Colin & Nina Around The World travel blog

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Bridge over the River Kwai

Original Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge over the River Kwai

Train journey on Death Railway

Train journey on Death Railway

Train journey on Death Railway

Train Journey along Death Railway

View from train on Death Railway

Inside train on Death Railway

Train Station!

Lunch by River

Waterfall

Colin at Waterfall

Nina at Waterfall


Today we had to be up early for our day trip to the Bridge over the River Kwai. We were the first to be picked up about 7am, we then had to go and pick some other people up from another hostel. They were all Asians and took forever to come out. We got on our way after making one more stop to pick up 3 English lads, we then drove for about an hour or so to our first stop; the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, where we were met our guide for the day and were given a brief talk. We had about 30 minutes to have a walk around. The cemetery is very well kept and is for the soldiers that died fighting the Japanese in that part of the world, during World War II. The soldiers buried there were of lots of different nationalities. There were so many graves.

After meeting back at the van we were taken just round the corner to the Jeath Museum, which had the history of the bridge and had the remains of the original wooden bridge. The museum wasn't very well set up but there were lots of photos, artifacts, models, and old vehicles and carriages. Surprisingly a lot of Japanese tourists were there, some of which were being very disrespectful, posing with the models of POW's and finding it all very amusing. We weren't impressed!

Once we were finished at the museum we walked just up the road to the 2nd bridge, which was build after the original was blown up during the war. This one was made of steel. We had a walk over the bridge and took some photos. Colin kept worrying that Nina was going to fall off, as there were parts you could fall through!

We came of the bridge just as a train was about to go over it. Fortunately for the people still on the bridge there were places you could stand to avoid being run over! We took some more photos and then had to head back to the van. We then drove for a while into the countryside until we arrived at the Tha Ki Len train station, where we had to wait for a bit to get on a train that would take us along the actual Death Railway. The train journey was about an hour, riding through the picturesque countryside and seeing some interesting parts of the railway, which our guide explained were very treacherous when being built. Nina took a photo of Colin on the train and in it was a local lady, sat just across from him, so, as we'd been told its polite in rural areas to show people the photo if there in it, Nina showed the lady who found it very amusing.

The station we had to get off at, called Hat Yao was much smaller than the train, so we actually had to get off further up the track onto some grass! We then walked to the same van, which was waiting for us. The English lads had gone somewhere else and we were now joined by a bunch of girls who were all complaining about the last driver they'd had; he'd been driving crazy and they were now refusing to get in his van again. We were surprised that they were so shocked to have a crazy driver in Thailand. Most of them are! Although this particular one had run a red light and just pulled out in front of big trucks! The girls had been really nervous and were now totally miserable about it.

We left the station and drove for about 30 minutes until we got to an elephant sanctuary by a river. There we had lunch on a floating platform, more rice and vegetable, yummy! After lunch Nina relaxed in a hammock for a bit. We then walked back up to the sanctuary and were put in a different van to be driven a bit of a way to a waterfall.

The waterfall was very pretty but Nina felt the water was a bit cold to get in. Colin climbed up part of the waterfall while Nina sat and watched. It then began to rain so we headed back to the van. We were now supposed to head back to Bangkok, however, a couple had been left back at the Elephant Sanctuary so they could ride an elephant, and for some reason our van had to go all the way back to get them! This was in the wrong direction to Bangkok! When we got there the couple had some issue and wouldn't leave, which was making everyone else very impatient. After waiting for ages they were finally ready to leave. They tried to joke about it but no one was in the mood for laughing. We set off for Bangkok, which meant going back past the waterfall on the way. By the time we were dropped at Koh San Road it had taken 4 hours from when we'd originally left the waterfall, and it was dark. It had been a good day, but we'd have happily missed the waterfall. We'd seen so many on our trip already and for us this day trip was about seeing the Bridge over the River Kwai.

We walked back to our hostel and got showered. We then had some dinner and ended up in a tailors enquiring about a suit being made for Colin. He felt they wanted too much for a good one, but were desperate to sell us one and kept reducing the price. We were there for ages haggling, until they felt they were going to lose the business and came down to Colin's price. It was a good deal. Colin was then escorted by one of the employees to get a cash-deposit, probably so he didn't change his mind and run off! A few initial measurements were taken.

It had been a very long day and Nina went to bed with a bad headache.



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