Tuesday, February 24, 2009

River Kwai

My dad was here for his final days in SE Asia last week and luckily enough so was my cousin Margaret. It was during my 'weekend' so we took a day trip to Kanchanaburi which is due west of here just about in Burma. This is where they built the bridge on the river Kwai of movie fame. They had a bridge there(obviously) but it wasn't the original. Still it was pretty neat to walk across. It's starting to get really hot and humid here and the noon-day sun this day was particularly bad. After the bridge, we checked out a couple museums. One was about the history of the railroad and all the suffering that went into it, and another was about the history of the Thai military. They were pretty interesting but I enjoyed the view from the rooftop the best. We didn't stay super long because we weren't feeling well and other points of interest were outside the city limits quite a ways. We also wanted to rush back and see a Muay Thai fight since it was Tuesday night, but teh bus ended up making several more stops than anticipated and by the time we were back in Bangkok, we were already late. We decided to skip and just go to the night bazaar instead. Still pretty righteous. Then I took them up to a restaurant/bar on the top of one of the tallest buildings in the city, which is only about a 10 minute walk from the apartment. It's about 60 floors up and completely open air. You could see the whole city which was a treat because sometimes the smogginess reduces visibility.

It's been a good week.


1 comment:

yatpay said...

Wow, the open air skyscraper sounds neat. Got pics?