Welcome to Thailand Travel Hub here in Kanchanaburi, an excellent way to discover the truly amazing, historical city of Kanchanaburi, located a few hours west of Bangkok. Here you can checkout the best places to visit, top things to do, best accommodation options and a whole lot more.
Places To Go View All
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery Sangchuto Road Ban Tai Kanchanaburi Thailand
At the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, you will find the main Prisoner of War cemetery which dates back to victims of Japanese imprisonment during the building of the Burma Railway in Thailand. Locally it is called the Don-Rak War Cemetery and is still maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Next door is an older Chinese Read more »
Erawan National Park Tha Kradan Kanchanaburi Thailand
Erawan National Park & Waterfalls in Kanchanaburi is an absolutely fantastic place to explore and well worth the visit. The park itself is 550 square kilometres located in Western Thailand. It is in the Tenasserim Hills of Kanchanaburi Province and was founded in 1975 as Thailand’s 12th national park. Visit the Erawan Falls Inside the park, Read more »
JEATH War Museum Ban Tai Kanchanaburi Thailand
Photo by Kurun / CC BY The JEATH War Museum was established in 1977 by the chief abbot of Wat Chai Chumphon Venerable and built on the temple grounds in memory of the many allied POW’s who built the famous bridge over the River Kwai. JEATH is an acronym for the Japanese, English, Australian, American, Read more »
Hotels & Resorts View All
X2 River Kwai Resort Nong Ya Kanchanaburi Thailand
฿8000 - ฿22000
Conveniently located in Kanchanaburi, X2 River Kwai Resort is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The hotel lies 15.5 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. Read more »
Sam's House Guesthouse Ban Tai Kanchanaburi Thailand
฿500 - ฿1000
Strategically located adjacent to the River Kwai, Sam’s House Guesthouse is well designed and equipped with excellent facilities to offer you a relaxed and peaceful experience. The guesthouse huts and accommodations are situated in a subtropical garden that is perfectly maintained to assist you relax as you comfortably enjoy Read more »
River Kwai Bridge Resort Tha Ma Kham Kanchanaburi Thailand
฿1000 - ฿5000
When visiting Kanchanaburi, you’ll feel right at home at River Kwai Bridge Resort, which offers quality accommodation and great service. The hotel lies 1.5 Km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see Read more »
Royal River kwai Resort & Spa Nong Bua Kanchanaburi Thailand
฿1400 - ฿2500
This tranquil resort offers a sanctuary on the banks of the River Kwai, a short driving distance from Kanchanaburi. With the town just eight kilometres away, rental motorbikes can make trips to the River Kwai Bridge and War Memorial extremely convenient and inexpensive. Other popular attractions here include the Read more »
An Introduction To Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is an easy day trip from the capital – but its wealth of historic sites, museums, temples and its lively city centre are worthy of a few days at least. Combine that with the absolutely stunning surrounding countryside filled as it is with mountains and lush forestry, as well as the fantastic range of hotels and guesthouses with direct views of the serene River kwai, and there’s more than enough here to tide you over for as long as you’ll ever want.
Kanchanaburi is filled with history. It’s lively, growing, and ready to be explored.
Kanchanaburi is the capital of the region of the same name and sits just two hours from Bangkok along the banks of the Mae Klong River – formed by the confluence of the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai Rivers in the west of Thailand. Thanks to the surrounding mountain ranges in the region, Kanchanaburi enjoys a much cooler climate than the other provinces of central Thailand and because of its location so close to the capital, it’s slowly rising on the backpacker radar as a place to explore beyond a day tour of the Bridge.
Of course it’s the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai that most visit Kanchanaburi for. Every day legions of tour groups and day-trippers visit the Bridge, a symbol of Japanese atrocities in the region, to snap photos and view what is, besides it all, an incredible feat of engineering. To better understand the history, and to learn exactly what happened here during WWII, take a trip to the Thailand–Burma Railway Centre, which explains the history of the bridge in full, and at times, quite disturbing detail, and then board the Death Railway to Nam Tok. The ride takes you through the Kwai Noi valley, along the notorious Wang Po viaduct, and through various caves and hills cut directly from the rock. Sit on the left side when travelling towards Nam Tok – if you want the best views.
Most of the tourist sites in Kanchanaburi are related to WWII – and aside from those mentioned above, there’s the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery – which is the final resting place of more than 6000 (British, Dutch and Australian) POW’s who gave their lives for the construction of the Kanchanaburi – Burma railway – and the World War II Museum and Art Gallery – which is a tad odd with its Burmese shrine at the entrance, pre-WW2 Thai history hall, rusty pistols, old stamp collections and a gallery of Miss Thailand winners – but worth a visit nonetheless.
The temples here are perhaps less ornate than some that you may have seen in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, but the Wat Tham Sua and Wat Tham Khao Noi temples are both worth a visit. We suggest taking the rickety funicular (unless you can stand the brash colours of the red, green, yellow, blue and gold staircase) to the summit of the hill where they’re both located and then simply spend your time wandering from gilded stupa to ornate temple. There’s a viewing platform at the back of the complex with views of the rice fields below and the stark outlines of mountains in the distance.
If you’re spending more than a day in Kanchanaburi then you should head out into the surrounding countryside. Point your compass northwest to the stunning River Kwai Valleys where you’ll find a glistening collection of waterfalls - Erawan Falls and Sai Yok Noi Falls are both worth a visit, various caves and idyllic lakes surrounded by thick forest. You’ll also find the notorious Hellfire Pass here and can walk through the pass itself whilst listening to moving audio accounts from surviving POW’s.