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Far East Thailand #14

Not far from the temple there is a National Park, comprising an island in the middle of the Mun River. Access to the National Park is via a foot-bridge over the river.

 

Tim reads the information on the National Park, and reports that it was described as "mildly interesting", which does not seem like the description that would normally appear in a Travel Brochure.

 

We spend about an hour, on buffalo tracks with no signposts, looking for the footbridge. Finally we find it. It is a substantial construction in the form of a cable suspension bridge, and it spans at least 250metres. It seems it was originally a way for light vehicular traffic, but now the ends are barricaded to prevent even small mopeds from using it.

 

Closer inspection reveals that the wooden deck is rotting, and quite a lot of planks are broken or missing. Tim and Koen...clearly in thrall to a Death Wish...start off across the structure. I call out to them "I'll stay this side and document your swan-dives as you drop through...be sure to wave as you fall!" Piya...game for anything...decides to accept the risks of waiting behind with me.

 

I can see that two locals are coming towards us from the other side...they are moving very slowly and carefully, and always keeping at least one hand firmly on the thick safety rail.

 

Tim and Koen slow down, and I can see they are now recalling the deeply underwhelming description of the sights to be beheld on the island. Soon enough, they rejoin Piya and I and, together, we await the arrival of the locals who turn out to be an elderly woman and her young grand-daughter...they are both tiny, and they are carrying a small tube containing the crickets they have foraged in the National Park. "What delights are to be seen on the island?", Piya asks, and the response is "There is not much over there!".

 

KhongChiam

Far East Thailand #14

Not far from the temple there is a National Park, comprising an island in the middle of the Mun River. Access to the National Park is via a foot-bridge over the river.

 

Tim reads the information on the National Park, and reports that it was described as "mildly interesting", which does not seem like the description that would normally appear in a Travel Brochure.

 

We spend about an hour, on buffalo tracks with no signposts, looking for the footbridge. Finally we find it. It is a substantial construction in the form of a cable suspension bridge, and it spans at least 250metres. It seems it was originally a way for light vehicular traffic, but now the ends are barricaded to prevent even small mopeds from using it.

 

Closer inspection reveals that the wooden deck is rotting, and quite a lot of planks are broken or missing. Tim and Koen...clearly in thrall to a Death Wish...start off across the structure. I call out to them "I'll stay this side and document your swan-dives as you drop through...be sure to wave as you fall!" Piya...game for anything...decides to accept the risks of waiting behind with me.

 

I can see that two locals are coming towards us from the other side...they are moving very slowly and carefully, and always keeping at least one hand firmly on the thick safety rail.

 

Tim and Koen slow down, and I can see they are now recalling the deeply underwhelming description of the sights to be beheld on the island. Soon enough, they rejoin Piya and I and, together, we await the arrival of the locals who turn out to be an elderly woman and her young grand-daughter...they are both tiny, and they are carrying a small tube containing the crickets they have foraged in the National Park. "What delights are to be seen on the island?", Piya asks, and the response is "There is not much over there!".

 

KhongChiam

comments (14)

  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2018, 00:12
Great leading lines...upon leading lines...so interesting.
Ray: A substantial structure, apart from the rotten deck planking, Bonnie.
I think you were a good judge, Ray...
Ray: I made a few steps out on the deck, Frank, and it quickly became obvious that the planks were spongy and rotten.
It's a good looking bridge... too bad it's not been kept up. Nice documentation!
Ray: Some years ago, someone had a vision of the island being tourist-worthy...apparently it didn't quite work out that way.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 26 Apr 2018, 05:43
Walking over a death-bridge to collect crickets for dinner. You couldn't make it up..
Ray: No-one lives on the island, and its vegetation is dense tropical forest...I am guessing it is not difficult to forage a meal, Chris...despite that, I feel that the bridge is seriously unsafe.
Bonjour
Déjà  que de traverser ce genre de pont m'aurait vraiment inquiéter , mais si en plus il n'est pas très bien entretenu ..oupss
Très belle photo !
Bonne journée
Ray: Sauf pour la terrasse en bois, Claudine, le pont est une structure bien faite et solide. Cependant, la terrasse en bois pourri m'a certainement fait perdre mon intérêt pour ce qui pourrait être sur l'île.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Apr 2018, 06:56
Now that would be fun to cross blindfolded smile At least there are boats on hand to fish people out of the water - unless crocodiles get to the fallers first.
Ray: Ha Ha...it would make an interesting game of "Find the quickest way to the river".
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Apr 2018, 06:57
I see I have a lot of exciting stuff to catch up on, Ray!
Ray: We have been having adventures several times a day, Lisl.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Apr 2018, 07:45
What a find Ray, and I don’t blame you for not risking it. After all, you only get one chance. Love that description - mildly interesting. We are not accustomed to such honesty.
Ray: I was holding back for a classy swan dive shot of Tim and Koen plunging through the deck, Chad...it would have been a fine highlight of the series for my SC buddies.

Alas...they got cold feet.
You are obviously learning caution, Ray smile Very wise!
Ray: Wise is not a commonly used adjective for descriptions of me, Tom.
I'm pleased to read you took the sensible option, no way would I go over that even if it had new wood to walk on.
Ray: It is a very solid structure, except for the rotting deck timber, Brian.
You would think replacing the plankage would be a priority followed by some marketing puff about the park
Ray: I have the feeling the Island will be allowed to revert to original state, and its National Park status will be allowed to vanish, Bill.
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 27 Apr 2018, 08:17
always nice to live life dangerously, Ray!
Ray: I live dangerously for a couple of hours a day when cycling on Thailand's roads, Ayush...that is enough excitement for me! smile
The broken board scares me... smile
The only way I would ever cross that bridge is by coffin.

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