War Crimes

Trip Start Oct 02, 2005
Trip End Sep 28, 2006

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

I was planning to fly to Hanoi a day or two later, but then found out that I need a visa for Vietnam. I can get one here in Bangkok, but it takes at least two days (if I pay an extra fee) and Monday's a public holiday here, so make that three.

Ok, so now I've got 3 days to kill, what to do, what to do..... I think I'll go play with wild tigers! :D

I booked a trip up to a place called Kanchanaburi where there's a Buddhist Monk that has taken in sick tigers from the wild and nursed them back to health. Hey, he's a Buddhist monk, he can do whatever he wants! Only when looking into the the trip do I realise that it also includes a visit to the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai. For those of you that don't know what this is: shame on you!

When the Japanese invaded the rest of Asia during the Second World War, they decided to build a railway from Burma to Thailand to supply their army. When I say they decided to build it, I mean they decided to force thousands of Allied Prisoners of War and civilians from the occupied countries to build it for them.

Of course being the Japanese Army, they systemically tourtured, murdered and executed along the way. In total the railway cost the lives of over one hundred thousand men.

We stopped at the bridge, which is now a major tourist attraction, and it looks like nothing at all, just another bridge. We also visited a place called "Hellfire Pass", where the prisoners of war worked 18-hour shifts to blast a passage through the mountains, and the flickering torches created there looked like the fires of hell.

At hellfire there's a museum which shows some of the horrific things the prisoners had to endure. Most died from exhustion/starvation, alot from malaria, and many from simply being beaten to death. For more on Japanese attrocities visit these sites: But beware!! the images on these sites are abhorent, so those of you with sensitive eyes (and stomaches) don't bother looking. I'm putting these links in because so few people know about the Rape of Nanking, and stories like this must be told.



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