From Bangkok, we headed to the town of Kanchanaburi, most visited for its World War II history, specifically the famous Bridge over the River Kwai, part of the Death Railway constructed by the Japanese during WWII. It’s estimated that over 100, 000 people died in the construction of this railway (90% were forced civilian labourers with the other 10% consisting of Allied POW’s).
There are several ways to reach Kanchanaburi from Bangkok. The most expensive and fastest is by taxi (cost=2000 baht). The second is by bus (cost ranges= 100-150 baht per person). The third is by train (cost=100 baht per person). As we love train travel, we opted for this truly authentic Thai experience. It didn’t hurt that tickets for our whole family cost $11 CAD/$8.60 USD. The train departs not from Bangkok’s main train station but from its tiny Thonburi Station. And from there it flies along the tracks, windows down, doors wide open, making many stops at quaint stations along the way during the 2. 5 hour journey to Kanchanaburi.
If war history makes your eyes glaze over like mine, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Kanchanaburi. Our main reason for making the trip was to celebrate our girl’s milestone 10th birthday by hanging out with the elephant’s at Elephant’s World, a sanctuary for old, sick, disabled and abused elephants. Check it out in my next post.