Kanchanaburi city, the capital of Kanchanaburi Province, is a popular resort town; picturesque and worthy of a visit in its own right, it is frequently visited as base of operations for exploring the many cultural, natural, and historical attractions in the surrounding countryside. Located at the confluence of the Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai Rivers, Kanchanaburi lies at the source of the Mae Klong River, and these majestic bodies of water are defining characteristics of the town.
The original town of Kanchanaburi was established by King Rama I as a first line of defense against the Burmese, whom he believed might use the old invasion route through the Three Pagodas Pass at the Siam-Myanmar border. According to most historians, the old town of Kanchanaburi was located near Ban Lat Ya, a small village situated approximately 16 kilometers north of the present town. The present provincial capital is a relatively newer town built by King Rama III in 1833.
The town itself is a place to relax, watching the water from the banks of the river, inside a raft house, or from a riverside restaurant. Many visitors like to rest along the river with a cold drink and a good book. Many of them come here just for a couple days but stay for weeks in order to explore all of the attractions in the surrounding countryside. Along with visiting spectacular waterfalls, lush forests, and three of Thailand’s largest reservoirs, white water rafting, elephant trekking, and golfing are popular activities for visitors. Kanchanaburi is an excellent tourist destination for nature lovers.
Bridge over the River Kwai
Visit historical sites in Kanchanaburi including the Bridge over the River Kwai, War Museum, Allied War Cemeteries and enjoy Train ride on Death Railway through magnificent scenery, passing over the original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied POWs.
Hellfire Pass Memorial
One day adventure trip to visit Hellfire Pass, the deepest cutting on the unfinished rail line and also visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial funded by the Australian Government and constructed in cooperation with the Government of Thailand, commemorates all those who died as prisoners of war here and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region during the World War II.
The Death Railway
Constructed during World War II, the Thailand to Burma railway is also known as the Death Railway. It is said that one man died for every sleeper that was laid on the track. The line was repaired and restored after the war and still runs passenger services as far as Nam Tok to the north of Kanchanaburi with the most famous section of the line being the Bridge over the River Kwai. The railway beyond Nam Tok is no longer in existence, but sections such as the infamous Hellfire Pass have been reclaimed and can be visited as part of a tour for those interested in the history of the railway and the part it played in the Second World War. For railway buffs, look out for the old locomotives that are in position outside Kanchanaburi train station and the River Kwai station.
Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park
Muang Sing is an ancient Khmer settlement which was probably built in the 12th Century as a border post at the banks of the Kwai Noi River. The 736,000 square meter site was surrounded by a 5 m high laterite wall where the southern part follows the course of the Kwai Noi River. In the center of the site you will find the remains of the only religious building of the settlement, the Prasat Muang Singh. The ruins of three other buildings are also found on the premises. A museum displays artifacts which where found in the area, such as tools, sculptures, human remains, vessels and jewelry, which date back to the Neolithic period. The site is tidy and attractive and a couple of restaurants and stalls provide food and refreshments.
Erawan Water Fall
The most beautiful waterfall in Thailand’
Erawan Waterfalls is actually a quite impressive series of 7 waterfalls. It is approximately 2km walk from the bottom of the waterfalls until the top. The way to go on top is quite easy until the 6th tier thanks to several trails. However, the way between the 6th tier to the top is more difficult. Each tier of the Erawan Waterfall presents natural pools with turquoise water, inviting people to cool off. Each of the 7 falls offers a different landscape and a unique moment. This is definitely the right place to relax!
Sai Yoke Yai Waterfall
Sai Yok Yai Waterfall is part of Sai Yok National Park. The falls are about 100 km from Kanchanaburi on highway 323. It is famous for its idyllic beauty which was once visited by King Rama V. The falls are widely celebrated in Thai poetry and songs. The falls flows from cliffs into Kwai Noi River.
Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall
The Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall is a moderate-sized limestone waterfall. It has seven levels. Visitors here feel at peace while watching the clear water fall down the steps of each level. Because this is a limestone waterfall, the area surrounding it is not slippery and doesn’t support algae. The most stunning level is the fourth, called Chat Chat Kaco. To make the area safer for visitors, the park officials erected a path that goes all the way to the top.
KRIEN KRAVIA WATERFALL
Krerng-Kravia Waterfall started off from the small Krerng-Kravia creek, which drifted through layers of limestone and soon later formed a waterfall. The fall is surrounded with nature and tress, besides there are several smaller falls nearby. Krerng-Kravia is an ideal spot for swimming or just simply floating around; a perfect relaxing point through a long road trip. It is common to see, both, locals and visitors setting out a picnic lunch in the area.
