The best of my hole trip to Thailand.
I stayed in a floating hotel that was SO GOOD!
You could leave the river take you from one end of the hotel to the oposite end. It was GREAT FUN. There is no electricity in the hotel so nights are very quiet. The first night a typical show is included with the cuttest girl dancing!
You shouldnt stay less than 2 nights.
If you want to relax you can stay for another 2 or 3 days (maybe for a couple jejeje!)
This is not within the Bangkok Region, but I'm not going to write the whole page/site about Kanchanauri. Therefore I park it here.
Nothing too glorious about this place, but it is quite significant & full with sadness during Japanese occupation period (WW II).
There are several places where you can view crocodiles and even wrestling crocodiles. Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm is the world's oldest and largest crocodile farm. Crocodiles here are bred in their thousands.
This tops the 120meter high temple which is the oldest and tallest Buddhist monument in Thailand.
The original chedi was 84meters high but was in ruins when King Mongkut (Rama IV) first visited when he was still a monk. When he came to the throne, he restored it and covered the old chedi with the new one.
Bas reliefs can be seen around the windows and up on the eaves with very intricate patterns.
These blended in with the rest of the building in color and texture...nothing gaudy about them...very subdued coloring...no golds in the facade of Phra Pathom Chedi. Quite a relief after all the glitter in the other wats we visited.
Do not miss out on the details inside the shrines. You have to take off your shoes everytime you try to get inside one but not going in meant not seeing beautiful things like this mural.
The paint was faded and chipped in some areas but it gave the walls so much character.
As hot as it was that afternoon when we were in Nakom Pathom, taking photos around the temple was not something to be missed. The details on this huge chedi were beautiful inside and out. We walked around the circular building and saw some monks having classes. I didn't think it was ok to take photos in there so I didn't.
We didn't have many specific goals for our trip to Thailand, but visiting this was one. The actual histrory of the bridge differs from the Alec Guiness movie, and it was interesting to see it first hand.
Also on this site is the JEATH War Museum (Japan England America Australia Thailand Holland) with many artifacts from this chapter of World War II.
We booked this tour with an agent in Bangkok.
This is a landscaped complex about 20 miles from Bangkok. And has something for everyone, a swimming pool, bowling alley, boating and water-skiing to name a few. There is also a Thai Cultural show where you will be shown all manner of local dancing by beautiful girls and boys, some Martial Arts and Elephant displays.
Nice place to visit.
Did the touristy thing here.
Lovely gardens, riding elephants, cultural show.
Kids loved it.
This is one of the 3 War Cemeteries beside the Chungkai & Thanbyuzayat. These tomb stones were to commemorate those no know grave by name, not the actual buried site. Not a happy life place.
Thai Boxing - a touristic attraction in Rose Garden Pavilion ! In fact a tourist trap but nevertheless a national sport !!
PHRA PATHOM CHEDI - at Nakhon Pathom
This Chedi or Pagoda is the tallest Buddhist shrine in the world and one of the most sacred places of worship for Thai Buddhists.
The Rose Garden, a few hours' drive from Bangkok...
...offers a general view of Thai culture. It features a daily cultural show, with the parade of elephants as one of the highlights.
Part of the trip to the River Khwae is a visit to the War cemetery in Kanchanburi. The cemetery is poignant place and is beautifully kept by the Thai people.