I can tell you these curly blond blue-eyed little dudes are going to get a lot of attention there.
Late November and early December we are indeed going to (drum roll please) SE Asia. We worked it all out with some great help from well-travelled friends here and comments on the blog. Here, without further ado, is our itinerary:
Thailand: Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi (River Kwai), and Bangkok (10 days)
and after that we board a flight to Singapore (3 days) where we'll spend Thanksgiving.
To round it out, a cruise (1week) that will take us up and down the coast in the Straits of Malacca and Andaman Sea on the Malaysia and Thailand side (Indonesia being on the other). Ports will include Kuala Lampur and Phuket Island. We will in all likelihood be the only Americans onboard.
Once again we braved setting it up ourselves from a starting point of, well, close enough to total ignorance. Good luck getting your travel agent in Kuwait to call you back during Ramadan or Eid.
Now we are starting to prep ourselves on a whole new set of manners (never touch someone's head, for instance, or raise your voice?! Are we going to have issues on that second one or what?) train schedules (the Orient Express doen't run that time of year, much to our disappointment) and start learning a little about the language, history, animals, dangers, money, sights and religions and...well, yeah.
Yes, the heat and sand may have driven us a little over the edge lately, but how excited are we to go on this trip, I ask you?
And now that you know where we're going, the big picture, anyone want to fill me in on details or great ideas as to what to do (or NOT do!) once we're there?