R.I.P. Babybell

Trip Start Feb 21, 2012
Trip End Sep 20, 2012

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Three days ago my Mum arrived in Bangkok early in the morning. She brought us amazing treats of sausages and baby bell. I have to mention that here because we are sitting on a 6-hour long coach tour to Ko Chang at the minute and I just realized that we forgot the food in the fridge in the hostel. So that really upsets me at the moment. I haven't had any breakfast and would kill for some cheese right now.

Anyway apart from my growling tummy I am feeling very good. We are on the way to a nice beach for some relaxation after we had some busy days in Bangkok. A great thing about the capital is all the different kinds of transport, so even when you get to places you see a lot. We took the skytrain and some boats through Bangkok channels which gave us a good impression of how diverse the big city is. We also discovered the cheapest way of getting around: tuktuk with a stop. It means that you pay 50 cents or less for even quite long journeys as long as the tuktuk driver can drop you off at a tailor or tourist information for ten minutes. You have a look around and the driver gets 5 liters petrol for free; a win-win situation. 

The other fantastic thing about Bangkok is that you don't need a plan or a destination because there is something interesting to see everywhere so all you have to do is to start wondering and then Bangkok takes it from there. If the heat is overwhelming an air con shopping centre is the perfect solution and just another excuse to look at all the perfectly faked Jimmy Choo, Gucci and Hermes. 

Yesterday we did a day trip to Kanchenaburi which was a nice but a bit too rushed cause so many attractions needed to fit in one day. We started off at a WWII cemetery and the bridge over the river Kwai. From there we took a van to the train station and rode the train through the countryside. Back in the van we were shipped to some floating houses for lunch and a bamboo raft down the river before it came up to my personal highlight - the elephant ride!  It was a lot of fun to sit high up on one of those gentle giants and be swung around like buoys on the rough sea. Our elephant had a little baby running next to it and in the end we had a banana-feeding-snuggling-session. I always thought that their trunk might feel like velvet cause they look so soft, but instead it is more like a rough leathery skin.

While I could never really make up my mind about my favourite way of transport on our journey - bus? plane? bus? plane? boat? - I have finally come to a decision: I would love to explore the rest of the world from an elephant's back. I will try to catch one in India.

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