Thursday, May 7, 2009

Kanchanaburi, Thailand

During our visit to Thailand, this is our second tour to go out from busy city life in Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. We book our tour with same agent in Khao San that we go for Ayuthaya as the price is the same as well. It cost us 690 Baht per person which include lunch and transport.

Kanchanaburi is a town (thesaban mueang) in the west of Thailand and the capital of Kanchanaburi province.

For most visitors the main sight of interest is the Bridge over the River Kwai, the start of the infamous World War II Death Railway to Burma (Myanmar),as well as its associated museums. There is an increasingly thriving backpacker scene taking advantage of the chilled-out riverside vibe for those that need to get away from Bangkok. More foreign visitors are discovering why Thais know it as one of the most beautiful provinces in the country with its easily accessible waterfalls and national parks.

Our 1st visit is to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery that is the main POW cemetery associated with victims of the Burma Railway. It is located in the town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand, and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 6,982 POWs are buried there, mostly British and Dutch.

Below are some of the photos taken in the War Cemetery:

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Tourist viewing

Our second place would be the famous The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery Bridge over the River Kwai. It was a part of the infamous Death Railway to Burma, constructed by POWs working for the Japanese in hellish conditions during World War 2.

Just nearby the bridge it was also located the Art Gallery and War Museum about what happening in the past during the War time in Kanchanaburi.

Bridge over River Kwai

The railway road

After River Kwai Bridge, we had our lunch at the nearby river in about 20 minutes drive away from there. This is our 3th activities there where we can sit on the bamboo rafting.

Ready to go Bamboo Rafting

Bamboo Rafting

Crossing the river

Crossing a lot of holes bridge

After our bamboo rafting, we continue our tour to Elelphants and Friends Conservation Camp where you can ride on the elephant.

Elephant ride

Yishu & Sim

Once we done our elephant ride, we continue to visit Erawan waterfall but is a bit disappointed on the waterfall as it was not as beautiful as we though maybe we didn't have enough time to reach the main stream as shown by the photos it was very beautiful.

Just nearby the waterfall, we were given a chance to sit in the train to reach the the infamous Death Railway. It was 415 km long Burma-Thailand railway and was build during World War II.

Inside the railway

A part of River Kwai

Trying the speed effect

Death Railway

Come out to take some photos on the Death Railway

Ray Lights

On 8pm, we reach back to Bangkok in Khao San road. We were so tired as this journey is longer compare to Ayuthaya although it just take 1 day. Overall is an interesting trip as we seen something different from Bangkok.

Some of the info are taken from http://wikitravel.org/en/Kanchanaburi as reference purpose.

2 comments:

Kynki Lee said...

aiyoo.. from your photo seen like very nice leii, feel want to go also.. the train so geng!!

David on Travel said...

got chance should go n try..;)