, oh well, whats another couple pounds
Not really sure why I went south except for that I had no real plan and it was recommended by the hostel owner in Bangkok whom I stayed with. My one thought prior to leaving was to head down Thailand's "other" coast (Rayong, etc) and then use the coastal checkpoint to get into Cambodia (and head to Sihanoukville). Only problem with this would be that I wouldn't take full advantage of my 30 day free visa on arrival (15 day when I return by land) and I've been told that coast has a lot of heavy industry that isn't always a pleasant sight.
Hm, I was under the impression it was cooler in the north and had the idea once it got insanely hot I'd escape there and cool off just a little. Maybe I'm wrong (would certainly not be a first).
Thanks everyone for their comments