My Pride, My Thai part 33: Kanchanaburi


As I have mentioned in my Captain’s bLOG a couple of times before, life and work in Bangkok is for me an extremely busy time, but even though, there was still one more thing I wanted to do, one place I felt I had to go to visit again: Kanchanaburi. On my previous visit to Kanchanaburi, just a few weeks earlier, I had an out-of-this-world experience that moved me to a place far beyond tears, and that actually made me wonder about the deeper meanings of life. Sadly, that is a very personal story I have chosen to not share, even though it’s already been recorded in writing.†


To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 1: The Preparation†(opens in a new tab).†

To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 2: The flight†(opens in a new tab).†

To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 3: The arrival†(opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 4: The first morning (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 5: Big C (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 6: Bangkok (opens in a new tab). †

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 7: 200 THB to heaven (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 8: Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 9: Being a celebrity in Thailand (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 10: From Sisakhet to Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11: Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new †tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11-B: Coffee Love at Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 12: The long drive to see the King (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 13: Hua Hin Inbox (opens in a new window).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 14: Returning to Kanchanaburi (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 15: The luxurious resort (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 16: LiT Bangkok Hotel (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 17: Nearing the end (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 18: Departure for Norway (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 19: The two forgotten hotels (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 20: Back to work again… (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 21: The new dawn starts right here (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 22: The homecoming (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 23: A world away (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 24: Hello sir… (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 25: Prachuap Khiri Khan - Hua Hin (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 26:†Hua Hin - Bangkok via Had Chao Sam Ran beach (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 27: Coffee’s Love at Petchaburi (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 28: Ayutthaya (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 29: Returning to Sakon Nakhon again! (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 30: The very odd resort experience (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 31: How spicy do you like it? (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 32: Hua Chang Heritage Hotel (opens in a new tab).†

For my return-trip to Kanchanaburi, I left Bangkok after an increadible night’s sleep, fully rested and ready for what would hopefully be a great and memorable trip. The drive between Bangkok and Kanchanaburi is a trip I have done many times in the past, so finding the way didn’t cause any hassle at all. All I basically had to do, was to find the right entrance and right tollway taking me out of Bangkok.†


I arrived at Kanchanaburi in the early afternoon, and after catching up with a good friend, it was time to do the touristy places of interest. After all, I was on some sort of vacation, even though I had seen everything here more than once and twice before. I had arranged for Thai style accommodations near the famous bridge over River Kwai (though, it’s actually not the bridge from the movie at all). The main focus was to be near the downtown areas this time.†


In the evening, it was time to let off some steam as well as consume some liquids to counteract for all the liquids lost in the heat. I knew at least one friend would come to town to join me at a local disco that night, but when arriving at the disco, nearly everybody was there to join me for the night. For me, it turned out to be one of those nights that I will perhaps never forget in my life: despite the consumption of various liquids. These are truly wonderful people, a bunch of great friends, and I have nothing but utmost respect and admiration for all of them. Not a day passes by, without my thoughts heading their way.†


At my last visit to Kanchanaburi, I had also made an attempt at nightlife by venturing out to a local pub one of the nights, but as soon as my drinks had arrived at the table and been paid for, the police came to shut down the place for the rest of the night because some teenagers had flashed a gun or something in or near the pub. That night ended as fast as it had started, so this time, I had to make up for two nights out.†


The next morning, I had planned to spend sightseeing to places I had not previously been to. I ended up returning to a temple outside of Kanchanaburi I had visited some 7-8 or 9 years ago. This time, the impression of the temple was much greater than last time. I don’t know why, but I met so many interesting people there. Locals and Thai tourists were so eager to talk with me for some reason, it almost made me feel like a superhero. My plans for the visit was to pay my respects to Lord Buddha, spend some time with light meditation and get some photos, and within an hour, continue on my way. Instead, I ended up spending most of the afternoon at this one temple, talking with local people as well as monks of the temple. By the time I was ready to leave, it was already late afternoon. It didn’t really matter, the day had been perfect and truly relaxing. It had turned out to be not only just the way I would have dreamt of, but even much better.†


On my way back to Bangkok, I did take my time. I know from experience of the worst time to try to reach the city, and I was so late that I wanted make sure I arrived well after the rush traffic. I was in no hurry. Along the way back to Bangkok, I think I visited perhaps three or four PTT gas stations (always and only PTT). The great thing about this chain is that the biggest PTT-stations usually have Amazon coffee shops, with great coffee and pastries. During my time back in Thailand, I had been consuming as much as more than three or four times the amount of coffee I normally drink in Norway, and I’m really surprised I could sleep during the nights.†


….. which brings me on to the next episode of "My Pride, My Thai"-stories…†


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