Bridge over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi, Thailand, July 11, 2015

Kanchanaburi - Thailand

A three hour drive from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi has something for everyone. Some companies will run day tours from Bangkok, but it is also a great place to spend a few nights. The most popular attractions in this region are Bridge over the River Kwai, and Hell Fire Pass, both WWII Death Railway related historic sites. While the railway is mostly closed, a small section of the line is still in use. There are also war cemeteries located nearby. 

The region is home to some of Thailands most beautiful forests. Forest trekking is popular, as are canoeing and white water rafting tours. Mountain Biking is another common adventure activity on offer here. Erawan National Park boasts beautiful waterfalls, that cascade into turquoise pools, suitable for swimming. 

A veterinarian holds the head of a sedated tiger at the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand on June 1st 2016. Wildlife authorities raided the Buddhist temple where 137 tigers were kept, following accusations that monks were illegally breeding and trafficking endangered animals. For decades the temple has been popular with tourists as it allowed them to pose for photographs with the animals. But its monks have faced controversy over the alleged abuse of the tigers, with activists claiming the temple was a “living hell” for the animals. Of the 137 tigers at the temple, 40 were rescued. Credit: Getty Images/Dario Pignatelli