We have left the massage parlours of Bangkok behind now and started our first cycle trip with Spice Roads. We were picked up at 8am for the drive to Kanchanaburi to view a war cemetery for those that died building the railway to Burma and then the Bridge over the River Kwai. We are cycling on this trip with 3 other people; Stephan and Christina from Germany and Christie who is an Australian living in Switzerland. Of course there is our tour guide Tao and a driver (also called Tao) to take all of our luggage. We just made the 11am train from Kanchanaburi to Thamkrasae which was an hour long train ride along the fertile valley to the point where it meets the notorious rocky section alongside the River Kwai where so many POWs died in building the railway. We had an excellent lunch before starting an afternoon's cycling of about 25 km through sugar cane and tapioca fields before finishing at an ancient temple. Hot and steamy still at about 30C but thankfully no rain which we had experienced sufficient of in Bangkok. Great group of people and and excellent Thai tour guide. By the way, it is true the Thai people smile a lot so if you are happy this is a great place to come. Picture is of our group of cyclists at the Bridge over the River Kwai.