4$ gets me a 1 hour massage? I'll take 3

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
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Trip End Sep 26, 2010


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Sugar Cane Guest House 1

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

After the long journey from Ko Phangan overnight we arrived in Bangkok very tired at about 5am but we were also prepared to maybe have to do another overnight train to Chiang Mai. That changed when we started inquiring about prices and time tables for getting places and once we started asking we quickly found a minibus to take us to Kanchanaburi about 5 minutes from when we asked, so we jumped at the chance and we're speeding west on the highway 10 minutes later.

2 hours later we arrived in Kan (as the locals call it) and found it to be very cheap. We found an awesome guesthouse straightaway. It was down on a raft right on the River Kwai and had everything we needed and wanted for a low price. So we settled in quickly.

An hour later we found ourselves heading to the famous Tiger Temple. We weren't messing around!  The Tiger Temple was really neat, and we had a chance to pet the tigers and get lots of photos with them. The next day we woke up early and caught the local bus to Erawan National Park, which we were both eager to check out. It was also really awesome and was a great day for us. It was about an hour and a half hike to the top of the trail and you pass 7 waterfalls along the way. We saw monkeys and had the chance to jump in the water and enjoy cooling down. We spent about 5 hours just enjoying the day before heading back to town. That night we checked out the JEATH War Museum and went and saw the famous bridge over the River Kwai.

And that was pretty much it for Kan as we needed to get to Chiang Mai quickly, so we left the next morning to catch a night train to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. Once we arrived back in Bangkok, we didn't let the day go to waste though. We caught a tuk-tuk to Chatuchak weekend market. It was quite crazy, virtually anything could be bought there at unbelievably low prices. There are about 200'000 visitors a day there so we only spent about 3 hours before we had enough of the crowds and noise.

After that it was just a matter of making it to the train station for our sleeper train to Chiang Mai.

-js

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