Next up we took a James Bond style speed boat tour upto the iconic bridge over the River Kwai. A sobering reminder of Thailand’s part in the 2nd World War. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in theContinue reading “Bridge over the River Kwai and the fab River Rafts”
Tempted by a golden deity or two to pop in the back garden? An eclectic mix of things for sale, disco balls and gourds anyone? Delicate lotus blossoms form part of serene rituals in the Buddhist temples.
After our Buddha extravaganza we headed to the China Town district of Bangkok for two nights stay in the sumptuous Shanghai Mansion. http://www.shanghaimansion.com A lovely little taste of luxury in the middle of manic China Town. It’s a little hard to find, but once there is well worth it. Rooms are each exquisitely decorated inContinue reading “China Town and a taste of luxury”
Next up was Ayutthaya, one of Thailand’s old capital cities. Located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, the city was founded in 1350 by King U Thong, who went there to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri. Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Strewn with epic sized Buddhas, swaddled inContinue reading “Ayutthaya and endless Buddhas.”
After getting all nostalgic over India I’ve decided to go back in time by a year and put up my pictures of Thailand too. We travelled there in December 2009, flying into Bangkok. We stayed at the New Siam Riverside (www.newsiam.net) on the bank of the Chao phraya River. It provided a much needed respiteContinue reading “Travels in Thailand”
If you’re skating on thin ice you may as well dance
The next leg of our trip involved a train trip to Varkala, the final stop on our trip. Here’s me not looking too comfortable on our little window ledge / seat / sleeping compartment! Neil however was delighted to get a full meal for 50p plus the coffee man who hopped on and off theContinue reading “Train journey and end of the Indian road”
Arriving in Kochi we hail an old Ambassador taxi and soon we’re bumping along the back streets to our two day stay in Fort Cochin at Saj home a lovely homestay just a few minutes walk from the Chinese Fishing nets. The nets are a bit of a tourist and photographers hot spot! Here’s NeilContinue reading “Balmy Kerela”
So after spending a fantastic couple of days in Jaipur at the lovely Dera Rawatsar hotel we were heading off in the car again to Ranthambore national park in search of the almost mythical Indian Tiger!! We stayed overnight at the Hotel Ankur Resort hotelankurresort.com which is a basic but clean place to rest your head.Continue reading “Agra via Ranthambore”
Cleanliness is essential when Godliness is improbable.