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the bridge of the river kwai kanjanaburi thailand traveler vacation hotel cheaphotel tour packagetour thailandThailand’s third largest of total 76 provinces is Kanchanaburi. Situated 130 km west of Bangkok and wrapping an area of 19,480 km². Nearly 840,000 residents live in Kanchanaburi province, which borders with Myanmar (Burma) on its western side. Kanchanaburi town has 54,000 inhabitants and was initially founded by King Rama I as a first line of armaments the Burmese army. The old mountain passage that was once used for an assault leads through the Three Pagodas Pass on the Thai-Myanmar border. In addition, it is also a land trade passage from India, and it is the very same passageway that led to introducing Buddhism thought in Thailand during the 3rd century. The Khmer of Angkor subsequently dominated the province and its passageway in the 13th century.

The province itself allures travelers with fascinating nature and affectionate people with their traditional charm. Main places of interests consist of various waterfalls, mountains, caves, national parks and certainly the famous River Kwai. It surely belongs to the top list of interesting places in Thailand.

Thaitravelers (leading travel agency in Thailand) list Kanchanaburi as one of its best tourist destination. it's definitely a must-visit spot in the country.

Main Attractions:

Bridge on the River Kwai
the bridge of the river kwai thailand kanjanaburi traveler hotel tour packagetour cheaphotel vacationLocated on the River Kwai, the bridge was commemorated in Pierre Boulle’s bestseller novel and David Lean's movie. Celebrated yearly in late November and early December, the River Kwai Bridge Festival is held at the bridge area with a marvelous Sound & Light Show. These events are held in the memories of the tragic history of the Death Railway during World War II. The Japanese constructed this railway to cover their transportation needs by taking advantage of rigid labor forced on slaves, consisting of western prisoners of war. Later on, it has become known as the Death Railway. The infamous bridge overpasses the Kwai River that was the theme of an academy award winning Hollywood production. At present, the POW camp museum and the renewed bridge have become the town's famous attractions. The Three Pagodas Pass is likewise home to diverse and abundant hill tribes and other minority groups who inhabited the area. For visitors, it is attainable to get a temporary one-day permit pass to cross the border for a quick look at Myanmar and do some shopping for exotic souvenirs.

Erawan Waterfalls and Erawan National Park
The matchless Erawan Waterfalls with its seven levels layout amidst dense jungle in the Erawan National Park is a meaningful visit. The spectacular waterfalls range amidst the most extravagant falls in Asia. The park, wrapping 550-square-kilometers, is the location of the seven-stratum Erawan waterfall, one of Thailand’s most magnificent waterfalls. The second-stratum has a pool that is perfect for swimming surrounded by fabulous scenery. Nevertheless, the most popular adventure in the park is trekking and simply wandering around. Tiny camping amenities and a daytime food market are also available.

War Museum and Art Gallery
The War Museum and Art Gallery is one of the interesting places to visit in Kanchanaburi, situated not distant away from the Bridge on the River Kwai is an exclusive museum which details the World War II story and art antiquity such as war weapons, army uniforms, photographs, jewelry, and many more. Opening Hours:  Daily from 07:00 a.m. - 06:30 pm

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Tham Mangkon Thong Temple
Located 5 kilometers away from the town, Tham Mangkon Thong Temple (Wat Tham Mangkon Thong) is a marvelous temple, situated in a cave that is only reachable through long steps flanked by dragon craving on both sides. The temple is famous for the astonishing accomplishments of a religious woman on the surface of deep pool. Tiny museum demonstrating a several of ancient objects is also set up in the area is situated close by. Tourist can ride buses from Kanchanaburi to Dan Makham Tia and get off at the temple.

Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park
The Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park (Muang Singh) is an ancient town built around 857 and 1157 when the Khmer Kingdom was still lin power. The city was forsaken just before the administration of King Rama I. The exclusive archaeological area with a religious architecture constructed in the heart of the city is the Khmer Prasat Mueang Sing or the so-called Tower of the City of Lions where  the extensive dominance of the erstwhile Lop Buri arts is apparently evident. The ancient site is situated on a declivitous bank of Khwae Noi River where the waterway narrows and eventually becomes fast flowing. The city walls shaped in rectangular laterite are approximately 800 meters in width, 1,500 meters in length and 5 meters in height. Dated back when to some 2,000 years, ancient artifacts remain on the site...consisting of temple carvings, religious statuary and pottery shards signifying that the city must have been colonized from approximately the 12th to 14th centuries. The Wang Pho Elephant Camp Wang Pho Elephant Camp is situated close to Wang Pho Railway Station. Elephant shows, elephant riding and rafting are arrange for visitors.

Kanchanburi City Gate
A captivating view of remaining Kanchanburi City Gate is worth a visit.  This old doorway was built in 1831 during the reign of King Rama III. It is based on Lak Mueang Road close to the assembly point of the Khwae Yai and Khwae Noi Rivers.

Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Park
An area of 80 acres, the Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Park is located in Kanchanaburi’s Agricultural College, tambon Nong Ya, nearly 9 kilometers away from the town. A native person also name this place as the Stone Garden as there are stones of

various sizes and shapes spread all over the park.

Kanchanaburi consists also of 3 war museums, 2 war cemeteries, a national museum, historical park, hot springs, some of the unique Thai and Chinese temples, the Death Railway and many more exciting places to visit. Considering the wonderful and glorious panorama, Kanchanaburi has emerged as a major tourist destination, with attractions consisting of several famous waterfalls, caves formerly lodged by Stone Age men, refined national parks, serene rivers and untouched forests. Continuously, this attraction provides a captivating experience for the first time and frequent visitors. Either it is fishing, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, bird watching, star-gazing, golfing, or elephant and jungle trekking. Kanchanaburi takes pride and joy in providing them all.

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