Kanchanaburi is a small city just a few hours west of Bangkok. It’s set on the famous River Kwai and is a peaceful little town. It wasn’t always peaceful though. The Death Railway that is still in use today was built by prisoners of war fueled by the Japanese. I won’t go far into the history of this sad time, but you can find a lot of information about the Death Railway, the history of the war, and accounts from the survivors online. I visited the museum, toured the surrounding area of the River Kwai, the Death Railway (Bridge over the River Kwai), and also went to the popular Erawan Waterfalls, a seven-tiered waterfall a little ways out-of-town.
First was the seven-tiered waterfall, beautiful Erawan Waterfall! The hike to the top is relatively easy and how long it takes depends on how long you want to spend at each tier. Some of the tiers are very small and some a bit bigger and more impressive. This waterfall in Kanchanaburi is one of Thailand’s most popular waterfalls.
These fish are a bit scary… They are the fish that eat the dead skin off your body, but when you go to those “fish spas” it’s just the tiny ones and they just nibble at your feet… These fish? They are HUGE and nibble on what they get to first… Needless to say, I didn’t swim for very long with them and constantly was moving in the water.
These are pictures from the war museum just next to the Bridge over the River Kwai/ Death Railway. The outside is really nice looking. The actual museum has a few items of interest if you are a history buff. The display cases are a bit dingy, dark, and dusty, hence the lack of pictures of the actual items. But it’s worth it to walk around for a bit especially if you are already in Kanchanaburi and visiting the bridge.
Bridge over the River Kwai and Death Railway
The train is still in use today. Actually, since people are allowed to wander around the railway, you have to keep your ears and eyes open for it so you can move out of the way!
Since my friend was in town, we had time as a factor. We decided to just do a day trip from Bangkok. If you’re in a rush, but still want to see this spot- A day trip is the way to go! It was easier than lugging everything to Kanchanaburi and staying a night or two. We got picked up from our hotel and driven to each spot, then dropped off back in Bangkok.
This is the tour we chose: Erawan Falls and River Kwai Tour
The tour was fine because we got to see the place we wanted. The driver was nice in the beginning, he apologized and felt bad everything was so delayed because of the horrible traffic (this was during the Bangkok protests so completely out their hands), but after Erawan Falls, since everything was delayed due to the late start, he tried to skip out on the museum until another passenger spoke up. He gave us the time and we got to Bangkok a few hours later than expected. The tour was good overall and I would recommend it.
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Nina Ragusa is an adventurer, messy bun master, breakfast fan, and full-time travel blogger. She’s been abroad and epically failing at the American Dream since 2011. Her sassy yet informative blog, Where in the World is Nina? is all about how to work abroad to live a more adventurous life. If you want to travel longer you have to work to wander.