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January 2022

Travel Guide

Kanchanaburi in Central Thailand


At around 19,500 square kilometres Kanchanaburi is Thailand's third largest province. Bordering Myanmar, the province is famed for its mountains and hills. Only 130 kilometres from Bangkok it takes two hours to get to Kanchanaburi by bus making it a popular destination for day trippers from the capital. 150 kilometres west of Bangkok, the region is especially famed for the Bridge Over the River Kwae, scene of numerous war atrocities during the Japanese administration of Thailand. The building of the bridge led to the deaths of 80,000 Asian labourers and 13,000 Allied Prisoners of War. Kanchanaburi's landscapes are at once rugged and picturesque. Kanchanaburi's national parks are ideal for adventures into the province's natural beauty. The area has hydro-electric power and a series of dammed reservoirs which provide opportunities for activities such as boating and fishing. Kanchanaburi is home to the Erawan Waterfall - a 7-tier fall of astounding beauty, as well as Sai Yok Waterfalls - the focal point of the 500-square-kilometre Sai Yok National Park comprising evergreen, bamboo and teak forest against a mountainous backdrop. The area is famed for activities like trekking, cave exploration, elephant riding and canoeing.

"Must see" in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Although the Bridge on the River Kwai (Saphan Mae Nam Kwae) has become a symbol of the brutality of the... read more

The JEATH War Museum
If the cemeteries bear witness to the carnage of the 'Death Railway', the JEATH Museum bears witness... read more

Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
Hellfire Pass is a 500 meters long and 26 meters deep section of rock that was dug out by Prisoners of... read more

Erawan National Park
Erawan Waterfalls are the focal point of the Erawan National Park. This is an exquisite park, very pretty,... read more

Sai Yok Waterfalls
The Sai Yok Waterfalls (Sai Yok Yai and Sai Yok Noi) form the focal point of Sai Yok National Park -... read more

Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park
Prasat Muang Singh is a Khmer town in Kanchanaburi province. It is around 45 kilometers from Kanchanaburi... read more

Death Railway Sound and Light Show
An annual event, this is a seven-day festival commemorating the destruction of the bridge over the River... read more

Bridge over the River Kwai
For many foreign visitors the Bridge on the River Kwai (Saphan Mae Nam Kwae) is probably one of the most... read more

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"Worth seeing" in Kanchanaburi

The Bridge Over the River Kwae
For many foreign visitors the Bridge on the River Kwai (Saohan Mae Nam Kwae) is probably one of the most... read more

Thung Yai Naresuan and Huai Kha Khaeng
The Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary and Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary cover three provinces... read more

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