Giant Rain Tree
The giant rain tree is more than 100 years old with a trunk large enough to be encircled by 10 people. The average radius of its crown is 25.87 meters and the diameter of its shadow is approximately 51.75 meters while the height of its
canopy is 20 meters and the large shady crown covers a total area of approximately 2,416 sq.m.
Wat Thum Sua
The temple is built in a mixed, splendid Thai-Chinese style and enshrines a huge Buddha image. Visible from far away, the temple features an impressive Buddha statue and chedi on the top of a hill. The Buddha statue, seated in the posture of giving blessings, is covered with gold mosaic and protected by an unusual shell-like structure. The huge chedi, 69 meters high and 29 meters wide, is hollow. A staircase inside the building leads up to the top. Each level has rows of Buddha statues and multiple windows from which photos can be taken of the statue below set against a backdrop of rice paddies and mountains.
Prommitr Film Studio
Located at Surasi Military Camp, Mueang District, this studio was the location of the great historic film “The Legend of King Naresuan”. This epic trilogy of historical movies reflects the relationship between the Siamese Kingdom of Ayutthaya and the Hongsawadi Kingdoms, which are located in present-day Burma. The events in the films lead up to the declaration of Ayutthaya’s independence from the Burmese, by King Naresuan
Safari Park Open Zoo & Camp
It is home to many African and Asian mammals such as giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers and bears, which are housed in a beautifully landscaped environment. Visitors can explore the park with their private car or the bus service provided by the park. At the zoo you’ll get really close to a wide variety of animals. where most notably with the giraffes you can clasp affectionately around the neck .The up-close-and-personal encounters with the giraffes, as well as with the equally friendly zebras, make for great photos. After you‘ve enjoyed feeding the animals, You can walk to see the animal show, highlighting the intelligence of our elephants, and crocodiles. As a tourist you can feel the atmosphere of excitement. In addition, we provide places to give you excellent photo opportunities, as well as getting “up close and personal” with several animals for example, to sit on the elephant swing, to lie down and to hug a Bengal Tiger, to feed milk to a with young leopard – lion, and to feed the Macaw.
KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY (DON RAK)
Visit Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak), located on Saeng Chu To Road (Highway 323), to pay respect to the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of the World War II who died during the construction of the Death Railway.
THONG PHA PHUM NATIONAL PARK
A conserved park covering an area of approximately 1,20 square kilometers, featuring lush tropical forest, mountainous landscape, headwater sources and rare wildlife animals. Visitors shouldn’t miss to visit two main view points: Doi Tong Palae which is about 300 metres uphill from where Namtok Chokkadin is visible, and Noen Kut Doi, that national park’s highest peak offering a panoramic view of the mountains, Vajiralongkorn Dam and Khao Chang Phueak. For adventurous travelers, trekking to one of three major waterfalls: Namtok Chokkadin , Namtok Pha Pae and Namtok ChetMit can be a thrilling experience. A four-wheel drive car and hired guide will be needed. Accommodation and camping ground is available.
SAPAN MON BRIDGE
Speaking about “Sangkhlaburi district”, the first things that come to mind should definitely be a picture of a wooden bridge stretching across the river. The bridge is embraced by verdant mountain ranges, surrounded by plants of diverse species, and covered by a thin layer of fog. The dazzling bridge that reflects the charm of local people’s way of life is named Uttamanusorn Bridge or commonly known as Mon Bridge. Formerly, it ranked Thailand’s longest wooden bridge with the length of 850 meters and the world’s second longest wooden bridge next to U Bein Bridge in Burma. Uttamanusorn Bridge links the two banks of Songaria River at Nong Lu subdistrict, Sangkhlaburi district, Kanchanaburi province. This bridge was built under the initiation of Luang Phor Uttama, the abbot of Wang Wiwekaram temple. The construction between the year 1986 and 1987 was completed by labours of Mon people. The bridge was considered the route of an international friendship between Thais and Mons because it links together Sangkhlaburi district to the Mon community on the other side of the bank. Additionally, it became one of the well-known tourist attractions in Kanchanaburi.It is unfortunate that on 28 July 2013 at 18.30, the bridge fell apart into two and 30 meters from the middle collapsed into the river. After 3 days long of heavy rain, there were flash floods sweeping down logs from Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary. The collision worsened the situation as the damaged part was increased up to 70 meters by the afternoon of the next day. Therefore, a bamboo bridge has been built for temporary use, while Mon Bridge is currently under restoration.
SANGKHLA BURI JUNGLE TREK
Sangkhla Buri is a district at Thai-Burmese border that offers a beautiful scenery. The jungle trek is one of the choices to explore the area on foot, offered by hotels there. The one-day programme starts with rowing boats along Huai Song Ka Lia, riding elephants and rafting.
