Day out Kanchanaburi
Route: Kanchanaburi, Thai Garden Inn – Chong Khai War Cemetery – Koapoon Cave Temple – Stone Garden – Giant Tree – Kanchanaburi. We followed the numbers on the TAT map: 5, 6, 8, 10
Duration: 9am to 3pm
Getting there: 110cc scooter, 150Baht/24h. About 20km each way
Chong Khai War Cemetery- We’re just not able to imagine the pain of losing a loved one to war. The cemetery is touching in its unfaded remembrance and careful upkeep….
Tour groups visit Koapoon Cave Temple,
so it’s well lighted and there is no need of the flashlight that’s now part of our staple day pack. We managed to get a few quiet moments with the sweet old lady that watches over the reclining Buddha. This is a much venerated figure, and we too paid tribute to the special atmosphere in the cave.
We didn’t find the Monkey School marked on the map, nor Buddha’s Footprint Khao Sadet (signposted). The Stone Garden, tucked away in the spacious grounds of Kanchaanaburi’s Agricultural College, is probably better viewed during wet season.
We refused to give up on the tantalizingly named Giant Tree though, (we both have a Thing for trees).
Finally our tenacity was rewarded. A timeless scene.