So when I last left off, I was
dying of dengue fever suffering from fever and chills. The next morning, I felt marginally better, so we boarded a bus headed north to Chiang Khong as planned. Chiang Khong is a small, Thai border town where backpackers stop for one night (if that) before crossing into Laos.
I survived the three hour bus ride — barely. By the time we got to the hotel, it was pretty evident I had the dreaded travellers’ food poisoning. I’m 99% sure it was the hot pot we’d had a few nights ago in Chiang Rai. BLERG!
We had planned to make the border crossing the next day to Laos, but we ended up having to stay in Chiang Khong for an extra day because of my illness. Of course I contract a bug in the most boring town in the grossest hotel we had stayed in. Not only was it just dirty, there were a lot of creepy crawlies: 5+ mosquitoes killed, 2 spiders, flies everywhere, a literal colony of millipedes.
This was the first time on our trip when I was truly homesick. I wanted my own bed but mostly my own toilet, to be honest! I was miserable, but Mitch was a champ and waited on me hand and foot. I’m surprised he still wants to be married to me after that ordeal! 😀
After I’d mostly recovered, we crossed the border smoothly into the Lao border town, Huay Xai, which was pretty much like Chiang Khong with not much to do. That afternoon while I napped, Mitch went for a walk around town and was invited by some locals to share in their moonshine whiskey they were storing in plastic water bottles with dead bugs in the bottom. Seriously!? Mitch drinks moonshine infused with bugs, and I’M the one who gets food poisoning!? Oy.
Next up: our two-day boat ride on the Mekong River, heading to Luang Prabang, Laos!