Traveling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
|Soi Sam Sen in Bangkok|
My tour of duty started in the area of Sam Sen in Bangkok. And I really like this area, it was about 15 years ago that I was here for the last time. It is near to the Chao Phraya and it is full of small soi's (streets) that give you the feeling of the real Bangkok. And if you like you can walk to Kao San road. We did stay 3 nights in Bangkok and as the express-boat pier was nearby I took the express boat to River City from where I did go Bicycling with Co Van Kessel in Bangkok. It was a wonderful trip along the small soi's of China Town, crossing the Chao Phraya River, taking the long-tail boat in some klongs and having lunch in a open-air Thai restaurant along a klong. The other day I enjoyed myself with Walking in Sam Sen in Bangkok.
Our next destination would be Kanchanaburi, so we left very early in the morning to go first to Damoen Sudak, the famous floating Market. On the way we stopped at a coco-nut farm where you can see how the coco-nut sugar and oil is made. A bit commercial but still a nice and interesting stop. Also the floating market is a bit (or very much) commercial and personally I would skip it. We continued to Kanchanaburi city where we had lunch along the Kwai River with view over the world famous "Bridge over the River Kwai".
|Lunch in Sam Sem, Bangkok|
|The Kwai Noi River in Kanchanaburi|
|Along the Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya|
|Horse carriage ride in Lampang|
Our last stop before Chiang Mai was a local fresh market along the highway between Lampang and Chiang Mai. As it had been just raining there were a lot of mushrooms for sale, but also a lot of other herbs & food from the jungle. It was a nice trip that would suddenly end (for me) in Chiang Mai as I did fall while walking on the streets of Chiang Mai and had to be hospitalized. Hopefully in a few months I can travel again, because I am missing it.