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In the west part of Thailand there is a town in this apology called Kanchanaburi. This was established back in the 19th century by King Rama the first, and has now become a town of over 30,000 people. The climate in the area is tropical savanna, and the winters are very warm and dry. April is the hottest month roughly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, after which monsoon season hits between May and October. It is located near the Mae Klong River, one of the reasons why it can be a little cooler than surrounding areas. The main religion in the area is Buddhism, and despite its small size, there are many places to go including tourist attractions such as The Bridge over the River Kwai. Let's look at a few things that you will be able to do when you get to this location, a place that may not be a popular tourist attraction, but has certainly received quite a bit of notoriety because of films made in the last few decades.
Khao Laem Reservoir
It's not so much that you want to see the reservoir, but it's fun to cross. It's man-made, the result of a dam that was constructed back in the 1980s which caused many villages to become submerged. A bridge was built over the top, and there are many things to see including temples that can be seen. There is also a beautiful forest surrounding the area, something that is very beautiful to see early in the morning as a result of gray mist that surrounds the countryside.
Wat Tham Seua
This is a hilltop Temple that has a beautiful 18 m tall Buddha, one that is covered in a golden colored mosaic. It is an important place for many people in Thailand, those that drop coins into small trays, delivered to a central bowl for donations. There are several different types of stupas, one of which is 69 m high. Many of the images include those of wars in the area, and pictures of the Buddha, along with the Tiger Cave and another Chinese Temple nearby.
This is another bridge that was constructed, one of the largest in the world that is made of bridge, roughly 440 m in length. It connects surrounding towns and there are many dress shops and stores in the area as well as a floating bamboo bridge.
The Bridge Over The River Kwai
Of all of the sites that you will see that will be the most familiar is the famous The Bridge over the River Kwai. It was built as a part of the Burma Railway, and was featured in several movies, but was a creation of beauty that was wrought with peril and disease. Many of the people working on it were prisoners, yet there were memorials and museums built to commemorate the people that constructed the bridge. There is also the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and the Death Railway which can be seen by tourists.
Erawan National Park
This is a beautiful location to go if for only one reason and it is the seven tiered waterfall at this park. It is very popular, not only for tourists, but the locals, and it is thought to resemble a three-headed elephant represented in Hindu mythology called Erawan. Although it is not a very tall waterfall, it is one of the most beautiful and majestic that people can see today. It has a beautiful the parents that keeps people coming back for more, perhaps to get in touch with their spiritual nature.
Three Pagodas Pass
One final place that you ought to check out while you are there is called Three Pagodas Pass. Not only does it represent the Thailand and Burmese border, it used to be a significant spot as part of the trade routes. There were also ancient wars that were fought in this area, and the pagodas represent this. Today, it is a tourist attraction that you can see, situated in the midst of beautiful mountains and forests.
Sri Nakarin National Park
Finally there is Sri Nakarin National Park which is similar to the other park with the difference that it has Hot Springs. It is connected to the Kwae Yai River and also has a beautiful waterfall called the Huay Mae Khamin Waterfalls which is accessible with a four-wheel-drive vehicle or by boat. There are so many other things to see when you go to Kanchanaburi, you may have to come back a couple different times. If you only get to see a few things, it is recommended that you visit the Erawan National Park at least once. There you can get a taste of how beautiful the landscape and countryside is of Western town in Thailand. It should definitely be on your list of places to go as you are traveling through this beautiful country.
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