Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thailand:: Kanchanaburi: Death Railway Train Ride

After visiting Bridge Over The River Kwai, we took a train ride from Kilen to Namtok station on the death railway. The ordinary ticket was already inclusive in the package. I should have topped up THB 150 to upgrade to second class carriage because it really smelt bad in the ordinary carriage. The locals use it to transport livestock? Luckily, I had my mask on. The silver lining was I was close to the locals. Riding on the same carriage, the schoolchildren greeted the foreign tourists with warm "Hellooo" when we got on the train.

Death Railway Train Ride @ Song About Jen

The view was incredible breathtaking. It's so tranquil and peaceful.

Death Railway Train Ride @ Song About Jen

Another panoramic view with meandering streams and greenery. Does it make you to hate the elevated highways and traffic jam in the concrete jungle even more?

Death Railway Train Ride @ Song About Jen

Woah, look at the mountain. It should be the Thailand frontier and Burma frontier at another side.

Death Railway Train Ride @ Song About Jen

There are quite a lot of resorts built along the river to cater for the tourist's need to stay overnight at this serene place. Some of the resorts could be seen floating on the river.

Death Railway Train Ride @ Song About Jen

Tourists dropped off at one of the train stations. They might be headed to the waterfall or national park in Kanchanaburi next.

Death Railway Train Ride @ Song About Jen

Also bid goodbye to a bunch of cordial kids.

Death Railway Train Ride @ Song About Jen

We arrived at Namtok station which is the terminus of death railway. The Thai government did not rebuild the dismantled rail link. So the only way to cross the Thailand-Burma border from Kanchanaburi is by land. After having a hell of fun ride, we then had lunch at River Kwai Village Hotel. The tour ended with a boat ride along Kwai Noi river. Not much hype except without the life jacket on.

Death Railway Train Ride @ Song About Jen

Last but not least, a view along the boat ride.

Death Railway Train Ride @ Song About Jen

We then merged with other tourists who stayed overnight at the hotel to go back to Bangkok. There was actually a family who wanted to take the train from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur. OMG, I can't imagine how many hours it's gonna take them. That's it for Kanchanaburi trip.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Yee Jen~ very nice photos ! You must hv enjoyed yr trip.

Also, happy birthday ! (know it from facebook, of coz, yr blog url as well =))

lih heng

9/13/2009 04:08:00 PM  
Blogger YeeJen said...

Thanks lih heng. long time no see. your Japan trip sounds nice too :D

9/13/2009 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger late seeker said...

Haha. That was last year trip and I did enjoy it.

I linked yr blog without permission, dun mind ya...

9/15/2009 11:25:00 PM  
Blogger YeeJen said...

Sure, no problem. Thanks for the linking.

9/27/2009 01:26:00 AM  
Blogger yinjie said...

nice photos...using prosumer camera? dslr? or just compact camera?

10/21/2009 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger YeeJen said...

still using compact camera Sony T200. i wish to have a semi-pro though.

10/21/2009 08:19:00 PM  

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