You know you’re in for an “exciting” vacation when…
- …you call a renowned travel clinic to schedule inoculations for your upcoming trip to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, and the nurse asks, “Is that spelled L-A-U-S?”
- …on web pages that list travel hazards, they don’t simply say “leeches;” it’s “large leeches:”
Animal Hazards: Animal hazards [in Laos] include snakes (cobras, vipers), spiders (black and brown widow), tigers, leopards, and large leeches.
- …new research indicates that some elephants–one of the planned highlights of your trip–sometimes attack and kill humans for no reason whatsoever:
Scientific investigation of [this phenomenon] is greatly hindered by the fact that even the most otherwise placid of elephants may actively try to kill any and all humans.
“…snakes (cobras, vipers), spiders (black and brown widow), tigers, leopards, and large leeches.”–Animal hazards in Laos
…other travellers have blogged about your chosen mode of transportation from Thailand to Laos; their blog entries have titles like “Death Boats Down the Mekong.”
And from the U.S. State Department’s Consular Information Sheet on Thailand:
Boat safety has become an increasing concern in Thailand…. In January 2005, three U.S. citizen tourists died when the over-crowded speedboat they were in capsized and sank off the coast of Koh Samui. Three months later, two U.S. citizens narrowly escaped death when their dive boat sank off the coast near Phuket.
- …your destination is under martial law. (But on the bright side, it was a bloodless coup.)
See you whenif we get back!