A March 2003 trip
to Kanchanaburi by Garfield_clf
Quote: As a history fanatic, I decided to embark on an expedition to explore the various WWII sites relating to the Death Railway in Thailand. The purpose of this journal is to share with you the places that you must visit if you intend to go to Kanchanaburi.
Bridge Over River Kwai--This was the actual steel bridge that was built in WWII. You will notice that the centre portion is rectangular, which is different from the other parts of the railway. This part was actually bombed by the Allies in 1945 and was replaced by the rectangular structure.
War Museum--Situated near the bridge. You should visit this museum which gives you an overview of the building of the railway. Some of the exhibits are duplicated at the Jeath Musuem.
Thailand-Burma Railway Centre--This is a new museum opened recently. It gives a chronological explanation of the Death
Railway. This museum is more organised than the War Musuem.
From the Kanchanaburi town to Nam Tok to visit the Hell Fire Pass, you can take a train ride at THB17/pax. You can experience the actual route used during the War.
Public transport is very cheap, but may come only once every half an hour. Car rental is expensive, about THB1300/day, and companies do not provide any insurance.