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Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The Bridge on the River Kwai

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The Bridge on the River Kwai has become notoriously famous and has attracted both Thais and foreigners to this site.

The bridge spans across River Khwai Yai. While the Japanese were occupying Thailand during the Second World War, the Japanese Imperial Army brought the iron bridge from Java. It was then assembled by Allied Prisoners of War, mainly British and Australians, under Japanese supervision. The bridge was part of a strategic railway route to Burma in which the Japanese aimed to secure supplies with which to conquer other western Asian countries. It was 415 kilometers long (about 300 kilometers in Thailand and about 110 kilometers in Burma) and passed through the Three Pagoda Pass in Sangkhlaburi District, the northern most part of Kanchanaburi province.

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The construction of the bridge began in mid September, 1942 at Nong Pladuk, and was completed on 25 December 1943. It is estimated that over 16,000 POWs and 90,000 labourers from Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia died during the construction mainly through cruel treatment from the Japanese.

The bridge was rebuilt after the war and is still used today with the curved portions of the bridge being from the original construction. A spectacular attraction takes part every November and consists of a light and sound event at the bridge to commemorate the Allied attack in 1945.

Well worth a visit at any time of the year. Stay the night, or just a day trip from Bangkok.

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Ayutthaya Thailand

A Tranquil Day Out of the City

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Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Bangkok and is the old capital of Thailand. The city became Thailand's capital in the mid-14th century and remained the capital until the late 18th century when the Burmese attacked and sacked Ayutthaya.

The Ayutthaya period is looked on by many as the time when much of what is now thought of as "Thai style" was developed. In temples, this is when you see a marked transition from the Khmer style "prangs" to the bell shaped "chedi." While Sukothai further north is seen as the birth of the Thai kingdom, Ayutthaya is seen today as its high point. Around Ayutthaya are signs of the Japanese, French, Dutch and Portuguese traders that came to the Thai court.

Ayutthaya is a relatively low-key site. You can spend a leisurely day here, or a quick stop, all with relatively low pressure compared to many other tourist sites.

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The old city itself was founded in 1351 on an island about 4 km wide, formed by the Chaophraya, Lopburi and Pasak Rivers. A wall once surrounded the island, though only a few parts can still be seen today. King Ramathibodi I, is known as the founder of Ayutthaya.

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The city grew rich on the produce of the land, as well as by exploiting expanding trade routes between India and China. The empire grew to control most of what is now Thailand, and by the time the first Europeans arrived in the middle of the 17th century, Ayutthaya was a city of more than a million people, twice as big as London at the time. The city sat at the center of a network of nearly 140 km of canals. This Golden Age of Siam came to an end when the Burmese sacked the city, setting fire to the temples, stealing all the gold and destroying important buildings such as the kings palace, in 1767.

What remains today are a few ruins which are a delight to venture round for a full day or two. The main sights are concentrated in the northwest corner of the island, while the modern town hugs the east coast. There are also numerous other attractions spread around the opposite side of the rivers.

Ayutthaya is a great destination for those who want to get out of the city and explore Thai history and culture, but are short on time for grand places like Loei.

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Lunch on the Chao Phaya River

At the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers

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Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers

Bangkok is one of Asia's most distinctive and captivating destinations; a vibrant cosmopolitan city that offers business and leisure travellers a stimulating and enriching experience.

Thai Satay with fresh peanut sauce

Thai Satay with fresh peanut sauce

Thai Satay with fresh Peanut Sauce

Satay, or originated in Indonesia, but can now be found throughout South Asia, and especially Thailand. Satay is also well known in most Thai restaurants in Europe and America and so will have a variation of this classic starter.

Satay is succulent and a simple dish, yet highly versatile, making it a great starter or can even be served as a main barbeque menu item. It is fun to prepare and eat, tasty and highly portable. For these reasons, its wide-spread popularity is well deserved!

Thai Satay is usually made with chicken of pork, but can be found with beef or lamb. The traditional accompaniment to satay is a sweet and spicy peanut dipping sauce. Traditionally this sauce is a complex blend of dried and fresh spices combined with freshly roasted and ground peanuts cooked in coconut milk. This sauce is then seasoned with fish sauce, shrimp paste, palm sugar and tamarind.

At the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers we were served pork and chicken satay with a selection of juicy dips, and a side serving of spicy mango salad. Yummy!!

The luxury riverside hotel in Bangkok is located beside the mighty Chao Phraya River. The award-winning Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is renowned for its refined luxury 5 star Bangkok hotel and exceptional service, ensuring an unforgettable stay for all guests.

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Khao Soy History

Northern Thailand’s popular noodle-based curry dish Khao Soy, was until fairly recently considered as street food. However, these days it is a must have dish for many Thai and foreign visitors alike. Throughout the northern provinces of Thailand it is usually served at lunch time. But due to its fantastic taste, beautiful presentation, and the use of nutritious ingredients, Khao Soy has been elevated to its rightful place as the signature dish of northern Thai cuisine, and hence can be found on dinner tables throughout the day.

Khao Soy can now also be found on most luxury hotel menus, as we experienced at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers.

Tremendous food on offer, makes a fantastic leisurely lunch.

Come on down and enjoy!

Many thanks to Yuan our driver from Thailand International Tours that day, who was very patient and very hospitable.

http://www.thailandinternationaltours.com/

2 Charoen Krung Soi 30, Siphya, Bangrak • Bangkok 10500 Thailand

www.royalorchidsheraton.com/

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