"trek waterfalls, ride on elephant, be friends with the tigers and enter the Khmer ruins in Karnchanaburi"

   When people talk of natural forest and possibility of trekking in Thailand, Chiangmai and Chiangrai are always the first two  
   provinces which they can suddenly recall. The distance of over 700 km. away from Bangkok, for some travellers, makes it  
   seems too far to reach.Karnchanaburi which is only 128 km. away to the west of Bangkok can be the closest choice.During  
   the 2nd world war, Karnchanaburi was a strategic province where the Japanese laid  the rail to make the inland connection  
   between Thailand and Burma. It was to replace the marine channel where the inferior fleet of the Japanese gunships were  
   often bombed down by the superior allied airforce. Over 200,000 labors from the P.O.W. and asian workers were commanded  
   on its construction to make up with the tight time schedule. Almost half sacrificed  their lives for it. After war, some parts of the  
   rail are maintained and many museums are built to remind the younger generations of the war cruelty. They become another  
    attraction for the trip to this province.  
 climb up the Erawan waterfall, the national attraction of Karnchanaburi
   One of the most known waterfalls in Karnchanaburi is at the Erawan national park.  
   Its name is derived from the rock on the top 7th level which looks alike the 3 headed  
   elephant of the Indra god, the Erawan. Luckily the construction of the Sri-nakarin dam  
   above the Kwae Yai river has not affected its beauty. It is still there waiting for the  
   nature trekkers as well as the picnic fonders.  
    It is very easy to reach the 1st level of the waterfall. We may walk on foot along the  
           paveway under the shadow of the forest, or may we hop on the mini-golf car, the          
           facitity of the national park. Picnic can be set on the streamside at this level.          
   beyond the 2nd level, no food or drink is allowed. Visitors come up here to enjoy hiking  
   and swimming on the less disturbed area. However, not many could go beyond 5th level  
   since its trail starts to be too tough. neither could we.  
   From the national park, we drive up to the edge of the Sri-nakarin dam. It is one of the  
   biggest dam ever made in Thailand. Over 20,000 million cubic meter of water, it can  
   content the irrigation system for several hundred thousand square kilometers. Hydro  
           power is also generated from this great dam to supply the demand of Bangkok and its          
           precincts. We take photos of the power generators and the sun clock on top of the dam.          
 Greet to and ride on the cute national animal of Thailand
   Back to the Kwae noi riverside, not so far from the world famous WangPo viaduct,we  
   visit the Saiyok Elephant camp. The location which is on the main tourist route, and  
   the special gimmick they train to their popular elephant camp in town.We may have  
   seen many elephant dancers, elephant Picasso or elephant musicians from other camps.  
   Never have we seen elephant doing massage or elephant going shopping, like they  
           do here. Riding on the elephant back through the decidious forest,and especially over          
           the river, is really an unforgotable experience.          
 Be so closed in touch with the teen tigers
   The fierceful enemy to elephants as well as to other mammals in the wild is tiger.It is so  
   scary confronting them lively. at the Tiger Temple, we have many chances to walk with  
   them, to touch them and to take closedup photos with them under the care of the  
   temple's staffs. All activities are arranged to establish a fund for the temple's project  
   "home of tigers"  
 witness the Khmer influence over here at Prasart Muang Singh
           We finalise our trip in Karnchanaburi at Prasart Muang Singh,the ancient Mahayana          
           Buddhist temple (over 800 years ago). Its layout and construction materials are too          
   simple to think of  the royal works. We assume it was built by an authority of king  
   Chai-waraman VII, the last great king of the khmer empire (cambodia). He might be  
   assigned to look after the Khmer benefits over the Kwae Noi river. We give our respect  
   to the image of the Awalokitesuan and Prachaya baramitr,the 2 main Bhotisatvats in  
   Prasart Muang singh.  
   We leave Karnchanaburi with all good memories we collect in just a few days.Now we  
           are convinced the natural experience may not only find in the northern provinces of          
           Thailand,but also here,in Karnchanaburi.