Tigers and the tourist round
Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
92Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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Kanchanaburi is the home of the Burma Railway with the Bridge over the River Kwai.
The first order of the day, after checking into the hostel with a cabin over looking the river - very nice one of the best rooms on the trip, was to rush out to the Tiger Temple to meet the tigers.
An unbelievable experience - although it is pretty pricey you do get a good chance to meet the tigers and the staff make sure there are lots of photographs to record the event.
There is so much to do here so we signed up for a full day of events. Everything is well spread out so we were zipped around in a minivan. The day included:
Elephant Ride - Wild Animal Safari
Bamboo Rafting - White Water Rafting
Waterfall Visit - Canyoning ( I did climb to the top!)
Hellfire Pass and Memorial
Bridge over the River Kwai
The morning events were really just the normal tourist round but enjoyable all the same. The visit to Hellfire Pass was extremely moving as well as informative. The pass is situated north of Kanchanaburi - the pass was carved out of very hard rock by hand.
The railway is till in daily use but some of the routing has been changed. We were able to walk along the trestle which was a bit scary - the orginal smaller guage rails have been retained in some areas.
The wooden supports have been mainly replaced but it is possible to spot the original ones as they a rounded and much paler than the newer ones..
We got on the train and travelled down the track and once off the trestle it fairly shifted along. The tain carriages were pretty old with wooden seats and windows that fully opened to the elements. I am not sure how old.
The last stop of the day was at the Bridge over the River Kwai - which I was disappointed to find doesn't cross the Kwai at all!!! The river at that point is something else...
The bridge was bombed - by us- during the war so it is not completely original.