Kanchanaburi, here I am. Everything worked out pretty much as planned, and after almost missing the southern bus terminal in Bangkok, everything else worked pretty much as smooth as I had hoped for. After arriving in Kanchanaburi I had to take a kind of bus/taxi mixture thing, that would drop me off somewhat close to the hostel that I had chosen to stay in. However, I did not feel like I could walk to far with about 20kg on my back and the sun burning down from an uncloudied sky, so I took a mototaxi for the first time.
A mototaxi is actually pretty much what it sounds like, a motorcycle that gets you to where you need to go. You just jump on, negotiate a price and if you don’t die along the way he we’ll get you to your destination. I did not feel brave enough trying this means of transport in the Bangkok traffic, but out here it seemed to be a safe bet, and I really enjoyed the ride. He dropped me off just in front of the Jolly Frog, my guesthouse of choice and I could not believe my eyes.
This place is freaking amazing, for many reasons:
- 1. Its situated directly at the khwai river.
- 2. Single Rooms start at only 70 Baht (€ 1,75)
- 3. It has a beautiful park, with Hammocks, comfy chairs and palmtrees
- 4. Their restaurant is cheap, and very good.I got a Thai dish and a milkshake for 53 Baht (€ 1,30)
I tried to get a single room, which they could not give me as all single rooms were booked out. However I got a double room on the raft, which cost me 150 Baht a night (€ 3,75) and is bascially situated ON the river. Coming out of my room I see the river and could without hesitation jump in. Its amazing.
Also seeing the mountains in the distance really gives you a feeling for the area, and the sunset here is more than cool. I can only recommend this place, and will certainly have a good time here.
The only negative thing that I can see is that there is no aircondition only a fan in the room. But that should work just as good even if its a bit louder at night. Also, my neighbour is a nice guy from france, so I finally get to practice my french after so many months of forgetting everything I had learned. Thats pretty neat too. To get an impression, here are some images of the Jolly Frog in Kanchanaburi:
And here is where it is situated:
This area seems to be very interesting too, I will try to get an impression tomorrow. Lets see.
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