|Kanchanaburi | Death Railway Train Ride From Tha Kilen To Nam Tok|
If you visit Kanchanburi today, the train ride departing from Tha Kilen to Nam Tok is an experience not to miss. A journey into the past, moving on the infamous stretch of The Death Railway between Tha Kilen Railway Station and Tham Krasae Railway Station. It takes one to experience passing on the wooden viaduct alongside River Kwai which was once predicted as 'mission impossible'. However, the project of 400 m wooden track that hugged the cliff adjacent to River Kwai (Noi) was completed in 17 days on the backs of prisoners of war (POWs) and Asian laborers!
Grab a window seat. The train would slow down along the wooden viaduct. If you are facing the train movement direction, on the left (or river-side) was the former prisoners of war camp site. Stands by the river banks, it had been converted to a beautiful resort whilst limestone cliff appears on the right window simultaneously. Catch the spectacular sight of train moving on wooden viaduct from river-side window. Then, move to opposite window to capture a glimpse of cave near Tham Kra Sae, followed by a statue of reclining Buddha shortly after. About half an hour later, the nunnery temple on mountain top is visible from the river-side window.
The cost of train ride from Tha Kilen to Nam Tok (the last station) is 50 Baht. Upgrading to first class carriage costs 150 Baht and it includes a special ticket and will be served with simple snacks and a cold towel. The total duration of our train ride from Kilen to Nam Tok took about an hour and five minutes. Toilet is available on the train and it is free but I would suggest you to use it only if you are desperate.
Last but not least, do watch out of what is ahead in the train direction if you happen to place your head out of the window. Bon Voyage!
Tha Kilen Railway Station
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