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Kanchanaburi Highlights

 

 Along the Death Railway

The notorious Burma-Siam railway (best known as the “Death Railway“) was built by American, Dutch and Commonwealth prisoners of war.  The railway was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved the support the large Japanese army in Burma. During the construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians / chiefly forced labor brought from Malaya and India or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar) also died in the course of the project.  Two labor forces camps, one in Thailand and one in Myanmar (Burma) worked from opposite end towards the center. The aim was to complete the construction within 14 months. The Works started in October 1942 and was completed by December 1943. The total length of the line was 424 kilometer.

A Journey on the Death Railway Train by using the track overhanging the River Kwai on the old wooden viaduct is included in all our packages.

 

 

 

Thailand–Burma Railway Centre in Kanchanaburi is an interactive museum, research and information center. It is dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma-Railway. The fully air-conditioned center offers the visitor an educational and moving experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Next to the Thailand–Burma Railway Center the Allied War Cemetery  gives the 6.982 victims of the Japanese imprisonment, which built the Burma Railway (Beat), the last peaceful rest.

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge

Bridge over the River Kwai is much known for the 1957 move “The Bridge on the River Kwai”.  Besides the question how much of the film was real or how much was fiction, the real history of how the railway though Thailand (Siam) was build is a horrific story.  Actually the Japanese ordered to build two Kwai River bridges (one of steel and one of wood) to help move Japanese supplies and troops. One bridge was built of wood approximately 100 meters upriver from the current bridge, during the construction of the iron and concrete bridge (also rebuilt in 1945 when the iron bridge was bombed). No remnants of the wooden bridge remain.

 

 

 

 

 

The Hellfire Pass (known by the Japanese as Konyu Cutting)  got his name from the POWs (prisoner of war) and Asian labors during  World War II. Stony mountains were cut by prisoners of war in this inhospitable jungle to lay tracks of the Death Railway. They cut and blasted with force trough rock by hand to clear the area.  The destroyed railroad leads to ‘Hin Tok’ bridge and ‘Konyu’ cutting, pass for the former Burma Railway (today also called the “Death Railway”).  Covered by jungle after closing the pass, the area has been reclaimed from the jungle as a profound war memorial.  The pass is known for the harsh conditions and heavy loss of life during the construction by its suffered labors.  To build the pass within a very short time frame, construction had to continue through the night by torchlight which resemble a scene from Hell, prisoner reported. A small museum (Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum )next to the pass gives a lot of detail information. The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) was settled in memory of the allied prisoners of war and conscripted from India, Burma, Malaysia, who suffered and died during the construction of the railway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why not choose Thailand as your next holiday destination?

There are obviously any numbers of reasons why so many tourists choose every year to visit and some of them are even thing to settle down in Thailand.

 Thailand - the land of smile

There are only a few places as Thailand in our world, which offers diverse culture, tropical and pleasant climate, delicious and world class cuisine, nice beaches, friendly people, enchanting scenery, very affordable living costs and / or the vibrant nightlife around the country. And since there are only a few places you can find all these; many tourist are choosing Thailand for their holiday destination.

Quaint and refreshing beachesA heaven of a place, Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia and offers a huge selection of travel experience and travelers just have to pick the one that suits their interest and budget for their individual travel dream. While honeymooners like to toddle alongside its quaint and refreshing beaches, fun and adventure loving kinds like to make their splash into the blue sea and others are one the quest of some real excitement pick enthralling wildlife escapades for their holidays in the delightful country.

Scuba Diving at the Andaman Sea

Apart from many activities Thailand is also famous for its festivals as well as the taste of its exceptionally delecatble food that makes tours to Thailand special. Thailand is in every definition a tropical  paradise and voted as one of the most fulfilling holiday destinations in the world.

Kayaking at Kaeng Sam, Nakhorn Nayok Thailand Visit Thailand for an experience the best of both the urban and rural can offer and for those who are more attracted to the physical side of life, Thailand has it .

Thailand is also a site of ancient architectural wonders since the Thai history goes fare back and remnants of different Kingdoms, like Ayudhya and Sukothai, prompt exploration and a challenge to explore their origins. In the northeast, there are the remnants of many ancient Khmer temples and some of the people still speak the Khmer language.

Many of the ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples has marked as world heritage sites, exhibiting the precision and skill of ancient sculptors, a must for historical lovers.

Tom Yam Kung, Thailands most popular dishChiang Mai Songkran Festival, Chiang Mai

 Namtok Heo Narokjungle at the Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand…………………………..

With one side facing Andaman Sea and the other side facing Gulf of Thailand, Thailand has more than 1000 miles of coastline which became the primary attractions for Thailand vacations and for those who are more attracted to the physical side of life, Thailand offers a wide variety of water sports, which include scuba diving, water skiing, deep sea fishing, jet skiing and parasailing are offered all around. Beach at Hat Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Or have the choice of crowed tourist – or totally deserted beaches. The most popular beaches are found on the southern islands around. The most popular beaches are found on the southern islands around Phuket, Koh Chang and Koh Samui. Besides all the water activities and attraction, Golfing became very popular in Thailand and not only for tourists, many Thais are founding there peace during a match. Thailand offers year around golfing with a wide choice of high quality golf courses.

Blue Canyon Golf Course in PhuketBut Thailand has much more…..  Take the opportunity for exotic sightseeing Tours and Excursions at interesting destinations include Kanchanaburi, Chang Mai, the northern area around the “Golden Triangle”, the southern islands, Koh Chang and many others and  of course, not forget Bangkok itself.

A typical trip to Thailand will include landing in Bangkok and spending a few days there before they take off to an exploration of the northern part of Thailand such as Chang Mai and Chang Rai. Then usually people usually end their trip one of the islands in the southern part of Thailand, like Phi Phi, Phuket, Lanta, Samui, Koh Chang etc. for some relaxing days on the beach or some other water sport activities before they head back to Bangkok, so do some last shopping and then head home.

Before you pack for your “Thailand vacation” you can sure look forward to a journey of a lifetime as you will return with a bagful of memories worth cherishing.

Histroy - Nature - Shopping all in one country

 

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