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Bridge on the River Kwai
Written by Panrit "Gor" Daoruang   
Monday, 28 April 2003 23:13
Kanchanaburi is about 130 kms West of Bangkok. By train it takes about three hours to get there. I like Kanchanaburi and sometimes go there for a long weekend.
 
The old train which was used on this railway after the last war. Everyone calls this place "Bridge on the River Kwai" but really everyone in Thailand knows it as "Kwae River" (Kwae rhymes with Square).
Lots of people come here just to walk on this "River Kwai Bridge" and go back. At first, for me, I think it's just a normal bridge but later when I knew the background story, I understood straight away why they came here for. Most of the tourists here are Japanese and European.
It is possible to catch a train that goes across this bridge and beyond. Some of the scenary alongside the river is very beautiful.
This is one of two War Cemeteries of 8,732 allied Prisoners. We walked around and looked at their names, age etc. Some of them are very young like that one in the right picture, he was just 18 years old.
JEATH War Museum, inside the museum there are pictures from the war. This museum was built like a prisoners' hut and where the pictures are, that's where prisoners slept.
These are the bombs that dropped on the bridge and the picture on the right shows the bridge after the bombs were dropped on it.