Yes, weve just pulled ourselves out of hammocks n Kanchanaburi, so we're not in Bangkok as expected. We changed our plans, mostly because we could, partly because we felt like it. On our way to Kanchanaburi we stopped off at Lopburi. Now here's a round-up of the things you wish you hadn't have missed.
Friday - arrived in lopburi, feeling fresh after the night train. Sarah and I found it a bit hard to get to sleep, as we were excited about the "cool bunk with personal light", though in the end we managed a mega sleep and found it was the comfiest bed we'd had in a while. So the reason we went to lopburi was because it was full of monkeys, so that day we basically just saw monkeys. Im not sure if i like monkeys now, they're a bit unpredictable and they have rabies. We were warned by the guide book that the eating situation in lopburi was dire (oh no!), so we spent the evening wandering round food stalls untill we found somewhere that sold pad thai. We ate the pad thai, then sarah was sick.
Saturday- Pad thai shrimps, sarahs head and the rest of the contents of her stomach spent the day (and night) with the toilet bowl. We were supposed to be leaving lopburi that day for kanchanaburi, but i let sarah stay with the toilet because she seemed to like it so much. So i went on a solo mission around lopburi, confirming what we had already ascertained the previous day, that it was crap. So i went to a wat to see some monkeys, then sat on a bench for a bit. As soon as i sat on a bench, a monkey jumped up behind me onto my head and started eating my hair violently. I jumped up, swore a little and tried to shake it off. A man with a stick came running up and beat it off. I escaped unscathed, though i dont care much for monkeys anymore.
Sunday- Left lopburi!!YAY. Excitedly bussed it over to Kanchanaburi. Got off the bus and accidentally fell into the bakery. It happened to be the biggest bakery we have ever seen. What a find. We found a VERY cool guest house, complete with floating rooms on the river kwai, a raft to jump off into the river from, hammocks, deck chairs and fruit shakes for 30p. The guest house is 3k away from the bakery, though we still manage to stock up on patisserie every day. Later on sunday we went to the war museum, and we actually read all of the signs and found it interesting.
Monday- We spent the day in the river Kwai. Swimming and perfecting our dives off the raft in the morning, then kayacking down the river under the bridge over the river kwai (eh?). Lots of fun. We also rented bycicles, though its so dangerous on these roads we saved the bikes only for when we had to go out (to the bakery). Later we went to a restraunt, had tea, then went to another restraunt and had another meal each. Met some people in the evening and went out for a few drinks to end the night.
Tuesday- Got up early and got onto a train to travel along the death railway. For those of you who dont know, its a railway built from thailand through burma by lots of prisoners of war, engineered by the Japs. It was built going through pretty hardcore terrain. They say that for every sleeper laid someone died (thats 100,000). Then they tore up the line after the war. When we got to the end of the line we went to another war museum, which we also found interesting, then down to hellfire pass. We went caving in sandals with a random school group. Later we returned to kanchanaburi and fell into the river off the jetty.
There are now more photos on the photobucket website (see front page of this site for link).
Hope all is lovely in England (and Scotland)
Thanks for the messages :D
P.S Robbo sent off my ucas form yaywooyay