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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 completed in 2016.

A highlight comes right off the bat when the train creaks over the historic Death Railway Bridge. You then cut south, nuzzling up close to the River Khwae Noi and passing through small villages before stopping at Tha Kilen Station, located within walking distance of the ancient Khmer ruins at Prasat Mueang Singh.

Cliffside training at Krasae. Photo taken in or around Exploring Kanchanaburi by train, Kanchanaburi, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

Cliffside training at Krasae. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Two more stops and you arrive at Saphan Tham Krasae Station next to the cave of the same name. In this area the train slows to a crawl as it crosses the precarious-looking cliff-side bridge known as Wang Pho Viaduct. A wall of rock towers within touching distance to the right, with a sheer drop down to the river and phenomenal views to the left—another highlight of the trip. You could hop off at the next station, Wang Pho, to encounter troupes ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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