Ban Phrueksa Kan

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  • Day4

    Bridge on the River Kwai

    December 5, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    In all honesty, I knew very little about the significance of the bridge on the River Kwai and having never seen the movie I wasnt sure what to expect.

    The bridge is a couple of hours outside of Bangkok so it was a very early start with a 6:30am pickup from our hotel. In true Thai style our driver was late and then we proceeded to spend the next hour driving around the city collecting the rest of our tour group. We eventually arrived at Khao San Road (which is completely baron during the day) where we were ushered off, given a combination of stickers which were stuck to our tops and directed to another mini bus. This mini bus was quite a sight, with mirrors on the ceiling, lights, huge speakers and so much gold!! We lucked out again on our driver who managed to get pulled over by the police on route to the bridge which is pretty impressive as anything seems to go in Thailand!

    Eventually we arrived in a town called Kanchanaburi where we were given time to mooch around a museum and wander over the bridge. To give you a brief history lesson, the Death Railway as it is otherwise known due to the sheer number of lives lost during its construction, was built by the Japanese during the Second World War using the forced labour of prisoners of war, the majority of which were from the Commonwealth countries.

    After a very brief visit to the museum and a quick stroll over the bridge we hopped on the train for around a one and a half hour journey along some of the railway line. The views from the train were pretty amazing and some parts of the railway line were held up by very rickety looking wooden stilts! It was then time for lunch which was served on a floating bungalow (it sounds far more twee than it actually was).

    Our afternoon activity involved an hours pit stop at Sai Yok Noi Waterfall followed by a trip to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetary before heading back to Bangkok. The cemetary is located near the site of the former Kanburi prisoner of war base camp through which most prisoners passed on their way to other camps. The cemetary was created after the war by the Army Graves Service who transferred graves into it from camp burial grounds and solitary sites all along the southern half of the railway and from other sites in Thailand.

    It was a long day, not getting back to Bangkok until gone 7pm so we jumped in the shower and headed out to a nearby Italian restaurant (Simon is craving pizza already 🤣) for dinner.
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  • Day18

    Bridge over River Kwai

    March 17 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    After a short drive we arrived at the River Kwai Bridge.

    During WW II, Japan constructed the metergauge railway line from Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbyuzayat, Burma. The line passing through the scenic Three Pagodas Pass runs for 250 miles it is also known as The Death Railway.

    The railway line was meant to transport cargo daily to India, to back up their planned attack on India. The construction was done using POWs and Asian slave laborers in unfavorable conditions. The work started in October 1942 was completed in a year.

    Due to the difficult terrain, thousands of laborers lost their lives. It is believed that one life was lost for each sleeper laid in the track.

    At the nearby Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, around 7,000 POWs, who sacrificed their lives in the railway construction, are buried. Another 2,000 are laid to rest at the Chungkai Cemetery.

    Allied Forces bombed the iron bridge in 1944. Three sections of Bridge River Kwai were destroyed. The present bridge has two of its central spans rebuilt.
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  • Day3

    Die Brücke am Kwai

    September 30, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Hierbei handelt es sich um den Originalschauplatz von Buch und Film, an dem die Handlung spielt. Die Brücke ist jedoch nicht die selbe, da der Film zum einen nicht hier gedreht wurde und die Brücke im Film aus Holz ist. Diese Stahlbrücke wurde kurze Zeit nach Inbetriebnahme der Bahnstrecke gebaut, ebenfalls noch im 2. Weltkrieg.Read more

