Thailand Trip Part 7: Kanchanaburi - Episode 81

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Our trip to Kanchanaburi was amazing. Kanchanaburi is a quiet little riverside town with lots to do. There are many wonderful resorts and hotels all along the river. We stayed at the Felix River Resort, it was nice and the staff were friendly. On the first day we visited the famous Death Railway, made famous by the old movie, Bridge Over the River Kwai, which was based off of a novel by the same name.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labor brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma. Two labor forces, one based in Siam and the other in Burma, worked from opposite ends of the line towards the center." - (Source) Reading Room Manchester. "CWGC - Cemetery Details".

On day two of our trip we visited the Maung Sing Historical Park, which is the site of two ancient Khmer temples that are over 800 years old. Although now part of Thailand, this area was once part of the Khmer Kingdom. But there is evidence that this area has been populated long before Thai or Khmer populations inhabited the area. There are a number of unearthed prehistoric skeletons, pottery, and jewelry. It is indeed a magical place to visit.

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