Kanchanaburi province’s exotic mix of natural beauty and historical sites are worth more than the day trip allotted to it by Bangkok day-trippers. Those who stay often opt for the livelier Kanchanaburi, but the tranquil Khwae Yai, where WW2’s most notorious bridge crosses the river holds undeniable charm. These four stylish stays are a convenient 10 minutes walk away of bridge and station.
I love Bangkok, but after 4 days by the peaceful banks of the River Kwai, the city’s traffic, noise and crowds felt oppressive. So I arranged to escape the metropolis for a bicycle tour of Bang Krachao, a small artificial island in the middle of the Chao Phraya River.
U Inchantree Kanchanaburi wasn’t my first choice of hotel for my River Kwai trip, but I’m glad it’s where I stayed.
So much of a visit to Kanchanaburi and Kwai is focused on the railway, from the track originally built during the war, to the train journey there, and the iron bridge that crosses it. But to only gaze on the river from your hotel or a cafe, or cross it by bridge, is to miss a very important part of it – being on it.
The best pad thai in Bangkok a 15 minutes walk from our hotel? Of course, that’s going to be a ‘yes’.
I like to think I can cook, and I would probably continue to harbour such delusions were it not for TV programmes like Master Chef Junior, seemingly designed to remind me what a hopelessly talentless amateur I am. So when Leigh suggested taking a cooking class while we were in Bangkok, I jumped at opportunity. Here was a chance to hone my skills, learn some new recipes, and perhaps show up those Junior Masterchefs….
I’m not going to pretend the street art I snapped in Siam, where I was based for the first 3 days of my Bangkok trip, is representative of all street art in Bangkok. This creative metropolis is just too big to get through on one visit. But Siam is a great place to start….