Luckily we have a built-in guide and translator going with us. My sister-in-law didn't come to the United States until she was 18, and she's been back to Thailand six times. Already she has given us the three top tips for Americans traveling to Thailand:
1. It is hot.
2. It is hot.
3. The hottest day of the year is whenever you are there.
It's all very difficult for me to imagine. I'm going to start reading up, but I know the experience will be wildly different from what's described in the travel books, especially since we'll be out of the tourist traps and off the beaten path more than half the time.
Have you ever been on a vacation that wasn't just a trip, it was an adventure?