SRINAGARIND DAM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Srinakarindra National Park is 953,500 rais, covering Saiyoke District, Srisawat District, and Thongphaphoom District area. The interesting tourist attraction is Tham Sawan, the newly discovered cave in Srinakarindra National Park area in Tonmaprao Village, Maegramoong Sub-District, Srisawat District. The natural cave is 9 meters wide, 9 meters high, and 159 meters long. There are paintings of ancient people on the cave’s wall. It is 15 kilometers from Srinakarindra National Park bureau. From the bureau, drive along Huay Maekamin Waterfall – Erawan Waterfall route, turn right at Baan Tonmaprao School. Tonmaprao Village is 1.5 kilometers from the junction. The cave entrance is about 500 meters from the village. Four wheel driving is recommended. Visitors should contact Tonmaprao villagers to be the guide.
THONG PHA PHUM FOREST PARK
Thong Pha Phum Forest Park, one of the Forest Industry Organisation’s pride, is a resort located by the Vajiralongkorn Dam in Moo 6, Huai Khayeng Subdistrict, Thong Pha Phum District, Kanchanaburi. With its European-style teak wood cabins surrounded by lots of trees together with a nearby lake and a nice weather, it is the right place for families that love staying with privacy amidst the shady trees.
“Underwater City” or “Wat Wang Wirekaram Kao” is one of the well-known tourist sites of Nongloo Sub-District, Sangklaburi District, Kanchanaburi Province. Although the bridge is now under the construction due to the flood, but here was one of the tourist sites of Unseen Thailand that is famous among Thai and foreign tourists First, there were only monk’s houses and a pavilion. It was just a house of priest but local people in general called it “Wat Luang Phor Uttama”. It is located on the hill in an area called “Samprasob”, the area that 3 rivers, Songkalia, Beeklee, and Rantee River, gather together. In 1962, Department of Religious Affairs allowed the temple to use the name “Wat Wang Wiwekaram” which is named after the former name of the district, Wangka-Sangklaburi. Later, the district became the sub-district and then it is changed into Sangklaburi District of Kanchanaburi in 1965.
In 1984, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand built Khaolam Dam or Wachiralongkorn Dam. The water in Khaolam Dam floated over the former Sangklaburi District and this temple. The temple therefore was moved to the hill. The former temple has been under the water for decade. Only the ruins of the temple and houses remain. Nowadays, the old monastery under water becomes the famous tourist attraction. When the water level reduces, the whole underwater city will appear. The best time to visit is from March to April which is the period that the water level reaches the lowest point.
Malika R E 124 Village
Malika R E 124 is the newest, exciting attraction in Kanchanaburi that you definitely have to visit. It’s a fun activity that gives you the opportunity to ‘live’ in Thailand during 1903 – when it was called Siam and was considered the Golden Age of Thailand! Malika R E 124 goes above and beyond to provide the full “Living Heritage” experience. Staff dress and talk as if they were authentically living back in that time – and you will see how they prepare, cook food, work, and live their lives over 100 years ago.
Khao Phu Mai Daeng Mountain
Khao Phu Mai Daeng Mountain, you will be sleeping on a stretcher hanging off the face of the cliff – secured by ropes 180 meter above the ground below. A professional rock-climbing team offers a trip of a lifetime, known as Big Wall Rock Trip. If you can get over the fear, the view up here is pretty amazing, and this will be the most thrilling night you might ever have.
Activities & Adventure
Elephant Riding & Bamboo Rafting
This is a perfect trip for soft adventure lover. Take a special time to riding on elephant through the jungle. Continue an Bamboo Rafting back to the camp and visit historical sites in Kanchanaburi.
The ATV track here looks very natural covered in forest, and there is an adapted track that is narrow and is a route only for ATVs. The conditions comprises hollows, pools, watercourses, etc. and these obstacles are the real appeal that has made this ground very popular because it has all the essentials for riding an ATV and having a real experience. Bui when you think about riding on this track, you must accept that your dollies will get dirty and you will get very sweaty, for those who don’t like this, they can ride to see the view over the River Kwai Village. There is a gravel route in which you can enjoy the fresh natural air and go around a wide area that is covered with forest.
White-watering on an Inflatable Raft
The forest filled with green vegetation and the waterway that flows down the mountains of its birth is important to the local people in Phato. In travelling to Phato not only will you have an adventure in the midst of plentiful nature, but you will also see the strong community cooperating to preserve the forest and the source of the river.
River Kwai Kayaking
Enjoy this 2-hour kayaking trip along the River Kwai, finishing at the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai. This is the perfect trip to get a feel for the river while not going too far from town
Kanchanaburi “Maldives of Thailand”
Here you will find the fascination of the horizontal scenery between sky and clear water which are excellently blended with natural beauty. The luxury floating villa will make you relax with exceptional atmosphere.