wampo-viaduct-bridge

Normally for a bridge theme, I would have posted about the bridge I have the most intimate history with, the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.  However, I already posted my favorite picture I’ve ever taken of that in a previous Photo Challenge.  So I figured, I put up something a little more offbeat.

Who says a bridge needs to cross a body of water? While the Death Railway in western Thailand is famous for it ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai” I have never found it that intriguing.  Not regarding its history, but I mean this in the sense that it’s not a visually impressive bridge or built over a particularly harsh section of river way.

More interesting, I think is this locale on the railroad: the Wampo Viaduct.  A raised wooden trestleway that straddles a cliff carved out of the riverbend.  It passes the secluded Krasae Cave Buddha.  20 meters beneath float resort and chains of bamboo rafts barely at surface level.  At one end of the Viaduct are a dead end road and an oddly placed Christian English camp.  At the other end is a makeshift souvenir village on the outskirts of the village of Saiyok.

This remains one of my favorite spots in Thailand for no particular reason other than how I first stumbled upon it by complete accident, rather than the masses of tourist buses that come from the other side.  I’ve been here every time I’ve been in the area now, in one form or another.

My most recent trip was to track down an elusive, regal mountaintop temple.  Saiyok was a nice middle point and the Viaduct proved clear and ripe for another visit.