I’m sitting at the airport now, waiting for a domestic flight to Chiang Mai and I miss the group so much! Last night was our last official night on the tour.
We finished up in Bangkok with a classic crazy night on Koh San Road which ended in tears as people gradually started disappearing off to catch their flights back home. It is strange to think that we all only met each other a few weeks ago, yet we are finding it so difficult to say goodbye. Our last stop before Bangkok was in Kanchanaburi. It was the perfect way to finish off the tour and we all had an amazing time.
Kanchan is a really cool place. It is surrounded by vegetation and beautiful views and is probably the least touristy place we’ve been on the trip which was a nice change from the constant buzz of people on the islands. The activities during the day were brilliant and I think I speak for everyone when I say they were some of the best days of the trip. On the first day, we trekked up to see a stunning waterfall with 7 different levels. The nibbling fish weren’t everyone’s favourite but the natural water slides and layers of rocks and greenery instantly erased any bad feelings and it was a fun-filled water adventure. On another day, we visited the War museum and the death railway which was a great way to discover some Thai history and develop some understanding of the Thai culture. Some of us in our group ended up sitting on the train next to a Thai man who kept wanting us to sing old ballads so we sang the whole way! (Much to the entertainment of all of the other passengers! I do believe we were filmed by several people so look out for us being the next YouTube sensation. During the 2 remaining days, we visited a sanctuary for retired elephants. It was incredible to be so close to such beautiful creatures – In the elephant sanctuary, we had the chance to feed and bathe the elephants and learnt some really interesting information about them as well as heart breaking stories of how they have been treated in the past. We could also feed and wash the tigers which was insane!!!! We played with some big cubs using nothing but a bamboo stick and plastic bag and watched them leap around us as though they weren’t one of the most dangerous animals on Earth.
During the evenings, we headed over to Sugar Member where we played the most hilarious drinking games ever and danced until the early hours. While we were there, it was Laura’s birthday, another of the lovely Brits on tour ;) and Sugar threw a big fancy dress party with cake and shots and party games galore. People’s outfits were brilliant. A personal memory that I will always take back with me is Hannah, Laura’s younger sister, dressed as an old grandma and swinging on a wrecking ball! Unbelievable. Last night we had our last supper, complete with the Messiah himself, in the tallest tower in Bangkok. We stacked our plates high with sushi and a huge selection of worldwide foods as we admired the beautiful view of the city. It felt like we were on top of the world with a 360 degree view of the lights of Bangkok and could reflect on the time we’d had in this crazy place. As I said, it’s been so hard to say goodbye to such an amazing group of people that I’ve spent 3 great weeks with. We’ve been through so much, sharing experiences and supporting each other through a roller coaster of emotions. I’ve learnt so much about myself as well as the various pros and cons of Calgary and Edmonton! This trip has reinforced for me how valuable travelling is and how much you learn about the world and the people within it. I can’t express how grateful I am to have met such genuine and inspirational people and how much they have all touched my life. LBW is an awesome company and I would struggle to find any faults in the tour besides the tour guides being so damn cool and making us rethink our lifestyles!! Thank you so much to LBDubs as well as all my fellow travellers for such an unforgettable experience.
I love you all and I will treasure the memories (and dodgey photos) forever! Peace out!! Ashh X (She gone.)
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