We leave Bangkok with the visit of the floating market of Nun Dam Sah Duak, located 100 km south-east of the city, in Ratchaburi province. The market consists of small boats, full of colorful fruits and vegetables, rowed by women wearing bamboo hats to shelter from the hot Thai sun. Imagine the crowd of this market, full of vendors and tourists who cannot help being fascinated by this tradition unknown to the European world.
Now it’s time to move on and go back on board our vehicles towards Kanchanaburi. Leaving the city, we lose sight of the vehicle of Stack, who probably hasn’t seen us turning. Filippo founded him easily thanks to visirun tablet, so we advise him to stand still and wait for us to go back to recuperate him.
Once in Kanchanaburi, we reach the bridge on the Kwai River: famous for the novel and the film of the ’50s (remember it?), it remains today a witness to a tragic past. During World War II, Thailand was occupied by the Japanese, who to guarantee supplies to their soldiers in the Kanchanaburi area, opted for the construction of a railroad, now called “Death Railway”. To complete the work in one year (instead of the 5-year period), over 100,000 international war prisoners and local workers were killed: inhumane working conditions, exhausting working shifts of 18 consecutive hours, equipment and food supply insufficient, not counting mistreatments by superiors.
The mood is not the best, we end this long day of visits to memorials and interviews with witnesses of what happened. We continue the way to the accommodation of tonight, a little corner of paradise on the outskirts of the Sai Yok National Park, which in 1980 became the eleventh national park of Thailand.
Tomorrow we leave for a new destination!