Kanchanaburi – River Kwai

Last weekend I visited the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi for a couple of days. Since we live in the capital, traveling to anywhere in Thailand is easy, so we took the bus. However, the bus ride was horrible, it felt like you were in a roller coaster with all the holes in the road. Finally, after a 3+ hours drive, we arrived in Kanchanaburi. When we got to our hotel, we found out that we had an amazing view over the River Kwai. It was so beautiful.

The next day we had a cultural-historical day. First we visited a war museum in Kanchanaburi, which showed us everything from WWII in Kanchanaburi. Apparently, lot of military from the allies were held captured by the Japanese in order to create a train track from Thailand to Birma. The allies made a bridge in Kanchanaburi, which is currently world famous. After the museum, we visited the cemetery and the bridge. When we walked over the bridge, a train came and showed us that it was still in use. Furthermore, when on the other side of the bridge, there was this place which was traditionally Chinese, with all the buildings and colours. It was super beautiful.

Since this week was a festival week about the history in Kanchanaburi, there was this big market with lots of different food, for example cockroaches, chestnuts and more. Besides that, a musical was played every night of the week. We visited the musical since it had subtitles and people really recommended it to us. Normally, I am not a fan of musicals, but I did like this one. It really showed us the story from the war and they even had fireworks used as bombs. It was spectecular and I would go again.

On our last day in Kanchanaburi, we went to the Erawan National Park. The park is about 30square km so we decided to just go to a waterfall in the park. The waterfall had different layours and when you walked more towards the start of the waterfall, the falls became more beautiful. You could swim in the water, but I did not dare to. There were huge fish in the water and FYI I am scared of fish. Also, when a friend went into the water, she told me that the fish were just onto her entire body. AWFUL.

The next day, we had to go back to Bangkok. Our planning was to chill at the swimming pool until 5 or something, but the weather did not feel like it, so we went home earlier. But then there was the horrible bus ride again…