journal indo-china 2008
Indo-China 2008 Travel Journal
Kanchanaburi to Bangkok
Oct 24, 2008 Fri
It's a little museum with an access to the bank of Kwai River
|10:57||jeath war museum|
|11:17||tear of statue|
|11:20|| memorial bike |
Cost 600b, kind of expensive. It's 1.5 hour and go to 3 places (Khao Poon Cave, Cemetry and the River Kwai Bridge). It's cheaper if you rent your own motorbike and do it yourself.
|11:44||khoa poon cave|
|11:48||offering in khoa poon cave|
|11:49||buddha and zebras|
|11:49||sleeph buddha and sleeping nun|
|11:51||little hermit statue|
|12:15||floating party house on river kwai|
|12:22||war memorial cemetry|
|12:59||floating party house|
|13:03||kwai floating house|
|13:04||chinese temple along river kwai|
|13:09||kwai river bridge|
|13:11|| birdge over river kwai |
Like a classic B-movie, it is so bad that it is good.
You see all kinds of curiosities from World War II relics (which you expect) to Miss Thailand wardrobes (which is completely baffling).
|13:21||world war ii museum|
|13:23|| thai hero |
on May 11th, 1987
They were a Chinese family. That explains the curious chaos of the museum.
|13:33||gallery of thai kings|
|14:00||king cheung memorial|
|14:16||roof top view of river kwai|
|14:21||human evolution gallery|
|14:24||figures of pow|
|14:24|| pow railway builders |
not torture equipment
|14:32||bombing of river kwai|
|14:34||bloodbath of river kwai|
|14:38||japanese imperial army jeep|
|15:01||fish eat ants|
|15:10||adolf hitler wax statue|
|15:10||general moyuki yamasmita|
|15:11||royal command of his imperial majesty|
What is the relation between Miss Thailand and minerals? I don't know. But I'm sure Miss Thailand is more related to the topic of minerals than World War II.
It is the only proper museum in Kanachaburi. It's fair and balanced. It explains the view from both sides. Not only has it described the inhuman treatment of the Allie POWs, it also explained from the point of view of the Japanese.
The POWS in Singapore were moved to the Thailand jungle and were told the condition there would be better. At the very beginning, it was promised as advertised. The POWS were allowed to move freely and they were able to trade freely with the natives. The trains that shipped them there were a bit packed but otherwise everything was fine? until the Japanese guards arrive and rounded them up.
You see, most countries don't put their brightest soldiers into guarding POW camps. So the soldiers guarding Kanachaburi were from the bottom of the barrel. There were hierarchies among the soldiers. The one on top always treated the one on bottom cruelly. And the bottom ranks (i.e. the Korean auxiliary) had to took their frustration on the POWs. That's how the cruelty happened on the first place.
The POWS were divided into different camps and not all the camps were as bad as the other. The survival rate of a camp depends on effectiveness of leadership, water supply, location and type of works.
At the beginning, workload at normal rate, at dry season, not too bad, a couple people died but most survived.
Even during the speedo period, death rate increased a bit but still OK, most POWS survived. But when the wet season came, shit happened....
At the beginning, the treatment of the POWS was not particularly brutal (only individual case). But later on, when pressure mounted on the Japanese officers, brutality multiplied.
Some POWS were killed by the Allied bombs because the Japanese army wouldn't identity where they put the POWS camps.
|16:56||thailand burma railway center|
|16:57||death railway museum|
Mini bus from Kanchanaburi to Bangkok Khao San rd.
Every hour from 7:30am to 7:30pm
inside the India Imporium complex (with a big MK restaurant sign)
the staff doesn't speak any English but the menu has enough English and picture
In Bangkok, cost 1500B when booked from the Internet (breakfast not included).