Bridge over River Kwai & Ayuttya
Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
84Trip End Nov 2008
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We made an emotional stop at the POW cemetary where we read many of the testimonials on the gravestones.
Before lunch we spent a few hours at the Bridge over the river Kwai (or Kwae in Thai). Made so famous by the film by the same name, it did not disappoint. Amazing feelings as we crossed it by foot. The railway is still in use buy does not go all the way to Laos anymore.
The following day we called to Hellfire pass. This was so much better than the visit to the Jearth Museum
3 Hours later we arrived to the temple town of Ayuttya which has more than 400 temples. We met our wonderful guide (who looked like Mr Miagi from Karate Kid!) who taught us about Buddism. Depending on the day you were born you have a different lucky colour and Buddha position (Saluds is Orange & Meditation, I'm Yellow and Protection). We grabbed our bikes and followed him around the various temples including one where a buddha head had been lifted off the ground by the branches of a Banyan Tree!
We grabbed a songthaew to the river where we boarded a traditional boat and had a dinner cruise and saw more catfish.
Tired we boarded our overnight train to Chiang Mai.