Kanchanaburi

Trip Start Apr 16, 2006
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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Got up at 7am to catch the bus from the southern terminal Bangkok to Kanchanaburi.
The buses are so easy to figure here,after all the stories id read of bags getting slashed and nicked on bus journeys i was a bit wary,but you literally turn up at the station and on every side of the bus waiting to depart has the name where their going and women in suits to usher you onto the right one.So i chucked my bag under the cabin and got the bus for 2 1/2 hours in air con luxury with reclining seats all for 70baht.
After landing at Kanchanaburi bus station and getting jumped on by loads of Saamlaaw drivers shouting "where you go!?" which i didnt have a clue,decided to trust this one womans guides and jumped in like a trap with a shelter and pulled by her on a bike.She was only little but man she had bigger legs than me,Batesy would have been proud of them calf muscles!Stayed at Sams Lodge which was a chalet hut in a little garden tree house overlooking the River Kwai.

Decided to go for a walk not too sure where i was going but after walking about 1/2 hour came across the famous Bridge over the river kwai.
The place was crawling with japanese but after being in the heat and madness of bangkok it was much nicer heat in Kanchanaburi,and a lot less people and all along the river where huts,floating restaurants and more chilled out atmosphere!

The brige was constructed during the war as the Japanese tried to forge a direct link from Japan through to Burma of weapons and so used p.o.w's to build it.100,000 died making the bridge and it was bombed by the allies and destroyed but has been rebuilt and still used to this day by the Namtok line.

The amount of Japs there was unbelievable and i couldnt get a shot of the bridge without too many people getting in the way
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