Kanchanaburi city is the provincial capital of the same name province and is located at the confluence of the rivers Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai, just about 130km northwest of Bangkok. This is the closest place from Bangkok for those looking for natural discovery and soft adventure such as elephant rides, short hikes and bamboo rafting…

The town sits in a fertile valley that surrounded by mountainous and green landscapes with attractions including several well-known waterfalls, ancient caves, pristine national parks, tranquil rivers and so on…

The Mae Nam Khwae Noi and Mae Nam Mae Klong rivers running around the town have defined its lazy character except when Bangkok Thais come for their weekend holidays.


A highlight of Kanchanaburi is the Bridge over the River Kwai, which was the start of the infamous World War II Death Railway to Burma.

In 1942 Kanchanaburi was under Japanese control. To build the railway to Burma, thousands of Asian forced labourers and Allied POWs were forced by Japanese army to work under extremely harsh conditions, nearly half of them died from disease, maltreatment and accidents.

There is still a memorial and museum to commemorate the dead and the city is also home to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetary (Don Rak).

Another feature attracts visitors to Kanchanaburi is its several of Thailand’s largest waterfalls, with spectacular Erawan Falls and a number of wildlife sanctuaries. One of the most defining natural attractions in Kanchanaburi is the Three Pagodas Pass that borders Thailand and Myanmar where ancient trade route was founded and later the Death Railway was built through.


For nature lovers, Kanchanaburi is definitely a desired destination, where you can go trekking at the pristine national parks or swimming in the emerald pools under some of Thailand’s most beautiful waterfalls…

It only takes two hours to travel from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by road or rail. The journey is also a chance to enjoy many cultural, natural, and historical attractions in the surrounding countryside.

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