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Thailand JBR - thoughts, tips and reviews (part 1)

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Thailand JBR - thoughts, tips and reviews (part 1)

Just spent two weeks in Thialand and will place whole report on BKK forum as most people read this one...We are 2 x 40ish Brits with a 12 year old. First 3 nights were spent in BKK, staying at the Pullman King Power. Pullman is ultimate luxury, I have written a review, but we felt although we were pampered, the hotel lacked a bit of atmosphere. The rooms and staff were awesome though. We hired a guide for our first day and visited the grand palace and wat pho to see the reclining buddha. The heat became a bit too much so we were done by lunchtime, alone we would have spent longer but 12yr old boys and temples have a limited timescale. We then spent an hour touring the klongs on a longboat which our guuide ami organised for us for 800 baht. Really interesting and feeding the fish was great. We then had a buffet lunch on the river and as the rain arrived, went back to the hotel for some r&r. Our guide for the day cost us 1000 baht. We were met in our hotel reception at 8-15am and the itinery was picked by ourselves. It was woth the money and on our second day we felt much more confident and knew the skytrain and mrt well. That evening we went to the Baiyoke skytower to take a view of the city at night. Revolving lookout on 84th floor, fantastic views for 200 baht each. Our final day was spent shopping at Siam and an hour taken out to visit jim thompsons house. A quiet oasis in what is a crazy city. Just off national stadium skytrain stop, make the effort - you won't regret it. Also, when at one of the mall's tray a Swensons ice cream. The kids will love it. The next day we left for Kanchanaburi, via an aircon mini van from victory monument costing 120baht each and leaving on the hour. We caught the 9-00am van and booked into the Felix River Kwai at lunchtime - check hotel review. This hotel pre-booked cost us for a family room 2200 baht prepaid. What a bargain, breakfast thrown in aswell. Beautiful gardens, a lagoon type pool and right on the river a stone's throw from the bridge. That afternoon we were picked up from the hotel for our twighlight safari, booked in advance through good times travel, Kan. Highlight of our holiday, bathing and scrubbing elephants in the river, not an everyday occurence. Cost 1000 baht each. The following day we hired a longboat for 2 hours, it picked us up from the hotel pontoon and took us to Chungkai war cemetary, a beautiful, moving experience. Then onto some local caves - not really woth the effort and finally visiting the Jeath war museum. Interesting art, paper cuttings etc from the prisoners. Then back along the river to our hotel - 2 hour trip, cost 900 baht. Booked through good times travel. That afternoon we went to the controversial tiger temple. Tip - when all the tourists walk to the canyon with the adult tigers, stay behind. We did and were able to bottle feed the 2 x 6 month old cubs, no-one else around, bonus. We joined the conveyor belt to stroke the adults in the canyon which was surreal and quite unsatisfying. They certainly are well fed and it is hot (all the tigers were kept in shade). They were very dosile - but drugged, who knows. Certainly, the volunteers seem to have genuine affection towards the tigers and tiger island is almost completed. We won't be visiting again. Our son loved the cub experience which we paid an additional 1500 baht for. It's not a cheap day out. That eveing we ate at Apples guesthouse in Kan. Highly recommended. Extensive menu, reasonable price and pleasant surroundings. Our final day in Kan started with a trip to Erawan falls, a 7 tiered waterfall, good swimming at levels 2 and 5 and a great rock slide at level 4. The nibbling fish are a bit off-putting but worth it to swim in the cool clear water. Quite alot of rubbish at level 2 though. After lunch we were taken to the death railway where we could walk across a bridge section of the track before taking a half hour train ride - meandering along the river. The trip ended at the kwai bridge for some market shopping and photo's on the track. 900 baht each including lunch - Good Times Travel.! Sorry if this is a bit long..! Part 2 later - Chiang Mai and Ko Samet.

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1. Re: Thailand JBR - thoughts, tips and reviews (part 1)

Great report. Look forward to Part 2!

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2. Re: Thailand JBR - thoughts, tips and reviews (part 1)

Im going cross eyed, paragraphs please. (Reet you should be sleeping)

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Thanks!

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4. Re: Thailand JBR - thoughts, tips and reviews (part 1)

Great feedback. Thanks

Adrian & Kelli

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5. Re: Thailand JBR - thoughts, tips and reviews (part 1)

thanks for taking the time to report.. its always good to get other peoples point of view and experiences.

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