Kanchanaburi, Thailand, is most known for two reasons: the infamous Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and River Kwai Bridge (part of the Thailand-Burma Railway, or "Death Railway"), with all of the dreadful history that surrounds them and the magnificent national parks in close vicinity.
Our short trip to this beautiful city included both of these.
Rather than the usual article, we will be taking advantage of the fact that my camera is attached to my hip and I photograph just about everything.
So, welcome to our first Photo Journey!
The first part of this journey covers our trip from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi via a 3-hour train ride (which is one of the most authentic and engaging ways to reach the city), and our stops at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and River Kwai Bridge.
The train ride, as you’ll soon see, was a rickety ride cooled solely by fans and the hot air that permeated the open windows. Fortunately, there was plenty of room on the bus, which was populated almost entirely by locals.
The Cemetery, a mournful remnant of the deaths and suffering caused by World War II, contains close to 7,000 prisoners of war that died while constructing the River Kwai Bridge. The deaths came about due to the inhumane and deplorable conditions that the POWs were made to work under, including the accelerated completion of the 250-mile railway line in a little over a year.
While the River Kwai Bridge is a heavily-visited tourist attraction, we highly recommend the relatively empty Cemetery and the adjacent War Museum for a much more insightful view into the history behind these sites.
Hopefully our photographs capture the reverence of these sites accurately.