Train over Death Railway Bridge
of Train over Death Railway Bridge
If you fancy experiencing something a bit different to your standard mode of transport, you might like to take the train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, which also takes you over theDeath Railway Bridge to Sai Yok Noi waterfall. You commence your journey at Thonburi station, and if you get there early enough, you can have a browse through the huge market which is opposite the station. The train departs at 7:50am and costs 100B per person and takes around four hours, although it rarely runs to time. The ancient rolling stock, with its third-class carriages still kitted out with wooden seats and old ceiling fans, only adds to the rickety experience. There are many things to see on your journey out of Bangkok, and you can wander at will through the small train’s four or five carriages, passing the many friendly food and drink vendors that line the carriages. On weekdays, there are usually only a few tourists and a few locals making the journey. So you can relax and enjoy the trip out through the suburbs to your first stop at Nakhon Pathom, where Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest stupa in the world is visible from the train. The train is scheduled to arrive at Kanchanaburi town station at 10:30 but it is usually late. Next stop is the bridge, so get ready for it and find a good viewing spot on the left side of the train as just before the bridge, the train will fill up with tourists who are just taking the trip over the bridge to the waterfall. On the other side of the bridge, the train follows the course of the Kwai Noi River up to the end of the line at Nam Tok. Along this stretch, there are some stunning views across the river to the surrounding forested hills. The highlight is crawling over the old Wampo viaduct, a makeshift, DIY looking bridge no wider than the train, with a rock face next to the right side and a sheer drop on the left down to the river below. You can hang out of the window to take great pics but don’t fall out! Next is the train's final stop at Nam Tok and you now have a number of options; return on the train, return by bus to Kanchanaburi town, continue on to Hellfire Pass, visit Sai Yok waterfall, or head up to Erawan National Park. Fare: One way train fare (from Bangkok, or Kanchanaburi): 100B Getting Here: Start your trip at Thonburi (Bangkok Noi) train station, near to Siriraj hospital complex.