Ayutthaya & Bang Pa-In (Summer Palace) Day Tour from Bangkok - the Pompeii of Thailand

Ayutthaya & Bang Pa-In (Summer Palace) Day Tour from Bangkok - the Pompeii of Thailand

When we were researching this trip, we ran across many different posts that said that it was HOT in Ayutthaya. So, we planned ahead and looked for a potentially cooler day to go, and made sure that Ayutthaya was the first stop on the tour, and not the Summer Palace (as people noted that there were Air Conditioned spots at the Summer Palace, but not at Ayutthaya). Thus, we did this trip the CORRECT way - whereas the people who wrote the other posts did it backwards and didn’t pay attention to the weather. That being said, when we went it was UNBEARABLY HOT!!! Our favorite locations were…

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River Kwai Tour and Death Railway to Kanchanaburi - From Bangkok, Thailand

River Kwai Tour and Death Railway to Kanchanaburi - From Bangkok, Thailand

This British-desired railway, connecting Burma and Thailand, was deemed to be too incredibly tough of an undertaking to consider, due to the hilly jungle terrain and absence of transportation and medical equipment. However, in 1942 - during World War II, the Japanese seized Burma and took control away from Britain and by October of 1943, “The Death Railway” - as it became known - was completed by the Japanese with no transportation between the workers and the outside world, no medical help, no advanced tools and very little food.

It is a heartbreaking story with grueling conditions of forced labor, including more than 60,000 Allied prisoners of war and about 180,000 Southeast Asian natives. Over 100,000 people died during the construction of the railroad, and - after Wold War II ended - 111 Japanese military officials who were connected to the Death Railway were tried in court for war crimes, 32 of which received a death sentence. The remains of most of the war dead were retrieved and transplanted to official war cemeteries.

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Best Times of Year to Visit Asia

Best Times of Year to Visit Asia

The best times of year to visit the countries in Asia. Best weather conditions and months for visiting Thailand, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Cambodia, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Indonesia, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Vietnam, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Laos, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Malaysia, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Philippines, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Myanmar (Burma), Best weather conditions and months for visiting Sri Lanka, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Japan, Best weather conditions and months for visiting South Korea, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Taiwan.

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