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Thailand Fly & Drive – Part 20
By the time we reach Pai, my daughter is feeling faint from the motion-sickness. Thankfully she doesn’t throw up. We make a much needed stop at the Tha Pai World War 2 Memorial Bridge. My wife and daughter sit at the side to rest, while I take my two boys to explore the bridge.
During World War 2, the Japanese army needed a route from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son to attack Burma (Myanmar). To complete the route, they need to build a bridge over the Pai river. They forced the villagers to work, using elephants to drag trees for wood. This bridge became crucial not just for the Japanese, but also for the daily life of the villagers. Although it was burnt down after the war when the Japanese soldiers left, the villagers rebuilt the wooden bridge in its current form.
You can see though that the bridge isn’t exactly in pristine condition. It has been weathered by a fair bit of rust, and some of the joints are actually missing. Still seems quite stable (much more stable than the suspension bridge we crossed at the Kaeng Song Waterfall), but proceed with caution.
In the middle of the bridge is parked a nicely decorated motorcycle with side car, providing an excellent photo opportunity with the pretty river and mountains in the background.
We make it safely to the other side. It was a good short walk for the boys and I. We make our way down to the river bank to explore a little and to take some photos, and also to pay a visit to the restroom conveniently located there. 😛
We then proceed back to meet the girls. There are some lovely cafes on the other side of the road which invited us to go have a snack. We ordered some nuggets and spring rolls and they were very tasty and well made! All in all, this was a great place to take a break and to get a breather before continuing along our journey!
- 2019 Thailand Fly and Drive
- Off to Bangkok
- Review: Ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit 50
- Sara Jane’s @ the Empire Place
- Amazing Young Musician on the Streets
- Drive from Bangkok to Khao Kho
- Review: Tonkho at Home, Khao Kho
- Sunrise at Khao Takhian Ngo
- Temple on a Glass Cliff
- Tea @ Pino Latte
- Visit to the Weapon Museum
- Amazing Dinosaur!
- A Tale of Two Dinners
- Drive from Khao Kho to Chiang Mai
- Review: Ibis Styles Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai Tribal Museum
- Wacky World of Insects!
- Driving the Mae Hong Son Loop
- Drive from Chiang Mai to Pang Mapha
- Pai Historical Bridge
- Pai Canyon
- Pai Land Split
- Review: Ban Keawmora, Pang Mapha
- Drive from Pang Mapha to Mae Win
- Long Neck Village
- Car Woes on the Way to Mae Win
- Day Trip to Doi Inthanon
- The Royal Twin Pagodas
- More Vehicle Misfortune and an Angel on a Motorbike
- Review: Mae Win Guesthouse and Resort
- Another Flat?! Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khan
- Review: Phu Chiangkhan Hostel
- Chiang Khan Walking Street by Day
- The Majestic Mekong
- Chiang Khan Walking Street by Night
- Drive from Chiang Khan to Khon Kaen
- Review: Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid
- The Problem of Laundry
- Birthday Day Out!
- The Nine-Storey Stupa
- Aura Farm
- King Cobra Village
- Khon Kaen City Museum
- 2019 Thailand Fly & Drive (Bangkok, Khao Kho, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son Loop, Chiang Khan, Khon Kaen, Khao Yai, Pattaya)
- 2019 Cameron Highlands Brothers Drive
- 2018 Bali Drive
- 2017 Hungary Winter Drive
- 2017 Hokkaido Winter Drive
- 2019 Drive from Singapore to Thailand (Krabi, Phuket)
- 2018 Drive from Singapore to Thailand (Bangkok, Rayong)
- 2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand (Krabi, Phuket)
- 2016 Drive from Singapore to Thailand