Kayaking on the River Kwai, Thailand

Kayaking on the River Kwai, Thailand

Kayaking on the River Kwai, Thailand

All Points East's 'Jungles and Islands' tour

Taken on: 9th November, 2010. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Mark Chiang Mai's page of Flickr

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For history, natural beauty, activities and accessibility, Kanchanaburi province is tough to beat. Located just 128 kilometres from Bangkok, Kan (as it's known to locals) is home to pristine national parks, cavernous caves, majestic rivers, lakes, waterfalls and temples. For many though, all this takes a backseat to the area's World War II history. Thousands of allied prisoners of war (POWs) and forced labourers lost their lives while building a Japanese military supply line known as the Death Railway, which cut through the province and linked Bangkok to Burma by way of a precarious and heavily bombed track.

Home to some 35,000 people, the provincial capital town of Kanchanaburi sits alongside the River Kwai (pronounced ‘khwae'), surrounded by sugarcane fields and dramatic mountains to the west. The town's signature landmark is a rail bridge built by POWs and made famous by the 1957 film, Bridge ... Read our complete Kanchanaburi travel guide

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