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The Bridge Over the River Kwai

1/11/09 – Konchaburi (Central Thailand)
We woke up early to catch the 9 am bus to Konchaburi, the province where the famous River Kwai (of “The Bridge of the River Kwai” fame) is located.

We took a local bus that made the 3 hr trip in 2 hrs.  Passengers seem to wait at random spots around the road, hopping in and out of the bus whenever.  The bus driver added to the arbitrariness of the bus stops by making a quick stop to get himself a snack.  He then proceeded to open and stick his big old hand into the bag as he let go of the wheel.  To make up for his lack of dexterity, he tried first to hold the steering wheel with his forearms and elbows.  When this failed, he proceeded to try to hold it with his knees!  It was very unnerving to realize that the driver would have traded all of our lives for a bag of chips, as delicious as they probably were.  This blatant display of disregard for the human life for the sake of gluttony was a bit amusing and utterly horrifying at the same time.

At around 1:30 pm we arrived at our destination and check out a few of the guest houses around town. We settled at a modest but clean hotel by the River  Kwai. We then hit the major cultural rented some bikes and did a 3 hr ride through the villages around there.

We  also visited the Death Railway museum did a good job in telling this story of all the POWs and SE Asian laborers to died while building the railway in a concise, informative and personal way.

Today we took the local bus to Erawan National Park, famous for its waterfall.  We hiked up and did some swimming.

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4 Responses

  1. Were you travelling with chickens and roosters on the bus as well?

  2. Please write about the lady boys when you get to Phuket.

    • Will be a couple of months before we get that far south but have already seen some katoeys in Bangkok. One very educated one was leading nice English tour through the Grand Palace

  3. Photos look amazing and the updates sound like you are having a wonderful trip thus far — keep them coming!

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