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Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi December 5th 2014

Greetings all We hope you are enjoying good health and getting into the festive spirit. we've been quite suprised by the number of Christmas trees popping up here since 1 December. Here's the history lesson: Thailand is divded into 77 provinces with a population of 63 million made up of ethnic Thais (75%) and Chinese (14%) with the remainder mainly immigrants from neighbouring countries as well as hilltribes people. Buddhism is the national religion and Islam the largest minority religion but it appears that nearly all Thais also practise some form of spirit worship. Every household, restaurant, bar, bus/train staion, shop etc displays a picture of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. Today is the King's birthday, he turns 87, so it's a Public Holiday. Unfortunately he's currently in hospital following an op on his gall bladder. ... read more
Wat Arun, Bangkok
Wat Arun, Bangkok
Wat Pho, Bangkok

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi November 25th 2014

Hi all I need to stop passing out at 8 pm and waking up at 4:45. I am currently hiding out in the bathroom writing this so I don't wake up Graham. Last I wrote we had made it to Victory Monument and were looking for the minibus to take us to Kanchanaburi. This was supposed to be very easy - they are parked on the side of the cinema. However finding the cinema took a little work as Victory Monument is a huge and busy place. We finally realized it was behind us. We paid our 130 baht each ($4.20) and crammed into a van with 8 other people. This was not the most comfortable 2.5 hours we would spend. If there was any question of me ever renting a car and driving in Thailand ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi August 16th 2014

The hotel arranged our taxi as we checked out so we missed the usual fun and games of getting a driver prepared to use the meter. Victory Monument was the destination as we were advised that this was the place to book a bus to Kanchanaburi. There were no signs in English at all but a tout pointed us in the right direction. I was about to buy two tickets at THB120 each when I was told that we needed a ticket for our bag also. "Why would I do that?", I asked. Silence... We walked to the ticket counter next door and forked out THB120 per ticket with the bag travelling free. Within 10 minutes a mini-van rolled up and we were on our way on the two hour journey. Kanchanaburi lies around 130 kilometres ... read more
Bridge Over The River Kwai
Kanchanaburi
Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi July 24th 2014

vandaag was de laatste dag van onze tour. We zijn naar de Erawan watervallen geweest. Deze liggen in het Erawan National Park. De waterval bestaat uit 7 niveaus, met een hoogteverschil van 1500 meter. Via een pad door het bos kun je van niveau naar niveau lopen. Het leuke is dat hier ook veel vissen zwemmen, en deze vissen komen aan je voeten of handen knabbelen als je in het water zit. We zijn tot aan het 5e niveau gelopen. Daarna was het pad vrij lastig te belopen, en we hadden ook niet zoveel tijd. Aan het eind van de dag zijn we teruggereden naar ons hotel in Bangkok. Hier heerlijk even gedouchet (tenminste weer warm water!) en daarna lekker gegeten in een van de restaurants van het hotel.... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi July 23rd 2014

Ons hotel hier in Kanchnaburi is gelegen aan de river kwai. Het zijn allemaal kleine houten chalets, waar je met 2 man kan slapen. Om te eten hebben ze een klein restaurantje waar dus ook hele kleine porties worden geserveerd! Allemaal heel eenvoudig, maar wel leuk. Wel een behoorlijke tegenstelling ten opzichte van het luxe hotel in Bangkok, waar je kamer 2 maal per dag wordt schoongemaakt, het ontbijt ontzettend uitgebreid is en waar het personeel constant voor je buigt als je komt aanlopen. Vandaag stond een bezoek aan de river kwai en het olifantenpark op het programma. Als eerste gingen we vanmorgen een bezoek brengen aan het oorlogsmuseum bij de brug over de kwai rivier. Het museum hadden we heel snel gezien, aangezien het best wel vervallen was en de kids hier niet veel zin ... read more
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Elephant park

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi July 22nd 2014

Vamorgen vroeg opgestaan want om half zeven kwam het busje van de reisorganisatie ons ophalen bij ons hotel in Bangkok om naar de floating markt 'Damnoen Saudak' te gaan en daarna naar de Tiger Tempel in Kanchaburi. Ik had wel al gelezen dat de floating markt redelijk toeristisch zou zijn, maar het was nog veel extremer. Alleen maar souveniers en andere prullaria te koop. We werden met een bootje er doorheen gevaren en als je iets wilde kopen, dan kon je dat aangeven en werd het bootje aangemeerd en kon je vanuit de boot onderhandelen en evt kopen. Dat hebben we dus nergens gedaan, omdat we geen zin hadden in deze rotzooi. De 'kapitein' van ons bootje vond dat ook niet zo heel erg leuk. We hadden ons voorgesteld dat er heel veel bootjes waren, waar ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi April 26th 2014

20th April 2014 – The Foreign Office website - “Political demonstrations continue in and around Bangkok. Some of these have been violent, including the use of firearms and grenades and there have been casualties and deaths. The situation is unpredictable and further protests are expected. You should avoid protest sites”. Within fifteen minutes of arriving in Bangkok we had, by accident as ever, completely flouted this warning and found ourselves slap bang in the middle of one such site. The drive up from Hua Hin in the morning had been a straightforward one and our arrival in Thailand’s capital city was timed so we could get across town to go to the races. It was, therefore, with dismay and trepidation we were dropped off by the tuk tuk driver and found the road ahead completely blocked ... read more
"Pure Luck"
Cash Back!!
Khao San Road

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi February 24th 2014

Monday Today was the train to Hellfire Pass. The host’s mother and her friend were coming as Thais don't usually do these things but they can ride the train for free. We arrived at the station over half an hour early and the train arrives over half an hour late. They sat in the free cars while the rest of us sat in the 100THB cars (tourists and their guides). I started chatting with the guides near me and they arranged for a car to take me to the cutting which was about 15kms further out from the end of the line. The train rattled and clacked thru the countryside with the windows wide open for over 2 hours. Generally you risk serious injury or death if you put any parts of your body outside the ... read more
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rice paddies
country road

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi February 23rd 2014

Friday I took my first tuktuk ride from the guest house to the sky train saving me a ten min walk. It's amazing where vehicles squeeze thru in the narrow allies. I made it to the mini bus rendezvous with time to spare then waited another 30 mins to be picked up and taken by taxi half way across town to the mini bus. Wow, taxis are very cheap. Saturday I'm eating breakfast, a tasty soup with rice and probably ground pork, looking across a small canal to a field of sugar cane and the rugged hills beyond. One man is cutting cane by hand. I think all the cane is cut by hand. They were loading it into the trucks late into the night last night. The other cutters are now returning to work. Some ... read more
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the evening view
my host, Manu

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi February 9th 2014

Picked up early from The Chatrium in Bangkok. This is the day for our visit to the Bridge Over the River Kwai and the Death Railway. On the way we stopped for a quick visit at a local market, literally along a railway track where the train brings people to buy their fish, fruit and vegetables. The track is the main aisle of the market and when the train comes twice a day, the stall holders literally have to move everything back from the side of the track to allow the train through. We then headed to a floating market where you get into a paddle boat and get paddled up and down the canal to look at stalls along the sides and also to buy food, goods etc from others boats. Very busy and a ... read more
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