Kanchanaburi sits peacefully on the confluence of two branches of the River Kwai. The town's past is its biggest attraction – it is here you’ll find the infamous bridge over the River Kwai, the Death Railway and a number of World War II memorials and museums. The town is also the gateway to Kanchanaburi province's glorious nature – there are plenty of waterfalls and forest to explore close to the town.
Kanchanaburi’s best known sight, the bridge over the River Kwai gained symbolic status thanks to the 1952 novel and 1957 film. You can walk across the bridge, or take one of the trains that pass over it and along the Death Railway to the terminus in Nam Tok. The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum explains the town’s role in World War II and documents the suffering of the thousands of POWs and conscripted Asian labourers who worked on the railway. Visit the Allied War Cemetery to reflect on the tragedy farther.
A day trip from Kanchanburi, the Hellfire Pass, a railway cutting, is a lovely memorial walk and excellent museum at a part of the Death Railway that saw the harshest conditions and greatest loss of life. It is possible to rent an audio guide featuring surviving POWs for your walk along former railway track bed.
Kanchanaburi town is nestled amongst fields of crops just three hours from Bangkok, making it the perfect natural getaway from the city. The Kanchanaburi province has seven national parks within its borders and a great amount of beautiful nature including waterfalls, caves and forest. Perfect for hiking if you are so inclined, there are plenty of places you can visit from the town including Erawan Waterfall, several atmospheric cave temples and hot springs.
Taking 'glamping' to a whole new level, the Hintok River Camp sits secluded on the banks of the River Kwai. This camping resort boasts a natural spring water pool for a cooling dip, along with glamorously rustic tents that have every modern comfort all in a beautiful spot close to notorious Hellfire Pass.
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