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Erawan National Park in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

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One of the most popular national parks in Thailand, the Erawan National Park, was designated as Thailand’s 12th national park in June 1975. The Erawan National Park, located in in the Kanchanaburi Province in West Thailand, covers an area of 550 square kilometer, mainly consisting of high mountains, up to 1,000 meters, and valleys. The area has a low average rainfall due to the high mountains protecting the area from the eastern monsoon. The major attraction of the Erawan National Park is the Erawan Waterfall, thus the rainy season is the most beautiful time to visit the park. In general the weather is really hot during the summer, the months between November and February on the other hand, are much cooler.

This area is located on the northeast side of Erawan National Park. It consists of shops, restaurants, general facilities and a big parking lot. Erawan National Park also features a campsite and bungalow area, about a few hundred meters away from the National Park Office. The bungalows can accommodate two to 50 persons, with prices varying from 800 Baht to 4000 Baht.

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Hellfire Pass, a place which will leave you speechless

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Hellfire Pass is the name of the railway cutting on the former Death Railway, also known as the Burma Railway, which was built during World War II by the Prisoners of War under horrible circumstances. The Hellfire Pass is well known for the harsh conditions and the big amount of loss of life regarding the construction laborers. The pass is called the Hellfire Pass because the scene of starving Prisoners of War working under harsh conditions at night by light of the torches was said to look like a scene from Hell. This blog’s focus is on Hellfire Pass and the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, if you want to read more about the Death Railway itself please click here.

One of the biggest reasons why so many Prisoners of War and forced laborers suffered and died during the construction of this particularly part of the Death Railway was because the Hellfire Pass was the largest rock cutting on the railway. Combined with its general remoteness and the lack of good working tools led to horrible results. Maybe you are thinking right now “Why didn’t they just make a tunnel instead of a cutting?”, well because the tunnel could only be build at one end at a time, whereas the cutting could be worked on at all points, time was valuable for the Japanese. The Prisoners of War, consisting of Australian, British, Dutch and other allied prisoners, had to work 18 hours a day to complete this cutting of the Hellfire Pass. According to statistics, in the six weeks it took to finish the cutting, almost 70 men were beaten to death by the Japanese and many others died from among others diseases, starvation and exhaustion. As if this was not enough yet, also a lot of Asian laborers lost their lives during this construction. These Asian laborers were promised of good jobs but at the end it all turned out to be false promises and a lot of these laborers suffered and died like the Prisoners of War. Exact numbers are not available because of these deaths the Japanese kept no records.

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Living without electricity and internet in the present world

Let us assume that it is evening at the moment you are reading this, since you may not be in the same country and time zone as other readers. Right now you are looking at a screen, either on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. You just finished a delicious dinner which you made by yourself on your electric gas stove. You ate a little bit too much and now you are lying on your couch to let the feeling pass, in front of you the TV is on and the local news is about to start. You turn the volume of the radio down and you make yourself a coffee. While watching the news you are also chatting with your friends on your smartphone and already thinking of the lovely hot shower you are going to take before you go to bed.

The River Kwai Jungle Rafts, an eco floating hotel located on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, is a perfect place to slow your life down for a moment. The concept of this floating hotel is based on ecological conservation which means that there is no electricity and no internet present, also the network connection is almost always lost. Kerosene lamps are used which ensure a romantic and peaceful atmosphere throughout the whole floating hotel. It is not hard to prepare for a stay here, just come with an open mind, and a flash light. Take your time, relax, enjoy. Do not worry about your online social life and put your smartphone away for this time. Live the moment, experience what is right here and spend time with your loved ones. At the end of your day you will realize that it is not that bad to miss a warm shower, to not have access to the network and Wi-Fi, to talk instead of text and more.

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