We were plagued with indecision today. It’s one of our worst qualities as a couple, as well as indviduals. Not so much with the big decisions like should we sell our house and live a permanent nomadic life. It’s the little decisions that really get us like where to eat and what to do today.
We had gotten up this morning with the intention of sticking to our plan. Get up, pack up and catch the bus to Sangkhlaburi, a town further North in Kanchanaburi up by the Burmese border. Sangkhlaburi looks really interesting. Lots of minority Mon people and refugees from Burma as well as a city sunk by a dam and Thailand’s longest wooden footbridge. I went down to the bus station early to see what times the bus went – I couldn’t get a straight answer from a travel agent or reception at our guesthouse. There was a bus leaving at 12.30 which suited us, taking about four hours to reach Sangkhlaburi.
I had been trying for a few days to get through to a guesthouse in Sangkhlaburi. It looked perfect for us, similar to where we’re staying at Ploy, nice pool over looking the river. No one seemed to speak enough English for me to reserve a room. I asked the lady at Ploy to ring through and got the answer that they were fully booked. I tried a few other hotels and guesthouses with the same result. I forgot that it was Saturday and Sangklaburi sees a lot of weekend Thai visitors.
We couldn’t decide what to do. Go and wander around searching for accommodation. Stay in Kanchanaburi a few more days until the weekend passed and then go. Go back to Bangkok.
Getting close to lunchtime we decided the only thing we could do was to sit down over lunch at Apple’s and try and work it out.
We had another delicious lunch and decided the best thing to do was catch a bus back to Bangkok. We felt like we needed to slow things down for Reuben’s sake. We realised the best place for him was going to be down at the beach not being overstimulated at a Mon market or trapsing around the temples of Ayutthaya.
Our bus ride back to Bangkok was easy but boring. The scenary wasn’t even remotely as interesting as the train ride. It didn’t feel like we got out of the city, just that Kanchanaburi town turned into the outskirts of Bangkok. All we saw was urban sprawl, no greenery. The ride was supposed to take 2.5 hours but was actually closer to 3.5 hours. The last hour was just getting into the Southern bus terminal.
We decided we’d try out New Siam Riverside. The rooms are 1390B a night, considerably more than New Siam II. It’s much more of a hotel than a guesthouse – AC lobby, doorman, buffet breakfast. It’s worth the extra cash though to have more space in our room and a larger pool. The internet seems more reliable as well. The buffet breakfast saves us a few hundred baht and makes it easier to get breakfast out of the way and then plan our day.
We’re feeling a lot more positive about our upcoming time in Bangkok. We’re going to stay four or five days and then head down to the Islands. Here’s hoping Bangkok treats us better this time around!