Hello again. Well since we last wrote we have visited Kancaniburi and the River Kwai and then returned to Bangkok.
Kanchanaburi is the place where the famous Bridge over the River Kwai is situated. So to make ourselves a bit more familiar with the whole history of the 'Death Railway' we started off at the Thai-Burma Railway Museum which provided a fascinating if not a little disturbing insight into how all the Allied POWs were treated during the building of the railway comissioned by the Japanese during WWII. After this we visited the actual bridge itself and walked across it - slowly and surely as there were no safety precaustions whatsoever and either one of us could have quite easily fallen in!
Then, the next day we moved guesthouse from one stifling hot, mozzie infested place to a nice cool, modern bungalow. 'But, as we packed I knew I had seen something move on my trousers that were on the bed! So after making Michael go through everything only to find nothing, and desperately trying to convince myself that I had imagined it I reluctantly continued packing my bag having given the suspect trousers a good shaking myself. Ony to find when I got them out at the next place that a small scorpion had hitched a ride on them Aaargh! (See title photo for evidence) We got rid of the evil looking little s**t, freaked out a bit, calmed down and I am now whacking every pair of pants against a hard surface before they go anywhere near me!
The rest of this blog is a bit delayed 'cos I didn't realise that it hadn't saved! So anyway, it's a couple of weeks back now but after returning to Bangkok from Kanchanaburi we went to see one of the infamous LADYBOY shows! This was so bad it was good and as for the 'ladies' themselves - well I think we might have been a little less scared if the Elephant Man had appeared on stage himself!
Then from Bangkok we went to Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand. Here we met up with some fellow travellers; Muniza, Kyla and Tyler and set off on our hired bicycles for a day of sightseeing. Apart from the fact that we looked like something out of the sound of music as we all rode along together, we had a great day and saw loads of 'Wats' (temple monasteries). The highlight of the day was chilling out to a Thai Eric Clapton (or Claplon as they spelt it) who was fabulous!
From here we returned to Bangkok for the last time and did a quick day trip to Damneon Saduak, a floating market. We rented a boat to take us along as all the little old women tried to sell us stuff on the canal. A bit too touristy as we went when every other coach load went, but still it was good.
See the next blog for more details!