A scenic and historic area, home to the Bridge over the River Kwai
Known for the Death Railway which was built during WWII, Kanchanaburi is a scenic town located in the western part of Thailand. There are many reminders of the war in this area such as the Bridge over the River Kwai as well as memorials and museums charting the history of the local area during that time. However, there is so much more to explore in this area, such as the stunning Erawan National Park, the picturesque Erawan Waterfalls and a 13th century archaeological site of khmer-style temple ruins.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Kanchanaburi.
Bridge on the River Kwai
Kanchanaburi's main attraction is the infamous 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. Very little of the present bridge is original with only the outer ends of the first bridge remain, as the rest was bombed by Allied forces in 1945. The bridge was made famous by the 1957 film is based on a French novel written by Pierre Boulle, portraying the lives of Allied POWs forced to assist building the Burma Railway. The Burma Railway was constructed by the Japanese during World War II using prisoners and it came at such a cost to human life, that it is better known as the 'Death Railway'.
The Erawan Waterfalls are the most popular attraction in Kanchanaburi after the bridge. The turquoise water rushing from the seven Erawan Falls into the many pools are said to be the most photogenic waterfalls in the country. A visit to the waterfalls offers the visitor the ideal opportunity for a refreshing swim.