|The next morning we left Nakhon Sawan and headed for Kanchanaburi, the route was mostly flat and dual carrageway, Not very exciting, but you can really cover the miles on roads like this. Kanchanaburi is where the Bridge over the River Kwai was built, So it is a busy tourist town with plenty off historical places to visit, we arrived in Kanchanaburi and went straight upto the bridge for a look, this was in part because one of the recommended places to stay was very close by. We started to walk across the bridge and when we got to about half way a Train appeared, so we stood to one side on the platforms that have been fitted for tourists like us and watched as the train came by at just about walking speed before stopping in the middle of the bridge|
|Watch out Boy'o here comes Jones the Steam, oh if only it was a Steam Train crossing the Bridge|
|As you can see the bridge does not really lend itself to walking side by side - hence you get those that will and those that won't - move over that is. The sleepers are set a little way apart and it is a long drop if you get it wrong.
Because of it's history Kanchanaburi attracts all nationalities, the Thai's come because of their grand-parents builidng the railway as forced labour, the Americans come cos they blew it up and some of the POW's were American and the British go there cos lots of us where POW's here too, along with loads of Aussies, Kiwi's, Indians etc etc. At one of the large War Cemetry's we came across several graves where the soldiers came from The Suffolk Regiment. We also visited the small bamboo hut musuem "Jeath" with it's many pictures and paintings / sketches done by POW men at the time of their incarcaration and later. This was extremely interesting and educational, and is run by monks as a self -financing charity now. Some of the sketches of the "punishments" for not working hard enough etc are horrific. It does make you wonder how the Japanese could be considered members of the human race................
However, the fun bit !!! Tigers, tigers and more tigers (well 4 anyway). We saw, we watched, we patted and stroked - serious big fun.
|Apart from bathing with the elephants this has to be the best animal day so far. We want one................or two :-) In the area there were 3 other tigers just wandering around with no leads / chains etc etc and this fella was so laid back it was unbelievable. He did actually look alive at points - honest. For those of you who would like to see more piccies of these beautiful cats then click here for a Tiger only picture page.
These Tigers are being looked after at a Monastery and as we understand the situation they have all come to the Monastery as Cubs as a result of the mother Tiger being killed by Poachers or some other reason, They also had one Leopard at the Monastery, When you arrive you are asked to make a donation rather than pay an entrance fee. We would never have found it if we had not already been told about the 'Tiger Temple' when we went into the tourist info office there was no info about the place but we asked, and were told how to find it. If anyone is interested, take the 323 out of Kanchanaburi towards the Burmese border, drive for about 35kms, when you see the 21 km milestone the Tiger Temple is up a dirt track on your right.
|We spotted this unusual looking Moth/Butterfly outside a McDonalds, it is about the size of a small fist|
|After spending an enjoyable couple of days in Kanchanaburi we had to start heading south, After a full days riding we stopped for the night at a beech side hotel in a place called Pak Nam, It was surprisingly difficult to find a hotel, but after a local Taxi-bike rider showed us the way we able to get a bed for the night, the wind was blowing in quote hard on the East coast, so the Sea was quite rough, later that evening it rained pretty hard, as it did in the morning whilst we had our breakfast but fortuneatly it stopped before we left so we had a warm and dry ride from there to Phuket.|