17 May 2009

It's Been a Khlong Time

Today was going to be a relaxing today after yesterday's thrilling adventure to the River Kwai. We decided to take a relaxing day to Thaling Chan which is district in the western area of Bangkok. The area is know for it's floating market and endless amount of canals, or khlongs.

While visiting Thalin Chan we were going to take a three hour tour...

"So sit right back and you'll hear a tale... a tale a Bangkok canal trip... that started from a tropic port... aboard a banana boat..."

And so on...

I've taken the tour before and it has been enjoyable. Of the three hours you spend two of it cruising the khlongs and the other hour doing various activities. This includes visiting a Buddhist temple, feeding hungry, hungry carp, and visiting another market. We also had a delicious lunch of chicken satay, a Thai spring roll and a bowl of Tom Yum (spicy!) soup.

Overall, the khlong tour was a good time and a fantastic way to see how Bangkok used to live.

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Thomas the Thai Tank Engine

Yesterday we took a weekend excursion train from Bangkok to Namtok. The train left Bangkok at 6:50 am and we got home at about 7 at night. We stopped at a few stops along the way that were significant to the Death Railway, including the bridge over the river Kwai and the cemetery to honor the fallen servicemen. The end of the line was near the border of Burma (very jungle-like) where we explored waterfalls and caves.

By the end of the day we were all filty, hot and tired. We voted that we needed to find the quickest way home and since none of the taxis wanted to take us the short distance to the condo we got ourselves a tuk tuk. My first one! Then it was a race to see who could get changed quicker into their bathing suit so we could cool off at the pool.

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