KANCHANABURI- it just sounds exotic, doesn’t it?
The prison camps made famous in “The Bridge Over The River Kwai” and “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence” bequathed the area its darkest past: The Burma Railway.
Due west of Bangkok, the city is the gateway to some superb forests, lakes, waterfalls, national parks, multi-ethnic towns, and ultimately the Burmese border at Three Pagoda Pass.
North of the rugged mountains, through tiger habitat, lies Mae Sot. It is a legal crossing point to Burma, the country from which many of the town’s residents have fled.