Sunday, October 28, 2012

A day in rural Thailand

Saturday 27 October – Bangkok, Thailand

Today we had a private guide to visit the Floating Market at Damnernsaduak, & then to the Bridge on the River Kwai, museum and cemetery.  Also see this museum link.

Thailand's remaining floating markets are a symbol of what life was like in days gone by.  The floating market in Ratchaburi (in a canal called Damnoen Saduak) is one of Thailand’s largest.

During World War 2, the Japanese used Allied prisoners of war to build a railway from Thailand to Burma so they could supply their army without the dangers of sending supplies by sea.  Many prisoners died under appalling conditions during its construction, and the line became known as the 'Death Railway'.  The Bridge on the River Kwai is of course the 1957 film but the bridge exists and we visited it today.

Our day started at 0730 and we returned at 1630.  Where we travelled

A full, interesting day in rural Thailand.

Tonight after our complimentary cocktails, we dined at the hotel’s Italian restaurant.

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