Faceing the Death Railway.....
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Our first and last whole day in Bangkok. We had booked a tour for River Kwai and Death Railway and then slightly after midnight was our forwarding flight for Manila/Davao.
So the day was definately booked up. But this day was also one that I had looked intensely forward to. Visiting the historic sites sorounding the story of the River Kwai and the Death Railway was really one that intrigued me. We were picked up at 6:15 from our hotel (just managed in 15 min. to swallow our breakfast there before pickup).
Now the first two hours we were prepared for a slightly dull transfer to Kanchanaburi - but that was not the case.
The first stop was the War Cemetary, which holds tumbs for the more then 6000 allied prisoners of war, who died during World War II when the japaneese army forced them to build the railway between Burma and Bangkok. On the right side lies the british soldiers, on the left the australian and dutch. It's acctually a strong sight since it makes it very physsical how many people acctually gave their life for something they did not belive in (since they were prisoners of war). After visiting the cemetary we proceeded to the nearby Death Railway Musseum with excibits of the history of the railway, how it was build and how the japanese managed to make the prisoners work for them.
The next point of our itinary was to go to one of the old prison camps from where we were boarded on a speedboat and sailed up along the Maeklong River (River Kwai) in both fast and slow pace to the acctuall bridge. I find the speedboats a very attractive way to go around this area as much as I'm impressed with how smoothly transfers in longtailboats are inside Bangkok.
Upon arrival to the bridge we had the opportunity to walk on the bridge and feel and touch history with our own body. Allmost chilling experience and I have to say the area is so quiet and beautyfull that I would not mind living there permanently. Very nice place.
The next stop was LUNCH ! and I have to say it came in a good time.
The final stop of the day was supposed to be the train ride on the Death Railway but we were greated by the station manager upon arrival who regretedly reported that the heavy rainfalls the previous night had caused the train to derail and tip on the side this morning so the train was unfortunately not available. It was a pitty because the trainride had really been one of the things that I looked forward to - but on the other hand it's quite okay as it could've been worse, we could've been onboard when it derailed. So next time we have an excuse to go on this tour again.
Instead the guide sugested that we went to the wooden bridge at the Thailand-Burma boarderline and walked across it - and so we did. Thrilling experience to walk on theese railtracks right on the mouth of the cliffs.
Now everything was finished and we could preseed home......full of a good days adventure.
After a shower and dinner at the hotel we packed our belongings and preceeded to check in at the airport in Bangkok...