Taking the Slow Train to River Kwai
Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
15Trip End Mar 16, 2013
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Boutique raft resort
Bangkok never fails to stimulate all of your senses
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 :)