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Road to Kanchanaburi is heavy urban then light urban. I expected more rural. Some sugar and corn but all among houses and business. Tapioca is also grown for ethanol. All petrol must have ethanol. KA now big provincial city, catering mostly for tourism. People come to see River Kwaie and river activities.
Arrive 0915 Kanchanaburi
0930 Donrak War Cemetery ...
... camp about 20 minutes later and climbed on top of an old girl I nicknamed 'Baobab.' Edd spent most of the first 10 minutes wanting to climb off, but then got used to it and settled in. We were taken down to the river where the elephants got in to about the tops of their tummies and they played around a bit. It was so hot, I was glad she had a chance to cool off. We were then taken to an open field where the 'driver' climbed off and Edd was asked if ...
... a ripple on the river, which makes all this possible.
We have enjoyed the Brahman cows meandering past our campsite on the bank of the Kwai, with their shepherd controlling them on a motor bike, his wife bringing up the rear with a big stick. It was a funny sight.
It was great to be able to Skype my parents this evening as it was their 65th wedding anniversary. Congratulations Mum and Dad. Stay happy in love.
Early in the morning I took a walk through the Resotel grounds and the Mon village to Lawa cave. I didn't go in because there wasn't time. But I enjoyed the walk up there.
Came back down and met up with Rhiannon to go have our breakfast buffet, then back to the room to meet up ...
... a steel frame with plastic containers underneath for buoyancy. They had done their best to disguise it with a bamboo deck, seats and straw roof but there was no fooling Milnes. We got towed 500m upstream then, floated back to where we started. Pretty naff! The plus point was a quick chat with the Swedish father and daughter.
We moved on. This time to Kea Sae cave that was used by the Japanese during WW2. We didn't understand exactly what for, other than perhaps as a ...