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Published: June 26th 2006
View from Room S1 at the Blue Star Guesthouse
This is our view in the early evening. Beyond the hills lies Burma, and in the foreground runs the Khwae River.
Our hotel, the "Blue Star Guesthouse", is located on River Khwae Road, which runs parallel to the river. We pick a beautiful little wooden bungalow on stilts at the back of the hotel. Our balcony looks over to the river. I'm a bit worried we'll be flooded with mozzies but it turns out there aren't any really at all round here...
I'll try not to waffle on in this entry - the photos will speak for themselves. Suffice to say that Kanchanaburi is a town with a fascinating albeit painful history, but one which has an awful lot going for it. It is beautiful here - deeply relaxing, with people even friendlier than usual, many delicious eateries (not to mention a profusion of snack vendors), and a fantastic setting nestled between wooded hilly ranges.
The photos include some from 23rd and some from 24th June. On 23rd we explored the town on foot, took in the small but extraordinarily informative museum at the Thai-Burma Railway Centre and wandered through the immaculately maintained British-Australian-Dutch War Cemetary. Today we went on an arranged tour (not usually our thing but was well worth it you'll see the photos !!) to the Erawan
I saw these while wandering around the narrow streets near the river. Any idea what this plant is ? Any clues much appreciated.
National Park, famous for its waterfalls. Part of the trip back we did oby train, on a section on line that was part of the real "Death Railway", a line of track that the Japanese had built to link the railway systems of Thailand and Burma, as part of their plans to conquer India and to cut off British supply lines to Southern China, which they were also attempting to get hold of.
Our time here so far has been both humbling and breathtaking. Look at the pictures for yourself !
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