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Jan 23, 2012 - Erawan Falls

Today we woke up early and ate breakfast so we could head to the waterfalls. We took a tuk tuk (someone that drives a motorbike with an attached sidecar for us to sit in) to the bus station so we could catch a city bus that headed to the falls. it was the cheapest way of travel out there. After close to 2 hours we arrived and started our hike. It was such a beautiful hike I wish it was closer to home. It's a 7 tier 1,500 meter hike. Erawan is the 3 headed white elephant of Hindu mythology. We decided to climb straight to the top tier first...

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Jan 23, 2012 - Kanchanaburi Day 2

On our second day in Kanchanaburi we decided to go to the Erawan waterfall. We took a bus from the city's main bus terminal to the waterfall, which was about an hour and forty five minute drive. When we got here we were a bit surprised to see how many people were there, both locals and tourists. We were also amused that we saw the same Israeli group at the falls that we had seen the day before at the zoo. The falls are actually made up of 7 different levels of separate little waterfalls, each ending in a large pool where both locals and...

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Jan 22, 2012 - Safari Zoo

We woke up and ate breakfast at The Hut. Its really a nice cute bar/restaurant and so far the cheapest and most for your money place we have found in walking distance. After our breakfast we went back for your clothes and dropped them off at this book store that does laundry for 20 baht/kg. Let me say how desperately we needed to do it. The first time in about 2 weeks and I didn't pack many clothes. After we dropped them off we went in search for a good price to visit the Safari Zoo and found one for not too much. A mini bus took us to the...

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Jan 22, 2012 - Kanchanaburi- Day 1

When we arrived in Kanchanaburi after spending the last day and a half getting ripped off we weren't happy to find that the hostel wasn't exactly what we paid for. The pictures online showed that we had reserved nice bungalows near the river Kwai but in fact we were given the cheapest bungalows in the guesthouse (not really near the river at all). We didn't want to pay the extra money to get the nice bungalows so we decided to just keep stay in whatever we were given. We didn't feel like fighting anymore. We had two bungalows, each was just...

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Jan 21, 2012 - Kanchanaburi

Well we made it here and we seem to be staying in a good location. As we were driving up the person on the phone said they were located behind the war cemetery so that kind of freaked us out but once we got here we noticed all the tourists and the bars and music so we were a little more comfortable. We checked in to our hostel and set our things down and went in search of food. We found this westernized bar/restaurant that had Frogs and a pond. There was one frog that kept hopping on my foot and 2 more that were mating and hopping around...

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Jan 8, 2012 - Nong Nooch and River Kwai

Hallo Ihr Lieben, Gestern war mein letzter Tag in Pattaya. Ich habe zusammen mit einem Bekannten aus dem Hotel den Nong Nooch Park besucht. Eigentlich hatte ich nicht vor dorthin zu fahren, denn das klang mehr nach Disneyland als nach botanischem Garten. Aber wenn man schon von einem Einheimischen eingeladen wird, warum nicht. Leider haben sich meine Befuerchtungen bewahrheitet. Das fing schon an beim Eintrittspreis: Touristen zahlen 500 TBH, Thais 200 TBH. Ok, das ist noch verkraftbar. Und die "Tanzshow", die die thailaendische Kultur...

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Sep 25, 2011 - can you say struggle???

Well lets see. I paid a woman to get me on a bus to Chanthaburi but then when I got there found out I was 4 hours in the wrong direction, boy was I mad, poor bus driver. I stayed at the Jolly Frog. one night, it has a great garden area but the town is creepy with a capital C. This is where the river Kwai (Sp?) is and the death bridge but I did not see it. I just wanted something to go right so I woke up the next morning and headed to Koh Tao....how was I to know that island sucks lol I know you think I am kidding. I AM NOT.....to be continued

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Apr 8, 2011 - Kanchanaburi - 05/01/11

Kanchanaburi is a small town three hours drive northwest of Bangkok, that has been made infamous by the 1957 film the Bridge Over the River Kwai. For those of you folks, who are not familiar with the historical significance of the film, it is based on the events during the Japanese occupation of Thailand and South East Asia where Allied Prisoners of War (POW's) and civilian slaves were put to work on the Burma - Malaysia (Death) Railway. The cost, in numbers of lives was immense, thirteen thousand allied soldiers and up to one hundred...

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Apr 2, 2011 - Kanchanaburi continued....

Oooh, so our time continued in Kanchanaburi. We had planned to have a pool day, but boo hoo, no sun, in fact it was a bit chilly! We weren't sure what to do with the day, but armed with our laundry to drop off we headed out. Once we'd dropped off the laundry we noticed a bar selling Irish Stew and green beer for 40baht, as it was.....St Patrick's Day! Well, 40baht for a beer and lunch was to good to be true so we sat ourselves down and tucked in. The Irish Stew was really yum, and the green beer just kept on flowing. An Australian guy...

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Mar 22, 2011 - To Kanchanaburi

So it came to be time to leave Pattaya and all it's crazies and head to Kanchanaburi, home of the bridge over the River Kwai (pronounced kware). A nice hot walk to the train station and an easy ride to Bangkok was had. We decided to get a room on Khao San Road for the night as it was closer to the station for the morning. We found one no problem but my god, it was so hot and noisy! Our first one without aircon and it really made a difference! Outside a couple of Thai guys were playing the guitar until about 1am and singing very badly too....

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Feb 13, 2011 - Floating Market and River Kwai

Visa Troubles: I returned to Bangkok between ending my volunteering and starting my Indo China Tour on 19th February. I went back to Koh Samet for a few days but then had to come to Bangkok to get my Vietnamese Visa (not allowed in without a pre prerpared visa)and to extend my Thai Visa so I didn't get fined or deported for overstaying my 30 day tourist visa. I did a " border run" to Poy Ped on Cambodian/Thai border to get my visa extended for 15 days. A bit of a farce really....you step momentarily into Cambodia, and then go back through...

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Feb 6, 2011 - So so sorry

Ok guys i am so sorry i haven't been updating this - i thopught there'd be internet everywhere in thailand but i've gone days without phone reception and when we've been in towns we've got the whole day packed with stuff. I'm going to try do some of these retroactively i promise i will finish them all when i get back but for now i'm really on the run (no really my legs are killing me and if i see another bike or have to put on trekking shoes again i may hurl. My legs are covered with bruises but other than that I'm pretty sure I'll...

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