My 5: Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

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1. The River Kwai, April 2015. I’ll never forget my first night in the Thai town of Kanchanaburi. Arriving late afternoon in a minivan from Ayutthaya, I checked into V.N. Guesthouse, where a floating raft room awaited me right on The River Kwai. Unspeakably hungry, I dumped my backpack, took a quick shower and headed up to V.N.’s stunning little restaurant terrace overlooking the river. Dropping onto a large straw mat of cushions and pillows, I ordered dinner (a rich tomatoey noodle soup), cracked open a beer and turned on my MacBook. With the sun beginning its slow decline, I sat breathing it all in before watching a download of the Academy Award winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai. A really special night.

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