River Kwai Holidays
Escape the fast pace of city life for the province of Kanchanaburi, 150 miles west of Bangkok, where you can enjoy stunning natural scenery, unique history and soft adventure.
Kanchanaburi is renowned worldwide for its famous World War II landmarks - Bridge over the River Kwai and the Death Railway which runs to the Burmese border. Although partly destroyed from bombing during the war, the black iron bridge was rebuilt and serves as a poignant reminder of WW2 atrocities. The Death Railway, today, is one of the most scenic rail routes in the world with tracks enclosed by verdant forests which open out onto a sheer cliff before running alongside the broad and impressive River Kwai affording stunning vistas.
The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre highlights the plight of POWs, whilst the beautifully maintained cemetery, the final resting place of over 10,000 prisoners of war, provides a quiet sanctuary for reflection.
A walk down into Hellfire Pass, where the infamous Konyu Cutting was built by prisoners working 18 hour days over a period of just 6 weeks, takes you through some of the spectacular, lush countryside, whilst the Memorial Museum also offers an illuminating insight into the railway's past.
History aside, the province boasts a magnificent natural landscape of dense tropical jungles, rivers and cascading waterfalls. Bamboo rafting, trekking and cycling are all popular activities and those who stay overnight on the river will be entranced by its peace and beauty.
- Fascinating for history buffs
- Beautiful scenery
- Poignant war cemeteries
- Magnificent natural scenery