Today is Saturday! Back to BK....

Trip Start Dec 05, 2012
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Trip End Feb 17, 2013


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Flag of Thailand  , Prachuap Khiri Khan,
Sunday, January 27, 2013

Last breakfast with all the excited special,guests getting ready to leave , with a
Lot of. Photos involving much posing and giggling. They are very sweet and innocent.
We enjoyed an hour at the pool and were Then collected by a private taxi for a smooth drive to the Ibis Riverside in Bangkok. Good way to travel.
Went by sky train to Siam centre in search of Marco the tailor who we found to be closed, R . Very patient shopping for M's shoes, even the shopping centre gave up by having a power failure and closing that section. Anyway, navy, comfy shoes were found and we mooched around the now familiar, massive Siam complex. Went for dinner at Coco Suki where you cook your food in a soup at the table . We have seen it done but this was our first time, and we were again the only Ferang in the bustling restaurant . Very tasty and filling. Collected our bag from Mercure and taxi back to Ibis.

28th January

Early start for taxi to southern bus station to get local first class bus to Kanchcanaburi for our visit to Kwai bridge. Two hour journey through very sprawling And unattractive areas with the whole journey of about 100 miles along continuous linear development. A van taxi from the bus station took us to the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and one of the three main war cemeteries. The cemetery was quite moving and thought provoking with all the ages of the servicemen that had died, mainly from illness and disease building the railway while the fitter ones were shipped off to Japan to work in the factories as slave labour.
The museum was very well laid out, giving a step by step account of the whole process of the planning and building of the railway. It had only been founded by an Englishman in 2003 with help from three others who had been living here in the town. While we were there there was also a party of young Thai schoolchildren being taken around by about six English teachers who were only speaking English to them
We then toon an open motorcycle Tuk Tuk with a young lad of seventeen who changed with another driver half way through the journey to the Bridge.
Sadly the bridge area was very commercial with naff Noddy train going over the historic bridge at intervals. We managed to walk it, accompanied by many tourists including some Japanese frantically taking photos of themselves. I wonder what the Japanese side of this story is taught in their schools.
Had lunch at floating restaurant overlooking the bridge the quality of which was not good.

Lady learner Tuk Tuk home to bus station for a very hairy ride although she was the most cautious yet. Got on the very very slow, hooting bus by mistake as the express one overtook us, with loud violent Bruce Willis film which was of course dubbed. Very long,unpleasant journey with the driver and conductor touting for passengers at every secondary school and bus-stop which left us pretty exhausted. When we arrived outside the bus station one taxi refused to take us, the next took a very long route through Bangkok. It really is a huge, sprawling city. I think we saw most of it.
Bar snack and sit outside on the riverside before bed and M not sleeping but blogging!
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