Monday June 18th

Bangkok Travel Blog

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Time really flies you know as today we already left Bangkok and carried on towards the river Kwai. On the way we stopped at that famous floating market, which was nice to see, but  much too touristy for my taste. I bet one needs to be there already at 7 AM or earlier in order to still see the real merchants. By lunch time only the souvenir-junk was  left...bummer!

Most people know the bridge over the River Kwai from the identically named movie, which is by the way only BASED on the historical facts, the film in itself isn't a true story. Nothing but a simple old railway bridge, weren't it so that the scenery is totally awesome...the mirror-flat water of the river shimmering in the burning summer sun, the green of the valley, the exotic flowers, the lush vegetation...all too beautiful to put into words!

Lunch consisted of rice AGAIN and I got to admit that I was slowly but surely getting tired of rice...haven't had a "decent" meal since we arrived here...It was a brilliant idea of our guide to already get us to our river  resort in the early afternoon. It looked like everyone had the same idea, 'cos when we got near the giant open air pool, nearly all lounge chairs were taken by our fellow tour buddies. But who needs a lounge chair when the water of the swimming pool is invitingly warm?

That sounded already a whole lot more like "the life" : splashing around in the water, a game of pool volley with the gang, catching some sun, a good book (Anne Rice's The Mummy) and scribbling some post cards. Needless to say the afternoon passed as quickly as the wink of an eye.

Dinner was rice AGAIN but this time it didn't really matter, as it was cocktail time again. Our gang was lodged in a very scenic but very remote bungalow style resort along the river Kwai. Amazing scenery, but absolutely nothing there to do at night... apart from a lame cover band playing in the open air hut-type bar. Luckily they served an extensive collection of colourful cocktails from which we tried (sequence of ennumeration may differ) the Tequila sunLise, Pung Wang Special, Mai Tai and Black Lussian. Mainly all fun was caused by the totally crazy bartender named Egg, not quite as handsome as Tom Cruise in Cocktail but definitely quite as acrobatic and crazy; though he couldn't grasp  why we were talking about little parasite animals when he brought our Tequila sun-L-ice...
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traditional Thai house
traditional Thai house
photo by: halilee