Day 2 Kanchanaburi

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The path to the Erawan waterfalls
We had an early wake up call, 'cause Anne (our guide that day) and the chauffeur from KTC were waiting for us at 8 o'clock at the travel club. We had a quick breakfast there and drove with the minibus to other guesthouses to pick up the guest for that day. We ended up with two Australians and a family with one daughter from the Netherlands as well. Anne was a sweetheart and told us a lot. After more than an hour drive, we arrived at the Erawan waterfalls. Anne told us about the different levels and that it was ok to swim at every level. She also warned us for the fish, the so called 'massage fish', "Nothing to be afraid of, they only want to knibble at your toe".....!!! I did experience that indeed when we took a swim in the second level. It doesn't hurt but gosh, what a strange feeling when something is sucking at your feet!
The waterfalls are located beautiful, the colors of the wood, the water, the trees and butterflies.
... all very beautiful to see. It was extremely hot that day with an high humidity. After getting to the fourth level, I decided to stop the climb right there. Ron was on his own from there! After 45 minutes he returned back to 'my level' and took another swim at the second level.
Around 12 o'clock we had to meet eachother again at the beginning of the park so we could have lunch together. It was funny that the daughter of the Dutch family, age 14, told us how she hated her technik teacher at her school. When I told her with a big smile that Ron is a technik teacher as well, she hasted to say that technik is OK! (hahaha).

After lunch we drove to the place where the Hellfire pass is located. The story goes that an Australian man who worked at the railway, decided to find that place begin '90's.
He found it covered by the jungle and cleaned the place, made a museum of it in memory of all the people died there. The Hellfire pass is a big rock, and was a real big obstacle for the people building the railway. They had to work their way through the rock with bare hands, hand tools, bad food, no medicine threatment... really bad circumstances. Thousands people died there while working on that railway. The museum provides you with a walkman with an English, Thai or even Dutch spoken tour on it. We walked in the heat of that day with our bodies under DEET protection and listened to what the walkman voice told us. Asthonishing sad. At one point I had to turn my head away from the group, stared into the jungle while my eyes filled with tears. Ron was the only one seeing what happened and seemed to have the same emotion as me.
Bamboo
It was so horrorfying, hair-raising awful what we heard that it seemed the only logical to do: crying!
We had to leave the museum to drive to the next place, unfortunally. I would've stayd there a bit longer if I had the time (that's why I hate travel groups!).

The next spot was a cave located near by the railway. In it was a big Buddha. But in wartime it was used as a hospital for the sick workers (dark and cool). We were allowed to walk on the railway, but with us there were 50 other tourists doing that. Not such a great experience. We had about 20 minutes time before the train would arrive. We could go 4 stations with it and were supposed to get out there, where the minibus was waiting for us again. And again... with more than 50 tourists riding in a train you don't get the "ahaaa-feeling".
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The last place where Anne brought us, was the Bridge over the river Kwai. With all that we heard that day, it was an impressive sight. We decided to come back later on our own, it was not that far away from our guesthouse.
Anne and the chauffeur brought us back to the guesthouse, we said goodbye to our fellow travellers that day and went for dinner to our own guesthouse PongPhen.

It started to rain that evening, not for 10 minutes but really raining for hours! No weather to stroll through the town so we decided to visit a manicure shop. So funny and good! The two girls at the shop pampered us the whole evening through, massaged our feet and hands, polished our nails, washed our feet ten times... I really felt spoiled rotten after all! We promised the ladies to come back the next day for a haircut and a massage and left the shop with new feet and new hands!!

It still rained when we got out and we walked to KTC, which had a bar that was still open.
There we met Dennis and Shari from Holland and had a nice evening with them. We ended up at another bar, called "one more" which was owned by an English man. I remember the nice conversations and the huge (!) rat that was climbing up the walls (hahaha).......

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The path to the Erawan waterfalls
The path to the Erawan waterfalls
Bamboo
Bamboo
I made it to the 4th level, Ron to…
I made it to the 4th level, Ron t…
The first level
The first level
The second waterfall where we swam
The second waterfall where we swam
The third
The third
The fourth, I waited her for Ron
The fourth, I waited her for Ron
the fifth
the fifth
:)) What is he doing when Im not …
:)) What is he doing when I'm not…
:)
:)
Too bad I didnt see this
Too bad I didn't see this
Ron: Can you still hold on?
Ron: "Can you still hold on?"
Ron is taking a dip at the 3th wat…
Ron is taking a dip at the 3th wa…
Hellfire pass, the museum
Hellfire pass, the museum
Walking to the Hellfire pass
Walking to the Hellfire pass
Walking to the Hellfire pass
Walking to the Hellfire pass
Walking to Hellfire pass
Walking to Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass, astonishing!
Hellfire pass, astonishing!
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass, the tools remain an…
Hellfire pass, the tools remain a…
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass. You can see where t…
Hellfire pass. You can see where …
Hellfire pass. Unbelievable what h…
Hellfire pass. Unbelievable what …
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
At this point I couldnt keep my e…
At this point I couldn't keep my …
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass, our guide Anne took…
Hellfire pass, our guide Anne too…
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass, there goes Anne!
Hellfire pass, there goes Anne!
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
Hellfire pass
The cave near the railway
The cave near the railway
Waiting on the train
Waiting on the train
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
The river Kwai
The river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai (made i…
Bridge over the river Kwai (made …
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai
Back to our guesthouse PongPhen
Back to our guesthouse PongPhen
A view on the river Kwai from the …
A view on the river Kwai from the…
A view on the river Kwai from the …
A view on the river Kwai from the…
the restaurant of PongPhen Guestho…
the restaurant of PongPhen Guesth…
the restaurant of PongPhen Guestho…
the restaurant of PongPhen Guesth…
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