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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

drivers there, and I headed on to Bangkok - another five hours away, but thankfully a nice smooth road and a comfortable guesthouse bed waiting.

Day 176: 26th July
A Close Shave
The flag of Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Realising what you miss when travelling is a good way to discover what you really appreciate. Not suprisingly, family and friends tops the list, followed by mature Cheddar Cheese, PG Tips and Branston Pickle, in roughly that order. My lack of cheese intake has seriously depleted my resistance to its effects. For the past two nights I have eaten cheese late in the evening, only to experience seriously disturbing nightmares. It must be the cheese, as currently my mind is as undisturbed and tranquil as it could possibly be.

Mmm, what I would give for a cup of tea and a cheese and pickle sandwich right now.

Sorry about that. Anyway, by heading back to Bangkok I'd completed my four month, ever so slightly odd-shaped clockwise loop around South East Asia. I wasn't ready to leave this area by any means; I would have loved to have had the time to go back to Chiang Mai for some trekking, or to head over to The Bridge on the