Kanchanaburi to Prachuap Khiri Kha 🚂
We started week 2 on the train again; 3.5 hrs from Kanchanaburi to a half way stop, then a change & another train for 2.5 hrs to Hau Hin. Then a 35 minute taxi drive to a little village on the edge of Pranburi.
Although the place has several hotels & resorts, it was extremely quiet. The first day we were the only guests at the hotel.
On the our first day, we took in the beautiful beach & swam (until we saw some huge clear jellyfish washed up). I also took the opportunity to collect plastic which had washed up on the beach from nearby resorts.
Phraya Nakhon Cave
Day 3 we decided to find the temple in a remote cave in the National Park (which has been displayed as a screensaver on our TV at home).
The magnificent Phraya Nakhon Cave is one of the most mystical and mysterious landmarks of Thailand, but only a few travellers get a chance to take a picture of it.
The reason is simple: this gold, pink and green pavilion is hidden inside a hard to reach cave and only a few dedicated visitors will make the effort to visit it.
Those who do are rewarded with a stunning vision that looks like it’s straight out of a film set.
Hau Hin to Champhon 🚂
Day 4: we were on the move again. We caught the train from Hau Hin to Champhon.
Fortunately, we managed to grab two of the last three tickets available on the entire train. Unfortunately, we had to sit in two separate, unconnected carriages, for the 3+ hour journey. Sitting separately isn’t a problem, not knowing where to get off when the train is running 50 mins late is more difficult, especially when you can’t communicate with each other.
I sat part of the journey with a lovely lady from Korea who had been travelling around Vietnam & Cambodia, for the last month & now Thailand; we swapped stories of favourites places & memories.
A 30 mins Songthaew
journey (converted flatbed truck) completed our journey & we are at our next destination.
Sapli, Pathio – Runaway Ox Beach
A beautiful stretch of white sandy beaches, looking out to Koh Samui & some smaller islands.
During the week you’ll never see more that 10 or 12 people on the huge stretch of beach, even during the peak of the day.
It’s lovely and really quiet here, but has a beachfront of food stalls & a couple of bars (everything you need).
Our first impression was that it was our favourite place so far on this trip, especially as the hotel has free SUP boards for Colin to use. Therefore we booked some extra nights.
Just up the road is a beautiful temple & if you get up early in the morning, you’ll see the monks out collecting alms.
We haven’t discovered why it’s called ‘Runaway Ox Beach’ yet, but there is a huge statue of it on the beachfront.