Kanchanaburi, Thailand Travel Guide

Kanchanaburi is a lively northern Thailand town that bestrides the Mae Klong River. When you first get here, the breezy, temperate climate might surprise you, especially if you are arriving from a humid coastal region. The mountainous border of Kanchanaburi keeps its temperature pleasant and warm all year round, and that can be a welcome change from Thailand’s famous beaches simmering beaches.

This community is both a commercial and regional center and within easy access to a wide range of natural and historical attractions. Your tour of Kanchanaburi should include a stop at the night market which is located close to the night market. Get to know some of the locals in this lively town, check out the offerings from the artistic community of this area, and purchase delicious local fare.

During World War II, the Japanese occupied Kanchanaburi and there are many memorials and museums for you to add to your itinerary while you are in the area. Visit the Hellfire Pass Museum, a commemoration of the “Death Railway” built by Allied prisoners of war. You would have an idea of what the conditions were like if you have seen the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai”. Also, you can cross the titular bridge which has been partially rebuilt.

If you want to experience the famous Kanchanaburi natural beauty, get on a line train to explore the jungle-clad and gorgeous mountains. Looking through the window, you will find the mountain’s rock sides about an arm’s length away. Another must-see attraction in Kanchanaburi is the Erawan National Park. This park is located deep in the forest and is a region where you will see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, as well as sunlit streams and mosey.

Wat Ban Tham is a Buddhist temple 10km southeast of town and on the south bank of the river. Cave temples are very common in the countryside around Kanchanaburi just as you would see convenience stores inside the city. However, this is unique because you can walk the steps into the dragon’s mouth to reach the large main cave. One section of the big rock is believed to resemble Mae Nang Bua Kli, a Thai folklore figure. The innocent woman was killed by her husband and she is consequently dressed all through the year. Above her is an important disciple of the Buddha, a Phra Siwali statue which is illuminated by a shaft of sunlight. Tham Man Wichit cave close to the top has lights, steps, and some great rock formations.