Wheels on the bus don't go round and round....
Sep 22, 2006
Eventually we arrived in Chiang Khan, literally a one street town with no money changers & us with our 1000B notes. Luckily for us (& the guesthouse, cos they couldn't give us change for a 1000B note) the mini mart was happy for us to buy water & 2 chocolate bars (12B!)... honestly we are eating the local food - they were thai chocolate bars. We wandered around the market that night - very local: raw meat, live fish, & veggies, plus t-shirts & boney-m cds etc - & had some dinner.
It's not till you're in a town where virtually no english is spoken that you realise how much english is spoken in the touristy areas.
So in the interest of seeing some of the countryside, we decided to take the scenic route... &, boy, it was in more ways than one. Our day started on a pretty flash bus which had half decent airconditioning even. That was all good till a couple of hours into our journey we went down a slight dip in the road & heard an almighty crashing noise under the bus which we assumed was a rock initially till the grounching sound which carried on till the bus stopped proved otherwise. There was us, half a dozen thais & a couple of monks on the bus, so we all hopped out to see what we could see. Someone picked up a rod about 1 1/2 inches thick which appeared to have sheared off somewhere - the best we could make out was it maybe had something to do with the suspension. Fortunately, the route we were on is frequented a few times during the day, so the next bus cruised by about 1 1/2 hours later & we all managed to get a seat - just!