Thai Hospitality

Kanchanaburi Travel Blog

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This is Alex.
Still looking over my shoulder, I caught a bus out of the city of Kanchanaburi and headed up to Soi Yak Yai national park.  While on the bus, I met a 20 year old Dutch guy named Alex.  He was also traveling alone, and we had similar destinations so we decided to travel together for the next couple of days. 
We rented a couple of rooms at a raft house on the Kwai River in the middle of the national park.  We soon discovered that the park was packed with tourists.  Usually, I would have found this circumstance to be dissapointing- but it wasn't.  There wasn't another farang (foreigner) in sight.  It was the weekend of the King's 60th coronation anniversary and so all the visitors were Thai tourists on holiday from Bangkok.
One of our hosts. He spoke the most English out of them all. Nice dude.
Within minutes of arriving in paradise, Alex and I were relaxing by flowing the river, reading our respective books.  It was so quiet, peaceful, beautiful, how could this get any better? 
As we were reading our books, we looked up to see 5-6 Thai smiles beckoning us to their raft house.  They immediately handed Alex and I a big fat bottle of Beer and asked us to sit down.  Our hosts were of humble trades- just mechanics and farmers.  They couldn't have had a lot of money, but they gave so generously- they seemed quite intent on getting Alex and I happily drunk.  They barely spoke any English- their English was only slightly better than my abismal Thai.
The limestone bat cave.
  Despite the language barrier, laughter permeated the air.  We had a great time.  Thai hospitality never siezes to amaze me.    
The next morning Alex and I went for a hike in the jungle to the unremarkable WWII Death Railway bridge. The bridge was part of the same Japanese project as the famous "Bridge Over the River Kwai".   Mid-day we found and explored a dark and spooky limestone bat cave. As I climbed my way down the cave, a bat came swooping down just a few feet from my head and frightened me.  I almost lost my footing on the slippery limestone and toppled down the dark cavern ledge to my severe injury.  
After a nice dip in one of the many springs, Alex and I packed up and headed to our next adventure in Sangkhlaburi. 
There is more to come.  I apologize for being a little behind on my blog entries. 
umbralwalker says:
You got to go into a batcave! Lucky.
Posted on: Jun 16, 2006
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This is Alex.
This is Alex.
One of our hosts. He spoke the mos…
One of our hosts. He spoke the mo…
The limestone bat cave.
The limestone bat cave.
A canopy of Bamboo.
A canopy of Bamboo.
Took a swim here.
Took a swim here.
A water fall, next to our raft hou…
A water fall, next to our raft ho…
The old railway bridge.  We couldn…
The old railway bridge. We could…
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