Last night I did a test-pack of my carry-on, and after expanding all the TravelPro expandable areas, realized it had exceeded the 45-inch limit for a carry-on. So, I was forced to unload. I took out two tank-tops, a t-shirt, a skirt, a repackaging of our Pepto-Bismol and Advil into little plastic baggies (instead of half-full bottles), a terrible chick-lit book (Bergdorf Blondes – my friend lent it to me, and it is horrid) and suddenly zip, zip and zip – I closed the expansion and my carry-on was set to go. Yes, even a little tank-top and removing the extra bottles made all the difference.
Jon is skeptical he can replicate this, so I started a test run for him. So far, I’ve squished six t-shirts, three pairs of shorts, some boxers and his toiletries into his Travelpro with room to spare. Plus we each have a backpack that are still empty, so that’s a good sign.
Here’s our general itinerary for Thailand.
Day 1 Fly via Tokyo to Bangkok. Race through all the major sites of Bangkok.
Day 3 Fly to Chiang Mai (tickets booked last weekend, of course the fares tripled since the protests). Enjoy Chiang Mai for next couple days.
Day 5 Partake in jungle trek to elephant camp and hill tribe village (www.queenbeetours.com). Ride a bamboo raft down the river. Sleep in some treehouse. Be the ultimate tourist, especially since I doubt normal Thai people ride around on elephants or bamboo rafts much.
Day 6 Overnight train (yes, if you’re trying to maximize your 3-week vacations) to Phitsanulok, morning bus to Sukhothai – historic site of old capital. Sleep in a real hotel.
Day 7 Morning train to Ayutthaya, another historic site. Another train to Bangkok, overnight by the airport
Day 8 Early morning flight to Koh Samui to catch the ferry to Koh Tao.
Day 9-16 Live in a swimsuit for the entire week. Lie on beach chair. Occasionally move to turn pages of book, get lunch, dinner, Mai Thais, make room for a Thai massage. With the plunder taken by Thai tourism, we theorized we could probably hire someone to follow us around all day massaging us from behind.
Day 17 Head back to Bangkok, then 12-hour layover in Tokyo.
Day 18 Back to work. The end.