As the home of 7 national parks, Kanchanaburi Province covers vast areas of dense forests with several beautiful waterfalls. It is probably best known throughout the western world for being the location of The Bridge on the River Kwai, made famous by a movie of the same name. The region not only has a lot of Second World War history but also has been to location of several skirmishes with neighboring Burma (Myanmar).
Things to see and do in Kanchanaburi
- The Death Railway – Included in our tour package.
- The Bridge on the River Kwai – Included in our tour package.
- Thamkra Sae bridge and cave walk. – Included in our tour package.
- Hellfire Pass – Included in our tour package.
- Death Railway Museum and Research Centre (also known as The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre) – Included in our tour package.
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery – Included in our tour package.
- JEATH War Museum – Acronym for Japan, England, Australia, Thailand and Holland war museum. – Included in our tour package.
- Kaeng Lawa Cave – Not recommended if you are a little large or a little feeble. Lots of steps with low ceilings and narrow passage ways. – Available as an optional extra tour.
- Mahawangchang Elephant Camp – Available as an optional extra tour. Allow an extra day. Definitely one of the better camps where the elephants appear to be happy and loved.
- Tham Phu Wa Temple – One of Phat’s (our guide) favorite temples. – Included in some tour packages.
- Mon Tribal Village – Optional extra tour – Add an extra day.
- Erawan National Park and Waterfall – Available as an optional extra
- Prasat Muang Singh – Available as an optional extra for those who are interested in historical ruins.
- Pha Tad Waterfall – A large single level waterfall where the water flows from a wide and high cliff from a height of about 25 meters. It is about 120 km from Kanchanaburi on 323 towards Thong Phaphum, so it is best visited when passing or combined with other attractions in the area. – Available as an optional extra tour
- Shinto Park – A quiet and peaceful location to chill out and relax for a while – Included in some of our tours.
- The Chong Kai War Cemetery – A little smaller and quieter than the main war cemetery where 1,740 POWs rest in peace. – Available as an optional extra tour.
- Elephant’s World – Day Tour – Not added this one to our tours yet but has excellent reviews.
- Safari Park Open Zoo – Not yet included in our tour packages
- Taweechai Elephant Camp – Not yet included in our tour packages
- Thai-Burma Railway Cenotaph – For those that may have a special reason to visit the cenotaph this is offered as an optional extra tour.
- Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary – offered as an optional extra tour for those that may also be interested in the nearby Tak provence.
- Art Gallery and War Museum – a private museum that collects lots of World War II Stories, such as war instruments, photographs, uniforms, etc. It also features Khmer-style woodcarvings, a pair of elaborate Burmese Buddhas, and excellent paintings of Chinese deities. It is well-signposted and located about 100 meters from the The Bridge on the River Kwai – Available as an optional extra tour or just take a quick visit while we are in the bridge area.
- Temperatures in Kanchanaburi throughout the year vary from 25° to 40° Celsius.
- There are three seasons:
- February till May – warm season. If you want the ANZAC Dawn Service tour the you will need to come in April, but it WILL BE HOT
- June till October – rainy season. Can also be hot, but best time for the waterfalls and the kayaking!
- November till January – cool season
- From February – October, the temperature is of an average of 32° to 40° C.
- The climate is tropical so very humid all year round. April can be very hot.
Kanchanaburi Image Gallery
Below are a few photos from our visits to Kanchanaburi. Click on any image to open a cascading light-box and to see a description of the image.