Kanchanaburi

This city is 100 km west of Bangkok. Many tourists go to this area as a day trip from Bangkok or as a multi day round trip from Bangkok. The environment in Kanchanaburi full with beautiful nature with quite a few rivers, and pleasant river resorts. Approximately 65 km outside Kanchanaburi city is the Erawan National Park, famous for it’s waterfalls. Around Kanchanaburi city are a few museums and memorial sites dedicated to the second world war. The Japanese army forced prisoners to construct a railway from Bangkok to Burma (Myanmar) trough this area. The railway is better known as the Burma railway or the railway of death. Most famous is the “bridge over the river Kwai”, known for the movie with the same name. Closeby are the Allied War Cemeteries, The Hellfirepass and the JEATH war museum. The heavily criticized Tiger Temple is also in Kanchanaburi province. Animal right groups say that the tigers are abused and under the influence of calming drugs to keep them approachable for tourists.

 

More background information and travel stories:
Detailed information on WikiTravel.
Article on www.edition.cnn.com about the Hellfire Pass WW2 memorial museum.
Travel report from: http://www.doseoflife.com; Weekend trip to Kanchanaburi
Travel report from: http://www.readme.me; Slowtopia : Once Upon a Time in Kanchanaburi.

Erawan Waterfalls - Flickr, Todd Huffman
Erawan Waterfalls – Source: Flickr, Todd Huffman
Bridge over the river Kwai - Source: Flickr, Brian Fagan
Bridge over the river Kwai – Source: Flickr, Brian Fagan
Hellfire Pass memorial site. Source: Flickr, Ian Armstrong
Hellfire Pass memorial site. Source: Flickr, Ian Armstrong

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