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    Re: Sangkhlaburi, Mon Bridge.

    I found out from Richard on twitter that the Mon Bridge had been repaired and the official opening was to be the 18th of October, yesterday. This was great news, I really like the town Sangkhlaburi and surrounding area, the Mon Bridge is a huge draw card and attracts 1000's of tourists every year, its collapse from a flash flood was tragic.

    Yesterday some friends sent me these photos of the opening ceremony, all the Thai's I know, know that I love this area and it was nice of them to think of me when they heard the news. I couldn't make the opening ceremony but I will be heading up that way very soon.

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    On the Mon side, this photo was taken with the entrance of the bridge behind them.

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    Every time I walk over to the Mon side of the bridge for breakfast, I see this lady....

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    It looks like the load test was a success...

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    It would have been great to be there on the night for the opening ceremony.
    “ The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. ”
    - Chinese Proverb

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    Re: Sangkhlaburi, Mon Bridge.

    I was back in Sangkhlaburi in June to check out the repairs on the Mon Bridge. The road from Kanchanaburi to Sangkhlaburi is a great ride, especially the last 70km's.

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    Looking pretty straight...

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    Looks sturdy enough....good job.

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    Not much water in the dam....

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    I always have a coffee at this little coffee shop, on the right hand side at the entrance to the Bridge on the Sangkhlaburi side. I really like his little orange bike and great coffee as well.
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    Re: Sangkhlaburi, Mon Bridge.

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    I always have a coffee at this little coffee shop, on the right hand side at the entrance to the Bridge on the Sangkhlaburi side. I really like his little orange bike and great coffee as well.
    Last time I was in Sangkhalaburi I saw this coffee shop, but we didn't stop to have coffee. We were rushing to spend more time at the Mon Temple.
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    Every time I walk over to the Mon side of the bridge for breakfast, I see this lady....
    I was hoping to catch a glimpse of this lady. Unfortunately she was not there at that time. Maybe she only comes out when you come to visit, Fileeep!

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    Re: Sangkhlaburi, Mon Bridge.

    Hey Marie,

    The painted lady is a very early riser and I have only ever seen her when walking across the Bridge to the Mon village for breakfast. Maybe at that time of the morning you are still snuggled up in bed......after 10am the Mon Village is like a ghost town and the restaurants are closed, so you have to get up early to enjoy breakfast there.

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    Marie, on your last visit, was the bridge still damaged? On the left in this photo, you can see the bamboo floating walkway still being used.

    I was very happy to see the Mon Bridge repaired and tourists once again enjoying it, this got me to think about Songkalia. In post 49, I posted some photos of the destruction the flash flood had done to that area, so I rode out there for a look and was very pleased to find huts back on the waters edge and several food stalls in full swing....fantastic!

    You can find Songkalia (same name as the river) on the road to the 3 pagodas, the first bridge you come to, turn right directly at the end of that bridge and follow the unsealed road down to the Songkalia River and there it is....a very relaxing place to chill out in the huts, have a bite to eat, a cool beverage and dangle your feet in the river.....exel-lento!

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    It was so good to see the huts back on the water and people once again making food and serving customers.

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    Next time Marie, you will have to hunt this place down....It is well worth it and great food.
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    Re: Sangkhlaburi, Mon Bridge.

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    Hey Marie,
    ..after 10am the Mon Village is like a ghost town and the restaurants are closed, so you have to get up early to enjoy breakfast there.
    Why is that?

    Marie, on your last visit, was the bridge still damaged?
    It was already repaired.

    Next time Marie, you will have to hunt this place down....It is well worth it and great food.
    I will!

    Have I mentioned about how shopping was great in Sangkhlaburi? I found some unique items there that I didn't see anywhere else in Thailand, like lovely trinkets for ladies. I picked up a few for my friends--and of course for me too!

    From the Three Pagodas we went around to look for a place to have lunch. And we found a very good one-CHAI SOMCHAI GUESTHOUSE RESTAURANT. This was where I had the best tom yum goong in Thailand- the soup was thick and laden with different herbs; the shrimps were big and fresh (I imagined them jumping to their death in the boiling pot) ; and the sourness was perfect for my taste. But the specialty of the house was frogs, which, of course, I said 'chop mahk mahk' (I very much liked) !

    The restaurant was inside a resort complex. What a charming place! Maybe next time we will book our accommodation there.

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