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"Kanchanaburi: Bridge over River Kwai" Top 5 Page for this destination Central & Eastern Thailand Things to Do Tip by Myndo

Central & Eastern Thailand Things to Do: 57 reviews and 70 photos

  Bridge over River Kwai, Kanchanaburi
by Myndo

Here is the bridge that stood model for the roman of Pierre Boulle with the same name.
Kanchanaburi is sometimes also called Kan or Kanburi and is visited by Thai and foreigners as well. The area is like a close retreat for the people of Bangkok, Japanese and others come to see the war museums and the historical places.

Most things you will need as a visitor you can find in the area south of the Bridge at the roads parallel to the River. Guest houses, hotels, bars, restaurants etc.

The bridge itself was smaller than I expected. The old parts are the round bows, the parts that have been destroyed in the war and rebuilt are square.

A must-do is a small walk over the bridge. Under your feet you can look down to the water (far down). Just take care of the other people and don't forget that there are still trains crossing the bridge. If this happens while you are on it, you have to get on one of the small platforms at the pillars.

Note: if you are adressed by some girls with a "take picture with me?", this does mean that if you do, you will have to pay for it later :-) it is just another (small) way to get to money.

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  • Updated Feb 13, 2006
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