Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya

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September 25th 2008
Published: September 27th 2008
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I took a public bus to Kanchanaburi, site of the infamous and tragic 'Bridge over the River Kwae', walking across the bridge at sunset. It was frighteningly picturesque!

The next day I went to Erawan National Park, and hiked up the seven tiered waterfalls, swimming in some of the pools, climbing on the rocks under the falls themselves, and getting nibbled at by fish. In the afternoon I take a kayak trip six or seven kilometres down the river, passing locals fishing and washing in the sewage-filled water. As I paddle under the bridge, a train crosses it, heading for the Burmese border.

I catch another bus to Ayutthaya to visit some very old temples in the Khmer style - a testament to the centuries of conflict between Thailand and what is now Cambodia - and see the famous Buddha face peering out from between the tree roots.

I catch an overnight train to Chiang Mai, in the North of Thailand.

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Large seated BuddhaLarge seated Buddha
Large seated Buddha

On the river Kwae
The hand of GodThe hand of God
The hand of God

Detail of huge Buddha

This one had 3 heads.
Reclingin BuddhaReclingin Buddha
Reclingin Buddha

Close up of face

Seated Buddha in front of stupa
Paddy fieldsPaddy fields
Paddy fields

Archetypal stuff.

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