03.11.2008 - 08.11.2008 30 °C
apparently its been ages since our last update (according to my dad apparently hes getting withdrawl symptoms! haha) Well we headed out to Kanchanaburi on monday on the train and stayed a couple of nights on a floating raft house which was interesting to say the least! it was easily the worst place we have stayed so far but for 1.50 a night it was good on the old budget!! it was really dark and dingy and the toilet and shower just ran straight in to the river which i wasn't too impressed about...but thats the reality i suppose! We got up in good time for a change and went over to the death railway museum to brush up on our history before we saw the bridge etc...that was really good and informative! we then headed accross the street straight in to the POW cemetary for british, dutch and australian POW's who died building the railway (mostly all from lack of food and basic medical care!)...we spent some time walking around and seeing that most of the guys were about my age was pretty humbling! so then we embarked on a walk to the bridge which did NOT seem that far in the book but in 30 degree heat what turned out to be about 1k was tough!! we got to the bridge though and if we hadn't been to the museum i suppose it would just have been a bridge but its massive!! and to say they had to do it in a 5th of the time they estimated it would take was very impressive! then to cool off we hired a long tail boat down the river Kwai which was a bit more light hearted than the rest of the day!!
We have been back in bangkok for the past couple of days staying on Khao san rd the major backpacker area waiting for our train up north to chiang mai tonight...arriving at 9am tomorrow!!
hope you're all well!!! Lots of love Rob and Jojo xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx