Mae Klong Railway Market-Floating Market-The Bridge on the River Kwai- The Death Railway
Early this morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Bangkok, and drive to Samut Sakorn Province Thailand. Visit the most unique local market, Mae Klong Railway Market, the fishing has been (and still is) one of the main livelihoods of the people who live here, and the market is a way for them to sell their goods. However, officials decided to build a railway to better distribute their catch to provinces around Thailand, including the capital, but the market remained, despite the tracks cutting straight through it.
Travel to Kanchanaburi for lunch at local restaurant. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, where interactive exhibits, short films and clear descriptions provide the context of the Japanese aggression in Southeast Asia, detail their plans for the railway and describe the horrors faced by those prisoners who worked and died constructing it. Stop at the Don Rak war cemetery and memorial site, the graveyard fitting memorial to the thousands of Prisoners who died from exhaustion, malnutrition or deadly disease during the construction of the railway.
Continue to the Bridge over the River Kwai that has gained international fame from the film version of the novel. The Imperial Japanese Army ordered the black railway bridge to be brought to Kanchanaburi by the POWs from Java as part of the so-called Death Railway. Set off by train along The Death Railway; a route built by the Japanese during the Second World War, using forced labor made up of prisoners of war. It is said that for every sleeper laid down on the track, at least one life was lost. The area retains many poignant reminders and relics of the past.
Overnight in Kanchanaburi