Erewan and the bridge over the River Kwai

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
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Trip End Oct 01, 2008


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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

We wake up but Helena is feeling ill and Yiknur won't leave a man down, so... I decide that I can't be held down and make a quick and easy decision to go out for the day and leave them both behind!  (Tough call, riiight)  I rent a moped, which I nicknamed Sir Speedy and later switched his name to Thirsty after I discovered his incorrigible penchant for consuming gasoline like its going out of style. 
Sir Speedy, Jorge and I vroomed north until we reached Srinakharin Dam.  Then we went to Erewan National Park and went for one of the most amazing hikes I've ever been on, EVER!!!  The path ran from a base camp a few kilometers up the path of a stream that cascaded down in 7 steps of breathtaking waterfalls.  I ran into 2 Israeli guys I had met at the hotel and we took a good 15 minutes at each step to make sure that we didn't miss any good swimming pools. 
At the top we relaxed and hung out for a while as it was by far the best one and most rewarding as most people never made it up that far.

I'm pretty sure this place resembles paradise so I let Avi and ??? leave and stay behind to read a bit in the shade of the jungle canopy with dips in the crystal clear waters mixed intermittently between chapters.  Thirsty reared his head and we just about ran out of gas as I pulled into a gas station on the way back.  He drank all he could handle and we were back on our way to Kanchanaburi for a relaxing afternoon exploring the bridge over the River Kwai, the floating restaurants, the war cemetery and the cute rustic town.  I contemplate getting my first massage, but opt to hold off until I'm on the beach and get a haircut instead.  I also shave for the first time since South Africa and I look like a completely different person... or so the lady who cut my hair said.

I like this place.  It is much quieter than Bangkok and everyone is extremely nice.  The weather is perfect, even at night when it is perfectly comfortable to wear shorts and a t-shirt or pants.  The food is really good, even though I'm not eating all that much and I make assurance double sure that no dish is spicy before paying for it.  Breakfast looked more like a dinner today, but it was actually really good!  Dinner was a simple yet amazing chicken fried rice.

I fall asleep in a great mood under my bug net ready to catch an early train back to Bangkok in the morning!
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