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Death Railway’s End and the H.I.V Staircase

The official name for the Death Railway was the Thailand-Burma Railway when it was being constructed. It was going to be used to move supplies from Japanese-occupied Thailand to Myanmar, one of the many British territories conquered by Japan in WW2. I wasn’t certain if the rail was ever completed, though I did find it…

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The Death Railway: Just Along for the Ride

It was a legendary railroad, but a late start leaving everyone else behind in Kanchanaburi. The Thailand-Burma Railway, more commonly called the Death Railway because of the harsh conditions and prisoner/slave labor used to construct it, was a train track built to move Japanese troops and supplies from Bangkok to Yangon during their occupation of…

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Kamphaeng Phet and the Aranyik Forest Temples

Fresh from the dry plains of Old Sukhothai, the riverside town of Kamphaeng Phet made for a picturesque and pleasant change. Still, the reason I was here was the same. Like other neighboring towns such as Si Satchalanai and Phisanulok, Kamphaeng Phet also has a number of Sukhothai-era ruins, however it is much less visited…

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Sukhothai: Dawn of Happiness, Dawn of Thailand

Local legends tell of a Golden Age that once existed in the histories of Thailand. After throwing off the shackles of the Khmer Empire, one Thai kingdom stood strong, independent, and united. Its name was Sukhothai, the “Dawn of Happiness” and it is credited as being the beginning of true Thai history. Of course, like…

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Chansen Ancient City: Inland Island of the Dvaravati

View Larger Map The fields were burning as I stepped off the 30 cent train. In front of me was a small Chinese temple and an even smaller clock tower. The train pulled away northward into the smoky flatlands, leaving me in this town so small there was not even a room to rent. It…

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Lopburi: A Town Travel Guide

    Lopburi is a much bigger town than most foreigners will ever see or realize, since most of the sights worth seeing are within the bounds of the Old City. This is fine with me, and with most visitors, who would likely rather avoid the multi-lane, highway commercial strips and just relax in Lopburi’s…