If you’re going travelling this summer, why not head to Kanchanaburi – a wonderful little town in the west of Thailand? Bustling with traditional eateries and beautiful guest houses, it’s a lovely place to stay – so let’s take a look at some of the best attractions.
Here are five things to do while you’re in the area:
Visit Erawan National Park
Home to beautiful plants and trees, deep caves and an array of exotic animals, Erawan National Park is a sight to behold. Covering over 500-square kilometres, there’s something new round every turn, but don’t miss the spectacular Erawan Falls which has seven levels dropping down 1,500 metres. Here you can splash in the water, climb on the rocks or enjoy a snack underneath the shrubs but beware – monkeys will steel your belongings so pay attention to the wide range of safety signs designed to educate and inform.
Ride the Death Railway
Are you looking for an adventure to remember? If so, take the Death Railway from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok and ride on one of the most famous tracks in the world. Constructed during World War Two, the Japanese used prisoners of war (POW) to build a railway from Thailand to Burma, so they could send supplies to their army. Working conditions were atrocious and it’s thought that one man died for every sleeper laid on the track.
Head to the Death Railway Museum
Before riding the Death Railway, it’s worth visiting the Death Railway Museum in Kanchanaburi. This attraction gives an unbiased, rounded an accurate account of what happened during the Second World War and will teach you more about the railway’s construction and history. There’s even a gallery which deals with the struggle for survival, life in the POW camps and working conditions – so you’re sure to find out everything you need to know and more.
See the Bridge on the River Kwai
If you’re visiting Kanchanaburi, there’s a high chance you’ll be staying near the River Kwai. Most lodges back onto this infamous stretch of water, so keep a look out for the Bridge on the River Kwai. This notorious landmark was built during World War Two by prisoners of war and forms part of the Death Railway. If you fancy a closer look of the bridge, the track also has a walkway with side panels, so you can go explore this notorious part of the world in more detail.
Back in 1999, a tiger cub was taken to the temple. Its mother had been killed by poachers and it was struggling to survive. Unfortunately, it died, but soon more and more tiger cubs were arriving at this quiet retreat. Before long, there was a little community of animals and Tiger Temple was born. It offers a safe haven for some of the world’s most beautiful creatures and is a sight to behold. Guests can stroke the animals but they must abide by safety signs that are designed to warn against hazards.
Again, thanks to our friends over at Trip-Guide.co.uk for writing this article