Travel to Kanchanaburi and The River Kwai
Trip Start Feb 21, 2008
170Trip End Aug 21, 2008
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After he dropped us off we found an ATM, where we did not expect one and then bought tickets from a lady who understood us. Only 3rd class on this train, but Hels just does not bat an eyelid anymore. Train arrived on time and as we had had a laugh with the Assistant Station Manager he indicated that we were heading for the right train
After settling in we went for a long walk to reach the River Kwai and see the famous bridge. We also wanted to visit the nearby museum to learn a bit more about the facts of building the bridge. The museum was very very disappointing and was just a collection of photos, a few personal belongings of POW's and some other artefacts from after the war. Nothing was in any order to help you understand exactly what had happened in real life and not relying on your memories of the famous film which actually bears very little resemblance to what went on. The market stalls and numerous restaurants also detracted from what we thought would be a rather quiet and solemn place. We did however go to a riverside restaurant for a disappointing meal for lunch.
Walked back and quickly went on Internet to check next accommodation in Cha Am.
About 6.30 returned to room for shower and made mistake of lying on the bed. We had both been trying to cool off and were reading. Hels asleep by about 7.15 and Tony asleep not long after. Apart from waking a few times we did not surface till 8am the next morning. The overnight train was comfy but regular stops at night for stations so quite a disturbed night followed by more travelling and then lots of walking, all took it's toll.