ERAWAN TOUR 1
The beautiful Erawan waterfalls are a series of seven individual cascades, set in the Erawan National Park, some 60km from Kanchanaburi town. Erawan is a three-headed Hindu elephant and the seven tiers of the waterfall system are said to resemble the mythical creature. Take a walk all the way to the top and swim in any of the inviting natural pools along the way. Don't forget to bring a swimsuit!
A stark illustration of the terrible conditions endured by Allied prisoners of war, Hellfire Pass was dug out of rock in six terrible weeks in 1943 by Australian, British, US and Dutch POWs forced to work 18 hours a day as the Japanese attempted to complete a railway line, now known as Death Railway, from Bangkok to Rangoon during World War 2. Some 68 prisoners were beaten to death by their guards during this phase of construction.
Krasae Cave via the Death Railway
The Thai-Burma railway line, or Death Railway, was built to support the Japanese occupation of Burma during World War 2. Living in horrific conditions, some 100,000 conscripted Asian labourers and 16,000 Allied POWs died during its construction. Parts of the original 415km line remain intact and are still in use. Near Wang Pho station, Krasae Cave houses a fine Buddha figure and offers a spectacular view over the River Kwai.
Bridge on the River Kwai by Train
The Bridge on the River Kwai, made famous by the 1957 David Lean movie, remains in use to this day. The target of frequent Allied bombing, the bridge was used by the Japanese for two years before it was eventually destroyed. It was rebuilt after the War, and many parts of the original bridge – the curved sections leading from either bank – can still be seen supporting the daily train to Sai Yok.
Price per person: Bt1250