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So here is my short video on Bangkok. Just giving you my tips on how to get to Bangkok from the airport. Hope you’ll find it helpful!
Quick note: You can also take the train from the airport to Bangkok. The fare is really cheap but I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t know your way around Bangkok especially when you have luggage with you. Traffic in Bangkok is crazy so best if you take the taxi to your hotel. Just saying.
I didn’t realise that there was another bridge over River Kwai still in existence. The information was only just given to me by our tour guide when we all had got back onto the tour bus.
I thought, “What a pleasant surprise!” and FYI, this River Kwai Bridge however, was much older and is still in use today!
We were also told that we would be driven to a train station and wait for the train to arrive. This train would take us all the way over the Bridge over River Kwai.Wow!! Great experience I’d say
The journey to the train station took about 30-40 mins but the weather was becoming unbearable. It was too hot and dry for my liking and the air conditioning in the bus wasn’t sufficient to cool any of us. It was bad!
Anyhow, we got to the Thakilen train station and waited for the train. Thailand trains are never on schedule so we had no choice but to wait in the heat of the dry sun! Bad experience but I was pretty sure that it was all soon going to be worth it!
I took some pictures whilst we were waiting for the train to arrive. These photos were taken within the vicinity of the train station…
The train station:
The Old Train Wooden Planks..
A Village House In Thakilen
I was instantly relieved when heared the sound of the train. I was beginning to think that it would never come :-)
Here is the video of the train arriving at Thakilen train station...A God send!!! :)
The train journey experience was amazing as the train was quite antique in my mind. It was old and rickity but despite all that, it was great fun.
During the journey, we passed next to an old hospital that was specially made in a cave. All those injured during the war was treated here. I took a video of the cave and I hope that you can see it in the video. Otherwise, try and replay it again till you finally see it
The train crossed the old Bridge of River Kwai.I could not snap any photos or videos this time as everyone on the train was snapping away so due to ‘safety reasons’ I had decided to sit and enjoyed the view. Hope I didn’t let you down
The trip from the war cemetary didn’t take that long to get to River Kwai and we got there just in time for lunch. I remember the day real well. It was a hot and dry afternoon and all I wanted for the day was to drink shed loads of super icy cold water. The heat was too overwhelming…
I have always wanted to come see the bridge over River Kwai so I had no choice but to subconsciously ‘delete’ the thought of being burned under the tropical sun for a little while.
There’s a small River Kwai train station which is not too far to the infamous bridge. The rail tracks are still in use but the tourists and locals use it and walk over it. I mean, what if there was an oncoming train!! That’d be dangerous!
(I believe the exclusive Eastern & Oriental Express train passes through here also..)
and here is the River Kwai Bridge train station sign…
I immediately got weak in the knees when I found out that you could actually walk on the bridge over the River Kwai. There wasn’t a foot path per se, but you walk through the centre of the rail tracks leading to the other end of the bridge
I thought that was crazy. It was definitely a health and safety hazard. The train still passes through this route. I mean what if the train comes, what would I do? Walk to the precipice of the bridge and witness the sheer drop to River Kwai? Oh No No….
Look at this…
It may look harmless in this picture but I tell ya, I was a bit petrified!
Ok despite the fear I actually did walk over the bridge. It would be a great shame otherwise Yes, I know I moan a lot
and here’s the view of River Kwai from the bridge…
and here is the floating ‘homes’ or ‘restaurant’ (Not sure)
I walked to the middle of the bridge when it finally dawned on me that this was a bit too much. I started feeling quesy so I walked back to safety….and no I didn’t walk to the other end of the bridge. Hell no
FYI, the bridge was originally built in wood but as time passed, the Thai government replaced it with steel structure. Nonetheless, it is still a beautiful bridge.
We ended our Ayutthaya day trip with a ride on a big boat back to Bangkok. We had our lunch on the boat and as the journey took a couple of hours, I had decided to laze underneath the sun by the front of the boat and capture this video… It was the best way to spend quality time in Thailand
Ayutthaya was an amazing experience. It was different and unique. I had never been to an old city ruins before so this was indeed a fabulous visit.
I did the wander about of the whole place and went inside one of the old buildings. I didnt spend too much time in it though because it stank like mad. I was probably in there for less than 5 seconds. It was too acrid. A bit overpowering to be honest (Its in that little small entry that you see on the first pic below)
Here are some of the pictures that I took during my walk…
and here is moi with the old city ruins in the background
You can hear a bit of the Ayutthaya history from our tour guide in the video below. I didn’t record it all but hopely it will give you a brief idea…
We continued our tour towards the palace residences which were open for tourists to venture into. I didn’t think that we were allowed to snap any photos so yeah – no matter how tempting it was to break that law, I didn’t think I had the guts. The last thing you wanted to get into trouble is with the palace police.
Anyhow, the visit was really nice. I had the chance to see how the kings of Thailand lived centuries ago. So yeah, it was a bit of an eye-opener.
Here is the video that I took by the lake in the Summer Palace. Enjoy..