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30 days already? Sheesh. I’m half way through my trip…

There’s a short blog from me today. There’s wifi problems at my hotel which may or may not be connected with the temperature, because today the mercury hit 36 degrees – unseasonably warm for Kanchanaburi. Now I don’t mind the heat, but 36 degrees with the humidity that accompanies it in Thailand is pushing it, even for me – and tomorrow is forecast to be even hotter. Add to that the fact I had restless night’s sleep last night so cancelled my plans to go to Nam Tok and it’s been a bit of a washout day. Oh, I’ve still enjoyed being here, and the food is fabulous as always, but I find my appetite’s subdued by the heat so I’m only  eating twice a day. I find you don’t need the calories to keep you warm the way you do in Northern Europe. Mind you, I have been drinking bottled water like it’s going out of fashion because you lose so much moisture through sweating.

The weather’s meant most of my day has been spent holed up at my hotel trying to keep cool and get clothes washed as you go through them at a rate of knots. On the bright side – they dry in  trice! Whilst I was relaxing on the verandah I did manage to get some shots of one of the enormous Monito Lizards that inhabit the rover. These things are well over 1.5 metres long, they’re the smaller cousins of the Komodo dragons, but they’re still impressive.

A Monitor lizard does its best to merge with a tree fragment by remaining perfectly still. It would be easy to miss if I hadn’t been watch its movements for the past half-hour.

I’m having an early night as I’m going to hope for a better night’s sleep, then look at an early start in the morning before the heat of the day really kicks in…

In light of today’s washout I’ve extended my stay for the last and final time as there’s some pictures I’d still like to get here -weather permitting. After that I must get back to Bangkok to see friends and meet up with my niece and her husband in order to get the train down to Butterworth, Malaysia, where the weather’s a much more comfortable 32 degrees. But, I’ll be back…

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