Kanchanburi Travel Guide - Kanchanaburi Travel Guide - River Kwai
A view of train journey from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok. – Kanchanaburi Travel Guide

Introduction to Kanchanaburi Travel Guide

Located in Thailand’s central region, Kanchanaburi is one of Thailand’s biggest provinces. Tak, Uthai Thani, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, and Ratchaburi are the provinces that border it.

The province was an important outpost to protect against Burmese invasions from the Ayutthaya era through the Thonburi and Rattanakosin periods. In 1831, King Rama III relocated the city 16 kilometers to the southeast, where it now stands at the junction of the Khwae Yai and Khwae Noi rivers.

Kanchanaburi is about two hours from Bangkok and may be reached by car or train. The province is widely used as a main hub for exploring the various cultural, ecological, and historical attractions in the surrounding region. Tourists are drawn to the old civilization’s history as well as the World War II Bridge over the River Kwai. 

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How to get to Kanchanaburi

Map of Kanchanaburi Province

Top Attractions in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi - Transportation in Thailand - Death Railway

Death Railway

Part of the Japanese Death Railway built during World War II.

Kanchanaburi - Erawan National Park

Erawan National Park

Known for its seven distinct tiers of waterfalls.

Kanchanaburi Travel Guide - War Cemetery Entrance

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

The major POW cemetery for those who died while working on the Death Railway.

Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple)

A temple famed for its 18-meter-tall Buddha statue.

Kanchanaburi - Khuean Srinagarindra National Park

Khuean Srinagarindra National Park

A national park known for the Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall.

Kanchanaburi - Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park

Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park

A historical park home to two Khmer temples.

Kanchanaburi - Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge Over the River Kwai

The iconic bridge that is a part of WWII history.

Kanchanaburi - Wooden Mon Bridge

Wooden Mon Bridge

Thailand’s longest wooden bridge, reaching over 400 meters in length.

Kanchanaburi - Wat Wang Wiwekaram

Wat Wang Wiwekaram

A temple that was originally built in 1953.

Side Trips

External Resources

Kanchanaburi - Wooden Mon Bridge (Sunset)
Wooden Mon Bridge during sunset – Kanchanaburi Travel Guide

Summary of Kanchanaburi Travel Guide

Kanchanaburi is a wonderful weekend getaway location for Bangkok residents, being only two hours away by car. Several luxury resorts have built on the banks of the River Kwai in the recent decade, giving Kanchanaburi a wonderful destination to rest and rejuvenate. While you are in Thailand, you are more than welcome to travel to any of Thailand’s provinces:

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