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Kanchanaburi (pronounced gaan jà ná bù rii) (Thai: กาญจนบุรี) is a city located at the confluence of the rivers Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai. It is the Capital City of the Province of this name.
For most visitors the main sight of interest is the Bridge over the River Kwai (pronounced khwaae as in air), as the start of the infamous World War II Death Railway to Burma (now Myanmar), as well as the many associated museums. There is an increasingly thriving backpacker scene taking advantage of the chilled-out riverside vibe for those that need to get away from Bangkok. Kanchanaburi is also the gateway to the surrounding province of the same name. More foreign visitors are discovering why Thais know it as one of the most beautiful provinces in the country with its easily accessible waterfalls and national parks.
Regrettably, there does not appear to be as many tourists now coming here as of 10 years past, maybe because WW 2 was so long ago now, so the City appears to be slowing down compared to ten years previously.
Orienting yourself in Kanchanaburi is very easy. The main road, Saeng Chuto Road, runs through the length of town from north to south, connecting the River Kwai Bridge, the train station and the bus station. Running parallel to this, closer to the river, is Mae Nam Kwae Road where most of the guest houses and the local bar scene can be found.
- Tourism Authority of Thailand, Saeng Chuto Rd (just south of the bus terminal). 08:00-16:00 daily. Distributes a useful free map of the city and province. edit
From Bangkok to Kanchanaburi:
BKS public buses (line 81) leave from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Taling Chan สายใต้ตลิ่งชัน), which is located far west in the suburb Thonburi. In Kanchanaburi, there are two separate but nearby bus terminals, with 1st class buses departing from an office off Thanon Saengchuto, and 2nd class buses from the larger terminal one block east.
- 1st class buses should leave Bangkok every 15 minutes from 05:00-22:30, take about 2 hours, and cost 110 baht, including a bottle of water.
- 2nd class buses (new route) leave Bangkok every 20 minutes from 03:30-19:00 and take about 2 hours. Cost 95 baht.
- 2nd class buses (old route) leave Bangkok every 15-30 minutes from 04:00-18:00 and take about 3 hours.
There are also tourist minibuses directly to/from Khao San Road, departing Kanchanaburi at 13:30 and 18:30.
There are also some buses leaving less frequently from Bangkok's Northern Mo Chit bus terminal (note: not the same as Mo Chit BTS station, and not within walking distance of it, although a standard 50 baht motorbike ride is available. It's often called "Mo Chit 2"). Here are the times found online at the station:
First-class bus with toilet (3 hours, 122 baht): 06:00, 11:00, 14:30
Second class bus with no toilet inside: 05:00, 07:00, 09:30, 12:30, 17:00
Minibus leave from Terminal 4 regularly, (12 noon was one of the scheduled times) taking 3 hours for 120 baht (July 2015)
Bus rides may be variable or cancelled (for example, with 14:30 being last of the day.) BUT there are vans available at the bus station leaving even when you're told there's no way to get there by bus! It may pay to talk to the information desk for this. Price Feb '11 was around 120 baht, about 2 hrs.
From Nakhon Pathom, there are direct buses (2nd class only) every 15 to 30 minutes between 04:00 and 18:00, which take two hours. Alternatively, you can hop off a 1st class bus when it passes by Nakhon Pathom, but double-check with staff to ensure the route allows this and they know your plans.
From Sangkhlaburi to Kanchanaburi, you're spoilt for choice:
- Air-con VIP buses leave at 08:45, 10:45 and 14:30 and take 4 hours.
- Air-con minibuses leave at 06:30, 07:30, 11:30, 13:00, 15:30 and take 3.5 hours.
- Standard buses leave at 06:45, 08:15, 10:15, 13:15 and take 5 hours.
From Pattaya to Kanchanaburi:
There is a direct bus from Pattaya to Kanchanaburi, running 2 times a day (9:30am and 7:30pm), departing from Central Pattaya, arriving at Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal. The bus service is provided by Sri Mongkol bus company.
- Travel duration: approximately 5 hours (distance of about 220km - 230km)
- Bus ticket price: THB315 (price as at January 2016. Double-deck bus with air conditioner & toilet on board, price includes 1 free bottle of water & one chocolate bon)
- Where to buy ticket & depart: Sri Mongkol bus terminal at Chaloem Phrakiat, Pattaya Sai 3 (Direction: on Central Pattaya Road, find the TOT building (Telecommunication Company), Chaloem Phrakiat/Pattaya Sai 3 intersects with Central Pattaya road at this TOT building. The Sri Mongkol bus terminal is just about 150 meters north from the TOT building on Chaloem Phrakiat on the west side. It is hard to find, it is in the strip of shops, just before a large empty lot (as of January 2016)
- Sri Mongkol contact: 089-280-2255 or 081-876-7770, or 081-879-9494, or 081-547-1548
Tips: best to buy ticket at least one day in advance. As with many other Thais outside Bangkok, the company staff cannot understand & speak English well, especially over the phone. If there is any problem communicating to the staff, consider asking your hotel/hostel staff to speak to them in Thai over the phone, e.g. asking for the bus station address and have the hotel staff write it down in Thai - taxi/tuk tuk driver could find the place easier that way.
The 5-hour journey is quite long but the road quality is pretty good with hardly any problem. A good option to consider if one does not want to go to Kanchanaburi from Pattaya via going back to Bangkok. Beats using two minivans (cost 280 B depending on which company you use) and is only 30 Baht more.
From Ayutthaya to Kanchanaburi:
Ayutthaya - Suphanburi, public minibus no. 703, 80 baht, travel time 1.5h, leaves every 30m. from Chao Phrom market bus station. Suphanburi - Kanchanaburi, bus no. 411, non aircon, 90 baht, travel time 2h, leaves every 20m. By minivan directly from your hotel at 9:30am or 4:30pm. 400 baht per person. Takes 2.5 hours. Book through a tour agent.
Trains leave Bangkok's Thonburi Train Station at 07:50 and arrive at Kanchanaburi at 10:25, also at 13:55 and arriving at 16:24. You may be interested in buying a ticket all the way to the River Kwai Bridge, since these two trains are the only ones which cross the bridge each day. Since December 2005, the fare is 100 baht for foreigners.
Be warned that reaching Thonburi Station from Khao San Road is harder than it looks; tuk-tuk drivers will try to charge you outrageous rates, and walking involves crossing two bridges and looping back a ways. The best way is probably to take the passenger boat from Phra Arthit Pier and connect to a cross-river ferry that reaches the Thonburi Railway pier, then walk or take the open minibus from there. The other way to reach Thonburi (Bangkok Noi) Station is walk little bit south from Thammasat university (next to Sanam Luang), take river ferry (3THB) from Wat Mahathat to Wanglong, on the other side of river walk west until you reach main north-south road, here walk north until you reach big bridge where you will go under it and then just walk west to train station, all this from Khao San Road to train station takes only about 30-40mins easy walk + river ferry. You can also walk a bit away from Khao San Road and find a metered taxi that will not rip you off. The fare should be about 70-80 baht from Khao San on the meter. If you miss the train taxi from Thonburi train station to Sai Tai Mai bus terminal for buses to Kanchanaburi (110THB) costs 80 baht.
