Nam Tok ~ Hell Fire Pass Memorial Museum & the Death Railway

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December 21st 2007
Published: January 27th 2008
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Final Entry: Final Day in Kanchanaburi, Final Day for my Camera as well

This was our final day in Kanchanaburi before returning back to Bangkok the same evening. After a final breakfast at River Kwai Hotel, we checked out at 8 in the morning to embark on our 1 day tour to the surrounding areas.

Sai Yok Noi Waterfalls

The first stop took us to the Sai Yok Noi Waterfalls. Situated next to the former charismatic Nam Tok Railway Station, the waterfalls have been reduced to a mere trickle during this dry season. I guess it could have been much spectacular during the rainy season. Nevertheless, it was still an interesting and cooling visit after reading it in the Lonely Planet for so long.

To pay our final respects to the many who lost their lives building the Konya Cutting (Hell Fire Pass), the Hell Fire Pass Memorial Museum was established in 1994.

The museum was one of the highlights for our tour. Like the Railway Museum in Kanchanaburi, a visit to the Memorial Museum is a must for all train and historial buffs. It was a moving visit as the vivid details of the construction of the Death Railway were presented before our eyes!

A slow 20 minute walk from the Museum brought us to the Hell Fire Pass (Konya Cutting). Most of the conscripted labour who worked on this Pass lost their lives due to fatigue, hunger and ill treatment.

The Death Railway Ride

A Ride on the Death Railway in the late afternoon was interesting as it passes through steep cuttings and cliffs overlooking the River Kwai. As I sat on the wooden cabins, there was a tinge of sadness in me after learning about the horror details for the past 2 days.

The Bridge Over River Kwai

Our final stop brought us back to the Bridge Over River Kwai ~ Icon of Kanchanaburi. Be forewarned that at cetain sections of the bridge, there are no protective railings. If one is not careful, it was relatively easy to plunge into the River for a soak.

6pm ~ As we completed our visit for Kanchanaburi, my camera for 3 years breathe its last after taking in the final images of the Town. It was a pity that the beautiful Xmas light ups in Bangkok could only be stored behind my memory. We spent another 2 days in the city of Bangkok for some shopping at the usual spots before heading back to Singapore on a Sunday evening (23rd December 2007), just in time for the Christmas celebrations.

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