Thailand’s third largest province, Kanchanaburi covers some 19,473 square and oftentimes mountainous kilometres, and borders Myanmar (Burma) to the west of Bangkok.
The compact provincial capital, some 130 kilometres, and a comfortable two-hour drive from Bangkok, is both the site of the world-famous Bridge Over The River Kwae, immortalised in books and movies, and gateway to a region of rugged natural beauty. Countryside beyond the provincial capital is characterised by mountains and fertile river valleys (the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi) which have inspired the development of hydro-electric power, and where labyrinthine dam reservoirs provide further scenic elements to the province’s natural beauty.
Internationally known The Bridge over the River Kwai was made by the Allied
prisoners of war (POWs) and supervised by the japanese army throughout WWII. The bridge was a neighborhood of the ‘Death Railway’ supposed to link Asian nation with Asian country. several Allied troopers died because of the cruel conditions. The railway was ne’er absolutely completed however continues to be in use nowadays.
Around city, there ar several institutes erected to honor those that perished throughout the development of the notorious bridge. The War Museum is set close to the stream Chinese monetary unit Bridge and displays the gathering of weapons, tools and utensils employed by the Allied POWs and therefore the Japanese throughout WWII. The JEATH War Museum, a collaboration among Japan, England, US, Australia, Asian nation and Kingdom of The Netherlands, resembles AN Allied prison camp.
The thatched huts contain bamboo bunks and record from the war. The peaceful and fantastically tended Kanchanaburi War Cemetery contains the remains of nearly 7,000 POWs WHO perished throughout the development of the ‘Death Railway’. The Chong Kai War Cemetery is located on the bank of the Chinese monetary unit Noi stream at the location of the previous war camp. it’sadditional peaceful, includes a additional scenic read and contains the tombstones of nearly 2,000 POWs.
The 7-tiered Erawan falls, dropping through a series of cascades and shady rock
pools, is thought to be one in all Thailand’s loveliest falls. it’s set at intervals the luxurious forest of the Erawan park, the closest park to the urban center. A pleasant, however strenuous 2-km hiking path ascending beside the falls provides a difficult activity. an outsized sedimentary rock cavern, Tham Wang Badan, is located on the side of the park and contains several colourful stalactites and stalagmites. bivouacking facilities and trekking trails makes it easier to understand the native flora and fauna.
Sai Yok was the location of an outsized Japanese army barracks and prisoner of war labor camp throughout WWII.
Nowadays, the Sai Yok National Park is far-famed for its tranquil stream scenery and spectacular falls. the foremostcommon attraction is Sai Yok Yai waterfall wherever the water tumbles directly into the Kwai Noi River. The Sai Yok Noi waterfall is nearer and might be reached by train from city. easy park bungalows and houseboats ar accessible for accomodations.
The Lawa Cave and Daowadung Cave are located beside the Kwai Noi River, accessible solely by boat. The dark caves provide AN exciting journey and house varied lovely stalactites and stalagmites, also because the world’s smallest mammals, the 3-cm long bat.
Discovered by a Japanese soldier throughout WWII, the volume unit audiotape natural spring may be a lake for bathing beside a stream. it’s close to the doorway of the Pha Tat falls, a large fall simply accessible by all, set north of the provincial city.
The Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park in Sai Yok District north of city is an ancient web site on the banks of the Chinese monetary unit Noi stream. the most structure, the Khmer Prasat Muang Sing (Tower of the town of Lions) is believed to be the westmost outpost of the Angkor-centered Khmer Empire. Temple carvings, spiritual statues and alternative artifacts indicate the town flourished throughout the 12th-14th centuries.
The most attraction of the isolated commerce city of Sangkhla Buri is its serene lakeshore location on the Thai-Myanmar border. The city is inhabited by Thais and Mon and Karenic tribepeople. The northern shore is dominated by the weird chedis of Wat Wanwiwekaram. The daily market besides the temple sells fascinating product from Asian country, Indonesia and alternative places early each morning.
Slightly north of city is that the notorious Three Pagoda Pass with three painted chedis sitting right the Asian country border. throughout WWII, the Burma-Siam Railway suffered here. Nowadays, it exists as a commerce and importation route between the Indian Ocean and ground geographical area. guests will typically get a one-day visa to go to the neighboring Burmese city.
Within town, the two adjacent temples of Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave) and Wat Tham Khao Noi (Small Hill) house terribly lovely Thai and Chinese vogue buildings and a large Buddha image located on the mount.Further upriver, Wat Tham Khao Pun overlooks the stream and therefore the Burma-Siam Railway. at intervals the temple grounds may be a network of slender passages that results in a brilliantly lit cave system crammed with Buddha pictures.
The beautiful and isolated Chalerm Rattanakosin National Park is one in all the nation’s smallest park. the most path runs beside a stream that passes through the cavern Tham Than Lop Noi and emerges in an exceedingly thickly wooded, steeply aslant valley. the trail continues for two,500 m, rise steeply beside the Trai Trung Falls to a different cavern, Tham Than Lot Yai, that contains a small Buddhist shrine.