Thursday, November 19, 2009
It is wise to get to know someone from getting to know his friends. And I was just doing that when last September T brought me for a weekend trip to Kanchanaburi with his friends. There were 7 of them - young and energetic office workers in their 20s and 30s. The trip was remarkably fun because we were staying in a resort set in a natural environment next to River Kwai, a river flows in western of Thailand infamous for its Bridge over the River Kwai. Such a refreshing weekend getaway with good food, great friends and freshest air!
As it was our first trip together, I was so looking forward to it for the entire week. Located 130 kms west of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is Thailand's fourth largest province that spans over 19,486 square kilometres, and borders Burma to the West. The comfortable 2 hours drive brought us to this province which is famous for its bridge, waterfalls, caves, national parks and reservoir.
Along the way, we had a chance to visit Rose Apple farm. It was so much fun watching all these beautiful fruits hanging on the branches and gaining knowledge about how this fruits grow and where to market them. The whole experience turned out to be a wonderful one as the farm owner let us pick the fruits right from the trees and eat them fresh. Of course we could only leave in content if we were allowed to buy some for friends and the loved ones at home. We also had the chance to visit a beautiful temple nearby and Amphawa floating market. Well, a trip can never be complete without buying local snacks and tidbits.
While other friends' fresh-from-the-farm rose apples mostly ended up right in the stomach, mine took a longer journey. And I was recalling my get-to-know-each-other trip with T, I left these rose apples as a present for you to enjoy.....