Day 3 Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi Travel Blog› entry 16 of 46 › view all entries
July 23rd, 2009 – by: klaartje1968
I had read about the JEATH museum and wanted to visited that one. Especially after the day before, we were very interested in finding out more about the Thai-Birma Railroad. The trip with the bike to JEATH was great, you see so many more than in a taxi or a tuk tuk! The JEATH Museum itself was dissapointing! Neglected, not maintained, sloppy!! We got the feeling that the monks who owned it, gained advantage of the entrance fee that people pay and use it for other goals than maintenance of the museum.
We took a stroll to the river near the museum to get over our dissapointment, it was a big difference with the feeling we had the day before at the Hellfire pass. A little bit angry even with the monks!
We decided to bike further through the town, just a bit sightseeing, maybe visiting the station to get information about the train to Bangkok..... On our way we saw a flock of sheep with a female shephard, beautifull to see and we stepped off our bikes to watch it. After this we went to the station and found out that the trains were leaving at times that we didn't like! So the idea to reach Bangkok by train left our mind. We biked for awhile through Kanchanaburi, enjoying the sight, the people on the go and the temperature (hot!).
It was spicey but delicious! And the people were very friendly to us. We did have a wonderful time at this place (will find the name of it) and after the iced coffee, the soup and paying we bicycled further on to the Death Railway Museum that seemed to be just around the corner!
That museum I can reccomend everybody! Good information, well documentated, English and Thai, good maintenance and good audio visual support (movies, sounds, light effects, puppets).
We bicycled further to the concrete bridge over the river Kwai and took a path to the Iron bridge. A very nice path to bike, jungle, houses, sounds of insects, bannanas and almost no cars or motors. We took some pictures from that side of the river of the bridge and decided there to bike back and visit a restaurant because we got hungry.
We ended up at a restaurant near the bridge and had a small dinner. We went back to the neighborhood of our guesthouse and ended up again at the bar 'one more'. We met a Dutch family in the bar that told us they owned a guesthouse in Kanchanaburi (forgot the name!). After 24.00 hr the police came by and told the barowner to shut the shutters for the bar. The reason was that there was a princess staying in Kanchanaburi and member of the Royal family shouldn't see the nightlife of Kanchanaburi! So we got lucked up behind the shutters of the bar. Very cosey! :))
It was late when we left the bar. My biking skills weren't that good anymore and I bumped in on Ron when he stopped all of a sudden near a Internetcafe.... This incident raised some eyebrows, but I will not bother you with that story! *cough*
He tried to reach his mother in the Netherlands but she wasn't online so we went back to the hotelroom and fell a sleep. Me deep, he restless.
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