Yesterday was very interesting and to all my English as a second language friends that I suggest to not use the word interesting, “I know how to use it sparingly!”
OK, onto the post: I questioned my sense of my decision of scheduling a on a tour at 630am after getting into Bangkok at midnight but the end result proved it to be the correct choice. The day started with a drive through Bangkok on a big bus but that was the end of the boring. The day started with a visit to the War Museum at the Thailand-Burma railway center and then a ride on a long tail boat on the rivers Maeklong, Kwia Noi, and Kwia Yai. Now the ride was short, maybe 30 minutes but it was fun. I was on a boat with an English couple and their daughter. Side note, they arrived to Bangkok but British Airways did not see fit to deliver their luggage – I hope their luggage was waiting for them at the hotel later that evening.
The river had beautiful mansions along it and very poor and broken down/occupied houses. I find most of Bangkok to be a trip into contrasts and as our tour director said; “If something bad happens in Bangkok just forget it,” and then she broke into song, “Que Sera, Sera, whatever will be will be,” yes Doris Day is International!
The scenic view up the river and on the bridge was amazing, however, the train ride on the “death railway train” was the big part of this tour. But before this tour there was a dog story. The tour group stopped at the Pakseng Pier for lunch – Lunch was uneventful except for the dog. Tripod, I will call the dog and not because she had three legs like the dog in Disney’s movie “The Kid” but because she had only three good legs. She followed me and sat at my feet under the table. I took an extremely small helping of chicken and eggs and some rice and veggies. Tripod got my chicken and eggs and when everyone else was done eating (it was like they were going to eat every last drop!) I gave more to tripod. As soon as they cleared the table tripod left me to find someone else to fed her after she licked the hand that fed her!
The train ride that followed along the Burma border and the river was great, from the rainstorms to the old Japanese caves, CIRCA WWII. It was like being transported to a different world. Well more later, I did post some photos of the scenery on facebook and my public photo share http://yonaitis.shutterfly.com/10702.
The important thing to remember if you have lunch at the Pakseng Pier and there is a small tan dog with only three good legs, feed her!
Time to find some temples… As my tour guide said; “we have had a busy day, Yeeaaaahhhhhh, but Bye Bye”