04.10.2010 100 °F
This quiet city surrounded by rugged limestone peaks and rain forests is quiet something. Oh and a good opportunity to wear my walking boots of course, do not fancy having my feet bitten by a group of large red ants or anything else for that matter!!!! Kanchanaburi is most famous for WWII prisoner of war camp. I also took the chance to visit the Allied War Cemetery, built to commemorate the POW's who died building the Thai-Burmese railway, along with the Thai Burmese Railway Museum and of course I could not do all of that without experiencing a train ride on the Death Railway and taking a step back in time. Approximately 16,000 POW's died at this time, it was very sad walking through the cemetery and seeing early to mid twenties names on gravestones which died.
I walked along the unused Death Railway which was an experience I will never forget, backed up with the photos which I took. The train ride was very different to the trains in London and the UK in general. The train was vey old with character it had fans on the ceiling the toilet was an old low level squat toilet, a familiar sight to those of you that have travelled around Vietnam or certain parts of Thailand.
On a brighter note Kanchanaburi is also home to Tiger Temple where magnificent animals not just tigers are cared for by the monks. I was surprised upon arriving to walk though the gate to a whole new world, where I saw wild boars, bulls, pigs, lama's all strolling with each other not chained up or anything, that said I did not feel threatened or frighten at all, it was quiet a strange feeling actually, almost like I was In a dream as all the animals were very calm and good natured. Have to admit I was very disappointed to see the tigers chained up and that the temple had made it very commercial with the way they get people to line up for a photo with the large tigers for a vast amount, do not want to quote the fee as I would not be surprised if it went up again next month. Anyone who likes Tigers and wants a natural photo, no chains should visit Tiger Kingdom in Chaing Mai, maybe I was spoilt given I went there before visiting Tiger Temple, my experience in an enclosure with three unchained large tigers I will never forget.
This wonderful place is also home to the Erawan National Park waterfalls, just amazing each place I go in Thailand has something different and special to offer, the waterfalls, surrounded by jungle and local caves, just breathtaking. A truly relaxing day, just chilling out and watching the locals and Westerners all taking things in their stride.
Should you visit Kanchanaburi of course it is a must visit.