Kanchanaburi, Bridge over the River Kwai and a train ride

Bangkok was truly wonderful but after 3 days in the city we wanted to see some countryside.   We went to Kanchanaburi (site of the Bridge over the River Kwai, made famous by the movie with the same title).  There are many one day trips offered there from Bangkok, but we decided to make this a 2 night trip.   You can get there by taxi, bus or train.    We thought taking the train is going to be more fun plus we can see the countryside on the way there.   The train took 4 hours, but the time went by quickly as we met and talk with other travelers.

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We stayed at Jim’s Guesthouse that we booked on line.  Even though we were happy with our selection, there were many choices in town at much lower price.    The following day we took the train again to go to Nam Tok (the Death Railway – the construction of the railway ( 250 miles ) was done using POWs and Asian slave laborers in a very harsh conditions. The work  was completed in only a  year and due to the difficult terrain, thousands of laborers lost their lives).  The main highlight of this route is the Vampo Viaduct on the river Kwai.   It’s truly stunning.   We also visited Sai Yok Noi waterfall.   The next day we walked to the River Kwai Bridge as this is the main reason why so many people are coming here, to see the train crossing over the bridge.  You can actually stand on the bridge while the train crosses  it.  Overall we fund Kanchanaburi as a great small town w/great food and good atmosphere.

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We went back to Bangkok on a minivan.   The journey wasn’t a long as a train ride, but it still took 3 hours mostly due to traffic in Bangkok.  It cost 100 THB /pp and an additional 10 THB for each backpack.

Practical Information:

To get to the train station in Bangkok  was a bit tricky as we needed to get on the other side of the river.  We took taxi from the hotel to the Central pier (65 TBH).  From the pier we took the river boat to pier N10 (15TBH /pp).   From there we actually walked to the train station about 3/4 of a mile but we would tax a taxi the next time.