We are determined to explore more of the country this year now that we are more settled, and Kanchanaburi being so close was a perfect first stop. The train was great--basic and clean and local--and the scenery was spectacular. I am in love with tropical countryside, and I never get tired of seeing rice paddies and water buffalo and palm trees passing by. Throw in a mild tropical rain, and the open windows of the train made me more than a bit nostalgic for my Ecuador days. Thailand is so very much like Ecuador in many ways--warm people, gorgeous countryside, but thankfully much safer and tamer.
Highlights of the trip
Lots and lots of watermelon shakes
The discovery that Sojo HATES flowers on her food (these purple orchids come with everything here)
and rattan rocking horsesEven thought the train ride was fun, we still opted for an air-conditioned mini-van on the way home. Comfort beat adventure, and comfort was almost always lacking while traveling in the Ecuador days.