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Apr 26, 2009 - Kanchanaburi - day 8

IN the morning we pakced up and left the raft to venture further into the national park. Replacing the warning signs for deer crossing, were similar but (slightly larger) yellow diamonds with elephant pictures. We drove about an hour to the food of Eriwan falls, a cascading 5k waterfall made up of 7 tiers. We hiked up, stoping for lots of pictuures and a great chance to practice my photography skills. After a swim in the top level we turned arround of a casual decent. I did not have a good pair of shoes (the flip flops were too slippery)...

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Siam-Skii Na Nedelku

Mar 27, 2009 - Kanchanaburi

Today our agenda is the bridge over the River Kwai. A few hours driving time by van gets us to the river which has been heavily commercialized to take advantage of the tourists. It's very pretty, lush and green here and really hot. We walked across the bridge and then had lunch in a pretty flower filled riverside restaurant. I managed to find a pair of shoes to buy (because you know I have SO much room left in my suitcase-NOT). It's hard to resist some of these deals though because I bought one of the most expensive pairs and it worked out...

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Heather's Asia Trip

Mar 20, 2009 - Kanchanaburi

Hello We stayed in Kanchanaburi for 4 days and to be honest we didn't get to see that much because i got really ill and nick had to look after me, which he did very well hehehe! We went to the Burma Thailand railway museam which we found really interesting nick more so. We learnt about how they built it ect and how many people died the amount was quite surprising! We took a bus to see the hell fires pass but forgot it was sunday so the trains were not running at the normal times. This meant that we didn't have time to see hell fires pass...

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Mar 14, 2009 - Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai

A must visit on my travels north of Bangkok was to the town of Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai, where approximately 10,000 Allied POWs and 60,000 of the interred local workforce lost their lives during the building of the Burma-Thai Railway during WWII. The lives of the POWs and local people were lost owing to the extreme privations they suffered at the hands of their Japanse captors, especially during the 'Speedo' period of construction from June - October 1943, when 400km of railway was built in 5 months. The railway was built through...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Mar 11, 2009 - We Shall Remember Them

A sombre start to our day in Kanchanaburi as we went to one of the war graves cemeteries. English, Australian, Dutch as well as Thais, Malays, Indians and Indo-Chinese. Records were not kept of the Asian workers on the railways, but it is certain that the numbers that died figured in the thousands. We do know that over 6500 English, 2800 Australians and 2400 Dutch died from sickness, torture and accidents in the building of the Burma railway. We must remember them. We went from the cemetery to the “Death Railway Museum” a very sobering...

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Mar 10, 2009 - By Road, Rail, Boat And Elephant

What an extraordinary day of mixed experiences and emotions. We left Bangkok at 7am to head up towards Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai. But this was to be a day filled with a wide variety of experiences. Our first brief stop was the salt pans to see the harvesting of sea salt (to the south east of Bangkok near the Gulf of Thailand). This was followed by a brief stop to see the extraction by traditional methods of sugar from coconut oil. The main stop of the morning was to take a "long tailed" speed boat along a man made canal (linking two...

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Feb 21, 2009 - Kanchanaburi Province & The River Kwai

Home of the famous River Kwai, Kanchanaburi attracts a strange breed of tourist. We arrived after a 24 hour journey from the island of Koh Lanta, luckily discovering just in time before crossing on the car ferry that we'd left our passports and wallet in the safe at Fisherman's Cottage. A quick phone call and motorbike 'courier' and we were reunited for our onward journey by night train from Trang to Nathom Pathom (near Bangkok) where we then caught a local train into Kanchanaburi. The journey took 15 hours, but we were in Kanchanaburi...

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Jan 25, 2009 - Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is famous as being the town with the "Bridge over the river Kwai". It's a beautiful little town (<60 thousand people) about 3 hours from Bangkok set on a river with scenic mountains around. We took a mini-bus from Bangkok and found a great little hotel near the river after a little searching. Also found a great cafe with some of the best food we have had so far in Thailand (and this is saying a lot) so went back several times. We rented a motorbike and, aside from visiting the famous bridge, paid our respects at the Allied War...

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Jan 24, 2009 - Kanchanaburi - Ratchaburi

This morning was our last meal overlooking ‘that bridge’. We left around 9am for Ratchaburi and the Damneon Saduak Floating Markets; one that is specifically for, and targets tourists. We had an un-powered boat where we were pulled along the shops rather than paddling. While there were many good items on offer, we had seen them all before at half the price. When we tried to barter down the price, they weren’t interested, rejected the offer and gave us some sob story about having kids and their need to eat; very well rehearsed tears however...

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Jan 23, 2009 - Kanchanaburi

Hi guys! This morning breakfast was overlooking the sunrise over the dam – just beautiful! The first stop of our day was at the Erwan Waterfall. This had 7 tiers that went up and up! The tiers are as follows: 1. Ly Kun Lung – 20m 2. Wung Macha – 170m 3. Pha Num tok – 220m 4. Oke Nank Phee Seah – 520m 5. Bua Mai Lang – 1,120m 6. Dong Prouck Sa – 1,420m 7. Phu Pha Erawan – 1,55m We only had our bathers, Haviana’s and a towel with us. Starting off was alright. We passed some Latin American ladies in stilettos and something less than a bikini,...

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Jan 22, 2009 - Kanchanaburi

Hiya guys! Can I just say the weather is perfect here? ;-) We left the guest house for a train station on the Death Railway about an hour out of Kanchanaburi. We were supposed to go for a ride on the train, but I think they’ve changed the timetable – or alteast that’s what I understood the Thai and broken English to say. I’m still not sure what station this was. It didn’t seem commercialised enough to be Hell Fire Pass, yet still catered for the tourists. There was a near-by cave just off the railway where – you guessed it – had another...

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Jan 21, 2009 - Lop Buri - Kanchanaburi

Today we travelled from Lop Buri to Kanchanaburi; saying goodbye to Monkey Town! Our first stop today was at the Allied Forces WWII Cemetery at Kanchanaburi. This is where many soldiers from the Allied Forces are laid to rest. These soldiers were POW’s and all worked on the Death Railway; named so for the number of people who died working on the railway. The date of deaths ranged from many in October, November and October 1943 through to early 1945 – just weeks before the war ended. Most have names, regiment, status and a comment from...

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