Alternatively, use google maps routeplanner on your smartphone or on the computer in your hostel, and look for a local bus connection.
Return trains leave at 07:25 and 14:48 from the main railway station; from the River Kwai Bridge they leave 6 minutes earlier. Riding 3rd class is an adventure in itself, and definitely recommended.
Both train services continue to/from Nam Tok, the current terminus of the Death Railway. The normal trains will charge "Farangs" (Westerners) 100 baht in each direction from Kanchanaburi to Wang Pho, the last station before Nam Tok.
The 10:30 train has a special tourist section, where the low, low price of 300 baht gets you air-con, a soft drink and a certificate of having ridden the Death Railway.
Minivans depart to Kanchanaburi from either Mo Chit or Southern Bus Terminal.
Kanchanaburi is about 3 hours drive from Bangkok, along Hwy 4 (Phet Kasem) from Bangkok until it meets Hwy 323. This will take you all the way to Kanchanaburi.
You can catch a taxi to Kanchanaburi, return to Bangkok for the day for around 2,000 baht. This should include stopping at the Bridge over River Kwai and museum, Kanchanaburi township, the local dam and the cemetery for the prisoners of war. You may need to pay a bit extra to visit Erawan Falls which is about an hour out of the town centre and the Tiger Temple.
By limousine taxiEdit
Bangkok (Airport) limousines are a comfortable and swift means of travel between Thailand's capital and Kanchanaburi. Transfer rates by luxury Japanese sedan are typically between 3,000-3,500 baht.
For shorter travel, day trips from Bangkok are commonly sold at Bangkok travel agencies. Typically these include Toyota minibus transport from one's hotel to Kanchanaburi and back (visiting the famous bridge, Erawan National Park, etc., depending on the package), and perhaps lunch and entrance fees.
Kanchanaburi is just a little too stretched out to comfortably walk around. Small orange and large yellow songthaews (converted pickups) cruise up and down Saengchuto between 6am and 6pm, connecting bus station, train station and the bridge, and charge a standard 10 baht. However, if they see a solitary "Farang" (Westerner) or two, they will offer you a lift to wherever. You need to negotiate the price. Motorbike taxis and tuk-tuks are also available, with negotiable prices, and some guesthouses offer bicycle rental. A number of places in town (mostly along Maenam Kwai Rd) rent bicycles for 50 baht/day, or motorcycles for 150-200 baht, depending on whether it is an automatic. In the area near to budget accommodation / guesthouses such as Ploy, you can rent bicycles or motorcycles from Yanee at 197 Maenumkaew Rd. Remember to ask for a map and directions to popular sights. If you are staying near Chakkadone Pier in the south, tourist services are hard to find. Ask your hotel to call a tuk tuk for you as you will not find them on the road. Chakkadone to bus station, 60 baht; to war cemetery or River Kwai bridge, 100baht. The return ride will be cheaper. Also English is not spoken here, and all road and shop signs are in Thai. It is worth walking in the street market to see the local delicacies.
Bridge over the River KwaiEdit
Located some 3 km north of Kanchanaburi (down New Zealand Road, off Saeng Chuto Road), this iron bridge (Saphan Mae Nam Kwae) across the Kwai Yai River is the main attraction for many visitors. Immortalized in the famous movie and novel, it was a part of the infamous Death Railway to Burma, constructed by POWs working for the Japanese in hellish conditions during World War II. Some 16,000 POWs and 90,000 Asian workers (most of them enslaved) died during the railway construction. The present iron bridge is the second wartime incarnation (a part of the original can be found in the War Museum), but two central 'boxy' spans were rebuilt after the war to replace three sections destroyed by Allied bombing.
- You can cross the bridge on foot. While the centre of the track has been thoughtfully turned into a steel-plated walkway and there are little side platforms between the spans for sightseeing and avoiding trains. There are guardrails, but some areas of the bridge lack them, so be careful of small children! Off the end of the bridge, you can feed or ride an elephant bare-back at negotiated price of 600 baht per ride. At May 2010, the elephant was kept on a short chain, and had to stand in its own waste products. Thankfully at least for the last year, this poor animal has gone.
- As the bridge is still used locally, it is possible to take one of the trains that cross the bridge every day. The ride from Nam Tok (the train line's terminus) to River Kwai Bridge station takes a bit longer than 2 hours.
World War IIEdit
Pretty much all the sights in Kanchanaburi itself are directly related to World War II. The museums are dusty and generally not worth it, except for the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, which gives a good introduction of the Death Railway and its history. There are also two war cemeteries, the most moving of which is the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.
- Chongkai War Cemetery, (either bargain with a taxi or rent a bicycle to get there; it's at the west side of the river). A neatly maintained smaller cemetery 2 km out of town along the road that leads to Wat Thaopoom. This is the final resting place of Dutch and British forces. edit
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak), Saeng Chuto Rd (opposite the railway station), . 07:00-14:00. This is the final resting place of almost 7,000 POWs who gave their life for the construction of the Death Railway to Burma. All POWs at this site are from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia. The cemetery is run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. After World War II, the Allies decided to move all the buried POWs along the railway line to either one of the two war cemeteries in Kanchanaburi, or if the POW's died closer to Burma/Myanmar end of the line, they were buried in the war cemetery in Thanbyuzayat, as they would be easier to maintain in a good condition. It is a sombre, yet very peaceful reminder of what went on here. The graves are set up in straight lines with neatly kept lawns. Some of the graves have a moving personal inscription. However, note that during the rainy seasons access to graves themselves may be closed to prevent damage to the grounds. If you have relatives buried there permission can be sought to enter the cemetery. An alternative is the Chong Kai cemetery which is always open. Both grounds are immaculately maintained. Free. edit
- Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, 73 Jaokannun Rd (next to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, near the south of Mae Nam Khwae Road), ☎ +66 3 451 2721, . 09:00-17:00 daily. This museum is generally considered to be the best source of information regarding World War II in Thailand, railway construction and route, and the conditions endured by POW's and Asian labourers. There are various artifacts, and exhibits include video and interactive displays which are very moving. A visit takes at least one hour, and probably longer if you want to read everything. Fee includes a free coffee or tea at the cafe upstairs, where you can sit at the window bench overlooking the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. It is a good place to sit and reflect after your tour of the centre. Photography is prohibited. 150 baht. edit
- World War II Museum and Art Gallery, Mae Nam Khwae Rd (about 50 m from the Bridge over the River Kwai). 08:30-17:30 daily. This well-signposted complex houses a bizarre collection of museums and exhibits, most of which are poorly maintained and labeled. To your left as you enter is the "War Museum", a 4 storey building encrusted with statues, which starts off with a little Burmese shrine but is mostly devoted to pre-WW2 Thai history through the ages and is filled with wall paintings of Kings and racks of rusty pistols. There are good views of the bridge from the roof of the riverside building. Above the WW2 museum is the most bizarre section, housing (among other things) dusty stamp collections and a gallery with wall paintings of all Miss Thailand winners. The World War II and (old) JEATH Museum is lurking in the basement. 40 baht. edit
- JEATH War Museum, Th Pak Phraek (Adjacent to the Wat Chaichumphon temple complex 1 km south of the town centre). 08:30-18:00. The free guide leaflet concludes with these salutary words - "May Peace Always Conquer Violence". Exhibits are housed in a palm hut, modelled on the kind of buildings that Death Railway POWs would have slept in. The exhibits themselves are timeworn and many have been attacked by insects and weather. It may seem a amateurish in it's style of curation. The temple complex next door is much more interesting. A cross-river boat service is available from the Jeath museum. 40 baht. edit
- Don Chedi archaeological site
- Giant Tree
- Kuan Yum
- Wat Ban Tham
- Wat Tham Sua
- Wat Tham Khao Noi
- Wat Tham Khaopoon, 5 km out of town (past Chongkai War Cemetery). 20 baht entrance fee to cave complex with Buddha images.
