Mon Bridge – the second longest wooden bridge in the world
Sangkhla Buri is the western-most district of Kanchanaburi province. So, I might want to classify this district in the category of Kanchanaburi. However, Sangkhla Buri has a lot of sightseeing spots. In addition to that, many of these sightseeing spots are influenced by Myanmar’s culture because Sangkhla Buri is on the border of Myanmar. They look exactly like those from Myanmar rather than Thailand. Therefore, I organized Sangkhla Buri into a category that is separate from Kanchanaburi.
Anyway, today, I’ll post pictures of the Mon Bridge in Sangkhla Buri. This is a very long wooden bridge. I heard that it’s about 850m long. It is the longest wooden bridge in Thailand, and it’s also the second longest wooden bridge in the world. This bridge connects a town and mon village, so I think this is not only long and beautiful, but it is also a necessity for the people of the village. I heard this bridge collapsed because of heavy rain in July 2013, but now, it has already been repaired.
Actually, I saw this bridge on the TV about 20 years ago. It was a scene where a monk who was wearing an orange robe was walking on a long wooden bridge in the fog by himself, and it was such a beautiful scene. I hoped to go there ever since, but it’s located very far from Bangkok. On top of that, I had so many other places that I wanted to visit, so I put going there on low priority. However, in February 2012, I got the opportunity to take a short trip to Thailand. I could stay there for only 4 days at that time, so I thought that it was enough to be able to go to only one place. Then, although it was only one night, I could finally get there. It was such a beautiful bridge, as I expected.
By the way, the longest wooden bridge in the world is Hourai Bridge in Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. It’s about 897m long. Even though it takes about only three hours from my house, I haven’t ever seen that bridge. If I want to see a long wooden bridge, I know where to go in Japan. However, I don’t particularly like to see a long wooden bridge. I just want to go Thailand.