River Kwai, Elephants and Tigers!

Kanchanaburi Travel Blog

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Kanchanaburi: WW2 Memorial Cemetery.
Kerry - We decided to get out of Bangkok for a couple of days while our visas were being processed, so took a two day trip to the town of Kanchanaburi about 2 hrs drive from Bangkok. We took an organised tour rather than doing it on our own as it seemed easier and we didn't have a lot of time really. However, most of the trip we didn't really know what was going on next and where we were suppossed to be! But saying that it was worth doing, if only for the bathing with elephants which was great and we also met some nice people.

Kanchanaburi is the town where the bridge over the River Kwai was built by the prisonsers of war during WW2, and we started the tour with a trip to a war cemetary for those foreign soilders who had died in the war.
Kanchanaburi: WW2 Memorial Cemetery.
It was a lovely cemetary and was really well maintained and was very peaceful. We then headed off to the War museum and to see the bridge itself which we were able to walk accross. Part of the bridge was destroyed in the bombings in WW2 but this has now been rebuilt.

The next stop after the bridge was to take a train ride for about an hour across the death railway - this is a normal passenger train that takes the route across the railway built by the POW's in WW2. I think the views were good, but the train was soo packed with people that I was crammed in and could not seen v well out of the window! (memories of commuting returning to haunt me!). We did eventually get to sit down with a Thai man who was offering us sweets and pointing out things for us to see.

Next stop was our bamboo lodge that was to be our accommodation for the night.
Kanchanaburi: WW2 Memorial Cemetery.
It was surprisingly comfy, basic but nice. The settring was lovely, on the river and very peaceful. We had lunch here and then headed off to a local waterfall. However the waterfall was not that spectacualr as the rains had not fallen recently, so we could not swim there! This was the most disappointing part of the trip to be honest as we spent 2 hrs there and did not have a lot to do. We got chattting to some of the guys on our group which passed the time though. Then it was back to the lodge for dinner and more chatting with people. We met a lovely Spanish family who we tried to practice our Spanish with and also another guy from Madrid as well as some Australians and a group of English girls, a Colombian guy called Jose and his friend Ornella and an English guy called Yannis. I thought i would have a really relaxing nights sleep listening to the river but that was put paid to when the karaoke started!!

The next monring we were up and out to go bathing with the elephants which was excellent! I was pretty scared but it was a lovely experience.
Kanchanaburi: What's left of the original bridge over the River Kwai.
We were in the water with them for about 30 mins and lots of pictures were taken. We then headed back to our lodge for some breakfast and then went off to a national park  - Erawan - where we walked the route of 7 waterfalls. It took about an hour to get to the top, and we were walking with the Spanish family , so it took a bit longer with the kids (Maria - 5 and Victor 8) but it was good fun. At the top we got to swim in the water, which was cold but really refreshing after the long hike!! We were all hot and needed to cool off! the water was really blue and had little fish in who liked to nibble our feet.

Once we got to the bottom and had a quick lunch it was off to the Tiger temple which was about an hours drive away. On the way our driver managed to hit a dog, which was pretty disturbing, i was glad i had moved into the back on the truck, but hoped the kids in the front were not too traumitised.
Kanchanaburi: WA Morris Minor - Andrei's Dad will appreciate this.
The Tiger Temple was a conservation project , but also a huge tourist attraction! The tigers are looked after by the monks at the temple, along with some other animals, and you are able to get up close to them and have your photos with them. I was not sure if i liked it, as it was a complete and utter attraction, but the tigers did seem to be well treated. The cubs were also really cute! we took a fair few photos.

Then it was back on the bus to head back to the city of Bangkok. We had decided to meet up with Jose (Colombian) Ornella (Dutch) and Yannis (UK) for drinks and to take in a ping pong show in Patpong....that is another story!!


MartinFinigan says:
Hi, your trip sounds great. You both looked great for the Sri Lanka wedding photos. I will have to keep my eyes peeled for future updates on your trip.

PS The weather in London is rubbish- another weekend of rain, so anywhere hot must be nice!

Kind Regards

Martin
Posted on: Aug 10, 2008
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Kanchanaburi: The River Kwai.
Kanchanaburi: The River Kwai.
Kanchanaburi: The River Kwai.
Kanchanaburi: The River Kwai.
Some waterfall....
Some waterfall....
Elephant bathing.
Elephant bathing.
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Submarine elephant!
Submarine elephant!
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Elephant bathing: Our trusty(-ish…
Erawan Waterfall.
Erawan Waterfall.
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Erawan Waterfall: Manuel, bearing…
Erawan Waterfall.
Erawan Waterfall.
Erawan Waterfall: Andrei in full f…
Erawan Waterfall: Andrei in full …
Erawan Waterfall.
Erawan Waterfall.
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Tiger Temple: The heat of the day…
Tiger Temple: Nice kitty.
Tiger Temple: Nice kitty.
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Tiger Temple: Kerry has a big sti…
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Kanchanaburi
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