Kanchanaburi Journals

Southern Thailand in 40 days (part 8) Kanchanaburi

A June 2002 trip to Kanchanaburi by markiemark

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Quote: From Phetchaburi, I'm now in another "buri"! Kanchanaburi of "Bridge On the River Kwai" fame.

Southern Thailand in 40 days (part 8) Kanchanaburi

Overview

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130kms. west of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is famous for the "Death Railway" built for the Japanese by WWII P.O.W.s under harsh conditions and treatment under which thousands of them died. This railway was to link Thailand and Burma and provide a supply route for the Japanese who, at the time, only had the vulnerable-to-attack coastal sea routes. The bridge is still in use today and the beautifully-kept graves of the allied P.O.W.s who lost their lives here add an edge of sadness to this busy town.Quick Tips: If you arrive in Kanchanaburi by public transport, do yourself and the guesthouse you stay at a favour and ignore the touts and rickshaw and minibus drivers. Make your own way to your guestho...Read More

Links Golf & Racquet Club

Hotel | "Canaan Guesthouse"

Links Golf & Racquet Club Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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This little gem has only recently opened, and it is tucked away down a small lane a two minute walk from the bus station. Opened in 2000 by a man locally known as "Uncle Tom," a long-time tour guide, it is now run by his three daughters, Martha, Joy, and Elizabeth. This is a wonderful, quiet place to relax after a hard day of sightseeing around town! The three sisters are friendly and helpful, and the guesthouse is spotlessly clean. The rooms come from fan-only and shared bath, to air-conditioned with private bath, and cost from 100-300 baht - an absolute bargain! They have a small kitchen from which Elizabeth cooks huge portions of excellent Thai food at very low cost. Water, soft drinks and beer are...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2002

Links Golf & Racquet Club
917 Thomas Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
(843) 361-7102

Night Market

Restaurant

Kanachanaburi night market Photo, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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This night market starts to set up at around 6pm every evening, and is a riot of food and colour! The star attraction, however, can't set her stall up until after 7pm as she has to wait for the last VIP bus to Bangkok to leave at that time so she can set up outside their office when it's closed! The lady here sells deep-fried crickets, grubs, and cockroaches! If you have the courage, try some! The crickets, flavoured with soy sauce and salt, taste of little more than crisps, but as a crispaholic of long-standing, that suits me fine! It makes a great photo whatever you choose to do and its an interesting thing to bring back to your guesthouse for your friends to try! A small bag costs 20 baht and the s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2002

Around Kanchanaburi

Attraction

Wat Tham Sua Photo, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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Cycling out to Wat Tham Sua and Wat Tham Khao Noi was a tougher prospect than I anticipated! Not having ridden a bike for a few years, my bum wondered what had hit it! Still the journey out to these temples, taking a backroad on the west side of and parallel to the river, was an interesting day trip. I called in at Wat Tham Khao Laem first, a 3 km diversion north from the river bridge on Mae Nam Mae Khlong Road. There is a cave shrine here which is overhung by numerous stalagtites, and there's a nice view over the surrounding countryside. The two friendly monks I met there spoke a little English, but didn't seem to want to sit too close together for the photo I asked to take of them! Back ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2002

Uncle Tom's Public Bus Tour!

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Attraction

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Up at 7am, we started our tour by catching the 8am number 8203 bus down the Sangkhlaburi road to Hin Dad Hot Springs, 3 hours away. These hot springs are not on the regular tour circuit, and when we got there, there were only half a dozen local women soaking in the water. The temperature hovers around the 40 degree mark and the water is very relaxing. If it gets too hot, the river is just feet away to cool off in! It costs 5 baht to go in and is well worth the effort to get to as it was my first hot bath since I began my trip 15 months ago!! From here, we sat by the roadside for 10 minutes awaiting a passing bus to take us the one hour ride to Hellfire Pass. The new museum there is excellent, and i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2002

Kanchanaburi Photo, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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This war cemetery is smaller and quieter than the one in the centre of town. It's right by the river, but don't go on a weekend as you'll be deafened by the karaoke and disco boats floating past! If you cross over the river by the bridge at the end of Thanon Ban Neua and bear left, you can follow the signs to the cemetery; it's about a 45 minute walk. The graves are immaculately kept and it's a sobering thought that so many of the dead were under thirty years of age and that so many of the graves just carry the inscription "A soldier of the great war".

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2002