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Posted: June 2013

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Dani, Australia Dec 2012. 
Temples and Hills – Two weeks in Thailand
Bangkok –> Ayutthaya –> Chiang Mai –> Chiang Rai –> Laos

We spent the first four days checking out the sights and sounds of Bangkok and sleeping off the jet lag before getting on the train to Ayutthaya. Second 
class seats on the train were really nice and the conductor made a note of where we wanted to get off and gave us a 20 minute warning so that we could gather our bags. What a nice man! The temples of Ayutthaya were amazing and we spent four days cycling around. We could have spent longer but the food was a bit hit and miss and the hills were calling. Next stop Chiang Mai and again another great train experience. Chiang Mai was so laid back I don’t know how any of the university students got any work done. We had five nights in the end balancing temples with treks and elephants. An absolute must on any Thailand tour. Finally we had to drag ourselves away and got on the bus to Chiang Rai where our boat to Laos was waiting.

WME, England Oct 2012
Temples, History and beaches – Two weeks in Thailand
Bangkok –> Ayutthaya –> Kanchanaburi –> Hua Hin –>Malaysia

We arrived in Bangkok from Myanmar and spent two days sorting through the thousands of photos we took. Having been in Bangkok just a month earlier we had seen many of the sights although we did partake in our favourite pastime of using the river ferry. For a mere 15 baht you get to tour along the river and watch the locals go about their daily business. From Bangkok we got the train to Ayutthaya, an ancient city that was destroyed by the Burmese. The temples and the ruins are quite stunning and a great place to get on a bike and explore. After three nights we took a minivan to Kanchanaburi, made famous by the Bridge over the River Khwae. I have to plead ignorance here at not knowing too much about the place but it was incredibly interesting and such an education. As well as the history surrounding WWII and the Prisoners of war, there are other places of interest such as Erawan waterfalls and an elephant sanctuary. The whole town was so relaxing and welcoming that we stayed longer than intended. From here we took two trains to Hua Hin, Kanchanburi to Nakhon Pathon, where we waited around an hour for a connection to Hua Hin. Sadly we reached Hua Hin in the middle of a rain storm that lasted the whole of our stay but it was a convenient place to pick up the overnight train to Butterworth in Malaysia. As expected it the train was an hour late, but the second class bunks and very comfortable and the ‘dining car’ is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

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