West of Bangkok

West of Bangkok is an extensive rural area in Central Thailand. It is popular for its floating markets, rural way of life, natural scenery and the infamous Burma Death Railway.


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Every morning the tourist coaches from Bangkok make a beeline for the floating markets. Damnoen Saduak is widely visited by foreigners, while Amphawa is a weekend attraction flooded by Thais. Kanchanaburi is another highlight, particularly for the Bridge over the River Kwai and the associated World War II museums. Nakhon Pathom is known for the Phra Pathom Chedi, the world's tallest stupa. Some of the bookable tours from Bangkok manage to include all these attractions in a single day itinerary.

This is a sparsely populated region with endless fields of rice paddies, shrimp farms and fruit orchards. A scenic way to see the countryside is by taking the Mae Khlong Railway, a slow and rustic train from Bangkok to Samut Songkhram that rides at a snail's pace. A boat transfer at the fishing village of Samut Sakhon is included. Going further west, the terrain becomes mountainous. Kanchanaburi functions as a hub for the natural scenery here, and from there you could visit Erawan National Park or the Sai Yok Noi Falls.

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