The awesome Erawan Waterfalls and Bridge over River Qwai
– My Sukhumvit stay at Bed Bangkok was unfortunately ruined by a fellow dormer coming into the my dorm at 5.00 am, rattling his bag loudly in the locker, locking it up and leaving. So after getting very little sleep I took an early morning bus to Khaosan area and took a meter taxi to Thonburi station (the right station this time).
This taxi was really helpful – took me past the market and into Thonburi station all for 100 baht. I was one of three non-thai’s on the 6.20am third class train and my carriage was very empty with nearly all of the people on it fast asleep. So I got to take in the views and see some nice grenery on my journey.
The train is slow and stops lots of times and I think it took around 1.30 minutes from Thonburi to Kanchanaburi. Lots of people selling stuff on the train so you can get drinks and thai food if you fancy it for real cheap. The train itself cost 100 baht flat fee – so 200 baht to get to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok (£4.00) is great value.
You can easily walk from the train station to the street with all the hostels and tourist parts on it but for some reason I managed to take the wrong road and ended up at the Bridge over River Kwai and had to get a frame bike taxi and go back on myself as I had walked around 4km with my bags on and was tired.
The first place I stayed was called Knoble Night and it was a recommendation from a Thai friend. The room was lovely, clean and had all the things I needed except a safe. The wifi here was very good and I was able to pick it up around the pool which was really handy.
The pool is lovely and there are great views over the river Kwai and they also have floating rooms for rent in peak season. A very mixed bunch of people were staying here from lovely dutch girls to old Norwegian and Aussie veterans. I would say that if you are looking for a travellers environment then this is more for the holiday maker and the price I paid for my room was 650 Baht per night.
My ideal budget is 500 baht per night (£10.00) because If I eat cheap and pay this for my rooms then I cover my monthly budget with my income streams. It was socialising around the pool where I met Emily, Adan and Luisa 1 American and 2 Mexicans who I went to Erawan Waterfalls with the next day.
We managed to get get up and ready until aroun 11.00am and we shared a frame bike to get to the bus station (5 people being transported on a small moped) and this felt a little unsafe… We got to the station in one piece and it was apparent we had just missed the bus and the next would not be for an hour.
We decided to get a tourist taxi who waited for us for over 4 hours whilst we had fun on the waterfalls. This cost 1000 baht so 250 baht each and it was a good 20km so again very good transport value. The Erawan Waterfalls are amazing – you can jump off them, swim in the currents and get your feet nibbled by little and big fish. There are also little crabs so I would wear footwear as you might get a nip or squish one.
The water is pleasant and there are about 7 different sites of waterfalls all at various altitudes. Pretty far to walk – we made it to number 5 which was the most scenic and this one I jumped off the top of the waterfall into a sketchey rock pool where my feet hit the ground but it was all lovely soft pebblems (which was a relief).
Our driver stayed and waited for us (I still cannot get over this custom – but its really helpful) and we got a ride back to Kanchanaburi. Very tiring a day in paradise.