Kate And Derek Hayse

Joined April 2019
  • Day60

    Home

    June 26 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    So here we are after 56 days, approx 7000 driving kms, 27 hotel rooms, seeing friends that are dear to our hearts, and discovering new family. We are home and so very blessed that we got to go on this adventure together. We have seen things we never thought we would see and ticked off a few things on the bucket list. Google maps aside we didnt kill each other over directions lol. We hope everyone enjoyed our travels and pictures as much as we enjoyed doing it for you all.
    So until our next adventure good bye and stay safe. xxxx
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  • Day56

    Finished the journey home

    June 22 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    We both slept on the overnight flight, and arrived back in cold/cloudy Melbourne at lunchtime. Sarah met us at the airport and drove us home - via Diamond Creek Maccas.
    The suitcases were emptied into the washing machine, although our jeans could have walked there themselves.
    Guess what we had for dinner - Sassy Thai !!!
    Collapsed into bed at around 10pm, and slept until almost 8am.
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  • Day55

    Starting the journey home

    June 21 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    A relaxed start to the day, checked out of the Raft Hotel and caught a boat back to the pier to meet our minibus driver again. Stopped off at a cultural site, followed by temple of the day on the way back. Drove by Bangkok just before peak hours, then on to MEGA Bangna for dinner and some last minute shopping (Kate bought a new camera) then on to the airport for tearful goodbyes. Picked up our UK luggage from storage and got changed into travelling clothes after being in shorts/tshirts for the last week.
    Checked into our flight and struggled to stay awake until boarding time just before midnight.
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  • Day54

    Lazy Day by the River

    June 20 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Buffet breakfast with a visiting elephant, followed by relaxing with our feet in the river. Then we went to visit the local Mon tribe village, temple, school and viewpoint. Later on we put life jackets on and jumped into the river upstream and floated past our hotel room down to the other end of the hotel. The river was running rather fast, so getting out was a bit tricky, but we got better at it as we went along - great fun !!!
    Quiet lunch, then Gary and Derek went for a canoe ride downstream to another hotel.
    More floating adventures in the river, and another yummy dinner.
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  • Day53

    Train to Hellfire Pass and Raft Hotel

    June 19 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    A big buffet breakfast, then off to the train station to ride the train over the River Kwai bridge on the way to Nam Tok for lunch.
    Then on to the Hellfire Pass memorial centre - a very moving experience.
    Back along the railway to take photos of the next train coming along some of the wooden bridges along the rockface.
    Then onwards to our River Raft Hotel for the next two nights - quiet and relaxing with no power or phone reception. We had a yummy dinner and watched the local tribe cultural show.
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  • Day52

    Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and Bridge

    June 18 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    A small breakfast, then checked out of our cabins and back into the mini-bus.
    Drove to Kanchanaburi and went to the War Cemetery and Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, then lunch at a riverside restaurant before walking over the River Kwai Railway Bridge. Then off for some culture at the Mellika Cultural Park set in the time of the 5th king of Thailand. Out for dinner at another riverside restaurant...Read more

  • Day51

    Floating Market and 7 Kings

    June 17 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Up early for breakfast donuts and coffee, then off into a long tail boat to cruise around the morning floating market.
    Back into the van and off to Cha-Am for lunch near the beach,, and finally to the 7 Kings park, with huge statues of the first 7 Thai kings.
    Back to the cabins, and into another boat for an evening river cruise, dinner and fire flies viewing.Read more

  • Day50

    Landed in Thailand and off to Amphawa

    June 16 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 34 °C

    Neither of us got much sleep during the 14 hour flight to Thailand, landed around 6am local time, and got changed into summer clothes. Put our cases into storage and headed out to meet Gary and Kung for our Thai adventure. Met up with Seven and Bua as well, and headed off to find Mr Chu, our driver for the next few days.
    We drove down to the 3-headed Elephant temple, which was also a museum.
    Then off to the market at Amphawa where the train goes right over the market stalls, a bizarre experience.
    Next, off to a temple that had been overtaken by a Banyan tree, followed by a walk thru an afternoon market, before checking into our cabins on the canal for the next two nights.
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  • Day49

    Essex to Heathrow then off to Thailand

    June 15 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Up early, showered and off to the airport via the M25 freeway. Dropped off the car and checked-in early for our flight. Had a late breakfast at the airport and roamed around for a while. Finally boarded the plane and headed off to Thailand. Got fed early and tried to sleep...

  • Day48

    Cotswolds to Essex

    June 14 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Sleep in and another yummy breakfast, then off to Essex, for Kate to meet her cousin Mary - the first relative on her fathers side that she has ever met. She was a bit nervous, but so was Mary. Mary's son Shaun had brought her over from Enfield to meet Kate at a nice pub for lunch.
    Then on to Ollie an Suzie's house to meet baby Arthur and stay for the night.Read more

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