March 24, 2013
Dear Friends and Reluctant Travelers,
Earlier this year, my cousins Betty and Jim Polson visited Southeast Asia for the first time.
They flew from Portland, Oregon to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to visit friends and stay with the family in their home. Then they came to Bangkok and made a side trip to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. They returned to Bangkok and flew to Chiang Mai in the north.
I arranged everything for Thailand and Cambodia through a travel agent I know very well. All the local hotels, domestic flights and excursions were booked in advance.
Frankly, I was a bit concerned. Despite all the detailed arrangements, I was not sure if Jim and Betty could adapt to such a different environment. As it turns out, my anxiety was completely misplaced.