The River Kwai - Bridges and Rafthouses.

Kanchanaburi Travel Blog

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The famous Bridge on the River Kwai.

This famous bridge is about 4km (3miles) north from downtown Kanchanaburi, crossing the Kwai Yai river. It was brought from Java by the Japanese Army and was assembled at the River Kwai by the prisoners. Bombed several times in 1945, it was rebuilt after the war. The curved spans of the bridge are the original sections. An estimated 16,000 war prisoners and 49,000 forcibly recruited laborers died during the construction of the bridge and the Death Railway that leads to Burma.

Arriving at the jungle rafts I was greeted by young boys in dresses (sarongs) the traditional Mon Village People clothing. My hut was a wood, palm leaves and bamboo raft floating on the river. Accommodations were basic with comfortable bed, private balcony in the back with hammock, indoor plumbing, and a large front porch with picnic table, hammock and floating sundeck for swimming and sunning.

Me on the Bridge.
Primitive but very comfortable. A much needed respite from the noise and pollution of Bangkok. The Mon Village people are beautiful looking people, descendants of Burma and Thai ancestors. The Thai government doesn't recognize their heritage as they have no birth certificates and thus cannot get work permits to work in the city. Sadly they are stuck living in the mountains making money anyway they can, no state supplied education or healthcare, a non-people in the eyes of the Thai government. We arrived at dusk and quickly found out that there was no electricity. Lighting was provided by gas lamps and there was only cold water available for a shower,brrrrrrrrrrrr.

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The famous Bridge on the River Kwa…
The famous Bridge on the River Kw…
Me on the Bridge.
Me on the Bridge.
This photo demonstrates just how l…
This photo demonstrates just how …
As above.
As above.
The longtail boat that transported…
The longtail boat that transporte…
Debbie avoiding the waves from the…
Debbie avoiding the waves from th…
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Not the best of pics but this was…
The hotel looking back down river.
The hotel looking back down river.
Our first view of our accommodatio…
Our first view of our accommodati…
Arrivals set to check in.
Arrivals set to check in.
There was a minority Mon village n…
There was a minority Mon village …
a distant view of the hotel from t…
a distant view of the hotel from …
Full steam ahead.
Full steam ahead.
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The other guy seems to have a V8 …
Just how I imagined the Mekong but…
Just how I imagined the Mekong bu…
Not a bad place to stay for a coup…
Not a bad place to stay for a cou…
Just about to arrive.
Just about to arrive.
Darkness is falling.
Darkness is falling.
A baby elephant playing in the riv…
A baby elephant playing in the ri…
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