10 Amazing Things to do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Discover 10 amazing things to do in Kanchanaburi. Kanchanaburi is located about a two-hour drive west of Bangkok and is famous for its WW2 history, such as the Bridge on the River Kwai. I had a few days to kill in Thailand before going to Cambodia but did not want to spend them in Bangkok. After having a cross-reference the map and Wikitravel I chose to go to Kanchanaburi since it was close and had a few things that interested me.
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10 Amazing Things to do in Kanchanaburi
1. Visit the River
I arrived in Kanchanaburi by bus at about 3 pm and after checking into the Sornwaree Apartments I went for a walk along the river.
You can’t really walk “along” the river. There is no boardwalk or anything. Seems all the riverside real-estate is occupied by floating restaurants and guest-houses.
After walking for a bit I spotted a temple, so I went to it. Turns out there are a few temples in and around Kanchanaburi, and they all seem to be free entry.
3. Chinese Cemetary
Continuing my journey I came across the Chinese cemetery. I quite like cemetery’s. They are peaceful.
4. Memorial Cemetary
Next to the Chinese Cemetery is the very well maintained war memorial cemetery. The bodies that rest here were transported from where-ever they where buried – somewhere in the jungle. They died whilst building Thailand to Burma railway.
5. Night Market
Close to the cemetery is the night market. I arrived there at a very good time since it was still light but everyone was set up.
It is a bit like a swap meet. A lot of people just selling second-hand stuff.
There is also a lot of cheap street-food.
6. Bridge on the River Kwai
The next day I hired a motorbike (200THB) and the first place I went was to the Bridge on the River Kwai. This is probably the most famous attraction in Kanchanaburi since a book and movie were made about it.
It’s free to walk over the bridge and you can catch the train over if you want. The train has a charge. I don’t know what it is.
7. Hellfire Pass
After the bridge, I went to Hellfire Pass which is about 80km North of Kanchanaburi. This is the section of the “death railroad” where they (POW’s and other workers) had to cut through a mountain. They had no machinery and did it in torturous conditions, both environmentally and at the hands of the Japanese.
It is free entry (donations accepted) and you get an audio guide. Hellfire Pass is (in my opinion) a must do.
8. Soi Yok Noi Falls
On my way back to Kanchanaburi I stopped in at Soi Yok Noi Falls. It was nice to get off the bike for a while. Not really that spectacular but free entry and I ate some good beef noodle soup.
9. Erawin Falls
I wasn’t planning on going to Erawin Falls but was convinced by the owner of the Sorn Waree Apartments (where I stayed). It was a great day. I am really glad I went.
It cost 300THB to get in + 50THB each way for the bus.
10. Death Railway Museum
The last thing I did in Kanchanaburi was to visit the Death Railway Museum which. It is located across the road from the Memorial Cemetery, not far from the train station. The entry fee was 140THB. It was pretty good, although much of it was re-hashed information from the Hellfire museum.
Getting To Kanchanaburi
To get to Kanchanaburi I took a bus from Khai San Road in Bangkok. They told me to come at 12:00 and said it would take about 90 minutes. The bus picked me up at about 10 past 12, then we picked up some more people before all getting on different vans. Then they took me to the bus station where I got on a different minibus which took me to Kanchanaburi. I arrived around 3:00 pm. It cost 150THB.
One the way back I took a minibus from the Kanchanaburi bus station to the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok. It cost 100THB and took a couple of hours. They stop at a gas station on the way to fill up and you can have a toilet break. Most people got off at a bus stop so I followed suit. From there I caught a bus towards Kai San Road (10THB) and then walked to the KS Guesthouse.
Accommodation in Kanchanaburi
Whilst doing all these amazing things to do in Kanchanaburi I stayed at the Sorn Waree Apartment.
Cost: 450THB / night.
Address: 211/1 Sangchuto Road23 Bantai Muarng district, 71000 Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
This place was incredible value for money. Nice large room, fridge, cable TV, air-conditioner, really nice owner, and walking distance to the bus station. Might be considered a bit far out of town for some, but I could walk to the train station in about 30 minutes.
Street food market a short walk up the road, and even just a nice local restaurant just as you exit to the main street.
Book your stay at the Sorn Waree Apartment or some other accommodation in Kanchanaburi.
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