Kanchanaburi Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by PeterVancouver
  • Main Entrance to Cemetery
    Main Entrance to Cemetery
    by PeterVancouver
  • Things to Do
    by PeterVancouver

Kanchanaburi Things to Do

  • Boonpong Sirivejaphan Museum

    The history of the Thai–Burma railway is often told with little reference to the people on whose territory much of it was built: the Thais. In late December 1941 Thailand signed an agreement with the Japanese and then on 25 January 1942 declared war on Britain and the United States. It was a decision which split the government with the Thai foreign...

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  • THOUSANDS OF LIVES TO BUILD THIS BRIDGE

    Let me tell you that most people say Bridge over the river Kwai, when it should actually be pronounced as Kwae. There are many tips regarding this bridge so here are a few facts that some of you may not know. The bridge does not cross over the river Kwai at all, but a small tributary near the river. Although it is known as the River Kwai, back then...

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  • Japanese war memorial 1943

    Memorial built by the Japanese to mark the death of so many in building the Thai- Burma railway. The plaque states:-"This memorial was built for southern countries labours and prisoners who unfortunately lost their lives for the construction of the railway to comfort their spirits. Feb, 1943. Japanese Army Railway Forces."The following is an...

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  • Go beyond the River Kwai northwards

    Wampo Viaduct (Wang Po)Make sure you ride the train between Kanchanaburi (or River Kwae Bridge station) and the current terminus of the operational railway at Nam Tok. As well as crossing the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, the train runs along the beautifully scenic River Kwae, passing at slow speed over the impressive Wampo Viaduct (sometimes...

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  • Original Changi Prison -all but gone

    Sadly there is virtually nothing left of the Original Changi or Selerang Barracks today other than part of a wall in the Changi MuseumThere were in fact two ‘Changis’, which over the years came to be conflated in popular memory.Selerang barracksThe first was the Selerang barracks, a British military installation from the inter-war years. This was...

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  • Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

    The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery also referred to as the Dom Rak Cemetery by the locals, is the largest cemetery in the town, where you can find the graves of thousands of World War II victims. The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved...

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Kanchanaburi Restaurants

  • Great meal. really great

    This is a great restaurant.It worth every baht. We ate there, it was a pleasant evening. great service, and above all, a really good food. We ate there image 4, 5 , 11http://www.keereetara.com/html/menu.html

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  • Yummy Foods

    This restaurant is located just beside the bridge of the river Kwai. It is a buffet style. With only 200 Baht you can choose from authentic thai and western foods. Atmospher is good, choose the seat beside the river and you can have a nice view of the bridge too.

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  • The Best Vegetarian Restaurant in...

    I'm not pure Veggie. Normally, I still love meat and fish. But because of my heathy , I became to add the vegetable for my life. I tried Tofu Bar when i was in Kanchanaburi,Thailand. First, I just love the decoration and style. But I haven't expect that much about Vegetarian food.. as everyone know.. vegetarian food might give you just one level of...

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Kanchanaburi Nightlife

  • Good people with big heart

    Our Place is a small bar.The special on the Bar is the owner.Miss Nang is a very good woman. However, what is your problem, you can go to her and open your heart.If she can she help you. You can get some tipps from her or sche know, where you can find a cheap and good room.

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  • "Get sh*t faced on a shoe string"!

    This is one of many bars along the road that goes from the Allied War Cemetery to the Bridge over the River Kwai. It has the slogan "Get sh*t faced on a shoe string" painted high-up on the outside so as to entice the large number of backpackers that come here. I came here to eat one evening and had a very good Thai green chicken curry which I...

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  • Give it a miss

    This place looked inviting from the outside. The drinks are cheap, large Chang for 40B. But when I went to the toilet there was a dead cockroach on the floor (yes I know that they are around in Thailand) and then as I went to wash my hands there was a dead gecko in the sink next to me. It looked as if it had been there a while and the sink looked...

