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Mar 8, 2017 - Kanchanaburi and the Death Railway

The journey over to Kanchanaburi from Ayathaya was completely lost on me as we were on an extremely comfy bus with a nice, calm bus driver which meant that I ended up sleeping for 95% of the journey…. Naturally I felt like we were there in no time! Even more of a bonus, the bus driver dropped us directly at our hostels which meant no additional navigating through town, trying to negotiate fares with tuk tuk drivers! I was staying in a little hostel called ‘D hostel’, it was recommended to me by my friend Sarah as she had come here back in...

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Jan 8, 2015 - Arrived in Kancharaburi - River Kwai

Car arrived this morning at 10:00 as arranged. They must have heard that I have to take pics of rental cars so I can remember which cars mine...it arrived with a blinking great elephant logo along both sides! 𯘃. Larger than ordered, automatic - not ordered, engine size the same 𯘒, bit of a plodder! Satnav set up into English, great; no volume control so in order to hear the wretched woman, had to stop in the side of the road, scrabble and around in a suitcase to find a portable speaker. That worked ok and it didn't run out of battery!...

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Jan 1, 2015 - Start zu unserer Südthailand-Rundreise

Der Start auf unsere Rundreise war etwas „holprig“. Der Start wäre eigentlich um 07.00 Uhr gewesen. Da wir aber den Neujahrsbeginn nicht verpassen wollten, hatte ich angefragt, ob wir um 9.00 h starten könnten, was mir vom Reiseorganisator bestätigt wurde. So hatten wir unsere Wecker auf 7.30 h gestellt und wollten noch gemütlich frühstücken. Kurz nach dem Erwachsen läutete das Telefon und ein verärgerter Tourguide (Boem) fragte nach, wo wir denn bleiben. Er wusste nichts von der Programmverschiebung … Also rief ich die Jungs an, bat sie...

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Christen's on Tour

Dec 29, 2014 - Kanchanaburi Province and River Kwai

PEOPLE, THE DEBATE IS OVER. Today, during our bus ride to the ruin capital city, I SAW A BUFFALO. And trust me, we don't have these in the USA. I'm of course still partial to the American Bison, but it was still an exciting experience.  Yesterday we saw the Bridge over the river Kwai. Nathan and I have both been reading the book, so this was one of the things we were most excited about. Being the proud Americans we are, we decided to cross while whistling the Colonel Bogey March made famous by the movie of the same name. Half way over, a...

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Nov 19, 2014 - Day 25 Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai

John writing: Lois and I were tired of travelling so we were not really looking forward to this leg of our trip to the River Kwai. However, our guide Emmy was so upbeat and enthusiastic that our spirits were lifted as soon as she met us. Kanchanaburi (sounds just like it is spelled) was a three hour drive away so we settled into the comfy van. The first stop was the “risky market”. It has that name because the market is literally built right on top of active train tracks! Six times a day, everything has to be moved so the train can get...

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Southeast Asia 2014

Oct 7, 2013 - 10th Entry

Swasdi car (hello) Our first experience out of Bangkok was an excursion to the River Kwai and into the jungle. This was a meaningful visit for me as this was where an uncle of mine was a POW during the war and was forced to work on building the railway. The Japanese needed a route for their supplies that didn’t require them to go around Singapore. They decided on a railway that in reality was a five year project but was actually finished in 18 months thanks to the deployment of thousands of POW’s mostly from Australia, Britain and Holland....

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Nov 28, 2012 - Cycle trip - days 2 & 3

We have had to most excellent cycle trip over the last 2 days, after spending the first night at the Pung Waan Resort on the banks of the River Kwai Noi. This is a lovely activity centre resort where you can canoe on the river or complete an assault course. We started the day by cycling round the grounds and then toured the area cycling on tracks among the fields. They grow many crops and fruits in this region including tapioca, which is a root crop which they make into cakes and biscuits.The scenery was fantastic and we were never far from...

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Nov 26, 2012 - Kanchanaburi

We have left the massage parlours of Bangkok behind now and started our first cycle trip with Spice Roads. We were picked up at 8am for the drive to Kanchanaburi to view a war cemetery for those that died building the railway to Burma and then the Bridge over the River Kwai. We are cycling on this trip with 3 other people; Stephan and Christina from Germany and Christie who is an Australian living in Switzerland. Of course there is our tour guide Tao and a driver (also called Tao) to take all of our luggage. We just made the 11am train from...

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May 19, 2012 - Kanchanaburi and the river Kwai bridge

Kanchanaburi is most famous for the location of the bridge over the river kwai and for being a laid back outpost with nice people and food. It would be a change from Bangkok where there is so much traffic and stuff going on. We went to the station a couple of days prior to leaving to get the tickets so we would not be trying to get them on the day. We got a cab from the hotel and he managed to get us there just on time and then we climbed on board our train. The journey took about 3 and a half hours going through some really nice scenery...

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Feb 26, 2012 - TheBridge over the river Kwai

20th February Yesterday we hired yet another motorbike ( I have even truly frustrated by the lack of push bikes!) and went along the coast to the next bay. The thing is this is a beutiful coast line but there is absolutely no planning so it's getting spoilt in the same way as Spain with huge condo blocks springing up everywhere. They seem to be aimed at the Russian/European market but are not cheap, around £350000 for a beach side apartment. We did find a nice patch of sand though and enjoyed being with the local families who were all...

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Jan 24, 2012 - Last day in Kanchanaburi

Well we woke up kinda later today and did our own things. Roslyn and Talya walked to the War cemmetary to take pictures. Ella got our stuffed packed up and weaited for them to get back so we could get breakfast but they were late and it was near checkout so we got all of our stuff and headed to eat breakfast and left a note on their door. At the end of the driveway they were walking back in and after a little frustration we talked over the plan and Ella and I went out to find breakfast because it was already noon. We ate and talked about an...

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Jan 23, 2012 - Kanchanaburi Day 2

On our second day in Kanchanaburi we decided to go to the Erawan waterfall. We took a bus from the city's main bus terminal to the waterfall, which was about an hour and forty five minute drive. When we got here we were a bit surprised to see how many people were there, both locals and tourists. We were also amused that we saw the same Israeli group at the falls that we had seen the day before at the zoo. The falls are actually made up of 7 different levels of separate little waterfalls, each ending in a large pool where both locals and...

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