Butterflies in national parks around Kanchanaburi
Anywhere you go in the national parks around Kanchanaburi you are surrounded by butterflies of diverse size, colour and type! They literally swarm around you which is a very magical experience! It is so hard to capture this with your camera, but it kept me in awe for hours on end!! At least this is how it was in June!
Aside from your clothes bag, bring a small knapsack or sling bag to carry a bottle of water, your camera and a small towel or shirt when you go treking around the caves or waterfalls. Bring INSECT REPELLANT!! Leave the high heels and leather shoes at home, no fancy bars or rave parties here. Just lots of trekking, kayaking and other nature outdoor stuff. Do bring a hat, shades, sunblock, swimsuit, slippers and a nice pair of hiking boots or mojos. A foldable raincoat would be nice too. Basic first aid kit and whatever medication you regularly take. No hospital, pharmacy or infirmary nearby. Bring you basic toiletries, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush etc, Jungle Rafts Resort only provides soap. Camera and video cam! Lots of film! Splash pack if you have one. Nice handy flashlight especially when your resort has no electricity. good for cave trekking too. If you have a sweet tooth or need to have a snack between meals, come prepared and bring your rations so you wont go hungry. Chips, chocolate, candy, cake, brownies, ..pack em in less you go crazy without them.
By Bus: Buses leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal every 15 minutes from 4 a.m.-8 p.m.
The trip takes about 2 hours. Call :0-2434-5557 for more information.
First Photo: Kanchanaburi Bus station
Second Photo: Streets in Kanchanaburi
Third Photo: Streets in Kanchanaburi
Forth Photo: Streets in Kanchanaburi
Fifth Photo: Main street in kanchanaburi
Riding the Death Railway Train
Every tourist coming here would want to get on the train that rides over the reconstructed section of the infamous Death Railway along and over the bridge of River Kwai.
The train is old and the track and bridge looks "rickety". The view is of greenery, bamboo trees, flowing river active with local tourists on rafts or floating restaurants.
The Death Railway was built during World War II to connect Thailand and Burma through mountainous jungle under the Japanese occupation. Many hundred thousands perished due to overwork, malaria, exposure, starvation and mistreatment. They were prisoners of wars of the Britain and the Bristish Empire as well as Dutch and many Asian males kidnapped and brought here to labor.
So it is a rather solemn train ride for some. In the background, we could hear Japanese tourists noisily chatting and clicking their cameras.
Float down river on a bamboo raft
This little raft ride was part of a larger tour. It only lasted for about 30-40 minutes, but those 30-40 minutes were some of the most peaceful minutes I experienced in Thailand. There is a person guiding the raft all along the river, so all you need to do is sit back and relax. Watching the beautiful scenery go by was perfect. I definately recommend.