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Kanchanaburi Transportation

  • GO BY TRAIN

    Two trains a day leave Bangkok Station in Thonburi, just across the river from Khao San Road area. Both are 3rd class, morning one departs at 7.45, taking 3 hrs, afternoon one departs 13.55 and is 30 minutes quicker. I suggest you take the morning one but allow plenty ime to get the passenger boat across the river or you will find yourself waiting...

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  • GETTING TO KANCHANABURI AND KWAI BRIDGE

    KANCHANABURI Travelling to Kanchanaburi can be achieved in a few ways . one option is to take a train from The main "Hualampong" Central Railway station in Bangkok ..The trains are regular take about 60 minutes or more and are reasonably inexpensive. Another option is the one that I took and I organised with the Hotel for a "hire taxi "for the day...

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  • Private transport to Erawan / Hellfire...

    Typically if you take a private song teow, it will cost you in the range of 1,200 baht to 1,800 baht. This depends on whether you want to go only to one place or multiple places. For example, you could hire the song teow for the whole day and they will take you to Erawan and then to Hellfire Pass.Please take note that the museum in Hellfire Pass...

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Kanchanaburi Shopping

  • Burmese stuff at the Mon Village

    The guides at the Jungle Rafts will most likely bring you to the village. There are some Burmese cigars and stuff selling there if exotic smokes are your fancy.There is this inhaler which I got. It is full of dried camphor plants, peppercorns and other stuff. Very strong and clears your nose in an instant.The sandalwood paste which the villagers...

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  • Food and dessert sourvenir shop

    In Kanchaburi,there're so many sourvenir shop mainly sells food and dessert. This shop "Rojjana" is one of the best shops where you can find a good souvenir. Most 're dried food and dessert which you can keep it for 2-3 months. The most popular 're Tamarind candy, Thai dessert and chilli sauce in Thai style. - Tamarind candy- Thai dessert- Chilli...

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  • Local shopping

    We ran into a large cheap local market. We just walked from the Bridge Kwai. Ask anyone for the outdoor shopping area, the non-touristy one. We didn't see any tourists. I don't have any directions, it's not really far from the River Kwai though. There are piles of clothes for 1 each, toys, jewelry, food, everything. 1-4$.

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Kanchanaburi Local Customs

  • Monks robes

    Whilst I was visiting Wat Chaichumpol, there was this large stall set up selling monks clothing in different colours which I suppose depend on the particular sect the monk belongs to but I don't know for certain. There were a couple of young monks checking them out when I was there.

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  • Visit the Don Rak war cemetary

    This War Cemetery is also known as the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. It is located opposite Kanchanaburi's Railway Station on Saengchootoe Road. It contains the remains of 6,982 Australian, Dutch and British war prisoners who lost their lives during the construction of the Death Railway.

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  • Song Kran Festival

    Song Kran Festival actually runs longer in Kanchanaburi than in other parts of Thailand. We arrived thinking that we had finally escaped being constanly drenched only to find out that it runs for 2 extra days with the final day being the biggest and the longest. Unlike other cities, Kanchanaburi's Song Kran is pretty much confined to a couple of...

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Kanchanaburi Warnings and Dangers

  • Raft Trip

    I did a Raft trip on the river Kwai which was quite nice. We were towed against the current, then floated back. Local children were swimming in the river and it was quite peaceful and serene. The problem was, as more people got onto the raft, the more water there was around your feet. My Sandals came apart (the glue) and were no good after that...

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  • Tiger Temple - Do not encourage animal...

    -deliberate physical abuse of tigers...-malnourished animals...-illegal breeding...-blackmarket tiger trading...-tigers traded for fur & Chinese medicine industries...-little to no veterinary treatment at temple...-unprofessional, cruel staff...-no contribution to conservation...-tigers 'vanishing' in the night...-renaming tigers to cover up...

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  • River Kwai Bridge Walk

    If you are frightened of heights, then you probably shouldn't do this walk across the Bridge to the other side. The boards are narrow to walk on, ok until somebody else wants to get past and you have to step aside. When the Train comes through, there are side pieces jutting out that you step into.

