Since Cat and Brad had to go back to work during the week, Scott and I decided to take a short trip up to a small town called Kanchanaburi. It was only a two hour bus journey away and when we pulled up into the local bus station we had the typical scenario of being surrounded by about 30 taxi, scooter and tuk tuk drivers and trying to get you to use them and the hotels they 'recommended'/got commission from. We picked one guy out of the crowd and he pointed us over to his vehicle, at first I thought he was joking; it was the most modified tuk tuk I have ever seen. There were spinning disco balls, a karaoke machine and massive speakers, I was dreading climbing on the back and music blaring out as we drove through the streets on a Tuesday afternoon. Lucky for us he didn't try and get us to do any Karoke on he journey and he dropped us off at out floating river guesthouse without too many stares.
We decided to have a walk into the town, in all honesty there wasn't much to see so we sat down at a bar (because we hadn't already done too much drinking in the past few weeks). However it was all very exciting because we found a bar that sold cider!! I hadn't had Cider in weeks and at £4 a bottle it was pretty pricey but it was definitely worth it! After trying to catch up to Scotts lead in our s***head tournament we decided to actually listen to the guidebook for once and went to a local restaurant with amazing reviews. It was the best food I had in the whole of Asia and the best Massaman curry I've ever had it was also served with blue rice which was a bit strange but again very good. Walking back through the town we stopped at a bar with some live music and ordered cocktails (we really were going all out with the spending today). After a while it started to dawn on us that everyone else in the bar was either a young, pretty Thai girl or a seedy old man, After looking around it turns out that every bar on the street was the same so after a couple more drinks it was off to bed for us.
The next morning we got up early as the main reason we had come here was to travel up to Erawan Waterfalls which were about 70km north of the town so we rented a scooter and off we went. I took over the driving for about 20km but it turns out Scott legs are far too long to sit on the back of a scooter so in the end I had to trust him to do all the driving. Thinking about it now that was probably just his excuse as he didn't trust me to drive. Erawan Waterfalls are 7 different waterfalls that are all along one river, you can swim in the pools and walk between the different ones, which are between 200m and 1km apart. We had a good day trekking through the jungle and finding our own paths up the waterfalls. This place really was beautiful and e made it to the sixth one and were about to make our way up to the last/most impressive waterfall when Scott was climbing up a rock and slipped, tearing his shorts from the zip all the way down the crotch to the seam on the leg, basically it was a good job he was wearing boxers! Unfortunately this meant we never made it to the last waterfall and Scott had to walk and drive all the way back with his shorts flapping about, while we were walking back down Scott mentioned that he had actually only bought one pair of shorts with him, all his others were back in Bangkok, it was getting up to about 6pm when we got back to Kanchanaburi after spending ages looking for a sports shop or somewhere Scott could buy some replacement shorts we eventually managed to find him some lovely bright red football shorts a bargain price of £5. On our hunt for new shorts we did manage to fit in a visit to the Bridge on the River Kwai although I've never seen the film so it didn't really mean much to me.
The next day I considered going to visit the local tiger temple although I was a bit worried about how the tigers were treat and so did some research online, there were mixed reviews and so I decided not to go as I really didn't want to turn up and then feel like I was funding them to mistreat the tigers. Instead we decided to return to Bangkok where Scott bought himself a new camera and decided I need to get my hair cut off, being in ASia had absolutely ruined it, i'm not sure if it was the water, the shampoo or what but the end of my hair was basically dead. I went to a salon where it turned out my stylist was a really beautiful lady boy, Scott won't believe that she was but he didn't see the adam's apple or size of her hands! She was a real b**** and kept saying I could have luscious hair like hers if I looked after it properly! It was horrible, the style is awful and the ends were still dead and I just wanted to cry, I don't think I've worn it down since! Ahh well its only hair I suppose.
We spent a couple of more days at Cat and Brad's mainly chilling out and eating and watching the boys play more FIFA, we also went to watch The Hobbit again but this time in 3D, the non 3D is definitely better and cinema had that much air conditioning that I nearly had to leave. W ready for our travel to the South of Thailand