A Place of Contrasting Landscapes
If you'd like to explore Thailand's
contemporary history on your independent rail holiday, a visit to
the charming town of Kanchanaburi is highly recommended. Here
you'll find the famous bridge which spans the River Kwai, and can
visit the poignant JEATH War Museum. This recounts the chilling and
moving story of the construction of the 'Death Railway' by
prisoners of war, to create a transport link between Thailand and
neighbouring Burma in World War II.
Kanchanaburi is also the gateway to
some of Thailand's most spectacular national parks, such as Sa Yok,
wherein limestone caves and stunning waterfalls complement the
natural beauty of a wilderness environment.
Kheaun Sri Nakarin National Park - Thailand's largest -
surrounds a large lake, and among its bamboo forests you'll find
bubbling thermal springs and a host of exotic wildlife.
Whatever your idea of paradise, Thailand almost certainly meets
it thanks to its friendly and multicultural people, wonderful
native cuisine and a wealth of beauty both natural and man-made.
Explore Thailand by rail and you'll be left in no doubt as to why
it is known as the land of smiles.