One of the experiences that you have to try if you go to Bangkok is to rent a boat for a ride down the river. These motor boat trips last just over an hour and takes you to the areas that are closer to the great river of the Thai capital. It's worth it. You see people going about their daily lives You also get to see an impressive temple and you get an indescribable feeling when looking around it. It's not to be missed.
In Kanchanaburi we found the bridge over the Kwai River . The first was made of wood, using allies and Asian slave workers. It was replaced by this steel bridge in 1943. Occasionally the random train passes over the bridge, but most rail traffic has been diverted to another newer bridge.
One of the best things to do in Southeast Asia is to navigate down the river. This river is a place where thousand of people have experienced life and various histories are told via the river. You can go from Thailand to Laos on the slow boat, as the two-day trip from Chiang Kong has its last stop in Thailand to Luang Prabang, in between going to do a night in Pakbeng, which is very much a trip that is recommended, even though the boat certainly go some drunken Anglos during the trip engaged in drinking, but hey these things happen, and the spectacular views and a good experience if you have time to spend those two days on the boat, every day travel time is between 6-8 hours, so you do not forget to get a good book and music in your backpack
One of the most fun things I did during my trip to Thailand was bamboo rafting down the river. The river was right next to the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center in the village of Ta Yaak near Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. You go four to a boat and our driver was super friendly. He even gave us traditional hats to wear and took pictures of us. We had a great time floating along and admiring the tropical forests lining the river.
The Mekong River forms the backbone of Southeast Asia. It is well known from many famous battles featured in movies but today it is very calm. From my pension in Nong Khai, from its little garden I feel absolute peace and can see the river and everything at the side of it. I write, others draw and some just hang out. And we could spend eternity staring at the river.