The River Kwai - Bridges and Rafthouses.
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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.