Bridge on the river Kwai
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After 3 days in Bangkok we went to Kanchanaburi by train. Kanchanaburi is a famous tourist stop, because only a few kilometers from the center is the Burma Death Railway and the Bridge on the River Kwai, made worldfamous by the movie. During WW II many warprisoners and asian convicts had to work here and more than 100.000 people (!) died of diseases, ill treatment and lack of food. When I was on the bridge and thought of all those people who died there, I got goosebumps, in spite of the heat.
But it is also a nice place to take a stroll as we did. On the other bank of the River Kwai 'away from the maddening crowd' we found a nice quiet restaurant. We didn't know what to choose so we said: 'make us some delicious thai meal'. And so they did! I really don't know what is was, but it was great!
After lunch we went up to a cave used as a kind of temple. Then we went back to the other side to be in time to see a train passing the Death Spot. Of course everybody was taking pictures of the train at that very moment!
Next in our program was a vist to the Allied War Cemetery on walking distance from the bridge. Many soldiers of the Royal Dutch Army are buried there.
As distraction from all history we went on the River Kwai on rafts! That was fun! I don't know whether it was dangerous or not (crocodiles or leeches?) but I put my feet and legs into the water....nice and cool!