I am currently sitting in the Toyko airport in the Star Alliance lounge (while frequent flying causes lots of headaches, it can create some perks also). I am about halfway through my 36 hour travel to Chang Mai. Only a little longer here in Toyko, then it is onto Bangkok, where I get to sleep on the floor all night, and then in the morning (Wed.) it is off to Chang Mai.
It sounds so easy and simple.
More reports and pics to follow (when I actually get to a place worth taking a picture)