Kensington Tours' Southeast Asia expert, Cindy Kwan, recommends Kanchanaburi as a perfect spot during Thailand Tours to unwind for a few days or hours. Most of its official tourism sites surround the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai but its serene riverside vistas also makes it a popular spot for travelers to relax.
The town’s bridge is a must-see for any World War II buff. Kanchanaburi also boasts several war museums and cemeteries, but the Death Railway Museum may be the most informative. Focusing its efforts on telling the part of the town’s story not publicly documented, the museum is an eye-opener for any traveler looking for a well-rounded history lesson.
Often overlooked, the town’s many riverside restaurants offer wonderful places to unwind. Kanchanaburi’s many floating restaurants prepare a range of healthy curries, soups and fish dishes. Yeesok, the area’s specialty, is a delicious fish caught locally in the Kwai Yai and Kwai Noc rivers, and is recommended heartily by locals and visitors alike.
For those wanting a full day in town, accommodations are serene in many ways. Aboard a floating raft house, guests can enjoy the fading light against the area’s limestone hills, and allow the gentle current of the river to lull them to sleep.
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