Monday, February 4, 2008

Kanchanaburi Province,Thailand

Hell Fire Pass, Kanchanaburi Province,Thailand, originally uploaded by Nice Logo.

We got an early morning taxi over the river to
Bangkok's Noi Station aka Thonburi (Thonburi was briefly the Thai Capital after the fall of Ayutthaya), and boarded the slow, bare bones, local train to Kanchanaburi Province.

Part of this railway line was built by World War Two Allied Prisoners of War and became known as the '
Death Railway'. We rode the line across the infamous 'Bridge over the River Kwai' to the end of the line at Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi , where we turned around and headed back to Kanchanaburi town. It's a beautiful journey despite its sickening past.

We payed our respects at the Allied War Cemetery and visited The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre.

We hired a car and driver for a day and visited the beautiful Erawan falls, the moving Hell Fire Pass and Hin Dat Hot springs.

We had some great rooms by the river at
Sam's House, which had just been renovated and looked great. It was a pretty spot and not too many of the Karaoke boats,
popular with Thai tourists, seemed to pass us here but the frogs were bloody loud!

Kanchanaburi is a beautiful place. We had a great time chilling out with the folks. There were some good restaurants. We had a lovely meal at Apple & Noi's, and I asked Jim for Karen's hand in marriage, to which he answered "About bloody time too!"

We had been secretly engaged for a while, I had proposed to Karen whilst we were in
Egirdir, Turkey. We were keeping it a secret until we had decided more about plans, dates... We still hadn't got exact plans but said we plan to have a simple wedding with a big party this summer.

We had many a toast!

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