Kanchanaburi is a town in western Thailand; located where the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai rivers meet and join the Mae Klong river. It is situated roughly 150 kilometres west of Bangkok.
This town is rich in natural beauty and adored by travellers for its cascading mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, and stunning national parks. Activities such as mountain climbing, jungle trekking, and river rafting are there to be enjoyed for the more adventurous nature-lovers. The town is also rich in culture and history; tourists are able to visit the Buddhist temple Wat Tham Phu Wa with the grotto shrines; each housing a statue of Buddha in a different life stage.
Historically, Kanchanaburi’s landmark is the “Death Railway” which travels over the “Bridge Over River Kwai” which was constructed during WWll under Japanese rule. It is here where over 100,000 Prisoners of War and forced workers lost their lives during the construction; mainly due to disease, malnutrition, and accidents.
If you go at the right time, you can witness the annual carnival in which a pyrotechnics display is put on at night time as a re-enactment of the bombing of the bridge.
Kanchanaburi is very easily accessible since it is so close to Bangkok. You will need to fly to Bangkok first as Kanchanaburi does not have an airport. From there you have some options:
Bus: A bus departs from Sai Dai, the Southern Bus Terminal, every 15, 20, or 30 minutes, and the journey will last about two hours. This is a relatively cheap option, and is the preferred method as it is very easy.
Taxi: Although this is the fastest option, it is the most expensive, unless you are skilled in negotiating. You can find some taxi services at http://www.suvarnabhumiairporttranfer.com
Minibuses are also a viable option, with frequent departures from Bangkok’s Khao San Road and Victory Monument.
Due to its prime location at the edge of a mountain range, Kanchanaburi is a much cooler province with temperatures varying from 25° to 40°C throughout the year, although it is a humid area. It is hottest during February to October where it could reach 40°C; April being the hottest month.
July through to September are more pleasant months as you will receive some much needed, short-lived showers to cool you down in between the sunshine.
Experience Elephant's World; a sanctuary for elephants where you can feed, care for and even swim with elephants
Explore national parks around Kanchanaburi, staying in a bamboo tree-house and in a floating bungalow on the River Kwai
Explore history and nature around Kanchanaburi, visiting waterfalls, war memorials and staying overnight in a floating bungalow on the river Kwai
Ultimate Kanchanaburi 3 day trekking experience, featuring rafting, elephant trek, waterfalls and national parks, rural villages, war memorials and more
Get up close with the residents of Elephant's World with an over night stay, tending to elephants at the charity based sanctuary
Trek to hill tribe villages, the Phra Tad Waterfall, Hellfire Pass, a hot spring, and Khao Lam Lake near Kanchanaburi
Visit an underwater temple, rural villages, war memorials and waterfalls with an overnight lakeside stay in this incredible 2 day tour
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