Lot of Ruins and a Bridge
Trip Start Mar 27, 2012
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We're fitting them all in this one piece because there isn't that much to say about all of them separately and we also don't want to spend all our time writing.
So here goes;
For starters, Kanchanaburi, a little town around 100 Miles north west of Bangkok. It's famous for three reasons. One is the Erawan National Park, where you can swim in waterfalls, stroke tigers etc etc. I can't describe it because we didn't get that far. To get that far would be to leave Bangkok at 4am, which only the insane or desperate are prepared to do. That, or you're not going to Chiang Mai. The second reason it comes into public knowledge is of a certain bridge. It's not the bridge itself, it's what it represents
I say we, I mean I, and I'm sure you can all guess which one of us it wasn't.
It was enjoyable for both, and it was good to see. We also had a look around a museum which was build like a P.O.W camp to give people an understanding of what it was like to be in one. It's called the Jeath Museum, because they believed calling it the Death Museum would be too harrowing.
The final reason it was put on our map was because of our hostel worker Allie in Bangkok. He told us a lot about the place, as it's his home town. He also told us it's because of HBO that he knows any English at all. He taught himself for six years just watching some telly. Who'da thought?
That was a whole day trip from Bangkok.
The next morning we headed 70 miles north to Ayutthaya
A four hour bus journey the next morning got us to Sukhothai, where we're at now. We're here for two nights while we visit the Historical Park here. The place is famous again for having lots of ruins. In Bangkok we spent a good amount of time deliberating about what to do and what to see, and the only answer we came up with is we wouldn't know if we didn't try. Sukhothai's ruins are similar to Ayutthaya's. The difference being that the former is bigger, and the latter is more preserved; equally both as good. This time we were on bikes, and it took a lot of energy. The park is huge.
That follows nicely to the heat. It's becoming a little irritating, but that's probably the only complaint we have.
Next stop is Chiang Mai in the north, so we'll see you there.