Kanchanaburi River Kwai By Mountain Bike
Kanchainburi is right up there with the most popular spots to visit in Thailand so this article is about a new way to visit kanchanaburi ‘by mountain bike’. The cycling day trip is run by a small mountain bike company based in khaosan road Bangkok.
The trip started at 9.00am with a pick up at khaosan road. The heat smog and traffic of Bangkok can be a little off putting for anyone who is a cyclist but the trip organizers drive you further and further away from the hustle and bustle and as you look out of the car window you gradually see peaceful side of Thailand and its cycling potential. After a 2 hour journey we arrived สล็อตat kanchanburi railway station with and old engine out and we could immediately began to see towns history. The tour guides off loaded the bikes from the van and armed with a bottle of water, a bicycle and a guide we headed out into the heat on the first leg of our trip. The first thing we noticed was the clean air which made the cycling easy and relaxing and after a few days in Bangkok it was like stepping out into anther world. We first rode through a short part of the town which is quite lively and littered with guest houses and restaurants. Bicycles and motorcycles seem to be the main source of transport for most of the locals who when they see you give a friendly smile an say “sawadee krup” which means hello in Thai.
After about a half a kilometer of riding through the busyish town we turned off left and almost instantly the busy scenery disappeared and we were on the quiet back roads. We rode over rivers and railway tracks and saw local Thai houses, people and plantations, the steady riding pace and frequent stops gave us some great photo opportunities as well.
Finally after a steep climb up a short road we arrived at a place called Kao Poon cave and temple. This cave isn’t just a small cave like you usually see it’s actually quite big and full of interesting Buddha statues, bats, stalagmites, stalactites and even some monks. The cool air inside the cave also made the 15 minutes we were in there very refreshing.
After the cave the guide took us to take some pictures of a breath taking view of the river Kwai. Then through the market and along the railway tracks to the Chung Kai cutting which was cut by hand by POWs during the Second World War. It’s only when you get up close to the cutting that you realize what hard work it must have been to do something like this on such a big scale. Next we followed the guide along some country back roads heading for the river Kwai Bridge. When we first got to the bridge the first thing we noticed before we came around the corner was a strong smell. But the instant we got there we knew where it was coming from, an elephant. Huge elephants live near the bridge next to a souvenir market which sells Burmese’s jewelry and accessories.