western Thailand city, on the border with Myanmar, is surrounded by dense, jungle-covered mountains, and by several rivers. The combination of rivers and mountains produces spectacular waterfalls. Several hill tribes reside in the mountains, including the Karen and Mon peoples. It was founded by King Rama I as a fortification against the neighbouring Burmese. It is perhaps best known these days for its role in the Second World War, when the infamous Death Railway was built over the river using POW’s as labourers, many of whom died in the process.
If you’re into history you won’t want to miss the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. This museum tells the story of the railway and its role in World War II. It’s nearby the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Shopping aficionados will be thrilled with the many local handicrafts available in town, including hand-woven cloth and jewellery. Outdoorsy types cannot go wrong in whatever they choose. Sai Yok and Thong Pha Plum National Parks offer kilometres of waterfalls, forests and mountain peaks.
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The city is also accessible via rail from Bangkok and other Thai cities. Buses and rental cars are the last option. A rental car is perhaps the best way to get to Kanchanaburi’s rather spread out attractions. You will delightedly lose yourself discovering this cultural and ecological crossroads.
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