It is not where you stay, where you eat or how much you are paying that is important when travelling. Rather it is who you are talking to and how much local know-how they are prepared to share with you.
This is what makes the difference.
Which is why, when you are in Kanchanaburi, you might want to stop at Lynn’s Cafe and talk to her, about the stuff you want to do during your stay.
Besides a good breakfast, she also provides both car and motorbike hires, will recommend accommodation options to suit and offer advice about things you can do.
Thai Garden Inn are organising a Christmas Eve buffet dinner.
This will include one portion of roast turkey and as much roast pork and fish as you want. Served with roast potatoes, stir fried vegetables, salads and sausages. There will also be at least three different Thai dishes as well as both western (cheesecake or something similar) and Thai desserts.
The Price is 499 baht per adult and 350 baht per child and it includes one small bottle of beer, one glass of house wine or a glass of soft drink.
Please call 085 8191686 for reservation.
Every year at the end of November Kanchanaburi holds the River Kwai Bridge Festival Week together with the Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair . The Light & Sound show will run from 23 November to 3 December at the River Kwai Bridge and the Fair will be held at the Klip Bua Stadium grounds.
Tickets for the show cost B300 Baht. With better seats at B500 and B1,000 Baht per seat. Tickets can be purchased before the show or in advance at http://www.icvapp.com/kanchanaburi or by calling 083 989 6780 and 083 989 6824.
During the week there will be a remembrance ceremony held at the Allied War Cemetery to respect those who lost their lives during the construction of the railway. And the light and sound shows react a battle scene with explosions, flying bomber planes, and trains running through fire. There are also cultural performances, historical displays, exhibitions, and stalls selling five-star OTOP products and local street food.
A new luxury four star hotel opened in Kanchanaburi this month. The Natee riverfront hotel offers guests a warm welcome, comfort and service that will make their visit one to remember . Set back off the tourist strip on Maenamkwai Rd, the museums, markets, bridge and restaurants are all within easy walking distance. There is a jacuzzi in every room.
Loi Krathong is a magical spectacle of water and flickering candlelights. It is celebrated on the night of the twelfth lunar month during the full moon. Which falls on the 3rd of November this year.
People will gather in the evening at lakes, canals and waterways to release beautiful lotus shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense and flowers. Thailand’s floating lantern festival offering thanks to the goddess of the water at the end of the rainy season.
Traditional krathong are made from a slice of a banana trunk or a spider lily plant. But today are more often made of bread or styrofoam. The latter being banned in many places as they do not bio-degrade and end up polluting the waterways. They are elabotately decorated with folded banana leaves, incense sticks, candles and often a small coin. For many, the floating lanterns symbolise the release of negative energy and thoughts and people often add nail clippings and locks of hair to the floating lantern. If your candle stays alight until it disappears out of sight, it means you will experience a year of good luck.
The Bo Phloi termite and gem festival will be held from the 10th to the 19th of November this year. It is usually held in October but the dates have been changed out of respect to the late King whose cremation took place at the end of the month. The events that are usually held in Kanchanaburi in conjunction with the main festival in Bo Ploi, have also been cancelled this year.
They can be found in Phetchaburi, Nong Khao (eugenegoesthailand.com) and Si Sawat but the best mushrooms come from Nong Prue.
Before it opens the mushroom has a pointy head which is lightly wrinkled and light brown in color. It has a long white hollow stem which often thickens in the middle. They grow near termite hills in the forest, the mushroom is soft and chewy, and meaty like chicken. If you ever get a chance to enjoy Yum Hed Khone (Spicy Termite Mushroom Salad), it’s an experience you’ll never forget!
The Nine Emperor Gods festival or more simply the Thai vegetarian festival is being held from the 19th October to the 28th October
It was very busy on Saturday. Could hardly move for cars packed into the Malls.