Tham Krasae

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Location: Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi 71150
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Address: Tham Krasae, Sai Yok, 71150 Kanchanaburi, Tel: +66-, Fax: +66-,
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Tham Krasae (Krasae Cave) is a temple cave with a huge golden Buddha statue. All around the cave numerous sacred Buddha images can be seen. The cave overlooks Khwae Noi River near Wang Pho Railway Station. The best way to reach the cave is to follow the tracks of the Death Railway. The best way to visit the cave is by train, which stops at the railway station. The stop is sufficient to see the cave and admire the view.

The Tham Krasae is actually not an extraordinary cave, it has a nice view and is an average cave temple. Its importance is the location at the famous River Kwai Bridge, which was brought from Java by the Japanese Army and reassembled by Allied prisoners of war during World War II. The black iron bridge is linking Thailand with Myanmar. This episode of World War II became world famous with the british movie The Bridge on the River Kwai from 1957, with Alec Guiness and William Holden. During the construction of the bridge, this cave was used as an air-raid shelter and a store by the Japanese soldiers.