Driving to Kanchanaburi & River Kwai

Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
Trip End Mar 09, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Kanchanaburi,
Friday, February 1, 2013

Leaving the traffic jams behind, we headed northwest from Bangkok into the countryside. Our first stop was at a salt paddy area where salt water is left for 3-6 months, then gathered and processed or used to make fish sauce.

Coconuts also grow near the sea and we stopped to see how coconut sugar is made. Juice is tapped using bamboo splits; boiling produces the sugar.

Our next discovery was the Train Market where merchants use the tracks to display and sell produce, fish and meats, sweets. As the train approaches, they roll up awnings and move out of the way. We walked through the market, buying some candy and fruit.

The floating market at Damnern Saduak, located along an important man-made canal, was originally the place where farmers came to sell their produce and crops. Now primarily a tourist spot, it gave us a flavor of what life was like along the canals.

After lunch at "cabbages and condums" - a story in itself - we traveled to the Kanachanaburi War Cemetery and the Bridge on the River Kwai. After walking the bridge and stopping in a village for wine and beer, we headed into the mountains to the Hin Tock River Camp for drinks by the river, a barbecue dinner, and sleep in our air-conditioned canvas tent.
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Mindy on

Great pics! Love the Train Market!

Sue Wellnitz on

Love the air conditioned tent !!

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