The Frogs are Jolly in Kanchanaburi
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Sawasdee Ka folks!
A serious amount of travel later, here I am in the lovely Kanchanaburi. I got the overnight train to Ayutthaya, where I arrived at about 6am. I waited until a more decent hour and then made my way to the tourist office. They were just opening up when I arrived and the cleaning lady seemed a little disgruntled when I spent half an hour in the bathroom trying to make myself look human. (3 nights without sleep and one on a train do not a pretty Beth make) Grabbed myself a map and off I wandered. The ruined wats are everywhere you look so you can just wander between them easily. I'm not a huge temple fan though, it equated to visiting a series of old churches, but without pretty windows so it wasn't long before my tired mind was distracted by a cafe.
I had planned to spend a night in Ayutthaya but having bored myself to death with the wats by 11am I decided to just carry on to Kanchanaburi, home to the bridge over the river Kwai and surrounded by national parks full of waterfalls. Bliss. So two local buses (on which I was the only tourist) and 4 hours later I arrived at The Jolly Frog, the most popular backpacker place in town. And I can see why! I don't know how I'm ever going to leave.... My bedroom is on a river raft, so I wake up to the river on my doorstep every morning, it costs me 3 quid a night, the restaurant makes lots of delicious cheap food, they show films in the evenings and there's lots of people here to meet.
Tomorrow I'm off to visit all the museums and cemetaries, then on friday I'm going to Erewan national park to swim in the waterfall pools. Which are full of big fish which nibble your toes. Mine could do with a good nibble I can tell you. All this walking in flip flops is taking its toll on my poor little soft feet. My heels are all cracked, my toes are an odd shade of grey and there's a few old unsightly blisters. I bought myself a pumice stone earlier and I intend to spend a good ten minutes using it tomorrow morning! I can't stand gross feet.
I don't think I've blogged this yet (sorry if I have, I forget what I've blogged and what I've emailed!) but after chatting to some Malaysians in Pai I've slightly changed my national park plans.
Anyway, my book awaits so I'll leave you there. I'm currently reading Notes on a Small Island by Bill Bryson which makes me occasionally snort with laughter, resulting in some odd glances from the Thai staff but its so funny I don't care. I read One Red Paperclip on the train, a cool story of this american who swaps his red paperclip and then continues to swap items until he has a house. Great story, but badly written unfortunately. I skimmed a fair bit so it only took me 2 hours. Next is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley which I think might be tough going. A few hours in a hammock I think. What a pity haha. Ooooh and I almost forgot, this hippy guy who hogs the hammocks (grrrr) had a snake land on him earlier! I found it in the bushes afterwards and got a picture; it was a mildly venomous golden treesnake. I was excited anyway. Plus it justified the stupidly heavy wildlife guide I'm lugging around with me! Hurrah. Bye for now xx