Kanchanaburi Warnings and Dangers

  • River Kwai Bridge
    River Kwai Bridge
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  • Floating down the river
    Floating down the river
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  • River as seen from the Raft
    River as seen from the Raft
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    Raft Trip

    by balhannah Updated Jul 19, 2013

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    Floating down the river
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    I did a Raft trip on the river Kwai which was quite nice. We were towed against the current, then floated back. Local children were swimming in the river and it was quite peaceful and serene. The problem was, as more people got onto the raft, the more water there was around your feet. My Sandals came apart (the glue) and were no good after that trip, they just fell to bits.

    My tip is TAKE YOUR SHOES AND SANDALS OFF BEFORE YOU GET ONTO THE RAFT.

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    Tiger Temple - Do not encourage animal cruelty

    by imolinar Updated Dec 26, 2010

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    -deliberate physical abuse of tigers...
    -malnourished animals...
    -illegal breeding...
    -blackmarket tiger trading...
    -tigers traded for fur & Chinese medicine industries...
    -little to no veterinary treatment at temple...
    -unprofessional, cruel staff...
    -no contribution to conservation...
    -tigers 'vanishing' in the night...
    -renaming tigers to cover up illegal trafficking...
    -endangering the lives of the public & volunteers...
    -inadequate & poor housing of the tigers...
    -leaving injuries of tigers untreated as medicine is deemed too expensive...
    -snatching newborn cubs from their mothers, denying them key nutrients from her milk, to be raised on human baby milk powder...
    -the Abbot himself beating the tigers with sticks...
    -tourists acting inappropriately with the tigers without repremand from staff...
    -poor accomodation conditions - tiny concrete and steel cages, with no enrichments...
    -female tigers being turned into unnatural breeding machines, kept constantly pregnant...
    -money being collected, supposedly for Tiger Temple cage improvements and to make the tigers happier, but no evidence of these improvements after several years...
    -pulling tigers tails & noses if they do not do as they're told...
    -reports of temple tiger mistreatment & abuse coming from the actual volunteers at the Tiger Temple...
    -tourists leaving in disgust at the treatment of the tigers at the Tiger Temple....
    -volunteers leaving temple early rather than staying & witnessing the cruelty at the temple...

    THERE ARE NO CONSERVATION BENEFITS TO THE TIGER TEMPLE! ...

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    River Kwai Bridge Walk

    by balhannah Written Jun 29, 2009

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    River Kwai Bridge

    If you are frightened of heights, then you probably shouldn't do this walk across the Bridge to the other side. The boards are narrow to walk on, ok until somebody else wants to get past and you have to step aside. When the Train comes through, there are side pieces jutting out that you step into.

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    Watch The Current!

    by YaaDong Written Aug 17, 2008

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    The river may look calm but don't be fooled .In some places the current can be very strong at times.So think before you leap in like I did. The next thing you could be doing is floating down the river and swimming for your life to get to shore.

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    Think twice before you visit the Tiger Temple

    by mim95 Updated Jun 23, 2008

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    This June 2008 report was released from Care for the Wild International showing some disturbing facts about the Tiger Temple. It suggested that there is "evidence of animal abuse and illegal tiger trafficking" there.

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    Dangerous Dogs

    by traceyspacey Written May 28, 2007

    This might sound obvious to some. Just beware that dogs will go for you and they do bite. Do not look at the dog, do not show your teeth and remain calm (hard I know). Do not run, but walk slowly. There are quite a few stray dogs around. Even some of the dogs that are pets, are not well trained.

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    Erawan: you never bath alone ...

    by Myndo Written Mar 5, 2006

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    fish under the waterfalls

    This we encountered at the Erawan Falls, but I am sure it is true for many other Falls and bathing oportunities as well.

    So when you found your place at one of the seven steps of the Erawan Falls and settle down into the water in one of the pools, you suddenly feel something on your toes.
    You are being picked at. By fishes. They will eat the skin flakes that you shed, right off your skin. They begin at the feet and slowly work their way up your legs.
    It doesn?t hurt at all, but It tickles like hell!

    If you manage to sit still, you can be sure you have no more tough skin on your legs at all.

    The fish are not these in the pictures, they are smaller than these. I could not make a picture of them, because they stay depper down in the water.

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    road dangers

    by xiao_ping Written Sep 9, 2005

    beware of potholes in the road! especially (particularly) the pothole that lies in the road towards little creek resort! (no) thanks to the pothole, my motorbike skidded and i flew off the bike, and teh exhaust pipe burnt a big hole on my leg. (real) thanks to the nice staff at little creek resort, they sent me promptly to some remote hospital for some dressing up of wound! note the irritating bandage on my leg.

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    Will you be stared at or Beaten up in Kanch?

    by astro_kerryn Written Mar 3, 2005

    As Kanchanaburi is a very popular tourist destination you can feel quite safe any time of the day, folks here are very friendly and used to seeing lots of farang. Generally people aren't harassed by the locals unless THEY of course are the cause of the trouble i.e.: drunks in night-clubs, but that goes for anywhere in Thailand. There is a good tourist police presence especially around the “Bridge”; mostly they are helpful and courteous.

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    Slippery when wet

    by joyful_sun Written Sep 22, 2003
    Treking inside Lawa Cave

    Whenever you go trekking inside a cave or to the waterfalls, be very careful and watch your step. The wet and smooth rocks can cause you to slip and break a leg or fracture your skull. There is no 911 here and emergency services are not like in the States or Europe where people can be evacuated by helicopter or an emergency team. The hospital can be at least 40 kms away if you are in the heart of the jungle or in the national park.

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  • Or Retired Fan?

    by yen_2 Written Sep 9, 2003

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    Dead Fan!

    It's not that dangerous but when you want to go visit the Nam Tok Station to fully discover and see the Death Railway and where they have the pretty accomodations along the river, you will ride a train to go there which we did and the train has these fan here(retired fan)-I didn't understand the feeling I had because, I need a toilet at the first place which they didn't have and which is again very important and the retired fan they have! So, you know what to do,right?=)

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