River Kwai Botanic Garden Resort

14/7 M.13 Bankao Muang, Kanchanaburi, 71000, Thailand
River Kwai Botanic Garden Resort
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Waterfalls in March

by Miesque

I'm visiting Thailand for the very first time in March/April 2006 & hope to visit Kanchanaburi. I really wanted to see the waterfalls but having read reviews in the travel guides I'm wondering if there will be any water to fall at that time of year! Anyone been then?
If it's not too dry I'd also like a rafting trip on the river & a visit to the tiger temple - will I be able to do all this in one day or should I plan an overnight stay?

RE: Waterfalls in March

by mim95

I've stayed in katchanaburi for a couple of days in July. Can't speak about the waterfalls, but it's well worth to spend at least a night there. My recommandation is Jolly Frog GH, it has a very relaxing atmosphere. I've heard that the tiger was being mistreated in the temple from a couple of ppl who've been there.

RE: RE: Waterfalls in March

by globerover

in theory you can do the tiger temple and a waterfall (e.g. Erawan) in one day from BKK, if you leave early; in fact I did them both just yesterday, but we stayed in Kanchanaburi; the tiger temple has turned to a big tourist trap in my opinion, for I do not really appreciate when the big cats are displayed filled up with drugs so that they just lie in the sand doozing all the time; even the local Thais in Kanchanaburi do not all appreciate what is going on there; btw, I have been told by an Australian and a German that both have been living in the area for several years that there have been 2 accidents at the tiger temple in the last couple of months, but the abbot managed that the papers did not publish anything;

the waterfalls might not be as spectacular as just now when you go there in March/April, due to the dry season, and some smaller ones might even run dry, but there are so many in the area, you will not have to worry ...

RE: RE: Waterfalls in March

by goaaddict

When we went to the tiger temple in February this year, they only let the public in to see the tigers after 2 30 pm. We watched a documentary on British tv last year about the temple and how the tigers came to be there. They had a person on the programme from Russia who studied big cats and their behavoir and they examined the tigers. This person stated that "drugs were not used and that the tigers were treated well". They are not given any meat to eat, what they are given is boiled and crushed chicken bones mixed with dog biscuits so maybe they do not realise that we taste good! We stayed at the Pung Wan noi which is a little more expensive (TB 2100) for a room with balcony overlooking Kwai Noi river in Nam Tok. Hope that you enjoy your trip. Barry

RE: Waterfalls in March

by bondy999

Erawan waterfall is brilliant at any time. I have been in April and July and although not at full strength they are sooooo beatiful. You will be able to get a tour fron the many agencies in town to do all you want in one day for about 800 baht it will be a full day so staying overnight is a must.Please consider staying at least a few days. Kan is very laid back with plenty of good accomodation for 80-300 baht and there a a lot of good trips.
Buses from BKK go from the southern bus station cost about 180 aircon.
2 trains go from Thonburri station 0745 and 1350 cost 25 baht. Get the early train get off at Nakhon Pathom and visit the biggest Chedi in Thailand then get on the afternoon train to Kan.

Travel Tips for Kanchanaburi

Young students

by yen_2

I've seen these young ones on our way out in the Kanachanaburi Cemetery. They we're writing something..maybe they have some projects or assignments in school. I was hesitant to asked them as they were very serious of talking and writing things..So, I just assumed they're into something!

Rail trip on the "Death Railway"

by astro_kerryn

Railway enthusiasts may travel along one of Southeast Asia's most historical tracks, namely the surviving stretch of the ‘Death Railway’, from the provincial capital to Namtok Railway Station near the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall. The winding track crosses the world famous bridge and provides a clear indication of how difficult constructing the original track (long since repaired and restored) must have been. One particularly exhilarating stretch sees the line parallel the curving Kwae Noi River on a wooden viaduct towering above the river and hugging a steep cave-ridden cliff.

Train Schedules & Fares Trains depart from Kanchanaburi Railway Station every day at 6.11 a.m., 11 p.m. and 4.35 p.m. to Nam Tok Railway Station. On return, trains leave Nam Tok station at 5.25 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3.15 p.m. Travelling time is about 2 hours. The fare is 17 baht.

Glad we didn't stay here

by traceyspacey about Sugar Cane Guest House

We had high hopes for this place, but there was no atmosphere. The music was rubbish, covers of Bryan Adams songs. The staff acted as if we were an inconvenience to them, I ended up doing their job for them when it came to paying the bill. Bad service. Food was okay. We originally were considering looking at this place for somewhere to stay. The guesthouse is laid out in such a way that you keep yourself to yourself. Much prefer the Jolly Frog. Don't come here

Floating Restaurant Along Kwai Noi River

by Wann

Many Floating Restaurant found along the river, some restaurants situated permanently along the river line and some, floating along the river. The restaurants mainly provided by big resort s along the riverside. Last visiting, we had lunch in floating restaurant along the Kwai Noi River and after finished meal, they sent us at next tourist attraction so mainly all visitors take only one way as you can see in photo, another floating restaurant on the way back with only staff there.(The floating restaurant I took along the river provided by Sai Yok River View Resort)

Beautiful Jungle in Erawan

by HasTowelWillTravel

Erawan National Park is up the highway from Kanchanaburi, a beautiful respite set among the limestone hills. Named for the three-headed elephant god, Erawan is renowned for its aquamarine waterfalls, a set of 7 cascades that traverse the park. Each has its own pool associated with it, and is very tranquil. The water is warm, a perfect place to lie in the sun or splash around. (Beware the little fishies, they like to nibble... nothing painful, just funny feeling.)

The forest abounds with beautiful jungle vegetation and animals. The majority of it is mixed deciduous forest. Numerous species inhabit the area, including pythons, pheasants, flying squirrels, and even the Indian elephant. Don't get your hopes up, they are very rare in the park and not usually seen. There are often monkeys, though, playing through the trees and branches. There are also several caves around the area, due to the porosity of the limestone bedrock. They are fun to explore. Check out Phrathat, Mi, Wang Badan, Ruea, or Ta Duang caves scattered throughout the national park.

Many tours can be scheduled from Kanchanaburi, or you can rent a bike and head up the highway to explore it on your own. Bring a lunch and a camera and a swimsuit, and enjoy your time in the beautiful park.


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