So how to begin... I didn't realize I had to change terminals at one airport so I had to run, but no worries the plane was delayed and I made it okay. I also met two lovely older women, a mother and daughter, who are travelling to a small village and invited me to stay with them. It will be nice because it is an area where no tourists go and I can see a bit of rural Thailand without following everyone. I got a taxi from the airport to my couchsurfing friends place for a decent price. The place I am staying has 6 floors. My room is 100 Baht a night with a communal bathroom; 100 baht is a little more than 3 U.S. dollars. It is a really good price but only if a simple mat is okay with you and you don't mind being in a residential area rather than in the tourist area on the other side of the river. After three nights though I moved to the roof to sleep in a tent for free, more for the experience than the price but that is always nice. The weather has been really nice, not too cold in the evenings.
I got lost looking for chinatown with a really nice Croatian couple and wandered aimlessly in the residential area to see how people live (not too different from us). Just to give you an idea water is about 12or 14 baht for 1.5 liters, which is less than 50 cents. Where I'm staying is being converted into a bar (it was an abandoned brothel) so they had a party with graffiti artist come
and write on a wall. There were also some drummers that came one night who were really quite good. Well, I'll write more as it comes to me but so far I have simply been relaxing and not rushing which I think will be my mode for the rest of the trip. A bit of planning has been going on in my head and I think that I will go to Kachanaburi on Wed or Thurs then go to the small village a few days later and work my way north. Take care!