Next stop on our travels is Kanchanaburi. This means an early 5am start to beat the notorious Bangkok traffic jams, so we could make our train on time. Even at this time traffic was starting to build. The trains to Kanchanaburi leave from Thonburi station and not from the central station at Hua Lamphong, where most trains leave from, which just happened to be over the other side of the city from our hotel.
Catching up on the Japanese news
We had experienced the 3rd class trains before in Thailand so we’re prepared for the delays, comfy wooden seats and air conditioning ie. open windows that are part of the experience! Surprisingly the train was relatively on time – a first for us in Thailand!
One of the things we like about traveling on Thai trains is seeing the food sellers come around constantly, selling cold drinks, dried pork, rice dishes, and a myriad of other things. It’s also a great people watching opportunity. It was a good day to travel as the weather was quite stormy and rainy. By the time we reached Kanchanaburi it had cleared up substantially.
We arrived to intermittent sun, so we decided to head out on a long tail boat to see the river Kwai sights and visit the JEATH museum and war cemetery.