The Thais Are Such Happy People
Aug 22, 2000   Thailand
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Songthaew public transportation. These are great and can get pretty crowded.
Songthaew public transportation. These are great and can get pretty crowded.
Our first introduction to Thailand couldn't be better. Perfect secluded beaches, interesting history, caves, and fun in the city!
Old posts from my very first travel website and my first backpacking trip (a year in 2000-2001)!

We love Thailand. The Thais sure know how to have fun!

Briefly, here’s what we’ve done so far...

First we spent a week on an almost deserted beautiful tropical island. We were the only tourists there for the first 2 days, then about 10 more people arrived to share the island with us. Great snorkeling, and we swam through a cave to a hidden beach!
They were just opening for the season so they had to get one bungalow cleaned up for us once we got there.
They were just opening for the season so they had to get one bungalow cleaned up for us once we got there.
Plywood floors.
Plywood floors.
We had this beautiful beach all to ourselves!
We had this beautiful beach all to ourselves!
I got a kick out of this boat driver's outfit.
I got a kick out of this boat driver's outfit.
On Koh Muk, this is a cave that you can only swim through in low tide to get to an enclosed secret beach.
On Koh Muk, this is a cave that you can only swim through in low tide to get to an enclosed secret beach.
Then stayed in a floating hotel room on the River Khwae. Saw the bridge, saw the movie, and learned a lot about the POWs from WW2 and what they went through.
Our floating hotel in Kanchanaburi. We'd jump in at one end and grab ahold of the railing at the other as the current swept us downstream.
Our floating hotel in Kanchanaburi. We'd jump in at one end and grab ahold of the railing at the other as the current swept us downstream.
This monitor lizard would cruise behind our floating hotel room.
This monitor lizard would cruise behind our floating hotel room.
Also did an elephant ride through the forest and saw some beautiful waterfalls and caves. This is a really fun place! They have floating restaurants and discos that cruise up and down the river with really bad karaoke blasting away everyone along the river.
Not only are floating hotels popular here, but some of those are floating restaurants that take off at night and have the loudest karaoke!
Not only are floating hotels popular here, but some of those are floating restaurants that take off at night and have the loudest karaoke!
The caves and waterfalls on the tour were nice after all the depressing war history.
The caves and waterfalls on the tour were nice after all the depressing war history.
Buddha in a cave
Buddha in a cave
We rented bikes to ride around Kanchanaburi.
We rented bikes to ride around Kanchanaburi.
Kanchanaburi Don-Rak War Cemetery contains the remains of almost 7,000 Australian, Dutch and British war prisoners who lost their lives during the construction of the Death Railway
Kanchanaburi Don-Rak War Cemetery contains the remains of almost 7,000 Australian, Dutch and British war prisoners who lost their lives during the construction of the Death Railway
That's the actual bridge over the river Kwai.
That's the actual bridge over the river Kwai.
At the railway center. This is an example of where the prisoners had to dig away at the rock and dirt.
At the railway center. This is an example of where the prisoners had to dig away at the rock and dirt.
The death railway on the river Kwai. So much sad history but very interesting, including the JEATH War Musseum.
The death railway on the river Kwai. So much sad history but very interesting, including the JEATH War Musseum.
Now we are in Bangkok livin’ it up. We are spoiling ourselves here for not a lot of money.
Love the klong taxis in Bangkok. Only about 10 cents to ride!
Love the klong taxis in Bangkok. Only about 10 cents to ride!
Love the trains here!
Love the trains here!
This is a typical Thai petrol station. LOL
This is a typical Thai petrol station. LOL

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