The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently organised a two-day fam trip to Kanchanaburi province, the home of the World War II Bridge on the River Quai
A group of 20 domestic tour operators and media were invited to Kanchanaburi from 8-9 March to test both existing and new eco and adventure tourism products in the forested province, located 140km west of Bangkok. The trip also included a visit to WWII sites including the Hell Fire Pass Memorial Museum.
Kanchanaburi province is easily accessible from Bangkok by a four-lane highway. Its strategic geographic location on the border with neighbouring Myanmar is a major competitive advantage, said Benjawan Sunatevorakul, Executive Director of the TAT&rsquos Product Promotion Department.
Aside from the famous bridge over the River Kwai and the World War II cemetery, the province boasts pristine forests, mountains, caves and waterfalls, which can be visited all year round. In recent years, the province has seen a marked improvement in the quality of accommodation,&rdquo she added.
The TAT also noted that Kanchanaburi is likely to be a key stop on the Asian Highway, which will connect India and Thailand, via Myanmar.
There is little doubt that Kanchanaburi will prove to be a very popular province in future as transportation links grow between Thailand and Myanmar. It will help us broaden the base of domestic destinations and also go a long way towards enhancing the appeal of the Greater Mekong sub-region,&rdquo said TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni.
The Bridge on the River Kwai was built by prisoners of war in WWII, and made famous by the 1957 movie of the same name.
[Source = www.traveldailyasia.com]
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