  • Day31

    Die Kwai River Bridge

    September 14, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Heute morgen waren wir zum ersten mal nicht so extrem müde wie die letzten Tage!!
    Also machten wir uns Topfit gegen Mittag auf zur Brü der Mittagssonne...war vielleicht nicht ganz so schlau :D! Zum Glück fuhr ein "Taxifahrer" an uns vorbei der uns für 2€ mitgenommen hat. Sein Taxi war aber kein normales Taxi, es war ein Roller mit einem kleinen Beiwagen an der Seite.
    So jetzt zurück zur Brücke, denn es ist nicht einfach nur irgendeine Brücke gewesen auf der wir waren... Die Kwai River Bridge ist eine während des 2.Weltkrieges von Japanern erbaute Eisenbahnbrücke, die zu einer Verbindung zwischen Thailand und Myanmar gehörte. Zur Erbauung dieser Brücke benutzten die Japaner circa 300.000 Kriegsgefangene, von denen über 115.000 starben. Die Behandlung dieser Gefangenen stellt ein unglaubliches Kriegsverbrechen dar. Heutzutage kann man über die Brücke laufen oder mit einer Touristenbahn drüber fahren. Wir liefen natürlich drüber und konnten so am gegenüberliegenden Ufer einen chinesischen, sehr sehr bunten Tempel entdecken. Der Eintritt war frei und somit ließen wir es uns nicht entgehen ihn uns anzuschauen. Er war bunt, mehr können wir dazu nicht sagen!!
    Auf dem Weg nach Hause kam unser Freund wieder an uns vorbei und nahm uns wieder mit, diesmal nur für einen Euro!:D
    Mehr haben wir heute auch gar nicht erlebt, wir haben uns später noch im Pool abgekühlt und unsere Weiterreise geplant.
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  • Day74

    Day 74: River Kwai Day Trip

    August 28, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    One of the things that people recommend doing while in Bangkok is taking a day-trip west to Kanchanaburi, about 3 hours to the west. Aside from being a nice town, it's home to the famous Bridge on the River Kwai (which itself is part of the infamous Burma Railway or Death Railway). So we were pretty keen to check it out.

    Very early start, with alarms at 6:15, breakfast at 6:30 and out of the hotel by 7am. We'd opted to do the tour ourselves rather than pay a local travel agent a huge commission for booking a couple of tickets. So we got a taxi to the train station, bought our tickets and by 7:45am we were on our way. The ride out was about 2 1/2 hours of fairly unexciting landscape, though I was sitting on the left-hand side of the train and that side tended to have the main road alongside.

    We proceeded west and then north through the flat floodplain of central Thailand, with very little scenery to note. I listened to podcasts as usual and Shandos dozed (as usual) until we arrived at the Bridge around 11am. Funny story about it - the guy who wrote the book that the famous movie was based on had never actually been to the area. He just assumed that since the railway followed the River Kwai and it had bridges, that the most important of those would be crossing the river. But it actually wasn't - it was crossing a river called Mae Klong. After the movie came out and tourists started arriving to check out the Bridge over the River Kwai, it was a bit of an issue since technically it didn't exist! The problem was solved by renaming the local part of the Mae Klong to Kwae Yai (Kwai tributary). But once we arrived, I didn't feel like laughing.

    We stepped off the train at a platform right at the start of the bridge, and into a tourist scrum like we hadn't seen since probably Prambanan temple in Jogja several months ago. Crowded, noisy, flag-following groups everywhere, selfie sticks waving around, huge tourist coaches jamming the streets, trinket stalls all over the place, people taking idiotic selfies everywhere.

    And to top it all off, three carriages of the train we'd just departed from were now occupied by a huge group of Japanese 20-somethings on what looked to be a Contiki-style tour, complete with booze, awful Eurodance music, screaming and selfie sticks. I was absolutely infuriated - it's supposed to be a place of reflection and remembrance for the 10,000 Allied POWs and 120,000+ Asian forced labourers who died constructing the railway. This was ghastly. And that Japanese tourists would have a party here just seemed beyond the pale. I can't imagine American tourists having a spring break kegger in Hiroshima park.

    But I swallowed my objections and moved on. We walked back and forth across the bridge a couple of times (it's completely safe as there's literally only 4 trains crossing per day), taking some photos as we went, and then headed for lunch around 11:45 since we'd eaten a seriously early breakfast. Cheap Thai food was the order of the day.

