Skip to main content

The Bridge on the River Kwai!


In that historic place we had our slow Thailand's farewell. We decided to take it easy and go with the flow without exerting any pressure on ourselves seizing the last chance to see this and that. We enjoyed our stay, finding a nice guest house to begin with – we had a raft-room floating on the river :D where even a monitor lizard didn't refrain himself from paying us a visit one afternoon ;)
It was scorching, the sun was not giving us any relief whatsoever, so we were watering our fatigued bodies unceasingly and pampered ourselves with iced drinks as often as possible. By and large, we spent those days on eating last pat-thai's, watching incredibly absorbing “The Vikings” series (which I fell in love with relentlessly!) and, as a paramount purpose of our visit, undertook a day-trip jumping on a train which passes through the famous bridge over the river Kwai. Historical spot not to be missed! Again, the views behind the glass-less windows were mind smashing and the train itself made us feel like if we had shifted back in time:

very folklore ;)

The whole atmosphere got spoiled for a moment when some guy started approaching every passenger taking picture of him/her, and a while later came over again trying to sell it with everybody's own image. A bit cheesy to have such a souvenir, I reckon.;) Anyway, once there, at the final station of the train's route, we went for a few hours walk preceded with huge cups of coffees on ice, taken in a local bar, according to our small, recently elaborated tradition ;)
The village at the dead end of the trail was pretty unimpressive, we took a stroll, went to the waterfall and...that's were our adventures for that day ended.;) Yet, it was definitely worthy to have a ride in the 'over the river Kwai' train^^

...over the river Kwai

like a shift back in time

final stop on our excursion

...sleep when you're dead!

the original part of the bridge is still there

new spans after bombing during the WWII

in a temple nearby

our raft-room's views :)

looking out our veranda

Thai scruffy stalls
(still nothing to compare with the Indian ones ;))

'fishy' street signs ;)

on the streets of Kanchanaburi


I chased after the thunderstorm one day, but couldn't catch up after the lightnings... It was a very gloomy and aloof thunder, but so enigmatically overwhelming, ah!

After Kanchanaburi we had to come back to Bangkok and instead of taking a room for half of a night, decided to head to the airport, without rush (after my last Thai massage and last pat-thai's ;>), in the late evening. 
And that's where our Thai journey ended up, again, first backpacking month – checked off the list and, what is more important, enjoyed fully! :)

Thailand - see you next time!

Budget recap:

Money spent: about 30 000 THB, which can be translated into 560 GBP (~3300 PLN)


Popular posts from this blog

The Basque Country - the coast.

It eventually happened. We set off on the 8th, Saturday, very early in the morning - around 4 am, to get on the ferry in Newhaven's port at 9am. From there we go straight to Dieppe in France.
First day went pretty smooth although we found out that highways in France are horrendously expensive, even for the motorbikes. We got near Le Mans, known for its car races: 

First night and tent's set up:

Sunday (9/07) morning we met an English girl with her friend and a dog, called Aritz, who was heading the same direction as us so, luckily, he agreed to take the backpack I was having on me to her van. We worked out the place of our destination to pick it up and spend the night and set off for...the worst day until the very end of our journey (the latter I'll keep it secret for now). We could check off everything worst that could have happened, almost, except from having an accident. Luckily after all. We were soaked wet after heavy rains somewhere in the central France, we lost the…

My Vipassana experience - 2nd time.

Brain enema. Mind decluttering. Brain detox. These and more elaborate are the definitions given by teachers of Vipassana meditation technique I decided to give myself in again, for the 2nd time.

10 days in complete silence, without or at least with a very limited human contact of any kind, with absolutely nothing to distract from looking inward: no reading or writing, no physical exercise - except from one > sitting 10-11hs a day and meditating. I took up the challenge again.

Vipassana is a meditation technique, which is not simply about gathering up your mind, focusing and concentrating it. It is so much more! The principles are non-sectarian and not associated with any philosophy, therefore - utterly universal. What one is focusing on - for some for the first time in their lifes - is the reality, the present moment, as it is. As it is, not as one wants it to be. Purifying one’s mind by constant and very scrupulous observation of the breath and sensations in the body, arising and pa…

Happy travels - Exmoor's coast!

For a long weekend, here: 27-29.05, we went to the Exmoor National Park, in north Devon:

On the way, we gave a lift to the friend's family to the Bristol airport and carried on towards the seaside. After in 2/3s of the way we gave up and took a 'quick' 3 hours nap, for it was 6am :D 
Breakfast on the hill's slope:

First place visited - Woody Bay (right past the Lee Abbey Devon):

(Yeah, I learned how to embed a map directly, woohoo ;) )
Right, so we just spent an afternoon there, as it started raining at some point. Although it was a rocky-beach, rather shallow waters for quite a distance from the shore, still v. pleasant and, most importantly for us at the time, dog-friendly :)

In search for the place to settle overnight we found this beach, at Hele Bay, where we decided to stay on a view point with car park and in the morning went for a nice walk on and around the hill on which there's one of the earliest country leisure trails in England:

From the nature trail…