Find Modern History At Kanchanaburi

The province of Kanchanaburi, touching the Myanmar border, is punctuated with memories from World War II. The most famous being the Bridge over the River Kwai, part of the Thai-Burma railway (aka Death Railway) built by prisoners of war.

There’s a memorial museum dedicated to those that lost their lives during the railway’s construction and a peaceful war cemetery.

You can take the train straight from Bangkok, and it’s possible to see the sights on a long day trip, but to immerse yourself in the region’s turbulent history there are plenty of places to stay in Kanchanaburi Town. A longer stay will reward you with tranquil hiking paths, and perhaps even exploring an ancient Khmer temple on the banks of the river Kwai.

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