From my crouched down position in the back all I could see was the cop's rather tightly fitting regulation brown shirt covering his midriff, and an enormous revolver strapped to his narrow waist. Quite why traffic cops need such firearms I'm not sure.Any shots would undoubtedly cut clean through the body of the average imported Japanese car.

If I had more time I would have stayed there for a couple of days, but time just didn't permit on this occasion.

So there I was at about six o'clock on a cool Monday morning sitting in a taxi trying to get across Chinatown and across the river to the Thonburi station.

Not an easy journey, even at a better time of the day.

My driver was a kind looking old man who clearly knew his way round.

We made a series of strange U-turns and rat runs to get towards our destination.

The heavier the rush hour traffic got the bolder he seemed to get in these manoeuvres, culminating in his decision to drive the wrong way down a one way street that lead from the river to the station.

This didn't impress a traffic policeman, and at one point it looked like we might be spending the day jail.

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Last year I wrote about my plans to travel by train from Bangkok to the Bridge on the River Kwai.

I also got sucked into the history and the amazing story of Eric Lomax. I actually made the trip earlier this year, so thought it was about time that I shared my experiences.

I like to think of this as a rather good "micro adventure".