Hello to eveyone from the sunny beaches of Koh Tao!! My turn now!
Right so when Kat left you we were in Sukothai, a small town south of Chiang Mai.. We found a really good place to stay so we dumped our stuff and lounged by the pool. The next day we caught a tuk tuk down to the national park there and hired bikes to cycle round... it was really nice cycling around but in the heat of the day we were soon ready to go have a drink somewhere! The park was stunning and had temple ruins dotted around which was the main attraction and was definately nice to see, but after that we were ready to move on pretty quickly, so we booked a sleeper train ticket and caught the bus the train station..... the train unfortunately didnt come til 12 so we had a good few hours wait! But finally it came and we hopped on board and reached Bangkok very early morning. We said goodbye to Thi and headed towards Sukhumvit, a fancy part of town we decided to check out just so we had a better idea of what Bangkok was like... the only problem was just how expensive everything was there!! They some amazing shopping centres with 7 floors and all designer wear; it was very fancy! We also went down to Lumphini park and walked along there for a bit only to find gym equipment in the middle of the park where the locals go to work out, which i thought was just genius!! It was also strange to see everyone stand still and silent at 6pm when the national anthem was played into the park over loudspeakers!
The day after we headed to Kanchanaburi, about 2 hours west of Bangkok. We found a really great hostel which opened out onto the river and had hammocks in the gardens and met some great people there. We went to see the Thailand-Burma railway centre which was a really informative museum about the construction of the Death Railway and the living conditions of the POWs and others who suffered to build it. Then we headed to the bridge over the river Kwai and walked across it, which was very cool but you could easily fall off! The day after we started our day visiting the floating markets, which was a great place to visit, drifting down the river on a gondola like boat as Kat bought yet more magosteens and lychees! After that we went to see the Tiger Temple where they have the tigers lying around and you can be taken round by a guide to stroke the tigers. It as a very controversial place though, as many people think they may drug the tigers, and even if they don't it seemed a bit weird how docile they were. We all had mixed views on it though but agreed it was amazing to be so close to such amazing animals!
The day after we made it down to bangkok again but decided to stay nearer Khao San road as it was much much cheaper and had a general day of chilling out (and Kat and Gareth visited Jim Thompson's Garden, the man who introduced Thai silk to the rest of the world) before heading off towards the islands, the bus journey down here was somewhat unusual. We had to walk for ages to get to the bus for starters and then were driven through the night until about 3am when they dropped us off in the middle of nowhere and we were picked up by another bus which took us to the boat that brought us here, which brings us up to date for now, Kat will continue from here.
Hugs and kisses from Asia
Kat and Nush xxxx