Day 1: Bangkok forum
Day 2-9: Koh Samui forum
Day 9-12: Koh Tao forum
Day 12-18: Phuket Forum
Day 18: Arrived in Bangkok flying Airasia from Phuket. Metered taxi to Southern bus terminal 300bht plus 65bht toll.
Purchased ticket, thanks to Reet's directions, at the ticket booth in the waiting area. First class bus ticket to Kancahnaburi 99bht.
A bus was waiting so, our luggage went underneath, the bus was full, the luggage storage in the overhead on the bus was very small, so Andy nursed his back pack for the trip. Cold water is supplied and there is a toilet on board. The trip took about 2 1/2 hours.
Ok, I had already had the heads up from my best friend Geri (we3betravelling) as she had not like the Ploy Guesthouse a week before and moved on to VN, see her review, we already had a booking which i had made over the internet, so I had no expectaions. We got a taxi, (open back ute) from the bus station to Ploy, 80bht.
Ploy is set back from the road, on the river, it is white painted two story concrete style motel units. Staff dont speak much english, but hey we are in Thailand!! Our room was basic, two mattresses, pushed together on a platform, no tv fridge or tea or coffee making. A huge window looked onto an outdoor garden, nice and the bathroom was through another door, with an outdoor shower, we were only paying 600bht, I thought it was fine for two nights. Best part is the great airconditioner!!
On recommendation from Geri, we wandered down to the No Name bar for a feed of Thai, couple of beers and some pool!! Great spot, 500bht for dinner and drinks! There is 7eleven down the road.
Day 19: Picked up by Good Times Travel at 8.30am, we had booked this on their website, we hired a taxi for 1800bht for the day this turned out to be a 10 seater airconditioned bus, and a guide for 500bht.
We could of done the day without the guide in hindsight, all places we visited were easy to get around on your own and were written in English. Just the taxi would have been fine.
JEATH museum was first, very sad, lots of memoribilia, pictures and letters. A few tears from me, but all good!!
Next to the Kanchanaburi war cemetry, I could have wandered around here longer, it is so well kept and beautiful. We found all our family names and tooks pics for the family. Few more tears from me.........
We then drove 1 1/2 hours to Hellfire Pass, Andy and I wandered the track alone, words cannot describe the feeling....there was an Australian memorial with lots of koalas and things people had left, Andy and I left an Aussie $2 and 50c there. Took lots of photos, next visit we want to do the 4km track, we just didnt have time. back to the museum, this is beautifull kept, we placed a donation in the box, watched a short movie and wandered the museum. A lot more tears from me.......
We then drove for about an hour to the Erawan Falls, beauiful place, had lunch in a little restaurant there, then walked the tracks, I made it to level 4 Andy went further to get some photo's and a swim, it took an hour to drive back to Kan, we went to the Bridge On the River Kwai, took some photos, walked the bridge, I loved it!!
Went to the Jolly Frog for dinner, it's another guesthouse a couple down from Ploy, good Thai food!! recommended by our guide.
We still hadnt decided how we were getting back to Bangkok, so decided we wanted to see the floating markets, so walked to Good Times Travel office and booked a taxi tranfers Kan - Floating Market- Sukhumvit rd for 2900bht. More expensive than the bus but we would see the floating markets.
We were picked up from Ploy at 7am sharp, in another 10 seater airconditioned bus!! it took about 1 1/2 hours to get to Floating Markets, this place is great, the scenery and ambience, I totally recommend it. Not cheap to buy things, but the fried bananas are great!!
It took another 1 1/2 hours to get to our hotel in Bangkok.
We both loved Kanchanaburi, we will return and stay a bit longer! I would stay at Ploy again, though no longer than 3 nights, it is in a great central spot, on the river, yes the mossies are bad, we bought our own mossies coils from OZ. really, most of the guesthouses we walked past seemed the same, dont expect luxury!!
Chez and Andy