It’s the end of week two of our Thailand holiday. Lynn and me are packed up ready to go with just one night left to sample a final bit of Bangkok – what a great adventure it has been.
Like many of us of a “certain age” we are basically doing our back packing later on in life.
Visiting a place like Thailand makes you feel like you are holding back the years a little as you explore the contrasting elements, sights and sounds that make up this exciting country.
We left Bangkok a fortnight ago for the coastal resort of Hua Hin, about a two and a half hour drive out of the city. Many from Morecambe have visited the main resorts of Phuket and Pattaya but Hua Hin is relatively unknown, it is also a bit more exclusive in the fact it is the holiday retreat of the King.
Our hotel complex (Baan Laksasubha) was a collection of exquisitely built duplex lodges leading through a winding tropical garden path to its own private beach and bar/restaurant. Service was excellent as was the food on offer; it was also not too expensive compared to what you would pay in England.
The Thais do not over tax the leisure industry and keep their VAT to 7 per cent.
This of course stimulates growth and allows more staff to be hired. On the subject of staff – nearly everyone is Thai. Foreigners are not allowed to work in this country without a work permit and can’t own a business without the investment of hiring mostly locals – so, that’s where we have been going wrong in our country.
After the beach it was up country to Kanchanaburi and two nights on the River Kwai an emotional time for both of us.
We stopped at a fantastic hotel (U Inchantree) overlooking the river and the bridge, visited nearby war cemeteries and the Death Railway museum. The curator found out the plot numbers of members of my old regiment and I duly paid my respects to two brave souls.
I’m sure we will be back in the future and as the oldest backpackers in town there are a lot more countries to explore in Asia.