Nice Tolkien Quote. I use that one too, usually on my tag line.
Looks like a rockin trip, do keep the RRs coming!!!
BTW: I definitely do recomend THAILAND. I have been there 5 times for 3 months at a time usually to train in Muay Thai. The language is fairly easy, the people are extremely polite and generous, and even the slighest effort on your part to speak Thai ( and Thai and Laos speak the same language essentially, apart from a few words and whatnot) and they will reduce prices and bend over backwards to help you. The roads are definitely chaotic there, but by the time you get there, I am more then sure you will be accostomed with that. As you will probably be running into it from Mexico down. Any info you need on Thailand, I am more then willing to help you out!!!!!
Be Safe!!!! And watch out for those damn donkeys in the middle of the street on the bends in Mexico and south!