Kanchanaburi is a town located in the west of Thailand. The region is home to the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, a World War 2 memorial and two museums. It is situated at the edge of a mountain range, making its climate cooler throughout the year than most places in Thailand.
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
The main memorial to prisoners of war and victims of the Burma Railway. Nearly 7,000 prisoners of war were laid to rest here.
The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum
The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum is an interactive museum and research center dedicated to the Thailand-Burma "death railway." The Japanese Army abused Allied prisoners and Asian laborers.
The River Kwai
An infamous tributary of the Mae Klong, POW labor was used to construct two bridges across the river. An estimated 116,000 people died in one year of construction.
Tiger Temple is a Buddhist temple that, most notably, keeps and cares for tigers. Visitors are allowed to watch as the animals are led to their own play area. Occasionally visitors are invited to pet one of the tamer tigers.
Local eateries serve everything from Thai and western cuisine as well as vegetarian meals and full bar service.
Centered on the River Promenade, several dance clubs cater to visitors and locals of all ages
Article Written By Sara John
Sara John is a professional writer and copy editor living in Des Moines, IA. She has worked professionally for seven years, and written articles for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, as well as other local publications. She is a graduate of Grand View University and holds a B.A. in journalism.