Bridge on he River Kwai, Noi's cooking
The last couple of day shave been quite busy. We stayed 2 nights in Kanchanaburi, which is where the famous Bridge on the River Kwai (as in Alec Guiness) is. We arrived in town by train from Hellfire Pass and crossed the bridge to the station. From there we were taken by rickshaw to Apple & Noi's retreat. The first night we had time to get a drink after dinner. The next day some people went to a local waterfall and a few of us stayed to do a traditional Thai Cooking class run by Noi. to se
Noi took us down to the market and explained what all the different herbs and vegetables were, how they were used in Y=Thai cooking and how to know when to use them (i.e young or mature).
We went back to the guest house and Noi made the first dish and then we made our own version of that dish. We made a three course kunch - chicken stir fry, Tom Yum and Thai green curry. The dishes all turned out very well and although we all mnade them from the same receipe, they were all slightly different.
After lunch we went to the Death Railway Museum to look at the exhibitions on the railway and then the cemetery across the road. It was all quite stark. Another chapter in history we shouldn't forget.
From there we went to the railway bridge and walked across the river, taking photos. While I was crossing the bridge another train came through and I had to stand on one of the pedestrian platforms on the side of the bridge while the train went through. It was quite an experience being that close to a train on any bridge, yet alone that one.
That evening we attended a li9ght and sound show depicting the basic story of the war and tghe building and subsequent bombing of the bridge. It was quitre spectacular with great fireworks.