West of Thailand
the west is and area characterised by vast forests of bamboo and
hardwood trees where all sorts of wildlife thrive. Here too,
there are spectacular rivers and waterfalls which are attracting
increasing numbers of tourists. Most famous is the River Kwai in
Kanchanaburi, where Allied soldiers were forced to build a
bridge by the Japanese during World War II.
region also boasts a number of excellent beach resorts,
including Hua Hin, which first gained prominence during the
1920s as a holiday retreat for Thailandís Royal Family, Cha-am,
Pran Buri, and various national parks.