so we are now in Kanchanaburi but i'll update on what we ogt up to on our last days in chiang mai. on thurdsday we took a cooking course - the whole day learning how to cook thai food. it was such good fun, so easy and well tasty! we went to the market first and then the group went to this ourdoor kitchen at the teachers house and we each got to make a soup, curry, stir fry and noodle dish - and eat them all after!!! plus there was loads of other stuff he showed us and at one point we did 'adventure' cooking which involved 3 foot flames coming from our woks. all very exciting and we have cook books to bring home so watch out for a thai night near you!
friday we had 'another' lazy day - and actually had the best hour of our lives getting an aromatherepy oil massage. it was another all over one but so good and sooo relaxing (if not a little invasive!). felt like a dream afterwards and a tad spoilt but hey ho - a girls got to do what a girls got to do!
that night we also went to see harry potter at the cinema - possibly the highlight of the trip so far (JOKING!) well sort of haha. we went with an aussie, two other brits and two dutch girls - it felt a bit like a school trip but was quite amazing and such a plush cinema. also we can argue it was cultural because its a very different experience to back home. watching the thai movie trailors was hilarious and then jsut before the film they play this video and music and everyone in the cinema stands up! its basically saying how great the thai monarchy is and how great thailand is in general which is quite nice really tho a tad overwhelming as a foreigner.
anyway after a rather exciting evenign before we got up saturday and then left Chiang Mai in the afternoon on a night train to bangkok - was really sad to go actually - we'd been there a whole week and felt really at home and settled. still we are back on the road again!
pulled into bangkok staition about 6.30 this morn but were heading out again by 9 on a bus so we got to Kanchanaburi by lunch time. its a small-ish town a few hours west of the capital and has a heavy history packed with ww2 stuff. we have spent the afternoon rather sombrely walking round the allied war cemetaries. its relaly thought provoking but they are beautifully kept and it's nice to see 'there is a corner of a foreign field that is forever england'! this arvo we are going to head down to the bridge (over the river kwai) and then tomorrow we aren't quite sure as the whistlestop tour continues and we start the journey down to the islands by the evening!!
so hopefully next time we make contact we shall be somewhere not far from the beach!! yess!!
its lovely to hear from everyone, miss you all loads xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx