Kanchanaburi and Erawan Falls!
Trip Start Sep 06, 2008
16Trip End Apr 2009
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We are wrapping up our last night in Kanchanaburi, but it's been a while since our last entry.. so here's the update!
We took the train from Thonburi Station (Bangkok Noi) to Kanchanaburi (Kan as the locals say). The ride was only 3 hours long and we were well taken care of. The woman across from us always offered us food if she was eating.. however as we declined her offer, she politely declined our offer of mini bananas. When Andrew offered her bananas, she seemed to think he was confirming that they were indeed bananas, rather than offering her one. It was quite funny to watch the 2 of them gesturing to each other.
After a long and sweaty trudge to the guesthouse we were quite pleased to find a beautiful bungalow on stilts overlooking the historic River Kwai
We've also been enjoying the wildlife at Blue Star. Not only is it overrun by cats and little kittens, geckos rule the ceilings while ants control the bathrooms. There's also a little bird that likes to be poked in the tummy. He talks. Thai of course! Sawadeeeee'kah...!
Yesterday we attempted to make a visit to the Tiger Temple. Attempt is the key word. We started by taking a local bus (which was painted in all colours of the rainbow) that brought us about 3 km from the Temple. We were proud to be the only Westerners on the bus and everyone took very good care of us, pointing out various points of interest, as well as making sure we got off at the right place. Laura spent the journey having a broken conversation with the Thai woman to her right. They counted on their fingers to 5, and the woman put her arm up to Laura's and giggled at the contrast in skin colour. This actually happens quite a bit to Laura. As we neared our destination random people on the bus started tapping Andrew on the shoulder and motioning him to stand
Today was a very exciting day. We were determined to have something to write about in our blog this evening so we hauled ourselves up this morning and decided to venture to Erawan Falls, a seven tiered waterfall a couple hours out of town. Unfortunately due to Laura's love of sleeping, we were unable to catch an early bus. We ended up splitting a open bed taxi truck with a couple from Holland. We got along very well, and had lots of fun yelling conversation back and forth on our journey to the falls
We've enjoyed Kanchanburi and we plan to depart tomorrow morning to the ancient town of Ayuthaya. We'll write again soon! Thanks for all your comments on our entries, we really enjoy reading them!
love, Andrew and Laura