Up early,have an early morning ride in town and off to Bangkok with other pre-dawn travellers..It’s only 2 hours and enough time to hear a few tunes and read the paper,my i-pod was out of juice, but hey!!It’s nice to get out alone and go at your own pace and not worrying about what everyone else wants to do.

It’s great coming into a big city with a bit of knowledge where to go also..I’m off the bus,quick cab over the river,check in,have a coffee and it’s the next leg,to get to the downtown area can take at least 2 hours,the traffic here is mental,ecspecially,Bangkok!!!

So,I get to frustrated, sitting there for hours in traffic,so anyway,I go to the river and they have this cool’river taxi service’,the boats ar long and handle about 120-150 people,the boats come regularly and the views are great,a lot of temples and skyscrapers to be seen..so,that takes an hour to get to the skytrain set-up,then it’s 15 minutes and your in the heart of it.There’s all the shopping,big department stores and ‘name brand’,what I like is they have these ‘western food stores’where you can get it all,and they have huge celections of wine,berr and booze…..a little shopping,meet friends for beer lunch then it’s back to Banglampoo or rather ‘backpacker central’,tons of cheap rooms to quite pricey with pools on the roof,bar after bar and restaurants,hawkers,it’s a carnival run on a few blocks that never stops.The music is blarring from every place and not the same staition either,the smells of al the fragrant foods in the air,and revellers from the world over…I used to party there alot in the late ’90’s, a blast and was I,but found on the fringe some quiter and people you could talk to,travellers.

I had also gone to stand in for and English friend at his wedding but as he was getting what he thought was the preliminary paper-work the guy said he could ‘now kiss the bride’.Lack of communication happens a lot here but,he is now married  and we did meet and have some beers and celebrated,copy-of-s6303902.jpga great pair…..

Up early for the 5am market,I get these huge ocean crabs when I come into the cit,and wasn’t it shut for the Buddhist holiday,oh well,lug a big empty cooler home,going again next week.The gem show is here twice a year and the biggest in the world,good for  a look,also a friend will be there from nepal and we like to hook up…

So,I get to Kanchanaburi and call Noi to come meet me and she can get her hair and nails done,I’ll have a couple of beers and it’s our first anniversary,been a long year….Well,at Jimmys’ bar,he’s telling me about this big tribal fest and to come up,so easy to get talked into stuff,and celebrating anyhow,said’let’s go’..s6303956.jpghere we are at the burmese border after 3 hours in a mini bus but real nice roads,and real windy once in the mountains.The ethnics here have such dress,amazing outfits and colors..also the markets,we found this one with truckloads of orchids just being sorted from the jungle,where normally an orchid would go from 100-2000 bht,$3-$60,and here a bunch was going for 60 cents,just what we need,more flowers to take care of,it was only 26 bunches,man…s6303958.jpgwe hired a pick-up and did some markets,bought some nice laquer work from Burma and then met ‘little Jimmy’at the water..s6303966.jpggotta keep up that size,great guy and always happy,a viet vet,he has this hippy-style guest houst and I loved it.He had a killer hang out area a very simple place you’d call a bathroom?? and a neat room for Noi and I upstairs.So,like were right across the street from the party,been fore warned…s6303947.jpg

The fest was very load and beautiful shows from the area,sorry for the lack of photos but sometimes just don’t bring out the camera……

Had a great visit and the next morning we were back to Nong Bua as we were arranging to have a party so got a short view and will come back for sure….

The voting is on this weekend and all the bars shut,so us here in the country get the way-wards out this way in droves,had a good day,lot’s of laughs and a bit more on sunday then it’s over for a few more days.

Update on the ‘Q’,will be on a vehicle today bound for these parts,I am sooo ready!!!!!!