Getting to Myanmar ended up taking a few extra days, because as soon as we arrived in Kanchanaburi (the closest city to the Thai/Myanmar border) we realized there were a few things to do here that we didn’t want to miss!
Kanchanaburi is a small, but interesting city. The history that runs through it is incredible. The River Kwai Bridge is one of the most known historical sites in the city. The bridge was built as a part of the railway project the Japanese Imperialism Army designed to connect Thailand and Myanmar. To complete the project they used prisoners of war as manpower. Tens of thousands of prisoners died while completing the project due to disease, malnutrition and working conditions. It was chilling to see a part of that history frozen in time. Not too far down the river there is a cemetery dedicated to the thousands of men who lost their lives working on the railway.
On a bit of a brighter note, we spent another day visiting the Erawan National Park. The most beautiful area of the park is the seven-tiered waterfall.
It’s a bit of a hike to the top, but plunging into the cool pools of water that sit between each of the waterfalls makes it worth the hike! I’ve never had a fish pedicure before and I was a little surprised, to say the least, when the fish made their way over to me and started nibbling away at the dead skin. I’ve always thought the concept was a little strange, and quite frankly it tickled a lot, but it was surprisingly enjoyable and my feet were as good as new after a half hour with the fish! One day at the National Park wasn’t enough… I’d return in a heartbeat!
From Kanchanaburi, we took a bus to the Thai/Burmese border and set off for a completely different adventure in Myanmar (Burma)!