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Kanchanaburi Tourist Traps

  • High Life bar

    Closed down now. Just DON'T GO THERE. Try the many other friendly bars along this road, (Betty Boop bar or One More bar )you won't be disappointed. There are other bars that have pool tables in ,if you like pool just a bit further along the road.

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  • Souvenir stalls selling t-shirts/cds etc

    The Bridge over the River Kwai is the main reason for coming to Kanchanaburi but I'm afraid the area is spoilt with tourist trap souvenir shops selling T-shirts and CD's, a market selling clothes and loud music - hardly a fitting memorial to all those that died here building this bridge and the railway.

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  • River Kwai tour including Death Railway

    I wanted to go on the Death Railway and over the Bridge on the River Kwai. I knew you could do a Train ride over it, so I took this Tour. We were taken through the countryside to a Train Station where it departs from. There were some excellent views of the River Kwai, and the Resorts on the River, and the Train slowed for photos. To a lot of...

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Kanchanaburi What to Pack

  • ALWAYS CARRY A RELIABLE MOSQUITO...

    When out and about I carry a small backpack. This carries all my daily neccesities . There are a few but they are very light and what I deem neccesary items. This also carries all my camera equipment that is "out of sight"There are two most important items that I always have with me and they are:Sufficent fresh bottled water ...more than enough for...

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  • Packing...

    During the day you may need a small backpack but do without if you can...it's too hot & humid to be carrying something on your back all day... It could be easier just to carry a bottle of water and some cash... Take good walking shoes because you will be bound to come across uneven surfaces and you'll do a lot of walking around the area. We were...

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  • What to bring for 3-day trip?

    Your own backpack is good enough. Some people may take only a few cloths and leave thier luggage behind in Bangkok. This is not necessary as the minivan/tour guides will make good arrangement for you so that you don't need to carry your stuff while trekking. This allows you to have adequate supply of everything. After all, if you only need a few...

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Kanchanaburi Off The Beaten Path

  • Caves

    There are many caves to explore in Kanchanaburi.One is Khao Pun Cave situated on a hill beside a temple .It is not far from Chongkai war cemetery and you can easily get there by longtail boat.It's a bit of a hike up the hill but the view is worth it.These caves were also used by Japanese soldiers as a hospital during Would War II . I was told they...

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  • Rafting - Kanchanaburi and the River...

    Trips are available from the provincial capital and several holiday resorts. Raft trips leave from the famous bridge, or the Song Kwae Road waterfront area and the cost depends on the duration and destination. Trips may entail 7-10 hour return journeys, or include an overnight stay on either the Kwae Yai or Kwae Noi Rivers. Visitors are advised to...

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  • Pretty Waterfalls and Parks

    This 550sq kms. park is the most visited national park in Thailand and is one of the most beautiful parks. Once in the park, you will have to walk 2kms from the trail entrance to the end of seven levels of waterfalls (the first step is reached 700 metres from visitors' centre), which feed into the Kwai Yai River. The trails weave in and out of the...

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Kanchanaburi Favorites

  • Play with some Tigers at the Tiger...

    The Tiger temple in Kanchanaburi is a buddhist forest monastry known as Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno.The temple is about 37kms from the town of Kanchanaburi.The tigers have been tamed by the Buddhist monks that live there and they are quite tame.Some people say they have been drugged as during the day they can be quite lazy and sleepy.This is...

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  • Sai Yok Waterfall

    We took a longtail boat down the Kwai River to the pretty Sai Yok waterfall one day. We were the only two on our tour (and so were very spoilt!) and we were left on a raft tied up to the waterfall while we had lunch...very nice! :) After lunch we had a shower under the falls then relaxed a bit before heading off...

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  • Sai Yok Noi Waterfall

    We stopped off quickly one day at the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall...there were heaps of locals and some tourists there enjoying the cool water from the falls... There are plenty of places to stand/sit under the falls or in the flowing water. It is a really beautiful area!!!

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