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Exploring Kanchanaburi by train

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The train crept over the River Khwae Yai before cruising alongside vertical cliffs and through windswept fields of tapioca and sugarcane. More of a leisure activity than transport option, a ride on the Death Railway is one of Southeast Asia’s more memorable train journeys.

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This article covers only the train ride; see Hellfire Pass and Death Railway Bridge for background info on the railway itself.

The bridge you've all been reading about. Photo taken in or around Exploring Kanchanaburi by train, Kanchanaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

The bridge you've all been reading about. Photo: David Luekens

Many of the third-class carriages still have wooden seats and rusty old ceiling fans, but you can walk around, hang (but not fall) out the open doors, take photos through the windows and meet the friendly food and drink vendors as you shake, rattle and roll through the countryside. While the trains themselves are dated, major maintenance on the seven-decade-old railway was ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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