Continued from Thailand – Laos Travel: Day 7 – Part 4 – War Cemetary and Thai-Burma Research Center in Kanchanaburi. For pre-travel, please refer here.
Before this, I haven’t highlighted what was at the reception counter at Rainbow Guesthouse. So, here’s what is available.
You can use the pool table at any time, but I’m not sure if there are charges or not for the guests here.
This corner I think is suitable for having a party. But last night was quiet because maybe tourists were partying elsewhere.
You must be wondering what we’re doing here? In fact, we had just checked out and the receptionist allowed us to hang out here for a while. After all, the time is 12.23 pm now and the train schedule to Bangkok is 2.48pm. Two more hours to go.
The Rainbow management is very friendly. They allow us to relax here and can even help keep our backpacks if we want to walk anywhere while waiting for the train schedule.
When approaching 2.00 pm, we walked from Rainbow Guesthouse to Kanchanaburi Railway Station while waving towards the receptionist. I don’t know if we will come here again or not. Maybe this is the last one because there are hundreds of more countries to be visited.
While walking through the alleys, we stopped for a moment at the edge of a workshop next to the house. From the crevice of the bush, I saw there was a machine pumping water out of the well, probably intended for personal use or drained to the garden plants next to it.
Here, Aqif suddenly stepped on mud. Luckily he was wearing only sandals and there was tap water there to clean up his feet.
Ok, we have arrived at the train station.
Looks like an old train here. We did not miss the opportunity to take pictures. It should have been possible to just go inside and take a picture on the train. But due to insufficient time, it was enough to take pictures outside.
My eyes are actually observing towards a park in front (not the park behind me). When I reviewed it in Google Maps, the name of the park was “100 Years Princess Mother Park”. Surprisingly, the park is already full of bushes and unmanaged. Well, you can see it here.
There is also a small carriage here. Not sure what items were brought. Usually a cannon.
The monument of King Bhumipol is located in front of the entrance of the railway station.
Photograph the memories outside the train station before leaving for Bangkok.
Thonburi, here we come! For those of you coming from the direction of Kanchanaburi heading to Bangkok, don’t forget that the last train station is not in Hua Lamphong, but in Thonburi. I was a little confused at first. Hua Lamphong Station is only dedicated for a trip to the north of Chiangmai or Nong Khai, to the east until the Cambodian border or down to the south to until Sungai Kolok which is close to Rantau Panjang, Kelantan in Malaysia.
This is the ticket we bought when we first arrived here in Kanchanaburi. The adult price for a one-way ticket is THB100. Fortunately, there are no fares for children.
It can be said that this Tourist Center is available at every train station in Thailand. Congratulations to the Thai government for making it easier for tourists.
There was another half hour before the train arrived. So I wandered around here.
The landscape outside of this station is beautiful. Clean, organized and tidy.
We were already on the train to Thonburi. The schedule was not on time and the train arrived later than 3.00 pm.
There are some parts of the carriage whose seats are like being in an LRT train.
The condition of carriages here is considered a common sight for long-distance travel. Our seats were in the back of the man in the blue shirt.
A connecting bridge between carriages to carriages. This train is for me the oldest of all the types of trains we ride in Thailand.
We are expected to arrive in Thonburi at 5.40 pm. So too much time can be spent in the carriage. This kind of train really can’t sleep well. It’s better to walk and look around in here. At this point, the clock is 3.43 pm. Hmm, it’s still a long time to arrive in Bangkok.
In front of us is a stylish couple like a rockstar who is from another region in Thailand. She offers to lay the tired and sleepy Aqif on her lap.
Actually, I prefer to be friends with people like this. Most of them externally only look that way but their heart is very good. In contrast to those who use religion whose job is only to judge others and only know the branch of fiqh alone. Please learn the science of tariqat, tasawwuf, sifat 20, usuluddin, and know yourself and god. Only then you will know the meaning of life and God’s creation.
They got off at another train station during the middle of the trip. They got off in a bit of a hurry, probably because they were unfamiliar with the stations here.
Thailand, a non-Muslim country that bans alcohol in train carriages.
Arriving at Nong Pladuk station, I looked around because the train stopped here for a long time. I noticed a stone that read “Thai -Burma Railway Starting Station – Construction began at Nong Pladuk Station here September 16, 1942”. So this is where the initial site of the construction of the first station of the Death Railway was.
Tatie played hide and seek at the end of the carriage.
Oh, Aqif is awake, his eyes are still sleepily caused by the breeze.
Pictures that will be nostalgic for our grandchildren in the future. There will be a historical record for my descendants that reads “grandparents’ journey to Thailand in 2017”. Maybe that time has entered the year 2050 and their feelings when looking at this picture are like us looking at the picture of our parents during 1984. My age at that time was 73 years old. If we are still alive, then I’m happy to story them about our journey. I’m sure at that time there were flying cars and self-driving vehicles that were considered normal.
Map of our train journey from Kanchanaburi to Thonburi.
The atmosphere when the clock started approaching 5.35 pm and also started approaching dusk. A sign that we were getting closer to Thonburi station.
A football field when approaching Bangkok.
Video along the way from Kanchanaburi train station to Thonburi, Bangkok.
Finally, we arrived in Bangkok.
This is the dark side of Bangkok. Usually, we only see beautiful scenery.
Continue to the next blog post which is Thailand – Laos Travel: Day 7 – Part 6 – Welcome to Bangkok!