Kanchanburi is one of the places that I've been looking forward to visiting and it has not disappointed. Its so peaceful and quiet, a welcome change from Bangkok. Im staying at the Jolly Frog backpacker lodge which is right on the banks of the river. You get a really nice view of the sunset. On my first day here, we hired some bicycles, and when I say bicycle I dont mean a mountain bike....it looked like something from the 1940's complete with a basket on the front. I was suprised to actually get going on it. Im sure I looked a right sight. Anyway, we went to the DEATH war museum, which was really informative. All about the building of the Thai-Burma railway and the conditions that the POW's had to endure at the hands of the Japenese. Then it was onto the Bridge over the River Kwai. Which is quite a sight in istelf. I didnt realise that you'd be able to walk across it.
After this we decided to head out to a local Temple which I was told wasnt too far away. It took us a while, and just for fun it happened to be at the top of a hill. I knew those Spin classes would come in hadny at some point. Once we made it, the Temple wasn't all that much to look at really, but the view was fantastic. I have some great pictures which I will upload later.
The next day I took a trip out to the Erawan National Park and the waterfalls, which are stunning. There are seven waterfalls in total and each one is amazing. Well worth the walk up to the top of the mountain. Then it was onto the Hell Fire pass, again there was a museum all about the making of the pass and the treatment of the POW's in the process. It really is shocking to see conditions that they had to endure.
After such a long day I thought it would be a good idea to go for a Thai massage! Big mistake, but thats another story, you will have to ask me about that when I get home!!!!!
This afternoon Im heading out to the Tiger Temple. Will let you know how that goes later.
The Tiger Temple was very good, Ive uploaded the pictures, have a look.