Sukhothai, Bangkok & Kanchanuburi
The food stalls are all along the road edge and after passing one insect laden table we got offered a couple of the small fried grubs by the man that ran it. Not wanting to be a rude ‘farang’ we both took one and tried it, we decided that they weren’t that bad at all but I’m not sure I’d want a whole bag full!
Our hotel for the next couple of nights was the New Siam Palace Ville and as places to stay in Bangkok aren’t cheap this place was slightly over budget but had a central location, pool and comfy rooms. As we only had 2 nights / 1 full day staying in this central area we planned to get up early and cross off as many of the temples, attractions we could before the heat got too much.
Obviously the first thing we needed to do was check out in the infamous Khao San Road night life and as everything is more expensive in the city this ‘backpacker’ street was no exception.
I honestly don’t understand why everywhere we have gone that has a backpacker scene is so expensive, you’d expect it to be cheaper but it was the same in nearly every country we’ve been too.
We ended up sitting on plastic stools outside a little shop because her beer was the cheapest on the street. We did find cheaper places to have a drink, but these were mostly on Rambuttri Alley and the connecting small streets rather than Khao San itself.
We then worked our way round to Wat Pho and the reclining Buddha, Wat Arun across the river, the giant red swing and many many beautiful buildings and temples in-between. All the sites were stunning and the detail on the stupas was beautiful but you are doing all the attractions with coach loads of other tourists so it can get very busy.
With the threat of a thunder storm and me getting a bit ‘templed’ out we headed back for an afternoon by the pool and as today was the end of Buddhist Vassa, and no bars were allowed to sell alcohol we had a quiet night.
We were staying at a place called Good Time Resort which was next to the river and had been recommended to us by Pauls friend. It was a lovely little place set in manicured gardens with a fish lake, pool, riverside restaurant and clean A/C rooms.
A short distance away on the main road through town is a collection of bars and restaurants, most of which seem to be ex-pat or go-go girl bars judging by the pictures and names.
It seems to be a huge day trip tourist attraction and we saw coach loads of kids and people being dropped off for their allotted gawp time at the graves and museum before being hustled back on their coaches.
There was some dispute on how often these ran on the internet some said every hour, and some said every half hour. I think the truth of it is they run as they like, as we stood in the baking sun for around 45mins before it eventually came past but later they were running much more frequently.
There isn’t much left of this part of the railway but with the help of the audio guide and the few sleepers, iron pegs, drill marks etc it paints quite a vivid picture of what happened here. It’s also very beautiful and the views over the valley are stunning.
By the time we got to back to the hotel it was about 6:30pm and we grabbed a quick swim in the pool then headed out for dinner.
Our train back to Bangkok was leaving the following morning at 7:19am so another early start but this time I had planned a surprise luxury hotel for our return to the capital.