Day # 3 Kanchanaburi Province Sightseeing
Kanchanaburi Travel Blog› entry 4 of 7 › view all entries
This morning was another really early start. An early breakfast again and gathering our essentials for a 7am start we hurled out of bangkok at good pace missing the early chaos coming into bangkok. We watched as we left the city the literally millions of commuters on bikes, cars and vans raced into Bangkok like wakey races cartoon.
Kanchanaburi is a good few hours form Bangkok and the smooth limo car we had certainly helped the journey and was really time to sit back and enjoy the views. The transition from high rised hotel blocks to farms and fields and the occasional tesco oiutlet (they are everywhere) was great to watch.
On arrival first stop was the war memorial graveyard filled with names and headstones that just took your breath away, this was only a fraction of those that died and never made it.
The jeath War museum was packed with artifacts and equipment and vehicles used during the construciton of the railway through siagon many years ago. The love letters and scrolls from prisoners held were so moving and the museum story tells a great and indepth insight into the real events that took place. Well worth the few pounds to enter the place.
Moving on from here we headed through some small shops and to the small market area that cuddles the railway track - this is really the focal point of the river kwai tourist trap. Many small shops selling everything to do with thailand were there with local shouting at you for attention and waving their gifts in the air as if to hoard you in with them.
Soon enough the death train appeared and we managed to pay a few extra Bhat to get a comfy seat for the ride. This train ride is amazing. Taking you right through the jungles and bordering the river kwai, you can sense the people who built this railway as you hurling along as vast speed. We were on this for about an hour and just thinking of how long it would have took to build is unthinkable really.
After departing the train at Thamkrasae station we headed into the elephant park for a glorious ride on an elephant. Whilst the ride was excellent and entertaining I have to say the chairs they use are not the best, very scary especially if your a lady. I just about hung on at some points but was definately nerve racking going round some corners and up and down some steep slopes.
After feeding the elephants and spending some time with them we headed now to the tiger temple. This was a fine end to the day just being so close to these animals was such an experience.
The park offered some 'intimate' photos and time with the tigers for 1000 bhat or so, but judging by the photos and time we had for free this was more than enough and sufficed. There is basically two queues at the tiger valley - one is free as per entrance fee (which i took) and one it for 'intimate' photos - however check my photos out and im sure you can really ask to be any closer or have better photos than them. So save yourself some money and dont bother.
Getting late in the afternoon now it was time to close the day out and head back to the car for a peaceful few hours rest while the driver took us back to the Marriot.
Getting back to bangkok we did hit some traffic (my fault for cursing and laughing at those queues earlier that day) but the guide Nat stated this was like a day off for the traffic compared to some days and time. Thank god i dont live there full time.
Arrived back at the hotel early evening rather tired but again a quick shower and turnaround ready for a night out in Bangkok once again - this city really doesnt sleep and I couldnt imagine staying in the hotel with such vibe and buzz all around us.
Another fab day - many more to come.