Mae Klong


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Mae Klong

 

a river in western Thailand. Length, 480 km; basin area, about 30,000 sq km. The river originates on the western slopes of the Tanen Taunggyi. The upper and middle course of the Mae Klong flows through mountain rapids; its lower course passes through the Menam Lowland. The river flows into the Gulf of Thailand in the South China Sea, forming a marshy delta. The river floods during the summer rains. The Mae Klong is connected by channels and navigable canals with the Menam Chao Phraya. The Mae Klong is navigable in its lower course. The river’s waters are used for irrigation. The cities of Kanchanaburi and Rat Buri are located on the Mae Klong.

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This is Mae Klong, the Bangkok market that straddles railway lines.
The pictures, taken in January 1945 by the RAF, show the two bridges built by the Japanese - using labour from Tamarkan camp - which spanned the Mae Klong river (later renamed Kwa Yai).
Then it's on to Kanchanaburi, where the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai rivers converge into the Mae Klong river and where, in 1942, under Japanese control, the famous Bridge on the River Kwai was built by prisoners of war (POWs).
Yukhonporn returned home to find her husband had vanished and there were bloodstains on the floor of a terrace facing the Mae Klong river.