If you are enthusiastic about the IIWW then one of the landmarks you can't miss while being in Bangkok is the Death Railway.
In 1942 Kanchanaburi was under Japanese control. It was here that Asian forced labourers and Allied POWs, building the infamous Burma Railway, constructed a bridge, an event portrayed in the films The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Return from the River Kwai, (1989) and The Railway Man (2013). Almost half of the prisoners working on the project died from disease, maltreatment, or accidents.
After that, and to put your mind at ease nothing better than relax and enjoy in the Erawan Waterfall, recognized as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. Located in the Tenasserim Hills in Kanchanaburi Province, 200 km northwest of Bangkok, Erawan has seven separate tiers and is part of a national park of the same name. Besides the waterfall, the park hosts a handful of limestone caves offering plenty of exploration opportunities to visitors.
The entire length of the seven tiers spans approximately 1,500 m through the thick rainforest of the park. Each of the steps has its own name. The access to the first waterfall. The trail gets steeper as it carries on to the next tier, Wung Macha, which is usually busier with swimmers, It’s very scenic as there’s a small cave under the falls. Another hike of about 50 m takes you to the third tier, called Pha Nam Tok. This tier is taller than the two first falls (about 20-metre high), and offers a large pond, again filled with fish, at which you can refresh yourself. Oke Nank Phee Seah and Bua Mai Long are the fourth and fifth steps of Erawan Waterfall. They feature small cascades and ponds surrounded by rock formations and dense vegetation.
The trail gets rougher after the fifth tier, and you have to use rickety ladders and ropes to progress through even thicker lush vegetation. Named Dong Prook Sa, the sixth tier is another multi-tiered cascade featuring a wide plunge at the foot. It takes some more effort to reach the seventh tier of Erawan Waterfall, as the last stretch of the trail is particularly challenging. Called Phu Pha Erawan, this last fall features the three steps that give their name to Erawan Waterfall. In fact, Erawan is the name of a three-headed Hindu God.
Make sure to visit these magical places of Thailand, pass and present, memories and relaxation on the same Bangkok Tour.