The Death Railway from Kanchanaburi – Day Forty Eight, Kanchanaburi (Thailand).
Saturday 4th August
On Saturday we started the day early to visit The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre before we’d spend the day riding The Death Railway. At only 120 baht/$5/£2.50 for a couple, we were able to discover all about The Death Railway, and the hardship that the prisoners of war had to go through to build it. To finish off the museum, we headed across the road to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery to see just some of the graves which contain over 6000 prisoners of war bodies.
The train along The Death Railway only departs a couple of time a day from Kanchanaburi, so we decided to board the mid-morning train which would allow us enough time to explore the railway along Krasae Cave. The train journey cost 200 baht/$8/£4 and took around 1.5 hours, although we had to travel on the same uncomfortable trains from the previous day we were given some amazing views of beautiful Thai countryside – so its well worth it, and our uncomfortable bums were nowhere in comparison to the hardship that the prisoners of war would have had to go through to build the railway that people today still ride.
On arrival to Krasae Cave Bridge, we discovered masses of tourists, I don’t know why we didn’t already foresee it really since its one of the easiest to get to, and more picturesque stops along the railway. Anyway, after clambering along the railway bridge and down the tracks for a while we were able to reach an area unpopulated by 100’s of tourists. We sat on the edge of the railway, watching the fast-moving waters of the Khwae Noi River, and the locals going about their day to day business.
The return journey was slightly quicker than the way there, and before we knew it we were arriving at Bridge Over The River Kwai. We decided to get off the train one stop early so that we could take some pictures of the bridge, and visit the two other local war museums: War Museum & JEATH War Museum.
After a busy day, and an early start we headed over to the Big C Supermarket, which is usually an easy place to find a couple of fast food restaurants for a simple and easy dinner.