Death Rail Riding
Trip Start Feb 16, 2010
21Trip End Apr 08, 2010
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We took a four hour train out of Bangkok up to Kanchanaburi. It a very small town, which meant it was easy walking distance to teh hostels. We stayed in the Jolly Frog Hostel. The rooms are decorated with very vibrant patterns, teh 'en-suite' was a breeze block extension on the back that didnt have a flushing toilet, and the mattress didn't look like it had ever been replaced
We ventured down to the bridge over the river kwai, its quite sureal to be walking across such a classic image. The bridge is quite long, so it really gives you chance to enjoy, and take your time walking across. Paul was determined to wait on the bridge for a train to come. There are a few waiting points along the bridge, that would make it possible for us to remian on the bridge when the huge train passed over. The brige had a few quiet moments, and we were lucky enough to witness four monks corssing the bridge. I love the monks, so needless to say i went running off after them. We were suprised at how slowly the train crossed the bridge, on the aproach a horn was sounded to alert us all that we needed to run to a standing point. I am really glad that we were there to watch a train cross the bridge.
That evening we stumbeled across a small italian restaurant, the menu was tiny, which is very unusual, as normally restaurants affer thai food, western food and then what ever they claim to specialise in, be it mexican or italian
The next day, we found ourselves rinding teh train for fun, which made us laugh. We took a ride up across teh death rail, which was originally built by japanese prioners of war, and a track that should have taken 5 years to build in those day, took only 16 months. It was a four hour ride, and in our 3rd class seats, it felt like it aswell, although we did get off looking rather tanned, due to all of the red dust that flies through the window. The railway clings to the side of a cliff, with sheer drops either side. When we reached t his point of the journey, almost ever ybody on the train had found either a door or a window to hang out of. We had alot of fun, it was simple fun, and the train ride cost us 100 bhart each, but it was a great day.
Kanchanaburi turned out to be just as we had expected, as sunset came we had our noses in our books, and relaxed by the river. It was teh perfect contrast to Bangk ok, and in a desperate attempt not to head back there, we have decided to change trains in the middle of nowhere, in hope that we dont have to go via Bangkok. .
Kanchanaburi gets a huge thumbs up from us both! x