"The hardest step is often the starting step..."
|(A homely cozy hotel)|
Day 3 : 7 September 2014 (Sunday)
Route: Kanchanaburi - Chiang Mai
Distance: 699 km
We had breakfast of toast and eggs in the hotel cafe for b100/person. After we checked out we drove to the bridge over the River Kwai for some photo shots and bought some souvenirs and t-shirts. We started driving out of Kanchanaburi and had to make a few detours as the GPS led us into a longer alternative route. Once we got to the main road we headed towards Chiang Mai via AH2 and route 1.
|(Passing by the War Cemetery)|
|(The way to the historical bridge over the River Kwai)|
|(The replica of the death railway)|
|(A group of monks ready to offer their blessings)|
|(The famous bridge at the background)|
|(A floating sea-food restaurant)|
|(The rail track is still functioning)|
By noon we reached Nakhon Sawan and looked for a Muslim Restaurant. With the assistance of a student we managed to locate one by the lake side and had a good lunch of rice and soup.
We continued our journey and stopped at Masjid Al-Fattah at Tak to perform our prayers. We met with Hj Kasim bin Hj Hassan, the Imam Besar of the mosque.
|(By-passing the town of Suphan Buri)|
|(Heading towards Nakhon Sawan)|
|(A Muslim Restaurant by the lake)|
|(Hot beef soup and rice)|
|(The river water is rising fast flooding the banks)|
|(Dark clouds overhead)|
|(The entrance of al-Fattah Mosque)|
|(Arrived safely in front of the mosque)|
|(Lower praying hall)|
|(A photo session with the Imam Besar)|
|(A stern warning)|
|(A deserted road leading north)|
|(A huge mile stone in Tak)|
|(Driving on a winding road to Chiang Mai)|
|(The sun was shining direct into our eyes)|
|(Approaching the city of Chiang Mai)|
From Tak we drove direct to Chiang Mai and reached Pornping Tower Hotel around 19:30. After we checked-in, we walked to Restaurant Sophia situated near the mosque and had nasi goreng and tom yam for dinner. We also sent dirty laundry which cost us b50/kg.
After dinner we went for an hour of foot, head and shoulder massage for b200/hr. We visited the night market which is not as busy as it used to be.