The bridge over the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi

The bridge over the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi

The fields, forests and streams of cooler Kanchanaburi have a character so relaxed you’ll want to smile like a local while walking by its swaying sugar cane and hill caves. A small town on the way from Bangkok to Burma, ‘Kanch’, also has a strong contemplative air; in contrast to the beautiful landscape, it is less pleasantly known for the bridge over River Kwai - part of the POW-built ‘Death Railway’ to Burma. Steeped in this wartime history and that of the nearby Hellfire Pass, Kanchanaburi is an important destination for those interested in the Second World War, but your furrowed thoughts will be soothed by its lush, leafy ambience and a cooling trip by longtail boat up the river.

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