After exploring Thailand’s old town of Sukhothai, our next stop was Kanchanaburi (pronounced can-chan-are-boorie), a town known for it’s history during WWII.
An emotive museum details the horrific conditions the POW labourers suffered, while being forced to work incredibly hard to build the Burma-Thailand railway. Visitors can also take a walk outside to where the rock was cut through 18m deep, and see the original rail bed.
We took a peaceful train ride alongside the River Kwai, and walked to the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai, also known as the Death Railway Bridge. The bridge is now steel, replacing the original wooden construct.
We also visited the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, to quietly reflect on all the pain and sadness that happened in this picturesque part of Thailand.
I’ve done a lot of travel through Asia and I always find the sites around war quite difficult. I don’t understand war and I certainly don’t condone people hurting others.
As uncomfortable as these parts of a tour are, I believe it’s important for visitors to know. These important moments in time have a big impact on a country and its people.
To avoid them and not take the time learn about it would be disrespectful, to those past and present.
With a free afternoon I took myself to On’s Thai Issan vegetarian and vegan restaurant, to learn about making Thai dishes at home.
I was so pumped to find a vegetarian cooking class in town, and even more excited on arrival when I found out I was the only student! It’s pretty great when you get the teacher all to yourself so you can make sure you are learning the methods correctly and get the answers to all your questions.
The lovely On taught me how to whip up a quick vegetarian Pad Thai, and a lush and creamy vegetable curry. I love that Thai food is so fast and fresh. It’s really quite a cheap cuisine to replicate at home, especially if you make everything from scratch.
Up next: I share the last stop on my Thailand adventure – a few relaxing days on the beautiful island of Ko Samui.
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