I have always thought of Asia as the land of plastic, cheap, disposable toys, but this trip, I have seen the light. Instead of being the crowded, homogenous cities that I expected, there are a lot of rural areas. The cities that I've been in have been massive, both in size and in variety. Variety in food, in buildings, in transportation, but most importantly, in people. There are short people, tall people, people with light skin, and people with dark skin.
The personalities here are diverse, although most are nice and welcoming to foreigners such as us. They are even more appreciative once we give them a "Sawadee" or a "kop kun" or "kop jai." Hello and thank you are the only two words I know in Thai and Laotian, but they're enough to get by. The neon lights of South Korea and the stereotypical traffic and sameness of China are not apparent in anyway in Southeast Asia. It might as well be its own continent, for all the differences between it and Asia itself.