The drive to Kanchanaburi was the longest of them all but we stopped along the way for a quick lunch on the side of the highway and to stretch our legs. When we arrived we were greeted by a beautiful hotel and some hot temperatures. We were never far from heat on our trip but we definitely noticed a difference between the North of Thailand to the rest of our stops. It was good to be back in the heat for our last week of travels since I knew what was waiting for us back in Canada. We stayed at The Glory River Kwai Hotel on the River Kwai for two nights. Our rooms were perfect and had private balconies that looked over the pool and river. Since we arrived later in the day we just relaxed, swam and had dinner at the hotel that night.
Our next day we headed out to the bridge on River Kwai, which is part of the death railway. This railway was built during World War II by prisoners of war. It runs for 415 kilometers between Thailand and Burma. The historical significance of this bridge is important to many and brings people traveling all over Thailand to view it. More than a quarter of a million people died building it due to horrific conditions, from maltreatment, disease, sickness and starvation. The bridge was bombed and destroyed during World War II, however, has since been rebuilt for people to come and see it. The entire experience was eye opening, as I had never learned about this railroad when I learned about World War II.
Our two night stay in Kanchanaburi was interesting and taught us some history. However, when we visited the bridge there were lots of tourists everywhere and it felt a little underwhelming. It is an important part of history, however, I might suggest to anyone who wants to visit it to just make it a day trip from Bangkok.
Sadly that was the end of our adventure with my sister and Phil. It's funny that you can get so used to not living in the same place as someone (my sister for example) for so long but when you spend almost 3 weeks straight together you realize how much you miss them. Of course I always miss her and Phil but it has been so long since she's lived in Canada. This was our first Christmas in quite a few years now celebrating together, with my parents too, and it was so nice. I can't thank her and Phil enough for showing us around and being patient with us tourists while we were in Thailand. We can't wait to see them again. Stay tuned for when Dave, my parents and I take over Bangkok, or try to!