Kanchanaburi is a laid-back, friendly Thai town where you could easily lose many days relaxing in a small hut overlooking the river, staring off into the mountains. In contrast to this peace are the many reminders of Kanchanburi’s dark World War II past, including the Bridge Over the River Kwai, made famous by the eponymous book and movie. The bridge is part of the Burma Railway (or “Death Railway”, which was commissioned during Japan’s occupation of Thailand. Thousands of POWs and slaves died during the railway construction.
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