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Kanchanaburi

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

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Kanchanaburi is the third largest province in Thailand, covering an area of 7,520 miČ. 80 mi west of Bangkok and the Myanmar border, Kanchanaburi offers a spectacular natural panorama with its seven national parks, caves, cascades, rivers and expanses of water? everything a nature lover could want!

At the confluence of the Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai rivers, where the river Mae Klong comes alive, you will find "Muang" Kanchanaburi, the capital of the province known worldwide for the Bridge on the River Kwai and Death Railway. To give a brief history, the construction of the bridge at the beginning of the Second World War by prisoners of war caused the death of more than 100,000 people. The bridge was bombed two years later? The novel by Pierre Boulle, adapted for film by David Lean, made it sadly famous.

37 mi from the city, the Erawan falls, at the heart of one of Thailand's best known and most popular parks, are definitely worth the trip. Strolls and bathing in the park's seven natural swimming pools are also possible. The north of the province is home to the fauna sanctuary Thung Yai, which was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
In the district of Sai Yok in the north-west of the capital of Thailand, the Temple of the Tigers attracts the most curious of visitors. A Buddhist place of worship, the monks here raise these felines with red fur and black stripes.

It is very easy to reach Kanchanaburi thanks to its proximity to Bangkok. The best way to get there is by bus or by taxi.

To see

In autumn, the festival of the Bridge on the River Kwai takes place for around ten days. Sound and light shows, not to mention train rides, all commemorate the construction of the bridge.

To do

Whitewater rafting, rock climbing, hiking... Everything is possible in Kanchanaburi!

pros

  • +  Easy to reach.
  • +  A province that is still wild.
  • +  There are still very few Western tourists.

cons

  • -  The trip to reach the surrounding areas can sometimes be long.

To think about

When it comes to clothing, take warm clothes with you for the cooler months (from November to February), and light clothes and insect repellent for the summer months (mid-March to May).

To avoid

Be aware of imitation sapphires.

To try

There is a wide variety of fruits to be tasted, such as the purple mangousteen, jackfruit, jambu and sapodilla.

To bring back

The city of sapphires, Kanchanaburi will tempt you with its precious stones the colour of a stormy sky.

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