15.01.2009 - 18.01.2009
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Yes, i know i'm not very good at this but lets have a big catch up....
Thursday 15th January
Ok, up and out early to grab a taxi and then the bus to Kanchanaburi.
Bus station was impressive with 200 platforms but thankfully ours was at gate 13. Jumped on, settled in and 5 minutes later we were off...2.5 hrs later we are free from the Bangkok madness but just enter a smaller version of it!
check out the back window...
80b taxi ride and we arrived at our 2nd bed of the trip at Sams House. Sam was a nice smiley man who was expecting us and gave us the best room in the resort, mmm, ok, thanks Sam!
Was a cool layout with walkways going out over the water and leading up to each of the cool "beach style" huts, ours had aircon and a "warm" shower but was good for a few days.
Grabbed some lunch and had a stroll to the Railway centre to find out a bit more information about the famous railway and the people who suffered building it.
Was bizzare to read and watch the info and then walk across the street and enter the Cemetery where so many of the victims were buried, sort of made it very real.
Took a photo of one soldiers grave who died 46 yrs ago on the day I stood there. This town is very different now to how it once was!
Thought i would continue my food adventure and tried the Green Curry. OMG, how many pieces of lime can you put in a curry? Enough to make 3 good Mojitos i tell you!
Slept like a log till about 3am when the sound of my teeth chattering even drowned out my snoring. Long pants, fleece and sleeping liner on under my blanket at it was back to the land of nod.
Something is not quite right with that last sentence, am i really in South East Asia or a tent in Europe!!!
Friday 16th January
Did a great trip today to http://www.tigertemple.org and had some quality time with some tigers, you know, as you do!
Was incredible to be around 20 of these beautiful creatures and to get up close was special. Well, see for yourself...
Decided to head to the night market so grabbed a tuk-tuk near the train station and told hm where we wanted to go. He drove 5o meters up the road, did a u-turn and stopped on the other side of the dual carriageway from where we got on, d'oh!
Apparently it has moved from the 30b ride to the bus station to the 3 minute walk over the road. Tuk-tuk driver left us there with a silly grin on his face which said "i love these tourists i do."
Good market, experimented with balls on sticks and sweet potato in chilli sauce, all very good!
Saturday 17th January
Woke up slow, read in the sun, went on internet for 5hrs, had an indian meal which blew 5 days food budget and bed again.
Sunday 18th January
Big tour day today and we hit the following spots...
Sai Yok Noi waterfall...would be impressive with some water on it! This was also the place where the Death Railway ends. An old steam engine has been left there for people to climb on and get pics.
Hellfire Pass and Memorial Museum...another really interesting place to get a feel for what so many of the soldiers went through to get that railway complete.
Elephant Trek...30 mins on the back of Yonti, some good pics and another box ticked. Great beasts with big stiff hairs that stick in your butt when riding on his neck. Payback for riding him in the first place i reckon!
Rafting...dragged upstream for 10 mins and then left to float back for 20. Nice and relaxing.
Took a journey along the actual Death Railway. Some lovely scenery but still could shake the feeling of how many died to create such a thing.
Ended the day at the Bridge over the River Kwai itself. Done!
Grabbed a shower and decided to pay an old lady to stretch me in 27 different directions, stick her knees and elbows in all my painful bits and then smile at the end of the hr whilst crawling off the mat. Oh yeah, its called a Thai Massage!
7kg of laundry done for 100b, beer and an english breakfast, pack and bed.
Another early day 2mora. Off to see a Buddha head in a tree trunk.