Current Location: Kanchanaburi, Thailand
It’s been a long week, at least it feels that way. Hanging out in the hostel in Bangkok for a week waiting for things to arrive kinda slowed me down. Fortunately for me the people at the hostel are really cool, watched a bunch of movies and basically chilled out for a week with them. I got back on the road yesterday catching the train up to Kanchanaburi, infamous for where the bridge over River Kwai was built.
Short history lesson stolen from a guide book.
About 60,000 Allied POWs were shipped up from the captured Southeast Asian territories to work on the link between Thailand-Burma, these were later augmented by 200,000 conscripted Asian laborers. By the time it was completed, after 15 months, it had earned the nickname, the Death Railway; an estimated 16,000 POW’s and 100,000 Asian laborers died while working on it
I was keen to see this re-created bridge along with the animal sanctuary here, where they let you pet tigers (how crazy is that.)
On a down note, I was traveling with a girl yesterday who was leaving from the same hostel I was up here. We got here just fine and rented a couple of bicycles to get around town. They had baskets in the front of the bicycles where we stuffed our bags, a couple of guys drove by on a motorbike and snatched her bag. Spent half the day with the police sorting everything out. Lesson learned to never take the backpack off the back, and invest in a money belt.
Heading back to Bangkok to spend the weekend with some friends of my cousins hopefully. Then off to Cambodia early next week.
Happy thanksgiving to everyone, same request as I had last year. Have a couple extra pieces of turkey for me, and an extra slice of pie.