For those worrying about me who haven't heard from me recently, I was not affected by the earthquake. Laos is landlocked and far enough from the epicentre so I didn't feel anything here.

I feel incredibly fortunate to have visited Phuket just over 3 weeks ago and not now. I can't also help but wonder about all the incredibly nice and friendly people I met living there. Most of them I never knew their names so I will likely never know who survived and who didn't.