- Wat Tham Mungkornthong
The area northwest of Kanchanaburi is dominated by the beautiful River Kwai Valleys. It is an area of great natural beauty, with a dazzling amount of waterfalls, caves, lakes and mountainous scenery. Most attractions can be visited as a day-trip from Kanchanaburi. Independent travel is possible for most attractions, but can be a hassle as local trains and buses are slow and inflexible. If you want to visit Hellfire Pass and the Erawan Falls in one day, be aware there is no public bus connection between them although there are guided tours.
Along the Death RailwayEdit
While most visitors see the spectacular Erawan Falls, the Sai Yok Noi Falls are more accessible, because they are straight on the road to Sangkhlaburi. The Sai Yok Yai Falls are located further away from Kanchanaburi on the same road. But beside the falls, the national park is home to limestone caves and hot springs as well. And it can easily be combined with the Hellfire Pass Memorial.
Only re-located in the 1980s, Konyu Cutting (known as Hellfire Pass by POWs and Asian labourers who cut and blasted through rock by hand to clear this pass for the Death Railway) has been reclaimed from the jungle as a profound war memorial funded by the Australian government. Excellent museum and self-guided walking tour facilities are available (donations welcome). Highly recommended. The descent through the jungle down to the pass (listening to oral histories from survivors through audio headsets) is a moving experience. Before leaving, take a moment to reflect at the peace lookout overlooking the beautiful Kwai Noi Valley. More challenging walking options are available. An annual Anzac Day Dawn Service held here. 80 km northwest of Kanchanaburi. To get to Hellfire Pass from Kanchanaburi, you can take the local bus from the main Kanchanburi bus station heading towards Sangkhlaburi, 50 baht; to return to Kanchanburi, there is a small bust stop opposite the Hellfire pass entrance (last bus is around 5pm back to Kanchanburi). For a day trip, consider taking the morning train from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok (2.5 hrs), then a bus to the memorial from the main road (20 min); return by bus (1 hr) or afternoon train. One could also take a taxi from Kanchanaburi or hire a scooter. The experience is not the same without listening to the oral histories as you walk down the path. Note that the walking track in its entirety is roughly 4km long and passes through different kinds of cuttings, if you want to walk the entire length allow ~2 hours for the return journey. However there is a shorter track showing you the initial cutting and the dawn service site, allow about 45min return. [Jan 2014 update - The route from Pickup point (Hintok Toilet) to Compressor Cutting is now closed, making the total route 2.5km]
Sai Yok National Park, Phra That Falls and Hin Dat Hot SpringsEdit
Tiger Temple has been closed, and the tigers removed by the Government. Charges of criminal negligence are pending.
Erawan National ParkEdit
The Erawan Falls are contenders for the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand, and a must-see if time and budget allow. The entrance fee is 300 baht for foreigners (May 2019), with an additional 20 baht per motorbike. The falls are composed of seven tiers — all of which are picturesque shaded forest areas and great for swimming. Plan to spend at least two hours hiking plus the time you want to spend swimming in the falls. There are also shaded seating areas throughout.
It is recommended to bring sunblock, water and a suitable gear for swimming, since you'll want to have a dip in the turquoise pools on most levels away from the heat (although they revert to dirty brown during the rainy season). When swimming, watch out for fish feasting on the soles of your feet. They won't hurt you and are only looking for a meal on dead skin cells, but the feeling can be disconcerting and it's quite tickling. Also guard or lock up your belongings since there are monkeys around which will be happy to steal your stuff looking for food, while your camera is worthless for them.
Everyone can do the hike, but don't underestimate it; some shoes with profile will make the trip more pleasant, though flip flops are commonly worn. At the highest levels, one may have to walk through shallow water. The first four tiers are relatively close together and the walk is very straightforward. For the more adventurous, there is a large rock at the fourth tier that can be used as a water slide. Beyond the fifth tier, the hike will become slightly more difficult. The sixth and seventh tiers are not far from each other, but the paths are not well defined at this point, so be sure to look for the hard-to-spot signs. Additionally, beware of hornets at the top tier.
They close access above the 4th tier after 3pm, so if you come afternoon, consider hiking to the highest tier first, and then walking reverse way slowly, stopping at each tier.
Bicycles can be rented at the entrance for 20 baht/hr, however you can only bike to the first level, which is only a 5 min walk, so they don't really have any use. Many Thais don't go further than the second level as beyond this food & beverages, water bottles excepted after leaving a deposit, are not allowed.
Erawan can be very crowded with huge package tourist groups most of the day (especially popular with Russian tourists). So the best visiting time is early morning or just before sunset.
Food There are several places to buy food before you start on route to the falls. Mostly they serve grilled chicken, sandwiches and burgers. If you are vegetarian it would be wise to bring a packed lunch. Beverages can also be bought at a stall at tier 2. No food is allowed past tier 2 due to litter. Please do your part to not litter and help by picking up litter and bringing it back to the bins at tier 1 and 2.
Public Transport: Public bus 8170 leaves the Kanchanaburi bus terminal every 50-60 min. between 08:00-17:20. The fare is 50 baht each way and takes 90 minutes. If you stay far away north from the bus terminal, and you probably will, you can just walk to Saeng Chuto Rd from your guest house and hail the bus there, the regular bus stop is next to 7-Eleven across the road from evening market at train station. Be sure to get an early bus, since there will be fewer people at the falls and you won't have to hurry to get back. The last bus leaves for Kanchanaburi at 17:00. There is only one bus with limited seating so it is a good idea to wait for the bus from 3pm, or you may be standing the entire trip or be left behind. You cannot buy tickets in advance. (May 2019)
Motorbike: If you are not traveling alone the good idea might be to rent motorbike since bus tickets for 2 people cost 200 baht and you can rent motorbike for 120-180 baht (depending if semi-automatic or automatic) + 3.5 litres of petrol for automatic motorbike with 2 people cost less than 140 baht and you can leave Kanchanaburi and Erawan national park at any time and it's much more convenient than waiting for bus or walking far from accommodation. The road to national park is well signed, just take the road 3199 from Kanchanaburi, there is only one confusing place on the way where you can go to dam entrance maybe 50 meters from main road, but it's not problem to return back to main road and guards here speak English.
Transport Tour:, Tour agencies in Bangkok commonly sell a package that includes Toyota minibus transport from your Bangkok hotel to the falls and back, with lunch and the park entrance fee of 200 baht included, for 1,100 baht, circa early 2011. The packages are generally standardised and non-negotiable in price. Some tours also include a stop at the bridge over the River Kwai, so inquire.
