Lampang, Northern Thailand

So our game of ‘location roulette’ actually paid off. Lampang is everything I wanted Kanchanaburi to be in my head. The town is a few guesthouses set along a river dotted with bridges. Ponies and carts still trot through the streets.

We find what we think is a cute bamboo bungalow which reminds is of Hansel and Grettles house, although the Three Bears might be more appropriate as the three of us are squeezed into sharing a double bed. It’s run by a crazy little grandma character too, who briefly mentions something about loud music from the bar over the road. It’s Thai lounge mixes of Gaga/Westlife and Kesha when we arrive so doesn’t offend us too much. This is until midnight arrives and the hard house base kicks in so loud that our window reverberates from 20 meters away. We did try to hang out there for a while, but the music nearly made our ears bleed. The locals really know how to have a Tuesday night here.

Whilst here we also venture an hour’s walk to the famed Herbal Saunas. We get all the way there to find a bamboo house with a welcoming 90 year old lady, who leads us towards 3 grotty cubicles a bit like an old garden shed. We poke our heads around, and in it sit three wooden stools around a pressure cooker with tepid lavender leaves floating on top. If the whole thing didn’t cost $450 baht (£9) we’d have gone through with it for giggles, but fearing for the experience of being stewed alive in a cauldron we pass.

So albeit a detour experiment, Lampang was worth coming if not purely  for this, taken from the Ratsadaphisek Bridge at sunset. It’s one of my all time decent pictures. Photoshop eat your heart out. : The Anantasin is the name of a shipwreck just of the coast of the Sensi Parasise, Mae Haad Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand. It’s one of my many favorite places.

Lit.tle: Just because it’s cute.

Blasts From The Past…

January 2012

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