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When touring Bangkok, you probably have done a lot of shopping now, would you? Feeling tired and run down by everything that you’ve been enjoying in the city? Take a laid-back time at the neighboring city of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. This serene place is packed with majestic waterfalls, Thai temples that houses tigers and national parks for you to relax and inhale the peaceful environment of mother nature.
This city is located about three hours from Bangkok. You can reach here by traveling aboard a bus and continue on your Thailand journey to a completely different atmosphere from cities and now down to a peaceful, natural environment.
The Kanchanaburi is composed of scenic natural landscapes, abundant cultural exploration and historical landmarks into vestiges of World War II.
There are four scattered national parks in the vicinity, all of which have unique characteristics and a number of museums and historical temples. Because of the many attractions in the city, it would be best if you had a tour guide with you so you may properly organize the trips and activities to enjoy in Kanchanaburi. Whether you are the adventurous type or a history buff, this place will make every tourist be enchanted with its magnificent wonders.
The most famous tourist destination in Kanchanaburi is the Bridge Over the River Kwai which may be crossed by foot. It was part of the Death Railway to Burma during the Second World War. Here, you can reminisce the frightful experiences of the thousands of captives and slaves of war who constructed the railway.
Another attraction in Kanchanaburi is the Konyu Cutting, also known as the Hellfire Pass by the POWs who blasted rocks by to pave the way for the railway. It is surrounded by the luscious jungle overlooking the picturesque Kwai Noi Valley. Activities such as trekking are best enjoyed here as it it just by the stunning Sai Yok Noi Falls.
As I have mentioned, this place is also appealing to history buffs who love to travel. There lie museums that cater to the Second World War with different collections of antique objects from the war. The Thailand-Burma Railway Center, World War Two Museum and Art Gallery by the Bridge and the quirky JEATH War Museum will offer you a firsthand glimpls of the pre-war Thailand history, living conditions of the prisoners of war and its military operations. You may also swing by the Chung Kai Allied War Cemetery and Kanchanaburi War Cemetery where the prisoners of war take their rest with touching epitaphs.
Want to awaken that adventure traveler in you? Then continue your journey from historical establishments to the wonderful natural treasures of Kanchanaburi. As mentioned, this city is home to four parks. One of which is the Erawan National Park where the luscious forest and grand-seven tier waterfalls are located. Another park within the vicinity is the Srinakarind National Park which holds pristine waters and enticing caves. You have to make sure though that you have ample time to visit this park since travel time takes long here. However, it will all be worthwhile since you will get to interact with ethnic groups such as the Karen and the Thais which will make you appreciate the various cultures within the city. Speaking of culture, there are also Thai temples in Kanchanaburi to feed that hunger for knowledge in hierarchies of Thailand.
Awaken that brave spirit of yours and visit the Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua or the Tiger Temple. Experience the thrill of a lifetime as you come in close contact with live Thai tigers. There are even handlers in the sire who can manage to get you a little closer or even pet these huge creatures and take pictures with them! Amazing, isn’t it? Also nearby is a temple where monks do their rituals and meditate. Do not forget to also swing by the Taweechai Elephant Camp where you can enjoy bathing with these large animals, learn elephant training courses and even get to ride on them. If you’re traveling with your family, this visit will surely excite your children!
In Kanchanaburi, you can enjoy tons of activities to choose from. You can go camping, white water rafting, canoeing, golfing, cycling, learn the Thai language or even ride elephants across the riverbanks. Name it all! You can enjoy it while having an extraordinary trip here in Kanchanaburi.
Feeling kinda tired after all that touring and interacting with wild animals? Take a stroll down the massage clinics in town and enjoy a relaxing Thai massage to keep your stressed body in zen.
Before leaving town, make sure that you visit the shops where you can buy souvenirs to remember this trip by. And don’t forget! Before you go on this trip, make sure to bring along pocket money since some of the attractions mentioned above would require an entrance fee.