26.12.2016 34 °C
Bangkok to Surat Thani
After our first 95f Christmas Day, we started off Boxing Day with an early morning visit to the Klongs
(the river canals that connect many parts of the city).
Although we had previously done this a few years ago, it was still worth doing again.
We boarded a converted long boat with a diesel engine from a lorry for our propulsion!
After a couple of hours cruising around, we arrived back on land and walked to the Wat Pho Temple to see the 46m gold plated reclining Buddha, again something we'd seen before but again worth another visit. We had a free afternoon just chilling out having some lunch followed by our first Thai massage before leaving to catch the evening 12 hour overnight train to Surat Thani, approximately 400 miles south of Bangkok.
We arrived at the station just as the twice daily Nation Anthem was about to start (8am and 6pm each day).
Everybody immediately stood up, kept still and observed the 1 minute anthem.
The train, as all Asian train journeys go was interesting to say the least, this one though was air-conditioned,
But one long single carriage split up into bunks with the bottom one converting from 2 seats and a table.
In Thailand Alcohol is strictly forbidden on all trains so it was going to be a dry night, that said we ordered a Thai "Seafood Meal for 2" which was served direct to your table, soon after we relaxed before lights out at the 10pm curfew.