Koh Samui visitors could attend Anzac Day ceremony - AsiaRooms.com

March 04, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
AsiaRooms.com reports the Anzac Day ceremony in Kanchanaburi may appeal to people using accommodation in Thailand with an interest in military history.

Held on April 25th every year, the event is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, as it pays tribute to all men and women who have lost their lives serving the countries.

The day was originally established to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in 1915.

Thailand hosts one of the most famous overseas Anzac Day ceremonies, with a dawn service taking place at Hellfire Pass, the notorious railway cutting built by allied prisoners during the second world war.

After the service, attendees are invited to partake in a "gunfire breakfast" - tea or coffee with a shot of rum, which recalls the early morning ritual of many soldiers.

A second ceremony is then held at the war cemetery in Kanchanaburi town, where many British, Australian, Dutch and Canadian prisoners of war are buried.

People using accommodation in Koh Samui or other areas of Thailand are advised to make adequate preparations if they plan to attend the Anzac Day event, as it takes place during the hottest time of the year.

The Australian Embassy in Thailand urges all visitors to use sun protection, pack plenty of bottled water and wear sensible footwear for the walk to Hellfire Pass.