Travel Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Death Railway Bridge over the River Kwai

February 3rd, 2010

Kanchanaburi is a popular place for touristis who want to go trekking and see a bit more of the rural Thai landscape. Kanchanaburi offers a great deal of sightseeing and played an important role in the Japanese occupation of Thailand during WWII.

During this period the world famous Thailand-Burma railway, now known as the Death Railway, was initiated. During the construction of this railway the working conditions were harsh and more than 100.000 men lost their lives.

The Railway close to the temple The Railway close to the..

Today the Death Railway Bridge is a popular tourist attraction and visitors can walk accross the bridge, look out over the River Kwai or visit the nightly light show which commentates the final attack on the Death Railway during the war.

In Kanchanaburi you will find the remains of the ancient railway train at the JEATH Museum which stands for all the countries, Japan, England, Australia, Thailand and Holland, who were involved in the building of the bridge on the River Kwai.

Many tours which go up to the Erawan Waterfalls make a stop at the Wang Pho Railway Station where you you can walk over the tracks of the railway which are still being used. Alongside the railway track you will find Tham Krasae a Buddhist cave temple.

The Krasae Cave is located about 55 kms of Kanchanaburi and attracts many tourists who don't mind paying for a visit. You can easily walk up to the cave by following the tracks from Wang Pho Station.

The River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi The River Kwai Bridge in..

Walking up to the Krasae Cave we weren't the only curious visitors around and even spotted a monkey hidden under the wooden tracks. One of the locals knew who to treat the timid monkey and fed him a banana so we could take some pictures.

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Travel Tips for Kanchanaburi Thailand:

Where to stay in Kanchanaburi: There are many guesthouses in Kanchanaburi

What to do in Kanchanaburi: Visit the Krasae Cave close to the railway stration

Where to eat in Kanchanaburi: -

Travel Pictures of Kanchanaburi, Thailand

  • The Railway close to the temple The Railway close to the temple
  • The River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi The River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi
  • Monkey on the River Kwai Monkey on the River Kwai
  • Looking down from the railway Looking down from the railway
  • Buddhist Cave Temple Kanchanaburi Buddhist Cave Temple Kanchanaburi
  • Panoramic pictyre River Kwai Panoramic pictyre River Kwai
  • Old train at the JEATH museum Old train at the JEATH museum
  • Buddhist offerings Tham Krasae Buddhist offerings Tham Krasae
  • Photos of Kanchanaburi, Thailand Photos of Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  • WWII Monument Kanchanaburi WWII Monument Kanchanaburi
  • Death Railway Track Death Railway Track
  • Monkey at Railway Station Monkey at Railway Station
  • Pictures of Tham Krasae Cave Temple Pictures of Tham Krasae Cave Temple
  • Wild Monkey in Kanchanaburi Wild Monkey in Kanchanaburi
  • Walking around Kanchanabuti Walking around Kanchanabuti
  • Panorama River Kwai Panorama River Kwai
  • Buddha Statue Krasae Cave Temple Buddha Statue Krasae Cave Temple
  • Lunch time in Kanchanaburi Lunch time in Kanchanaburi
  • Rafting River Kwai Rafting River Kwai
  • Tham Krasae Cave Temple Tham Krasae Cave Temple
  • A monkey underneath the track! A monkey underneath the track!
  • Pictures of a Thai monkey Pictures of a Thai monkey
  • JEATH Museum Kanchanaburi JEATH Museum Kanchanaburi
  • Monkey on the Death Railway Track Monkey on the Death Railway Track
  • Pictures of Kanchanaburi Pictures of Kanchanaburi
  • Water level River Kwai Water level River Kwai
  • Monkey in Kanchanaburi Monkey in Kanchanaburi

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Name: Leo
Age: 34-41
Travel type: Solo travel

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Death Railway Bridge over the River Kwai
Continent: Asia
Country: Thailand
City: Kanchanaburi
Period: Jan 2010
Lenght of stay: 2 days
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