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August 28th 2019
Published: August 28th 2019
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Day 5 – Pick up was at 7:30 to do a River Kwai tour. We anticipated a small-group van but ended up with a comfortable Toyota Camry and personal chauffeur and guide. Our driver Naywe was another speed demon so 140 was the speed at any open section of road and any gap was there to be taken! Our guide Niranya was very pleasant but spent a little too much time telling us about the spiritual side of Buddhism for my liking but told us some interesting facts about the life of Buddha (who like Jesus was a real person 2500 years ago) and the birth of the new Thailand and transition from Siam. She explained that the new King Bhumipol back in the 1930s was responsible for the abolition of slavery in Siam and that Thai Land means land of the free. The trip to Kanchanaburi (the site of the Bridge over the River Kwai) took about three hours. We visited a war cemetery where English, Australian and Dutch soldiers are buried. A beautifully maintained cemetery. We then caught the train to Namtok where there is a cliff-side viaduct of several hundred metres that was constructed as part of the infamous Burma-Thailand railway line. We had as nice buffet lunch there and a walk on the viaduct before heading back to Kanchanburi. We then visited the JEATH museum (stands for Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, Holland) which was only second-rate. There is a better museum that we were disappointed our tour didn’t visit. A three hour drive back at an express rate then off to the gym for John and Julie doing Facebook. We dined out at a Thai restaurant Supanniga Eating

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