Tour packages that visitors can purchase from the nearby hotels/resorts in Kanchanaburi may include a stop to the Erawan waterfalls and other selected tourist attractions such as elephant riding, bamboo rafting, Tiger Temple and Hellfire Pass. These packages range around 1600 baht and include all transportation to and from the resort, the park fees, lunch, and an English-speaking guide.
In July 2011, many tour agencies and hotels were offering tours for 1,000-1,100 baht including entrance fees, lunch, elephant walk, bamboo raft ride, River Kwai Bridge, and a choice of Hellfire Pass or Erawan Falls. Not all combinations of tours leave every day so check a few days ahead if you're after something specific.
It is possible to spend the night in the national park, meaning you get to experience the falls without the day tripper crowds. Camping sites are available on a nice green area by the riverside. The National Park rents out tents starting from 50 baht up to 300 baht for the biggest. The park also rents out accessories such as sleeping bags, lanterns or stoves for a very small amount. The accommodation services office is just past the car park. Bungalows are also available from 800 baht and if you book through their website for a weekday stay you receive a 30% discount.
For food, try the market which is a one kilometre walk back up the road towards the highway. There it is also possible to find cheaper snacks, drinks, or other items. Just remember to bring your National Parks ticket with you to prove you have already paid.
Srinakarind National ParkEdit
Another area of beautiful natural scenery is the Srinakarind Reservoir, which is located right behind the Srinakarind Dam. Unfortunately, there is no public bus service here. The beginning of this water way is called Lumnam Jone, which is the beginning of the ever famous River Kwai. It has some beautiful surroundings and cystal clear water. It is hard to get to though; on foot it will take a few hours walk, and by boat it takes around 5 hr from the ferry pier at Srinakarind Dam. Lumnam Jone can only be reached by one tour operator to limit the amount of visitors to the region. The trip takes two days and one night and can only be booked for the first weekend of the month. Some other interesting sights in the area are the Phra That Cave, the Huay Mae Khamin Waterfalls and the Tham Than Lot Cave. The Srinakarind Dam has a nice cafe serving mostly Thai food and is open every day.
The area has two main ethnic groups, Thais and Karen. There are several villages of mostly Karen people in tambon Naasuan of Amphoe Sri Sawat. Near the Amphoe is a small Mon village. Beyond Ong Sit village and off a side road is a Lao village called Jerot. The villagers originally came here to help clear the forest when the dam was built and ended up settling in the area. Although many of the Karen women do a wonderful job at weaving (sarongs, blouses, bags), there is no local shop that sells these products. Occasionally there will be a house that will have items for sale but they may be hard to find.
Tourism of Srinakarind Dam
• Srinakarind Dam In north west Kanchanaburi Srinakarind Dam, named Princess Mother, impressive hydro-electric power plant. It sits on the River Kwai Yai.
• Travel by
Bangkok to Srinakarind Dam, it takes about 194 kilometers. In case of car, it will take about 3 hours.
Bus (100 - 200 Baht)
Route from Bangkok to Srinakarind Dam, take bus from Bangkok bus terminal (Chatuchak). It will take about 3 hours 30 minutes or 4 hours and drop at Kanchanaburi bus station, Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi District. Continue on bus number 8170 in Kanchanaburi to Erawan near Srinakarind Dam.
Train (100 - 150 Baht)
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, Take a train at station Thonburi arrive at 7:45 a.m. or 1:55 p.m. and spend time about 5-6 hours. Then continue on bus number 8170 in Kanchanaburi to Erawan it’s near Srinakarind Dam.
• Highlight of Srinakarind Dam The highlight of this place is a raft house which surround by a beautiful nature. It also has a sundial (open: 6:00a.m. - 18:00 p.m.) Made to honor remember and recapture of Princess Srinakarind to celebrate the princess’s 90th birthday. The other place is Phra Phutthabatarat also known as “pay homage to the seven kings”. It is enshrined on the dam, which is sacred and respected for a long time and the most of tourists will pay homage. Srinakarind Dam has many resorts for relaxation of tourists.
Vintage Raft (Contact: 095-297-6268), each raft can accept 2-4 people, air conditioner, activity in resort. The fine for person is 1,200 Baht included breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Lake Heaven Resort (Contact: 084-387-6742, 084-387-6763). The maximum number of an occupant for each room are 2 people for 3,500 Baht, air conditioner and breakfast included. 12 people per raft 18,000 Baht, air conditioner and breakfast included. 20 people in two floors raft with 10 room is 30,000 Baht, air conditioner and breakfast, lunch, dinner. This resort also has activities such karaoke, jet-ski, speed boat and water park.
Rak Num Resort (Contact: 086-014-2352, 089-926-8542). 2 people per room the price is about 6,000-12,000 Baht, and 4 people per room the price is about 20,000 Baht, 2 rooms in 1 raft. Additional activities such karaoke, kayak and water park.
Tham Than Lot National ParkEdit
Kanchanaburi features several elephant camps but one of the largest is Taweechai Elephant Camp, ☎ +66 1 774-8301, ). Home to nearly 30 elephants including one born in late 2009, Taweechai offers elephant rides, bathing with elephants (suitable for children), bamboo rafting (swimming optional) and special elephant training mahout courses. You can also buy photo frames made from real elephant dung.
The camp itself is well maintained and nicely decorated, for example featuring the mounted skeleton of a 100 year old elephant. The elephants are not treated well, but are fed almost constantly. The camp owns large areas of nearby forest and at 16:00 the elephants leave the camp to spend the night wandering and grazing. They are given a very long chain but this is not sufficient as elephants are meant to travel many miles in a day. Riding the elephants is also incredibly bad for their backs.
Taweechai is conveniently located halfway along the route from Kanchanaburi to the Erawan Falls and so can be included in a day trip to the falls. The majority of Western tourists have not yet discovered the camp as it seems to be visited almost exclusively by Thai and Russian tour groups. It is very busy so calling ahead to book is a good idea for groups. For couples or small groups it may be possible to turn up and ride, particularly in the low season.
The camp is very easy to get to from Kanchanaburi, essentially a straight line drive for 40 km along Route 3199. There are English road signs indicating the camp. If coming by bus, take bus 8170 bound for the Erawan Falls and tell it to stop at Taweechai. You'll need to take a motorcycle taxi to the camp for 30 baht. Admission prices vary depending on activity and group size so again it is a good idea to call ahead.
- Elephants and Friends Conservation Camp, ☎ +66 8 58475996. Sorry now closed This elephant camp started in November 2005, with the goal of helping the mistreated, sick and old elephants in Thailand and to give them a good home. As a visitor you will help in the daily care of the elephants, such as riding them (bare back) to the river for their bath, growing or collecting food (banana trees) or just playing with them. It's impossible to get there by public transport. You can get there by (rented) motorbike or arrange a pick-up from Lat Ya or Kanchanaburi. If you want to come and help, the only way to make a reservation is to call Phot Nadee, the owner, (see phone number; speaks English or Thai, please check the time difference). With him you can make an arrangement for a pick-up. edit
- ElephantsWorld ☎ +66 (0)86 33 55 332, is a non-profit elephant sanctuary founded in 2008, situated 32Km from Kanchaburi town. The sanctuary cares for abused, old and sick elephants and offers visitors the chance to assist local staff caring for the elephants with one day visits (10AM to 4PM) and overnight stays. At ElephantsWorld the visitors get to enjoy close contact with the elephants and help to take care of the elephants by providing them with food, gathering food and by washing them. If you would like to do more you could think about volunteering for 1 month!
