Our flight from Phoenix, Arizona to Bangkok takes 26 hours, yep I timed it! We enjoy staying at this hotel, very clean its off the main street so its somewhat quiet even though its in the middle of Bangkok. They have nice large sized rooms, nice little restaurant and a great fitness and pool area. The rooms at this hotel average about $88 USD per night depending of course on availability.
THE PERFECT take-alongs
Even outside of the rainy season, which runs from May – October, there’s always potential for rain. Between hikes with elephants and moto-taxi rides, you’ll want to bring a rain jacket shell with you.
For the same reasons, bring a rain fly for your bag as well. If you want to be super protective of your belongings, I’d even suggest packing your things in dry sacs, especially electronics, just in case.
If you plan on going on a river adventure like us, water-shoes are the way to go. Made of durable and high stretch fabric with strong wicking performance, quick drying and comfortable to wear. These are made of durable and high stretch fabric with strong wicking performance, quick drying and comfortable to wear.
Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai was build during the WWII, the line runs for 250 miles. Today this is known as “The Death Railway”. The construction of the bridge was done by POW’s, they started the bridge in 1942 and it took just a year to finish the bridge. It is estimated that 9000 POW’s lost their lives due to unfavorable conditions. There is quite a bit of history about the POW’s and the bridge itself at the War Museum, it is worth the visit.
River Kwai Jungle Rafts
HMMMMM, can you say no air-conditioning??? There are different floating rafts along the river, some have power and others do not, ours HAD NO POWER! Well this is where we stayed, the fed you well and the sleeping arrangements were unique to say the least, you slept with mosquito nets over the top of the bed. I was not entirely fond of the whole idea but it was a bucket list check off! Greatest part is that you can feed elephants in the morning, oh it was really quite wonderful to be up so close to them, they came down every morning to get their fill of watermelon and pineapple rinds. Honestly if I was to do it again I would do the rafts with power, it was just to miserable to sleep at night. I made the best of a very interesting adventure!
Trainride on the Death
After our big night, we were able to take a tour of the war museum, such history was there and there are some great artifacts including letters explaining that their loved ones were still alive and that they would be returned home very soon. We were also able to take a train ride through numerous little villages, such beautiful lush terrain along the way. Again, the train has no AC.
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