Today is our two week anniversary of arriving in Thailand and what an amazing two weeks it’s been! We’ve visited temples, tubed down a river, trekked in the jungle, eaten awesome food and have all slowly but surely acquired elephant trousers! Our blog will keep you updated along the way about all the great places we visit and the awesome experiences were having, but for now I thought it might be fun to see how were getting from one incredible place to another as its far more exciting than my daily bus commute in Plymouth!
My first experience of travelling by road was in a taxi “make sure you ask for the driver to turn on the meter else you’ll end up paying double” was the advice I was given so after some negotiating we were off weaving through the streets of Bangkok, until we met the gridlock of Khao San Road which involved not only cars but a plethora of other motor vehicles ranging from large trucks to tuk-tuks interlaced with mopeds weaving in and out.
Once we were settled in Bangkok we needed to get around - enter the famous tuk- tuk which was a definite eye-opener! It’s a great way to travel and see everything as you can literally reach out and be part of what’s going on - although not advised! When the smoke and beeping horns got too much we tried out a new mode of travel in the form of river boats to get to the Grand Palace and Temple of the Reclining Buddha which was also a great way to see another side of the city.
We then left Bangkok and took a night bus to Chaing Mai, with the new city we found a new vehicle to transport all of us and our belongings to the Royal Guesthouse - a song taew which literally means ‘two rows’ used to describe the two rows of benches that the passengers sit on.
Our next stop was Pai and after surviving the 726 bends in a minibus I’m pretty sure none of us were ready to travel again in a hurry. Luckily for us the lazy town of Pai accommodated this request and we spent our time cycling or walking to get around. I loved being able to cycle with Rebecca, Tara and Amanda to Yoga in the morning.
By far my favorite means of transport was the steam train that bought us to our current location Kanchanaburi. We slowly travelled through the beautiful countryside and as the sun set it made for a perfect photo of calm and tranquility, this was however interrupted by the party/restaurant carriage on the train that treated us to classics by Whitney, Mariah and Madonna which definitely kept us entertained throughout the 15 hour journey! (good job we were on the express train!)
By Kelly Lovick, Assistant Trail Leader
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