A Railway Excursion
For some extreme scenery, the train ride beyond the River Kwai Bridge station to the end of the line at Nam Tok is a must-see journey. It takes about two hours, and will take you down the Kwai Noi valley over the impressiveWampo Viaduct, the scary trestle bridge that clings to the rock face. Few of the POWs who helped construct this bridge lived to tell the tale. Your thoughts here have to be that it has stood like this for 60 years and surely can handle a couple more crossings.
The rest of the journey is very scenic, without the scary bits, and the tiny stations on the route are bedecked with flowers. The journey can be done there and back in a day; you can organize a taxi out and ride the train back, or vice versa. Train schedules are not always adhered to, and a telephone call to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) office, 03451 1200, is advisable. Their office is south of the bus station, which is on the south side of Kanchanaburi.
Beyond Nam Tok on the disused section of the railway is Konyu Cutting, named Hellfire Pass by the POWs because of the torchlight that illuminated it during the nighttime construction. Here the Australians have cleared a five-kilometer stretch of track as a memorial to those who died. There are ample places where you can walk along the disused track bed and imagine the hardship that the workers endured.
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