Erawan Waterfalls, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Excerpt from an email to my Mum…

Today ranks among my favourite travel days ever. I hired a motorbike and rode out to the Erawan Waterfalls… it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I got up before daybreak (can you imagine it – me, up before sunrise) and got there before it even opened, so I had the whole place to myself for a couple of hours. I spent ages doing some time lapse photography of the waterfalls… there’s seven of them in all, spread out over a few kilometres.

When you swim in them the fish come up and nibble the dead skin cells off you. It’s paradise, I was splashing around and  laughing my head off like a nutter. After a few hours a couple of Pommy chicks arrived, signalling the start of the tourist hoards so I reluctantly gave up my fish pedicure and spent a few hours fanging around the mountains on the motorbike.

Travelling north is difficult at the moment, there’s a festival on and everything is booked out by the locals. I briefly considered doing a border crossing into Burma… I was going to stock up on medical supplies for the local school (heaven knows they need them after last month’s episode) but they shut the border again earlier this week, so that put paid to my humanitarian efforts.

I’ve since snapped out of that momentary lapse of reason and have decided my money is better spent on my own indulgences, so I scored a cheap flight to Koh Samui. Buddha won’t be happy.

Word on the street is that the islands north of Koh Samui are the place to be in the next few days anyway, more on that later, I’ve got a plane to catch.

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