So we arrived in Bangkok wednesday afternoon and found some accomodation at a guest house two roads from Kho Shan Road. We only really wandered around that day in Bangkok as it is very polluted. Via a Tuk Tuk driver we found our way to the government run Tourist office where a lady has organised our whole stay in Thailand. We then visited the Lucky Buddha and a Thai boxing match, before ending up shopping along the Kho Shan Road and practising our bartering skills!! The next day we left for a three day tour to Kanchanaburi provence (approx 3 hours north west of Bangkok). This is where we realised how politically incorrect Thai people were in addressing tourists, i.e. English - roast beef, New zealander - Kiwi, Italian - Maccaroni/spaghetti, chinese - slit eyes!!!!!!!!!!! Which we found a little ironic!!?? Day 1 of the tour involved a stop at a WWII cemetery, the museum and bridge over River Kwai and the Tiger Temple run by Buddhist monks. The next day we woke early and went elephant bathing which was truly amazing, we then went bamboo rafting down the river, did a bridge jump into the river and went elephant trekking (which was a bit of a let down after the bathing). We also visited the Hell fire Pass, however the torrential rain stopped us from walking the path. On the last day we travelled to Erawan National Park and did the 2.5 km trek up the 7 tiers of the waterfall. Forget about health and safety in Thailand, personally I dont think the boys would have made it without my army training!!!!!! In Kanchanaburi we were taken to the local markets where we braved the open food stalls for their lovely "sticky chicken"!! The next 24 hours or so we have spent travelling by sleeper train, bus and boat to Kho Samui Island. We are now settled here for 5 nights (hoping to see lady boy shows!!), heading to the full moon party on the 28th and then to Kho Pha-ngan Island for 4 nights before having to head down into Malaysia and then Singapore.
Generally I think we are both extremely impressed with Thailand - it is cheap and the people are the most welcoming and polite we have ever met. The scenery is amazing and there is a real chilled out feeling to everything. Oh, and we also saw a snake crossing the road!!
Love to you all, please re-start all the message board entries again.
Roast beef and Kiwi xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx