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Monday, July 11, 2011

Bangkok (Day 2): River Kwai

After I had done with Boat Ride, I went to River Kwai.
Maybe some of you do not have any idea about River Kwai at all. I got this info from here:
In case there was any doubt concerning man's savagery to his fellow kind, then the Thai-Burma railway, all 415 kilometres of it, stands as a horrific testament to human brutality. Constructed under order of the Japanese by prisoners of war and enslaved locals during WWII, the Death Railway's most famous section, 'The Bridge Over the River Kwai', now acts as one of Thailand's major tourist attractions.
The bridge is located in the small town of Kanchanaburi where the majority of guesthouses back onto the infamous Kwai River.
The bridge is, well, a bridge. The history behind it however is far from ordinary. As the Japanese extended their invasion of Thailand into the West of Burma, their success was hampered by the difficulty in supplying troops with provisions and so a supply line, the railway, was built. The Japanese, using POWs and civilian conscripts, adopted a brutal and barbaric work regime that saw the completion of the railway in one year rather than the three it was estimated to take. These 'speedo' tactics cost the lives of a staggering three hundred thousand men.
It is not a good story to know even though it is part of world history. When the tourist guide told me about this, my jaw dropped and I felt sad about the brutality. Even though it is history, I wonder how cruel a human can be.
It reminds me of a video I watched last year; a video of a pregnant monkey which was attacked by a leopard and suddenly the baby came out from the mother.

Back to my travel adventure, I would like to share with you some pictures as usual.
So, that is River Kwai. I did not across the bridge :-)
It was very hot and the local durian ice cream was very good!
Stay tune for more adventure. Me with some real TIGERS. Rawrrrrrr!!!


  1. What are they doing to the leopard? Photographing? Poor thing. :(

  2. So near and yet so far? Oh dear you are just a few feet away to step on the "Bridge Over River Kwai" and you were distracted and held back by the durian ice cream? Or just dont feel nice after what the tourist guide said about the 300,000 lives lost over the bridge..?

  3. Omg.. why is the leopard looked as if it is going to be cut up and cooked? >.<;

    Looks like an interesting place...
    what was the guy buying? Looks like he is negotiating on something haha!

  4. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله و بركاته
    Jom Terjah entry terbaru ??
    tip tip cuci enjin kereta
    diy servis brake kereta

    Maaf dah lama aku tak ziarah blog ko lahhh... Maaf lah yerrrr...

    uihhhh anak harimau cheetah tu jinak yerrrr..

    kawasan sejarah River kwai bridge terletak kat Kanchanaburi kan... ingat-ingat lupa lahhh. Kanchanaburi juga terkenal dengan barangan permata dan harganya memang murah kat sana.

  5. alamak,

    ok next entry plssss

  6. Yeah even the leopard is better than cruel humans!! When I went Phnom Penh in Cambodia I visited the genocide museum and was deeply affected by the cruelty of the Pol Pot regime. It was my first time being so emotionally affected during my travels that I felt depressed after visiting it!

  7. I did not visit this famous bridge when I went Bangkok. So why you did not cross the bridge?

  8. You with some real TIGERS or THAI GIRLS? Hehe

  9. i ESPECIALLY like the first picture. =)

  10. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله و بركاته

    ~~~~~~~~~جزاك اللهُ خيراً~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Jom Terjah entry terbaru ??
    tip rendahkan lowered kereta
    Ku mengharapkan Ramadhan
    Kali ini penuh makna
    Agar dapat kulalui
    Dengan sempurna

    Selangkah demi selangkah
    Setahun sudah pun berlalu
    Masa yang pantas berlalu
    Hingga tak terasa ku berada
    Di bulan Ramadhan semula

    Ku mengharapkan Ramadhan
    Kali ini penuh makna
    Agar dapat kulalui
    Dengan sempurna

    Puasa satu amalan
    Sebagaimana yang diperintahNya
    Moga dapat ku lenturkan
    Nafsu yang selalu membelenggu diri
    Tiada henti-henti

    Ku mengharapkan Ramadhan
    Kali ini penuh makna
    Agar dapat kulalui
    Dengan sempurna

  11. tekkaus,

    yeah. if you realize in thailand they use animals as tourist attraction. same goes with africa. maybe because in other country it's not allowed or less wild animal compared to them.

    no idea.

  12. bananaz,

    it was freaking hot and i was sweating like hell haha.

    not a good excuse eh?

    furthermore i didn't see good reason to across the bridge. lol.

  13. ladyviral,

    yeah poor thing even though i was about to snap some pictures too lol.

    just some shirts and durian ice cream. nothing much to buy there but things there were much cheaper compared to floating market.

    so don't buy shirt at floating market yea :)

  14. afzainizam,

    patut la nampak banyak permata around that area. tapi tak beli le pula.

    situ pun ada war museum. tak masuk pun. agak letih sebab cuaca pun tersangat panas.

  15. cw,

    cis, komen tu je.


    i memang suka jalan-jalan macam ni. setengah orang kalau ke bangkok suka shopping je.

    entah rasa macam rugi pula tak jalan-jalan macam ni kan :)

  16. foong,

    i felt the same thing when the tourist guide mentioned about the history.

    human was/is so cruel!

  17. foong,

    it was very hot and i did not have any good reason to across the bridge lol.

  18. nani,

    you mean me on the train? hehe. thanks. it is haunted you know :P

  19. afzainizam,

    selamat berpuasa bro!


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