As an American, I know what it is like to work too much, an know that in other countries that the work week and year are often much shorter. In fact, did you know that some countries have 8 weeks paid vacation and 30 hour work weeks?
It’s true that the American way is to work hard and get rich, but this somewhat inaccurate way of living often leads to fatigue and a workforce that is largely disenchanted with the American dream. We could all use a vacation, but how do we achieve this without losing our job?
The answer is to make it a point to get out and see the world, even if that means saving up your vacation days.
The unfortunate truth
Is that sometimes we need to prioritize ourselves over the company we work for. It isn’t always easy to get away from work, but let’s put it into perspective. 40 hours every week for the entire year is daunting, and detracts from our development as a human being.
Understanding this, it becomes incumbent on the employee to take time away from work, in any way necessary in order to live life to the fullest.
Unfortunately, until this country shifts its opinion on how much one individual should spend working and how much time they should spend playing, it may be trick to just decide to get away from it all for a few days. However, if you find yourself able to do this, the positive effects are well worth the effort.
Kanchanaburi has great wildlife, and a wonderful climate, but there is something that makes it stand out even within the diverse country of Thailand – its culture. Being that Kanchanaburi is a small city near the capital, it gets both the small town charm as well as the big city feel.
And while it is difficult to compare Kanchanaburi to any city in the United States, the closest approximation in my mind is a city in the Pacific Northwest. What I mean by that is that you get a laid back culture, great food, and wonderful sites, all while maintaining the hustle and bustle of larger cities.
In Kanchanaburi, there truly is something for everyone.
No matter your interests
Kanchanaburi will not disappoint. A recent movie (I forget the name) depicts two assassins, divergent characters, that find themselves in a historic city. One wants to see sights, the other wants to explore the nightlife. Since they can’t split up, there develops a dichotomy where they essentially need to aqueous to one or another’s needs.
In Kanchanaburi, there is no need to pick one or the other. The nightlife integrates so seamlessly into the rich history of the town, that no matter where you go, everyone will find something that will interest them.
And let me tell you, you may think you’ve eaten Thai food, but you haven’t. Pick any restaurant and it will likely be the best Thai food you’ve ever had. Welcome to Kanchanaburi, where it is virtually impossible to have a bad time.
As far as travel destinations go, let’s be honest, weather is one of the most important factors. In Kanchanaburi, it would dishonest to say that the weather is great all of the time, after all, it does have a monsoon season. However, with that said, the temperate climate is unlike any other in the world.
Nestled between two major climate zones, Kanchanaburi has a number of different weather conditions that makes it unique. On one hand, you have the lush green jungles that harbor some of the most unique wildlife in the world, and on the other hand you have tropical beaches that attract thousands of visitors per year.
Kanchanaburi has something for everyone in terms of climate, which is just one of its many charms.
But what about monsoon season?
In Kanchanburi, monsoon season typically lasts most of the summer and some of the fall. During these months, the town, and rest of the country can see high winds and rainfall due to violent weather systems.
And while this may seem scary to visitors, it is important to remember that this weather is crucial to creating the unique geographical conditions that contribute to the town’s biodiversity.
Having heard many accounts of visitors visiting during monsoon season, the overwhelming response was that it was still a very positive experience. Think of the monsoons not as violent hurricanes, but summer storms that help Thailand maintain what makes it one of the true gems of the world.
Much like the rest of Thailand, Kanchanaburi is home to a number of exotic species of all shapes and sizes. Home to the largest land mammal, the elephant, there are a wide range of national parks and sanctuaries where people can see these majestic creatures.
Kanchanaburi is also home to a wide species of monkey and other primates, which can sometimes even be seen within the town itself! Macaques are the most common species of monkey in Thailand, but there is also the elusive gibbon that lives high in the trees.
Whether or not you are a fan of reptiles, chances are you will have a few run-ins with these scaly creatures while visiting Kanchanaburi. Fortunately, the most common reptile found in the town is the harmless and adorable gecko. There are a wide variety of gecko species in Kanchanaburi, to which the species are native.
Oh, and there are snakes
Snakes are also native to Kanchaburi, which is home to a wide variety of both venomous and non-venomous species. While many visitors are uncomfortable with the idea of seeing a snake in person, the chances of this are very slim.
Most of the snakes found in Thailand are found in the remote jungles of the country or in captivity. The most famous snake of Thailand is the Burmese python, a constrictor snake of unmatched size and strength.
Whether you are an animal enthusiast or simply a casual observer, Kanchanaburi is the perfect place to see a wide array of animals both cuddly and not so cuddly.
Located near Thailand, Kanchanaburi is an exotic travel destination with beautiful scenery and a temperate climate. Home to a number of historic sites, this town, although small, is quickly becoming a hot spot for many tourists visiting the area. Those that visit Kanchanaburi are taken by its quaint, laid back feel and unique culture.
Filled with lush vegetation and located directly on a major river in the area, Kanchanaburi is the perfect destination for any traveler interested in the area’s unique culture, food, and wildlife. Kanchanaburi is also home to a famous bridge that was built during WWII, which even today is one of its main attractions.
What Makes Kanchanaburi Unique
In addition to its geographical location and temperate climate, Kanchanaburi is known for its quaint feel and undeniable beauty. A town that truly has something for everyone, Kanchanaburi’s many sites will take the breath away from even the most seasoned traveler. Its winding rivers, lush vegetation, diverse wildlife, and amazing people makes it unlike any town in the world.
One of the cheaper travel destinations in the area, Kanchanaburi is a great location for families on a budget looking to get away. Peaceful, culturally rich, and located between a number of large, historically relevant cities, Kanchanaburi is considered one of the foremost burgeoning small towns that is sure to be on everyone’s travel list in the coming years.
But the only way to truly appreciate the grandeur that is the small, yet robust town of Kanchanaburi is to come visit!