The World famous Bridge over the River Kwai
Kanchanaburi, one of the most beautiful provinces of Thailand, is located about 128 km west of Bangkok (roughly 2 1/2 hours drive). The town of Kanchanaburi is located at the point where two tributaries, the Khwae Noi (River Kwai) and Khwae Yai meet and form the Mae Klong River.
A day's tour to Kanchanaburi and River Kwai can give you the historic experience of visiting the world renowned bridge over the River Kwai and the cemetery, of the allied prisoners of World War II. You will also have the opportunity to take a train ride along the historic Death Railway.
The River KwaiThe River Kwai, also known as Khwae Noi and Khwae Sai Yok, flows along western Thailand, which borders Myanmar. It begins at the confluence of Ranti, Songkalia and Bikhli Rivers and merges with the Khwae Yai River at Kanchanaburi to form the Mae Klong River, which empties into the Gulf of Thailand at Samut Songkhram.
The World famous Bridge over the River KwaiThe River Kwai is chiefly known from the Pierre Boulle novel and the David Lean film, “The Bridge on the River Kwai”, which depicted the Australian, Dutch and British prisoners of war forced by the Japanese constructing two parallel bridges spanning the river as part of the Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway. It earned this horrifying name due to the many lives lost in its construction. One of the bridges was wooden and temporary while the other, which still exists, was made of concrete and steel. The bridge was the target of frequent bombing raids by the Allied Forces during World War II and was rebuilt after the war. The curved spans of the bridge which are the original sections have been retained. A daily train is still takes passengers and tourists through the historical route from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi railway station.
Rafting & Canoeing at River KwaiRiver Kwai is a main river of Kanchanaburi. The banks on either side of River Kwai are adorned by a variety of rich flaura, making it ideal for peaceful rafting, absorbing the natural atmosphere along this historical river. Gently sailing downstream over the River Kwai passing beautiful, unspoiled scenery of trees and mountain ranges can be an experience that you would cherish all your life.
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The starting point is at the Bridge over the River Kwai. As you sail, you will have a magnificent view of the Bridge, if you turn back to see, which is especially beautiful when the train passes by. You’ll first pass the city area which has a lively look with number of resorts and restaurants lined up along the riverbanks, after which you will enter the calmer regions where you can see traditional houses, fishing boats and people leading simple ways of life.
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Another exciting idea would be canoeing, for which you can board at the banks of Kwai Noi River and slowly paddle along while admiring the delightful landscape. The River Kwai is left to flow gently on weekends but during the weekdays more water is let out from the Khao Leam Dam (Vajiralongkorn Dam) ---the time to go canoeing!