If you would like to visit and you are staying in the city of Kanchanaburi the sanctuary can pick you up at 9 AM from your guesthouse and take you back at the end of the day.
A songthaew can be hired at the bus station the day before you want to travel - should cost between 1,500-2,000 baht, and you tell the driver where you want to go. He will pick you up from your hotel in the morning as part of the deal and return you there afterwards.
For your day out, check out Hellfire Pass and the museum, 80 km from Kachanaburi - take a couple of hours or more there - then come back along the same road to Naamtok Saiyoknoi waterfall. (Erewan waterfall is too far away for this trip but well worth a look) There is also an old preserved steam locomotive at Saiyoknoi. From there ask to go to Wang Pho village, and make sure to get the driver to stop at a market along the way to buy bulk peanuts/bananas because you want to see "Ling Ling" (Thai for monkey, and the repeat means a lot of them) On the road down to Wang Pho,the driver should veer off to the left near the bottom of the winding road leading towards the River Kwai. Here there are millions of wild monkeys or at least an awful lot of them. Enjoy yourself feeding them peanuts or bananas - they are not aggressive. You can watch all the tour buses driving past this little known attraction. However, feeding monkeys disrupts their natural feeding habits and can make them reliant on humans for food. So, its probably better just to watch the monkeys in their natural environment.
In Wang Pho village, take time to have a look at the place - the Death Railway has a station here, the final one before Naamtok - the villagers are friendly, and one stall does a really good fried banana! Then go to Tam Grasae - a cave a couple of kilometres distant where the railway crosses a trestle bridge built by the WW2 POWs, it appears to be in original condition. The River Kwai is immediately below you, and the trestle hugs the side of the cliff in skirting it. The cave itself is well worth a look. There is a tourist market here also.
On the way back, on the main road to Kanchanaburi, depending on the time you have taken so far, there is a temple on the way back on the right where the monks are friendly to tourists.
For those wishing to avoid the package tourism to Hellfire Pass they can opt to catch the 0607 train to the last stop at Nam Tok and quickly catch a connecting 30 baht songthaew with the locals to the main road. Along the main road there are infrequent buses (30 baht again) that stop both outside the memorial and to the road shack restaurant/university bus stop near Wang Pho/Tam Grasae. Be warned that these buses don't often come frequently or come to a complete stop so you may have to run to board them!
At the Wang Pho/Tam Grasae stop there is a motorcycle taxi rank connected to the restaurant shack and a driver will take you to the cave/track/station at Tam Grasae for around 50 baht including a stop at the monkeys which are on the way. Note that there are no bananas or peanuts sold anywhere nearby (except in abundance at the Tam Grasae market itself) so if you are interested in ignoring the sign 'not to feed' the monkeys you will need to bring your own. If you arrive at Tam Grasae before 16:00 you can catch the return train back to Kanchanaburi.
This method is much cheaper than a package deal (100 baht each way for the train plus about 100 baht for songthaews and buses) and you'll only be able to visit Hellfire Pass. Walk the 2.4 km return and visit the cave nearby. You could try to visit Sai Ya Nok Falls along the way but you will probably be pushing to catch the final 16:00 train back to Kanchanaburi and may have to avoid the hike should you wish to do the falls. You are also relying on local transport so it will be hit and miss at best, but overall a much more interesting experience!
Khao Chang PuakEdit
Khao Chang Puak is located in Thong Pha Phum National Park. Khao Chang Puak is art tourist attraction for people who love hikes and adventure. On the top of the hill is a mountain grass, there are some rocks on the ridge. Tourists must start travel at Ban I Tong. Most tourists will travel to Ban I Tong before sunrise to prepare before the adventure trip on the Khao Chang Puak, to climb the distance is about 1249 meters above sea level.
Muang Badan was formerly called Wang Wiwekaram Temple. It was built in 1953 at Sangkhla Buri District, Kanchanaburi Province. The Wang Wiwekaram Temple is located near Luangpho Uttama, the Karen people, and the Mon people near the Thailand-Myanmar border where three rivers converge - the Song Kalia River, Beekly River and Rantee River. In the year 2527 (1984), Khao Laem Dam or Vajiralongkorn Dam was built and when it overflowed, it flooded the whole Sangkhla Buri District and Wang Wiwekaram Temple. The temple has been submerged underwater for a long time. In the dry season about March through April, the water level drops making the temple visible. When the water level is up, people can use a boat to visit it. Only the top of the Buddhist monastery can be see from the surface. Thus the name “Muang Badan” or the underwater city.
There are many massage parlors along Mae Nam Khwae Rd in Kanchanaburi. Having a Thai massage is cheap and a good place is Foot & Thai massage at 228/2 Tambon Tamakam, ☎+66 87 166 6381). It is diagonally opposite to Yanee (bicycle or motorbike rental). Or relax at a spa. Some better ones include:
- Azure Comsaed River Kwai Resort & Spa, 18/9, ☎ +66 3463 1443. Fax: +66 3458 9094.
- Pung-Waan spa Pung-Waan Resort and Spa, 72/1 Moo 2, Thamakham, ☎ +66 3451 4792-5. Fax: +66 34 515 830.
- Garden of Many Nations 36/12, Tambon Nong Bua, Amphoe Muang, ☎ +66 35 633356 (Thai), ☎ +66 8 1699 9052 (English))
- Rest & Relax Massage on Mae Nom Kwae Rd next to Bell's Pizza. Massage starts at 150 baht/hr. Comfortable and relaxing interior. Convenient location. Variety of services offered.
- Sangklaburi to Burma, 488/800 Bo Bae ower, Damrongrak Rd, Klong Mahanak, Pomprab, Bangkok 10100, ☎ +66 2628 4384 ([email protected]). Leaves M/W for 3 days and 2 nights. An organised adventures tour that crosses Kanchananuri to the border with Burma. Elephants and their caretakers, navigate the river with a raft and ride the notorious train tracks in an old train. Do not expect any luxury but sincerity. 5,750-10,950 baht (price fluctuates with number of participants). edit
- Animal Safari (Safari), ([email protected]), . Meet tigers, lions, leopards, giraffe, zebra, monkeys, binturong and more! Western volunteers ensure animal welfare is constantly being improved. DON'T visit cruel animal shows - make your tourist dollar count and only spend money on ethical animal experiences. edit
- FicusSpa Kanchanaburi, Felix River Kwai Resort, Block C, 9/1 Moo 3, Thamakham Amphur Meung Kanchanaburi, 71000 Thailand ((Located at Felix River Kwai Resort,walking distance from the bridge, just on the opposite side from the main touristy area)), ☎ +6634551137, . 10am-10pm. A modern day spa set amidst lush tropical gardens beside the tranquil river kwai(next to bridge). Spa facilities consist of 16 beds with private rooms and on-site guest showers. Trained therapists combined with use of the best natural products ensure guests enjoy a blissful experience Baht450 - Baht 800. (14.0424987,99.49987299999998) edit
There are plenty of ATMs, which all charge a 200 baht commission for using foreign cards, except for Aeon. Their ATMs are at the corner of Saeng Chuto Rd and Chaichumphon Rd, which is the crossing with traffic lights just south of the bus station. Aeon ATM should be also located in 1st floor of Tesco Lotus in front of food court according Aeon ATM locator.
