Female (Malaysia) - - HIDDEN GEM -

Who would have thought that this beau­ti­ful pas­sage­way which is part of an old Thai-Burma train comes with a dev­as­tat­ing story of how it was built? Chong Khao Khat or Hellfire Pass was back then a moun­tain, which was cut and carved by the pris­on­ers from the war (as forced labour) so that the Death Rail­way train could go through the moun­tain. The 500-me­tre-long pass got its name from labour­ers who used to work late at night with their torch­lights that looked like a scene from hell. To­day, trains no longer pass by this place but the spot is filled with photos and tools (like hand drills and shov­els) as an ode to world peace.

Go fur­ther and you’ll wit­ness the Death Rail­way Bridge, which is 300 me­tres on its own! The cen­tre of this bridge was bombed in 1945 but its outer spans stand still till to­day. From this bridge, you’d get a won­der­ful view of the River Kwai. There’s also a park near the sta­tion where there are three old trains that used to op­er­ate dur­ing WWII. You can also en­joy the fun­fair­like scene where hawk­ers of­fer var­i­ous types of food and sou­venirs at the sides but be sure to come early as things run out fast since it’s a pop­u­lar tourist spot.

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