Kanchanaburi - bridge on the river kwai
Kanchanaburi Travel Blog› entry 10 of 21 › view all entries
November 16th, 2009 – by: elam
("The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar). Two labour forces, one based in Siam and the other in Burma worked from opposite ends of the line towards the centre" Source: Wikipedia).
Kanchanaburi is a town for one days stand. In the middle of the day we bought a ticket to the Surat Thani. I recommend FAN car. Our train runs from Rachaburi so we had to go to the bus station and there Thais showed us which bus we have to take. Be careful and don't take later bus than 4 pm when you don't want be late for an evening train. Our bus took also children from schools to home so it was pretty crowded.
We stayed in Jolly Frog - the most popular hostel with laundry service, restaurant. Next to the hostel were the cheapest massages - I recommend oil massage. It is very relaxing and It costed only 180 BHT. Anywhere else where it was much more expensive.
Next day before going to Rachaburi we went to the Erawan Waterfalls.(Official Site)
COSTS OF THE DAY:
290 BHT AC ROOM IN THE HOSTEL
MUSEUM 40 BHT
MASSAGE 180 BHT
SOUP 20 BHT x 2
MOTOR TAXI 60 BHT - It can take 2 persons.
FRUITS 10 and 20 BHT
FAN TRAIN 884 BHT (2 persons, upper - 417 BHT, lower bed 467 BHT) - RACHABURI - SURA TANI
BUS AT 5 PM TO KRABI AROUND 250 BHT
BUS KANCHANABURI - RACHABURI from Bus Station 50 BHT (You paid at the bus to the bus controller)
JOLLY FROG LAUNDRY - 50 BHT 2.5 KG
RICE with sauce at Rachaburi station - 20 BHT
WATER and COLA 29 BHT
ERAWAN FALLS DAY COSTS:
RICE at the bus station 20 BHT
BUS Tickets 50 BHT One way
DRY BANANAS at bbus station 35 BHT
FANTA 27 BHT
DINER at Restaurant near Erawan falls: 145 BHT (2 persons, 3 dishes: pad thai x2 and omelette)
PEPSI 20 BHT
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