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Thailand Great Discovery Tour, From Hua Hin to Kanchanaburi

Updated: 2015-09-30
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Kanchanaburi Town is located 128kms to the west of Bangkok. Compared to Hua Hin, it is a much shorter route if you were to start your trip. However, as we were in Hua Hin, so, our Thailand Great Discovery Tour took us from Hua Hin to Kanchanaburi.

We started our journey to this western province of Thailand just after our lunch. After stopping at Thaao Ko Sa Forest Beach for a quick photographic session, we took to the highways heading towards Kanchanaburi. It turned out that this Kanchanaburi tour was a mountain and Kwai river travel that’s hard to forget.

 

Getting off the highway, we arrived at the bank of River Kwai by snaking through the thick tropical rainforest in the dark. The drive was approximately three and a half hours from Hua Hin to the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. The river looked especially mysterious in the dark. The thoughts of wild animals in the jungle and man-eating fish in the deep manifested in our minds. Just our imaginations getting away with us, of course.

 

We were taxied via the fast flowing river in the dark

 

We were taxied via the fast flowing river, the main transport route in Kanchanaburi, to our riverside lodge, the Resotel mountain resort located on the bank of the River Kwaiwas, where we stayed for two nights.

 

The riverside lodge is a mountain hotel popular among western budget travelers. Prices start from 400 RMB per night. Our guide told us that we were supposed to be staying at The Float House, but it was fully booked. Nonetheless, the Resotel lodge wasn’t that bad a stay; it is affordable and the facilities are reasonable. The villas spread over a big area by the river, nestling among the tropical forest landscape, with the mountain as their backdrop. We struggled to connect to the lodge’s Wifi, which was hundreds of meters away from us. We were not able to get mobile Internet connection, and even our mobile phones were out of service. This turned out to be a good thing, as we had an excuse not to do any work and simply enjoy our stay.

 

Resotel mountain resort - the riverside lodge is a mountain hotel popular among western budget travelers

 

 

 

 

 

We had dinner at the Float House, the resort hotel where we were supposed to be staying, and got a chance to see the beautiful facilities there. The villas are tastefully decorated in Thai folk style with teakwood furniture providing comfort and a sense of harmony with nature. Each villa features a private balcony and pier where you can relax and take in the beautiful ambience. All rooms are connected to a spacious common area. This elegant floating resort is made of teakwood and bamboo, with wooden furniture and a broad range of services and facilities. The floating lobby and restaurant are in the middle of floating villas for easy access for all guests.

 

Our dinner there was superb.

 

Resort hotel...Float House

 

 

The villas are tastefully decorated in Thai folk style with teakwood furniture providing comfort and a sense of harmony with nature.

 

This elegant floating resort is made of teakwood and bamboo

 

 

The floating restaurant are in the middle of floating villas for easy access for all guests.

 

Dinner at the Float House

 

Things to do at Kanchanaburi

 
In Kanchanaburi, there are many things you can do. Hence, staying indoors is not an option as the weather and natural environments are extremely inviting for visitors. With our guide at hand, we were advised to explore and discover:

1. Mountain biking
2. Flying fox and tree top adventure
3. Hot springs, spa, and massage
4. Going organic
5. The Death Railway and the bridge over the River Kwai



Mountain biking

 

Mountain biking is a great way to get around on rough jungle trails and mountain roads. Bike rentals are provided at many hotels. We cycled in a group, going deep in the rainforest, passing through villages. We biked from the forest lodge, Resotel, all the way to the bank of the River Kwai, where we were taxied by riverboat to the Tree Top Adventure Park.

 

Mountain biking is a great way to get around on rough jungle trails and mountain roads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree Top Adventure Park, Kanchanaburi

 

 

Located at the Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort, Tree Top Adventure Park is the first park of its kind in Thailand. The park features a new European safety system, which uses a continuous life line, so that park-goers are secured from the beginning till the end of the course without frequent unclipping of carabiners. That removes the risk and lets you enjoy the breathtaking views of the River Kwai and the scenic backdrops of the mountains, worry-free.

 

 

  

 

We swung from tree to tree like monkeys in the jungle. We walked on tight ropes and on hanging steps. We could take breaks by lying down on huge hammocks, which were comfortable in the cool breeze and shade. The final dash of the course was a giant zip line stretching over the whole length of the lake. After completing the last stretch, we were offered refreshments to cool down after our amazing adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This place was a lot of fun and the staff were a rare treat in Thailand. They were very professional, lending the park a safety-first feel. We did the entire course; though tiring, it was well worth it.

Rock Valley Hot Spring and Fish Spa

 

 
It was a surprise to find this gem of a hot spring in Kanchanaburi. It is located right on the River Kwai, and it features a vast assortment of pools. The pools themselves come in all manners of and theme. We enjoyed the fish spa and the facial massage and treatment the most. The scenery is really relaxing. There is a wonderful view of the river from the lower mineral pool. The staff was also very friendly.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Ban Klang Tung Organic Farm in Kanchanaburi

 
The Xiamen TV crew took great interest in the organic farm. We cooked our own Thai fried flat rice noodles, and made our own organic drinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bridge over the River Kwai -- The railway of death

 
The railway across the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi at the Myanmar border is home to the famous River Kwai Bridge. During WW II, Japan constructed the meter-gauge railway line from Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbyuzayat, Burma. The line, which passes through the scenic Three Pagodas Pass runs for over 300 km. This is now known as the Death Railway.

 

The line, which passes through the scenic Three Pagodas Pass runs for over 300 km. This is now known as the Death Railway.

 

The bridge and railway were made popular by the French novel and the British movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” The novel, Bridge over the River Kwai, was written by Pierre Boulle and published in French in 1952.

The railway line was meant to transport cargo daily to India, to back up their planned attack on India. The construction was done using POWs and Asian slave laborers in unfavorable conditions. Due to the difficult terrain, thousands of laborers lost their lives. The track includes a walkway with side platforms. The platforms allow crossing the railway bridge on foot. These platforms are useful as viewpoints and for avoiding trains. A small tourist train runs back and forth across the bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We concluded our trip after the bridge and headed back to Bangkok city where we stayed at the Grande Centre Point Hotel, Terminal 21. We totally enjoyed Kanchanaburi. Thanks to the Thai Tourism Authority, Thai Airways and The Royal Thai Consulate-General Xiamen.

 

SOURCE: WOX Travel

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