Controversial walkway built around the Giant Rain Tree in Kanchanaburi

One of the latest attractions in Kanchanaburi is this giant Rain Tree (see map) which is believed to be over 100 years old. The trunk measures an impressive 15 metres in perimeter & 20 metres in height. The branches spread out about 25.87 metres. Even on a very hot day, it is significantly cooler under the tree. It is literally in the middle of nowhere. However, due to its popularity on social media, it is visited by hundreds of people at the weekend. Now comes the news that a raised walkway has been built around the giant tree. Presumably, it was done with good intentions to protect it from mass tourism. However, what was a beautiful natural attraction in the past, has now been turned into an eye-sore. Was this walkway really necessary? It is not as if this is Angkor Wat. At the end of the

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