I'll be visiting Bangkok in a couple months and am hoping to do a day trip to Kanchanaburi. I'm getting a lot of mixed messages about Bridge on the River Kwai/surrounding attractions and so want to ask some questions.
(1) Are there any highly recommended tour agencies I should contact in advance? Would it be fine to wait until I'm in Bangkok to arrange this? I would like to avoid tour companies that offer elephant riding on any of their tours.
(2) Is independently traveling and touring Kanchanaburi possible for just a day trip? I have never been to Thailand and am a bit of a nervous traveler, so I assume a tour would be best. But I'm also on a bit of a budget and don't know if I can shell out for a private tour based on the prices I've seen.
(3) Which museum (if any) is worth it-- JEATH or the Thailand-Burma Railway Center?
(4) A lot of tours seem to offer the following, and I'm wondering which are really worth it: train ride, Hellfire pass, floating markets, long boat ride