- Kanokarn, off Saeng Chuto Rd in the centre of town, behind the area that becomes a food market at night. The first two floors are similar to a Western department store. It is sectioned off by brand and sells clothes and electrical goods. The top floor is like the shopping malls found in Bangkok or Hong Kong. It looks like an indoor market and sells phone cases and accessories, manga figurines,and VCDs.
- Night Market, also known as JJ's, in front of the train station on Saeng Chuto Rd. Nothing out of the ordinary, but quite cheap as it's geared for locals.
- River Kwai Bookshop, 293 Maenam Kwai Rd (opposite Im-Jung open-air restaurant), ☎ +66 34 511819. 12:30–21:00, closed W. Thousands of new and used books, categorised for easy browsing, including author-signed titles. Books bought and sold. Ordering service. Also 2 big roofed river rafts on the River Kwai for overnight (sleep aboard or ashore), day or half-day private hire — dinner cruise, disco, karaoke, educational field trip, just viewing, or lazing in a hammock with a good book amidst idyllic river and mountain scenery. edit
- River Kwai Park Market, right next to the bridge. Dozens of stalls selling touristy knick-knacks, but quite a few Thais seem to come here for jewellery shopping as well.
- Tesco Lotus, Saeng Chuto Rd (to the south of town). Standard issue hypermarket.
For cheap street eats, the evening market in front of the train station will fulfill all your 10 baht pad thai needs, you can find here 5 baht sushi, plastic boxes with chicken rice from 10-20 baht, one curry topping with rice for 20 baht, 3 mangoes (500g) for 25 baht, delicious som tum (spicy papaya) salad for 30 baht, different kinds of meat (squid for example) on sticks for 10 baht, many kinds of candies and most of the food sellers are honest. Don't forget to be always careful and check how much locals are paying, don't support cheaters and don't accept their prices.
There is also a string of street eats on the main road just out from the bus station road. All sorts of meals available and buy your beer at the nearby Family Mart/7-Eleven. You can have dinner or breakfast here for 30 to 50 Baht. Some of the signs are written in English.
Street vendors parade up and down River Kwai Rd all day & night. Approximately 20 baht per serving. Many stop outside of 7-Eleven by Jolly Frog selling sausages, roti, and other small snacks. Ice cream and pastries during the day. For a more local experience, try Mae Nam Kwai Rd. Street vendors there sell snacks (freshly fried crisps, iced coffee), flocking to the school grounds behind the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.
- Ahaan Fine, Maenam Kwai Rd (about 75 m up from Apple Guest House on the left). Daily 11:00-23:00. A small, tastefully laid out restaurant offering a wide selection of Thai dishes at prices between food stall prices and guest house prices. 30-70 baht.
- Jok Isaan Food This small entirely Thai-run place doesn't actually have a name but all the locals know Jok makes some of the best food. Her location changed in early 2011 to a small, clean, building right near the reggae bar Land Pole. She specialises in Isaan dishes such as laab, som tom, gai yang, and khao niew.
- On's Thai/Isaan Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant & Cooking School New in 2012. Between Living Room and Tesco Lotus Express on opposite side of road (Mae Nam Kwai). Large menu with a great variety of classic Thai and also Issan dishes. All mains 40 baht + 10 baht for brown rice. Dishes can be made with or without tofu and Ms On can customize most entrées to include or remove vegetables based on your preferences. She also offers a two hour cooking school for 600 baht/person anytime between 10:00 and 18:00.
- BBQ-all you can eat, Sang Chuto Rd. (200 m before Tesco on LHS heading from the town). 90 baht for all you can eat. Represents great value if you are hungry. You cook the food at the table (no burgers/sausages). They also supply you with rice/noodles etc. Good selection of seafood, chicken, liver, pork etc. Very popular with local residents of the town. 19:00-23:00.
- Tara Bed & Breakfast, Maenam Kwai Rd (about 100m from Tescos towards bridge). Excellent value for Thai and European food.
- The Hut Restaurant, Maenam Kwai Rd (about 80m from Tescos towards bridge). Excellent chicken Cordon Bleu.
- Evergreen Hills Golf Club & Resort, 152 Moo 5 Tambon Rangsali , Amphur Thamuang , Kanchanaburi 71110, 71110 Kanchanaburi, Thailand, . Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and an outdoor pool, Evergreen Hills Golf Club & Resort offers accommodation in Kanchanaburi. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. edit
- Bell's Pizzeria, 24/5 Maenamkwai Rd. ☎ +66 81 0106614 . Italian and Thai food. Bar during the afternoon. 170-220 baht for a pizza. Daily 16:00-23:00.
- By de River Restaurant and Massage, On the Mae Nam Kwai Rd about 700 m from the River Kwai Bridge, serve home-made Thai foods with views. Open 17:00-23:00.
- Floating restaurants, (next to the River Kwai bridge). These seem to uphold the fine traditions of their brethren worldwide by serving mediocre food at inflated prices although some travellers find the food good and the price reasonable. Nice views and great atmosphere though. However, the main problem is transport back into town if you are staying there - the river and bridge are a little distant unless you are really into walking (there are songthaews though).
- Friend Bar & Restaurant, 44 Maenamkwai Rd. ☎ +66 81 8581326. Full English breakfast, classic Thai food, Western menu and Japanese food. Drinks, cocktails and free pool. Daily 09:00-23:00.
- Mangosteen Cafe and Books, Thai and Western food with good service. Great coffees, apple pie, cocktails and fresh fruit drinks. One of the cleanest and best run places on the strip. Also 1,000 English language books for sale and small reference library for cafe guests. Daily 08:30-17:00.
- Schluck, Western and Thai food. Pizza and steak are home-made. Euro-oriental décor and jazz music. Price from 40 baht for Thai food, 90 baht for European style food. Daily 17:00-23:00.
There are numerous locations where you'll be able to enjoy your drinks, but most of the bars are close to the guest houses along Mae Nam Kwai Road. Most of the bars are noisy karaoke bars popular among the locals or the usual British pubs with football on show. Some bars have young Thai ladies on the hunt for rich foreigners, and as a result there are a number of middle-aged foreigners in these areas.
