Do you like to discover the darker corners of history but don’t want to lose that holiday feeling? Well it appears there are tours that do just that, a kind of atrocity of history off setting. Before you have time to pause and reflect too much you are whipped away to carry out a tourist tick box. The River Kwai Death Railway day trip from Bangkok was spliced with Elephant riding, bamboo rafting and a local waterfall visit. Plus, additional free of Thai charge activities, including mild panic around who had booked and which van to hurl us confused faced tourists in, a very irate, non-time keeping and sparse-on-insight tour guide, escalating in screams of “WHY ? why he do that? WhhhhhyyyyyyYYYY???” after someone accidentally got off at the wrong death railway stop and our very own death wish mini bus driver, providing new aspects on fear and inner city Thai driving. That said, or blogged, it was probably the best non-haggled value for money I have spent in SE Asia.
* I should point out that I do know Steve, he was not a travelling salesman I met in Bangkok, although in some respects that is true.