    Afterwards we decided to check out the cemetery and Museum back in Kachanaburi itself, as we'd heard good things about both. It was a bit far to walk in the heat, but when we asked a man selling water where to get a tuk-tuk he gave us a lift in the sidecar of his motorcycle! He charged us 80 baht which was probably a bit much, but he was a nice old man and it was a pretty fun ride. He even took some photos of us pretending to ride it.

    Happy to report that the hordes of tourists hadn't ventured to the museum (because of course they wouldn't). We paid our entry and spent about 90 minutes going through all the exhibits about the railway's construction and usage. The surprising part was that although 10,000 Allied POWs (mostly captured during the fall of Singapore) worked and died constructing the railway, the Japanese utilised a huge amount of forced labourers from neighbouring countries like Burma, Malaysia and Indonesia. Nobody knows how many forced labourers were used since the Japanese destroyed their records (although it's definitely over 100,000 people), but for me the worst part was that most of those people died and they've recovered exactly three (3) bodies. All of them unknown. Allied personnel were buried in marked graves, while the labourers got mass graves. Absolutely tragic, and even the museum seemed to gloss over it a bit.

    After the museum we wandered around the cemetery in the park opposite the museum, which houses the remains of the British, Dutch, Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died on the railway. It was nice, but very similar to other Australian-funded military cemeteries (eg the one at Adelaide River we'd visited a few months earlier).

    Back to the station where we got on the train a little after 3pm. It was a long and dusty ride back to Bangkok for the next 150 minutes; these trains don't have air conditioning so it's small ceiling fans and open windows. Not too bad unless you're in the sun. Taxi to the hotel where we had a quick dip in the pool (first time at this hotel and we've been here 3 days, must be a record), before showering and heading out for dinner at the same place as two nights previous.

    Early night after a very long day!
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  • Day7

    River Kwai Brücke Kanchanaburi

    March 17, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Bevor es zurück nach Bangkok geht, haben wir heute morgen ganz früh noch eine kleine Sightseen Tour gemacht .

    1. Stopp: Die River Kwai Brücke mit ihrer Geschichte ist nett anzusehen aber kein Highlight. Zumal die echte zerstört wurde und es sich um einen Nachbau handelt. Man kann sie zu Fuß überqueren. Achtung bei Hupe: Wenn der Zug kommt muss man sich auf Plattformen "in Sicherheit" bringen.Read more

  • Day12

    River Kwai Bridge

    July 19, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Nach einer 3 stündigen Zugfahrt von Bangkok nach Kanchanaburi durch eine wunderschöne Landschaft mit Feldern, Plantagen und kleinen Dörfern, lassen wir den Tag ausklingen auf der Brücke. Das ganze wäre noch schöner ohne die vielen Party- und Karaokeboote, die unter uns durch fahren... naja , aber die Aussicht ist schön und endlich kühlt es runter auf
    27° sodass man nicht mehr ununterbrochen schwitzt.
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  • Day7

    Chinesischer Tempel Kanchanaburi

    March 17, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    Wenn man die River Kwai Brücke überquert, gibt es auf der anderen Seite einen chinesischen Tempel. Der Besuch lohnt sich, denn es ist etwas ganz anderes. Man fühlt sich ein bisschen wie in Disneyland ;) Der Eintritt ist kostenfrei.Read more

  • Day5

    Brücke am Kwai

    November 20, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Unscheinbare Brücke über den eigentlich "Kwae" heißenden Fluss, erbaut von australischen, englischen und niederländischen Kriegsgefangenen sowie Thailändern unter japanischer Okkupation. Beim Bau der "Death Railway" ließen Tausende ihr Leben. Berühmter Kriegsnebenschauplatz und Vorlage für den Film "The Bridge on the River Kwai".

    Als Touristenattraktion sehr überlaufen und nicht wirklich lohnend (Brücke ist nicht das von den Allierten zerstörte Orginal, sondern ein Nachbau).
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