- Eat Drink Happy, formerly Crackers Bar, 232/5 River Kwai Rd ("). Owned and run by super friendly local lass, Nuch, who will give you the rundown of Kanchanaburi. Good prices, amazing Thai food cooked by Nuch, great atmosphere, and accommodation . edit
- Four 9's Bar/Red Kangaroo, (situated on the main road in Kanchanaburi opposite the River Kwai Hotel). This is a 'British/Australian' style pub run by a Scotsman named Don and a Thai lady called Mem. Mem will also organise tours and taxis if required. The bar stays open the longest as it only shuts when the last person leaves. Premiership football shown here also. edit
- I Baa Bar, Mae Nam Kwai Road. Great music and atmosphere is present, but now there's a pool table added to the scene. Ek, the Thai owner, is very friendly and a good source of local information. They also serve good Western and Thai food. edit
- My Corner, Soi Pakistan (on the way to Sugar Cane 1 Guest house). Quiet nice place away from the dust of the main road. Chill spot with free Wi-fi, cold beer, and real coffee. You can play your own music over the speakers or pluck at a guitar. August 2013 update: the bar was sold out to new owners; now plays loud Thai heavy pop and seems to double as a girly hang-out place. Often closed. edit
- No Name Bar, Mae Nam Kwai Rd. Good food and a good place. edit
- Sugar Members Bar, Mae Nam Kwai Road. This thriving bar is usually packed with foreigners and backpackers, and stays open until the last person stops buying drinks. The music is loud and usually Western based. Sugar, the owner, is a very friendly Thai woman with a taste for amusing innuendos. Shisha is available. edit
- Jit Sodchuen, 1/2, ท่ามะขาม เมือง, Chang Wat Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand. This cute bar opened in 2018 and is owned by a very friendly young man who built it himself. It’s a hippie bar with retro eclectic decor that the owner found and is now repurposing. The vibes are great, with American alternative rock music playing. A great selection of beer, cocktails and even some food. As of 2019, the owner has two cute dogs that hangout with the guests and the bar is almost only frequented by locals. You can find it my walking down India Road with the orange old school VW bus out front. About a 5 minute walk from the River Kwai Bridge. (14.0399476,99.5089101) edit
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:|
|Budget||Up to 600 baht|
|Mid-range||600 to 1500 baht|
|Splurge||Over 1500 baht|
There are lots of guest houses, resorts and hotels available. The density increases the nearer you get to the bridge. As usual if you book in advance they will arrange a free pick up service for you. If you haven't done so yet, you should try one night in a raft room floating on the river.
- Baanchaokoh Homestay, 11/8 Bannua Rd (on Bannua (Sangchuto soi 47) between Sangchuto and Krom Pra Rad Cha Wang Bo Warn road), ☎ +66 92 113 9065, +66 81 921 7644 ([email protected]), . checkin: anytime. This homestay is run by Nit and Yoth, a very friendly Thai couple, both speak English well and are very helpful. The homestay features seven rooms, a garden seating area, and an attached restaurant with organic options. The rooms are spacious and clean and the shared bathrooms have hot shower and western toilets. Free wifi. Tours are available. Free pick up from bus or train station. Breakfast available (extra) 400 baht (double w/ AC) shared bathroom. (14.026589,99.528738) edit
- Bluestar Guesthouse, 241 Mae Nam Kwai Rd (between the two 7-11s), ☎ +66 34 624 733, +66 34 512 161, . Near Sud Chai Bridge. All rooms with private toilet. Wi-Fi streams from the main counter. About half the rooms are within range. B300 to B450 fan room, B550 to B750 aircon. edit
- Jolly Frog Backpackers, Soi China, Mae Nam Kwai Rd, ☎ +66 34 514 579. Advertises at B300 online. edit
- Rainbow Lodge, 48 Rong Heeb Aoi Soi, Caokhunnen Rd (call for free pick up), ☎ +66 34 513 976, +66 81 763 0116 ([email protected]), . All rooms have free Wi-Fi and a buffet dinner is provided. Fan room with TV & toilet 1,050 baht, fan & hot water 390 baht, standard room: TV, air-con, hot shower & toilet 490-590 baht. VIP room TV, air-con, fridge, hot shower & toilet 1,050-1,200 baht.. edit
- Sams Guesthouse, 14/2 Moo 1, Maenawkwae Rd (short drive from bus station), ☎ +66 34 515 956, Sam's cell: +66 81 948 3448 ([email protected]), . All rooms come with air-con, most are wooden bungalows in a quiet area on the River Kwai. 1200 baht. (N 14.03507,E 099.51771) edit
- Tamarind Guesthouse, 29/1 Thamakham Rd, ☎ +66 89 837 7256 ([email protected]). Rooms overlook the River Kwai. Raft house and new building, Internet and Wi-Fi, travel advice, tours, transfers to other places in Thailand. Friendly staff. Relatively close to night market. Is 12 Km outside the City. Air-con rooms 550 baht, fan rooms 350.. edit
- V.N. Guest House, 44 Rong Heeb Oil Rd, ☎ +66 34 514 082 (mailto:[email protected]), . Free Wi-Fi. Raft rooms 400 baht, double rooms with bath, 475 baht, air-con rooms, 525/600 baht.. edit
- Sugar Cane Guesthouse, Soi Pakistan, Maenam Khwae Road (Just located at the end of Soi Pakistan, opposite of Crowe's Nest Cafe. Big sign on the left side of the road, it's easy to find). checkout: 12:00. Nice little and quiet Guesthouse overlooking the river. They've got Bungalows and rooms. Clean and alright for the price, but very basic bathroom. from 400 baht. edit
- River Inn, Is out front of the River Kwai Hotel, to the left as you face it. Has the same owner, and you can pay by credit card at the River Kwai. Is a budget hotel for B500, but is in very poor condition. Rooms are dark and gloomy,few channels on the TV, bathroom tap dripped constantly and made the floor wet. The emergency exit is locked off at the end of the corridor.
- Thai Garden Inn, 74/11 Moo 4, T. Thamakham, Amphur Muang, ☎ +66 85 8191 686, . Standard bungalows for 2, family bungalows for 4 and 2 bedroom house which sleeps up to 6. Has a swimming pool and restaurant. Free buffet breakfast for guests. It is in a quiet location and a 15 minute walk to the main tourist area or a short motorcycle taxi away. Online check shows B1300. edit
- Apple's Guesthouse, 52 Rong Heeb Oil (at the southern end of Mae Nam Khwae Rd), ☎ +66 34 512 017, . This guest house features a bunch of rooms adjoined by a nice big garden outside. The rooms are fairly spacious and luxury, and contain hot showers. Rooms have either fan or air-con rooms, with the fan-rooms being cheaper. Rooms do not feature TVs, according to the owner due to environmental concerns. There is a good restaurant attached as well, but breakfast is lacking. Portions are small, it is served late (not before 07:30) and it is not included in the room price. Is advertised online at B990 walkin. edit
- Pong Phen Guesthouse, Soi Bangklated, River Kwai Rd, ☎ +66 34 512 981, +66 85 293 7683, +66 95 494 920 ([email protected]), . Swimming pool, motorbike hire, shuttle/taxi services to Bangkok & the local area, and local sightseeing tours. Friendly staff, Wi-Fi, movie screenings on a large TV at 18:00. The reception is shared with the restaurant and is a good place to meet other guests. 650 baht to 1300 baht. edit
- Kasem Island Resort, 44-48 Chaichumphon Rd, Chukadon Pier River Kwai, ☎ +66 81 499 4941, . Fan-rafting rooms or air-con rooms with private balcony overlooking the River Kwai. An island resort on the River Kwai. Rooms for 2-3 persons. edit
- Pavilion Rim Kwai, . Beautifully landscaped gardens on the banks of the River Kwai Valley. Online check shows B1350.
