Bridge over the River Kwai day.
Visit to JEATH (Japanese, English, American, Australian, Thai and Holland) War Museum, the River Kwai Bridge, a ride on a train and Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.
A car on top of a tender forming part of a steam train that was used by the Japanese during the war is on display in it’s natural state.
Small shrine on a plinth containing a statue of a Buddha in front of flags of the countries involved in World War II behind.
Bit of marketing here.
Tender of a steam train that was used by the Japanese during the war.
These two modern (said loosely) motorcycles are not old enough to be an exhibit in any museum yet.
Bridge over the River Kwai.
Visitors standing on the Bridge over the River Kwai with a statue of Quan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) at Kung Im Temple in the background.
The Bridge over the River Kwai with Kung Im Temple built in 2011/12 in the background. The column dominating the skyline at the temple is a large totem pole decorated with dragons.
A horse drawn stagecoach used for transportation.
An old image of the Bridge over the River Kwai after being bombed by the allies during World War II.
A Cessna 150M aircraft preserved at the war museum.
A Bell H-13 Sioux helicopter preserved at the war museum.
A statue of a apsara on a window ledge at the museum.
Collection of old samurai swords.
Collection of old rifles.
Large dragon sculpture on the facade of the museum.
Some very young buskers complete with offertory box.
Visitors, including Jane with the yellow rucksack, walking over the bridge.
Selfie on the Bridge over the River Kwai.
Close look at the detail of the bridge.
Even though the bridge is still used by three trains in each direction every day you can still walk over it.
View of Kung Im Temple through the bridge structure.
Floating restaurants on the River Kwai.
The World War II Bridge Project, also referred to as the Prisoner of War Camp Market, on the banks of the River Kwai.
The project consists of World War II vehicles, watch tower, metal roofed shelters and a market.
The market consists of locals selling handmade crafts, fresh produce and small cafes/restaurants.
The curved spans on the bridge are original from 1943. The two straight spans in the middle replaced curved spans that were damaged by US bombs in 1945.
River Kwai Bridge sign.
View of the underneath structure of the Bridge over the River Kwai.
Visitors walking on the bridge.
View from the bridge over the River Kwai, well not actually the River Kwai because there isn’t a River Kwai apart from in the film “The Bridge over the River Kwai”. The bridge is over the Khwae Yai River, previously called the Mae Klong River when bridge was built.
Train at River Kwai Bridge Railway Station.
Train arriving at River Kwai Bridge Railway Station.
Train arriving at River Kwai Bridge Railway Station.
We are really happy, honestly we are.
On the Death Railway crossing the Bridge over the River Kwai.
View from the train through the bridge structure along the River Kwai.
View from the train on the bridge of the River Kwai with floating restaurants on the left.
Visitors on the bridge waiting at the side for the train to pass.
View of the landscape as I travel along the Death Railway.
The River Kwai and in the distance tree covered hills.
Entrance to a floating resort on the banks of the river.
A modern viewing platform with several levels at the floating resort.
Looking down across a pathway to the roofs of floathouses at a floating resort on the river.
Hotel on the bank of the river surrounded by greenery.
Small homemade floating pontoon on the river.
Floathouses on the river.
Floathouses on the left of the river at a floating resort.
Long way down.
Jane looking abit windswept as she looks out of a window in the carriage of the train.
Floathouses on a curve in the river.
Travelling on a raised section of the railway line along the side of the hills.
Train snaking around the hillside.
Wooden railway sleepers on stone pillars.
A tree looking abit lonely, and you can see where the river has receded from around it by the colour of the ground.
Train on a raised section of railway line with passengers leaning out of windows to take a photo of the river on the left.
Another view of the lonely looking tree as the train passes closer by.
Wide stretch of the river with floating restaurants on the right.
People sitting at tables at a floating restaurant.
Thai longtail boat.
Longtail boat moored next to floating seating area of a restaurant.
Family sitting under shade eating in Sai Yok National Park.
Father and child at Sai Yok Noi Waterfall.
Families enjoying Sai Yok Noi Waterfall and pool.
Sai Yok Noi Waterfall.
Mass of intertwined tree roots emerging through the ground.
Retired and restored Japanese steam train No. 702 built in 1935 by Mitsubishi and used on the Death Railway.
All aboard !
I am so happy and relaxed.
I could get use to this posing.
All I am missing is a train drivers hat !
The steam train is located at Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi close to the Sai Yok Nai Waterfall in Sai Yok National Park.
Inside the cab of the steam train all the handles and buttons have been removed, possibly to stop visitors like me playing with them.
The Death Railway route was built in front of the Sai Yok Nai Waterfall.
Banana trees – short lived, easy to grow and produce fruit fast.
Section of railway line at Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi.
Taking shelter from a rain shower over looking metal roofed buildings.
Entrance to Kanchanaburi (also referred to as Chungkai) War Cemetery where thousands of Allied, including almost 7000 Commonwealth, prisoners of war who died on the notorious Thailand to Burma death railway during World War 2 are buried.
A plaque on the wall at the entrance to the war cemetery.
Plaque with a dedicating inscription at the entrance to the war cemetery.
Rows of Allied prisoner of war graves in the cemetery.
A wooden cross with poppy. The cross has an ink inscription of the initials B.G.S.U. and 11(RSS) Signal Regiment. This refers to the 11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment – Blandford Garrison Support Unit. The regimental insignia can be seen below the poppy.
Flowers laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.
The Cross of Sacrifice in the centre of Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.
Looks like “Happy Hour” is 4pm – 6pm.
“The journey of a thousand miles begin with one step” or ends with one step falling out from the bar at the end of the night perhaps.