Kanchanaburi and the Brigde on the River Kwai
For most visitors the main sight of interest is the Bridge over the River Kwai, as the start of the infamous World War II Death Railway to Burma (now Myanmar), as well as the many 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. Kanchanaburi is also the gateway to the surrounding province of the same name. 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.
The Bridge over the River Kwai. This is the most popular part of the Death Railway because the story of the bridge was used in the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai”. This classic film has been considered as one of the greatest films in motion picture history and it depicts the construction of the Death Railway in World War II. The movie won several Oscar awards including Best Picture in 1957.
Magnificent landscape and the charming beauty of Kanchanaburi
According to most historians, the ancient town of Kanchanaburi was originally located near Ban Lat Ya, a small village situated approximately 16 kilometers to the north of the present town. The site has been recorded in Thai history as an important invasion route through which the Burmese armies entered Thai Kingdoms.
Kanchanaburi, a largely mountainous terrain, covers an area of approximately 19,473 square kilometers and is the third largest province in Thailand after Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima. Situated approximately 129 kilometres to the west of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi shares a border with Myanmar to the west, Tak and Uthai Thani provinces to the north, Suphan Buri and Nakhon Pathom provinces to the east, and the Ratchaburi province to the south.
To the north and the west of Kanchanaburi, the terrain is comprised mainly of mountains and high plains, with the Thanon Thongchai Range acts as a natural border between Thailand and Myanmar. The range is the source of Kanchanaburi’s two most important rivers Maenam Khwae Noi and Maenam Khwae Yai, which meet to form the famous Maenam Mae Klong. As a result, several of Thailand’s largest Namtok (waterfalls) and most extensive wildlife sanctuaries are found in this area of Thailand.
Over the years, the magnificent landscape and the charming beauty of Kanchanaburi have transformed it into a major tourist attraction. Some of the prominent tourist spots include several well-known waterfalls, caves once inhabited by Neolithic man, pristine national parks, tranquil rivers, virgin forests, and reservoirs. Together, they offer an intriguing experience for first-time as well as repeat visitors. Whether it’s fishing, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, bird-watching, star-gazing, golfing, elephant and jungle trekking, or even living in bamboo rafts, Kanchanaburi takes pride in offering them all.
The national park is 65 kilometers from Kanchanaburi along Route 3199. The park, covering 550-square-kilometers, is the site of the seven-tiered Erawan waterfall, one of Thailand’s most remarkable waterfalls. The second tier has a pool, which is ideal for swimming and is particularly picturesque. However, the most popular activity in the park is trekking. Bungalow accommodations, camping facilities and daytime food markets are easily available.
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