- Ploy Guest House, 79/2 Mae Nam Kwai Rd, ☎ +66 34 515 804, . All rooms in Siam-style with air-con, private toilet and hot shower. Restaurant/bar with river view. Walled garden outside your room with incorporated open-air shower. B1350 from online check in Dec 2017. edit
- River Kwai Hotel, 284/15-16 Saeng Chuto Rd (halfway between the bus and train stations, 600 m away), ☎ +66 34 511565, . Centrally located hotel with a really good breakfast, Thai or Western. Was once the city's fanciest hotel but now it's getting a little long in the tooth. Large swimming pool, an OK restaurant. If you want to be adventurous, better walk to the railway station some 600 m distant, turn right as you leave the hotel, go around the night market, and eat there cheaply, because this is where the locals shop and eat. Internet café, though more expensive than many other nearby cafes, beer garden, dubious massage/karaoke bar, and disco 900 baht as at Dec 2017 walk in price. edit
- Sams Guesthouse, 14/2 Moo 1, Maenawkwae Rd (short drive from bus station), ☎ +66 34 515 956, Sam's cell: +66 81 948 3448 ([email protected]), . All rooms come with air-con, most are wooden bungalows in a quiet area on the River Kwai. 1200 baht. (N 14.03507,E 099.51771) edit
- Floatel, Baan Tahsao, Amphur Saiyoke, Kanchanaburi 70150, Thailand (The only way to Resort is via. Fast Boats from Resotel Pier. GPS Coordinates at RESOTEL pier: N 14.281035, E 99.000796), ☎ +66(2) 642 5497 (Office) ([email protected]), . River Kwai Jungle Rafts . Original Floating hotel in Thailand since 1976. Concept of Hotel is Back to Nature. The venue is in the heart of the jungle at Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi. Multi Awarded Eco Resort of Thailand brings the art of living in lively manner. The only Resort preserving the culture of Mon People and bringing the old tradition back in the world. edit
- Saiyok River House, ☎ +66 34 591 050, . Rooms are for two persons, three persons & six persons. There is a three-bedroom house for couples or a family. All equipped with refrigerator, mini-bar, hair dryer, water boiler and coffee service, balcony/deck, water heater, DVD player, TV, and Internet. Has restaurant/café/bar, spa, swimming pool, half-court basketball, karaoke, and reading room. Is 42km distant from the City. 720-3,600 baht. edit
- Tara Bed & Breakfast, (A bright yellow & orange, 3-storey building a stones throw north of the Tesco Lotus Express on Mae Nam Kwai Rd), ☎ +66 86 3374540 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Nice and clean, exceptionally good value for money! Extremely comfortable beds, flatscreen TV and good, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, more expensive rooms also have safe & fridge. A nice perk is that you can use the backyard neighbour's (Noble Night's) swimming pool, tanning chairs, and cute garden space for free. B750. edit
- Baan Ricky, Main Road 323 Sai Yok Yai, ☎ +66 892194869, . 08:00-22:00. Restaurant and Bar serving Thai and European food, Bungalows start at 600 baht per bungalow a night. Double room,Shower, Toilet, TV, fan or air con. Free Wifi, also the site has a Motocross and Enduro park, Adventure tours into the jungle can be arranged, at very reasonable rates, including guide. (N13.926740,E100.459399) edit
- Felix River Kwai Resort, . Walking distance from the bridge, just on the opposite side from the main touristy area. Nice, well-maintained facilities, with several restaurants, Internet access in the lobby, massage parlor, air-con rooms. From 1,700 baht. edit
- Nakakiri River Kwai Resort  One of the largest River Kwai resorts. Enjoy their own hot springs, huge ATV track, giant swimming pool and nearby waterfall. Stay in jungle river raft houses, more luxury hotel rooms overlooking the river or the top location pool side or river view villas. Starting from 1,430 baht. It is well north of the City.
- Royal River Kwai Resort and Spa Great views, OK breakfast, helpful staff but a distance from the town itself. Tranquil environment and twice-daily (10:30 and 14:30) hotel taxi service which can be booked for the entire afternoon. From 1950 baht.
- U Inchantree Resort, (5 min walk from the bridge), . 26 small but well-equipped modern rooms. Luxury bed and duvet, LCD cable TV, iPod. Friendly attentive staff, restaurant and riverside terrace. Fitness room, library and free Wi-Fi. Located on a bend in the river offering views of the mountains in the distance. From 2,500 baht including breakfast for 2. edit
- The FloatHouse River Kwai (Float House), 55 Moo 5 Tambol Wangkrajae, Amphur Saiyoke, Kanchanaburi 71150 (Take a Boat from RESOTEL pier. GPS: N 14.281035, E 99.000796), ☎ +66 2 642 5497, . 5 Star Floating Houses, Private separate FloatHouse for each rooms. Luxury Floating Hotel with all the facilities available. The Floathouse is furnished with Teak Wood and offering private transfer from Bangkok to the Hotel. Free WIFI, Floating sun deck and Private Terrace. The best view resort in Kanchanaburi. edit
An online check shows this resort to be very busy in tourist season, and the cost is B4000 - 6500 per night, including breakfast. Price depends on the season. It is a 40 minute drive from the City.
- Tamarind Boutique Resort, ☎ +66 22 33 4250 ([email protected]), . An alternative relaxing and ‘Green’ resort which lays in a small, calm and peaceful village, 30 min. from downtown, with wooden single houses equipped with all the facilities that you need for a real rest. Online check is B2200. edit
There are many stray dogs roaming the streets. Whilst the vast majority are very placid, some can become aggressive and will charge at people and attempt to bite. Take care and be alert around them. Keep to well lit main streets at night as the dogs seem to become territorial and very aggressive down the small side roads.
Most of the guest houses along Mae Nam Kwai Rd have at least some form of Wi-Fi available. Some of the bars along that road also have Wi-Fi.
- Nong Prue - One hour outside Kanchanaburi on the 3086. Typical farming village well known for country cooking and traditional massage.
- Bangkok — most visitors get out where they came from. Minibuses go to both Mo Chit and Tai Mai bus stations in BKK. Also aircon buses to BKK.
- Nakhon Pathom — the world's largest stupa makes a good pitstop along the way to Bangkok
- Sangkhlaburi — last town before the Three Pagodas Pass border crossing into Myanmar
- Three Pagodas Pass — the border between Thailand and Myanmar, 4 hours away by bus
- Hua Hin - daily mini van for around 250 baht, 3.5 hours journey
- Chiang Mai - "VIP" bus from the main bus station, 2 daily (9am and 7pm), 11 hours, 594 baht (buy the ticket at the bus station as agencies add a large markup and "free taxi"). The bus is not a sleeper bus but the seats do recline.
- Ayuttaya - there are minibuses from the bus station.
- Suphanburi - regular non aircon buses do to here for B90 and take about 2 hours.
- Ratchaburi - regular non aircon buses go to here.
- Samut Sakhon = a regular large minibus, 20 passengers,goes to here. It goes via Ban pong and Nakhon Pathom. It takes about 2.5 hours. It stops in the Mahachai (Samut Sakhon) City centre some 400 metres from the pier, then continues on to the bus station there. Cost about B100.
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