24.05.2010 - 31.05.2010
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We arrived back in Bangkok on the 24th May after another overnighter on the train from Chiang Mai. It took a long 16 hours to do the 800km, perhaps the driver stops the train whilst everyone is sleeping and gets a few hours kip for himself! The train never seems to get fully going, the stops are frequent at stations and there a lot of bridges with not enough track for 2 trains to pass. So in and out of Bangkok very quickly again, in fact a quick dash to another platform and we are on our way to Ban Krut south of Prachuap Khiri Khan. We had by now decided that our thailand stop was going to be a lazy one. We tried to get motivated on many occasions to spend days out but the heat and humidity forced us just to laze by the sea and a cool pool with drinks served at the wave of a hand. In fact for 4 days we had the run of the whole Na Na Chart Resort which was actually classed as a YHA but nothing like what we had been used to in Australia.
So with a 20 yard walk from our bungalow to the beach and pool with not another person in sight apart from a handful of staff, we baked under the sun.
We hired a scooter for the day for only 5 pound, where true to form I nearly had us both off on a sharp bend at night. I put it down to a poorly lit road with no markings, Ali of course blamed me entirely! We hadn't expected to visit another temple as we had seen so many but the one that was perched high on a hill, which we could clearly see from our beach, and was shining gold and red seemed to attractive to miss. We were not disappointed as it was probably the most unusually coloured and polished temple we had seen in Thailand.
So the usual weekend in flux of Thai's began on the evening of the 27th with a steady stream arriving until late Saturday afternoon. They certainly liven the place up, wading into the sea fully clothed, ordering and eating masses of food and singing karaoke til all hours and when they all left on Sunday morning our little piece of paradise was restored if only for a short time as we would leave by train for Bangkok for the final time on the 30th May. We slowly pulled into Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok on the morning of the 31st , had to put up with seats as there were no beds left which made for an uncomfortable night although at again only 5 pound each we couldn't really complain. Taxi straight to the airport for our flight to India.
Overall Thailand has been a much much more different adventure than South Africa or Oz. Such a friendly and helpful nation of people is such a big positive for this country, however for us let down so many times buy over the top pushy touts and the sellers who see you coming and immediately double the price. A great experience though.
Sorry no pics til we get home.