We returned from an amazing trip to Japan to visit Steve and Lisa. Instead of going into detail here we will give the link to the blog we did while there.
Our original plan after the trip to Japan was to begin our real preparations for our scouting trip at the end of 2013 to Thailand.
We also signed up for online Thai language classes at http://learnthaionline.com/
Our current idea is to check out the areas we plan on beginning our retirement when we visit Thailand. Chiang Mai is currently our choice for our main residence. We are planning on living there between May and January. February through April we will go to Cha Am or possibly Khao Takiab to escape the smoke from the burning of the rice fields and undergrowth in the north. Of course, this is all subject to change as we discover more areas in Thailand.
Another area that has our interest right now is Lampang, which is about an hour southeast of Chiang Mai, between Chiang Mai and Bangkok. It is smaller than Chiang Mai, which is intriguing for us.
The trip to Japan was our first land based vacation in about 15 years and while we would do it again in a heartbeat, we agreed on the flight home that we did miss sea days where we really were able to relax. Lin felt that she would have a hard time not taking some time off between now and the end of 2013 so we booked a 10 day cruise to Alaska in July.