Taking the Slow Train to River Kwai

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
Trip End Mar 16, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Kanchanaburi,
Friday, January 25, 2013

Our Journey to Bangkok,. was a long one, but it always is. Christine and I figured that with her starting in Chicago, and myself in San Diego, that each of our journeys was 29 hours to reach our final arrival in Bangkok. We encountered a delay on every one of our flights, but were thrilled to make each one, both traveling on standby, its always a nail biter, but we both are in agreement that we for some reason love the thrill of it all, and the feeling of accomplishment when our name is called to receive that " Golden Ticket" in which is the boarding pass to get a seat on the plane, sometimes a wonderful one as we did receiving both a business class seat on our longest leg from Seattle to Narita, or just happy to get one at all, two middle seats in economy ( the village) luckily sitting next to each other to pass the time on our last leg from Narita to Bangkok. With using one of our vacation passes, the three flight journey was going to cost us a total of $11.63.Yes, Im totally serious.
Bangkok never fails to stimulate all of your senses. Even at 2 am when we finally arrived from a delay out of Narita. This was Christine's first time in Thailand, so the excitement for her was having no idea what to expect, and for me, the excitement never fades, even though this is my 10th time touching down in Bangkok.
My first night tradition always as a reward for the long journey, is Pad Thai noodles from my favorite street cart , and a foot massage from one of the many vendors set up on the busy streets of Bangkok awaiting all the tired travelers such as ourselves awaiting the luxury of having our tired feet rubbed after a long day of travel. Christine fell in love with this little Hippie nook in this fascinating city right away, she told me that she already has no interest in ever leaving....shes in :)
So our first destination is the River Kwai, and a small town outside Kanchanaburi, 5 hours east of Bangkok on the slow train. Of course there are faster ways to get there, but wheres the fun in that?
This train is a local train, it has open windows, and of course no air conditioning, and somewhat cushioned benches, and it takes its time cruising up the country side picking up local and adventurous travelers as myself looking for a better view of the journey along the way.
Christine and are staying at our nicest place of our whole trip . A small Boutique Resort on the famous River Kwai in a floating river bungalow. Its remote and small, and it sounds like a great way to start our journey through Thailand.
Our bungalow is so cool, and our deck is right on the water, with nothing to stop you from falling in besides a make shift bamboo platform to catch you. I love the non-safety rules in Thailand, its one of the things that makes this place so different than being anywhere else.
There are only 15 rooms here, which make it quaint and quiet, just what I am always looking for.
There is this really cool rickety bridge right by the "resort" which I was fascinated by right away with my love of Indian Jones Movies and I couldn't wait to walk over it. Christine was not as excited as me to venture across but she was easily convinced, and we stepped carefully across making sure not to miss in its many broken steps and spaces.
On our deck we sit and watch the river and local life float by. Christine watched a recent Rambo movie in which she remembers scenes of bamboo rafts and large snakes in the river. I havent seen any snakes yet, and I promise by the end of our stay here, I will get her to jump in that water with me :)
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Joyce Nokes on

So excited to read about your 2013 journey to Thailand. I actually have a friend who is teaching English in Koh Samui. If u r going to be anywhere near there, let me know maybe you could hook up with my friend Kim. Looking forward to reading about ur journey.

Sarah on

Mom - That bridge is crazy! That is straight out of a movie! I am so happy you got business class on the way there and your long journey was rewarded with some great food! I miss you already!

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