If you're interested in knowing more about Kanchanaburi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanchanaburi
I went with my friend Julie who has taken in four teenagers whose American father can't care for to visit their Thai mother who lives near Kanchanaburi. Saturday night the kid's mother, Deng, cooked us a wonderful dinner with about 7 dishes besides the rice. If I had been less hungry I would have taken a picture of it. Instead I ate.
Most of the extended Thai family we had dinner with on Saturday. Deng is in front on the left with her hand on the head of her eldest son Patrick.
I stayed at a guesthouse, which is like an inn, smaller than a hotel although this one was fairly large. My room was about $17 per night. The room was nothing fancy but clean and spacious except for the bathroom which was clean but small. The food there was good too.
The guesthouse from the pool area
River Kwae f/ the guesthouse, early morning
A picture of me on the bridge over the river Kwae, which was built by Australian, British and SE Asian prisoners of war under the Japanese during WW II.
My friend Julie on the river Kwae bridge
One view from the river Kwae bridge
Train a comin' on the Kwae bridge
And I acquired a hunk of jade:
Sunday we drove a few mile north to the Sai Yok National Park. It was nice to see mountains again. It was nice to be in the mountains, even if briefly.
Nice to see mountains
Structures on the river at Sai Yok park
View from the river
We took a boat like this one on the Kwae Noi river in the park
In the boat
One of the falls on the river
You can rent these floating cabanas to stay in
Some of them looked very nice
Teak forest - teak trees are protected
We went to the Hellfire Pass Museum, a memorial to the POWs and SE Asians who were forced to build the railroad for the Japanese between Bangkok and Rangoon. The conditions for the POWs were horrible and 45% of them died. It was a very sad place albeit beautiful.
Hellfire Pass view
Hellfire Pass memorial
Another view from Hellfire Pass
More info on Hellfire Pass at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellfire_Pass
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