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Unbelievable Thailand

Review submitted by Emma Taylor
Review date 14 Apr 2010

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The group first met in Bangkok, everyone was very friendly and it wasn't long before we were having several yummy cocktails. It only took a couple of days to acclimatise to the heat of Bangkok and experience the culture. First we visited the Grand Palace, which is immaculate and the intricate detail put into the buildings is incredible!

After a short mini bus ride, we arrived in Kanchanaburi where we stayed in little wooden huts suspended over the river Kwai. This area is made famous by the film 'the bridge over the river Kwai' which we visited on a long boat tour of the area, as well as the history museum and some huge Buddhist caves.

We returned to Bangkok for one last night before heading off on an overnight bus to Pai, where we lived in the chilled out lifestyle of the locals, even spending an afternoon swimming in an eco pool. The following day, we went for a long scenic cycle ride up in the hills, stopping to feed an elephant and also visiting Pai Canyon.

From Pai, we travelled through the treacherous mountain roads down to Chiang Mai where we celebrated the Thai new year (Songkran) with a massive water fight with thousands of locals and travellers, in a truly memorable experience. A group of us had the chance to watch some Thai boxing in the main stadium, this really gave us an idea of the traditional sports and entertainment.

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