Kanchanaburi is the third largest province in Thailand


At almost 20,000 square kilometres, Kanchanaburi is the third largest province in Thailand. Terrain in the region sometimes undulating, sometimes mountainous, with two main rivers, the Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi. 

Kanchanaburi and surrounding countryside were once the scene of much darker times, the subject of one of the most famous WWII stories: Bridge over the River Kwai. There are several historic sites and museums here that commemorate the tragic events that took place, including Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and a several war cemeteries. The town makes a great base from which to explore the region’s natural attractions, the river and the surrounding rainforest.

Attractions to visit in Kanchanaburi include Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, Erawan Waterfall, Mon Bridge and Wat Wang Wiwekaram in Sangklaburi, Mueang Sing Historical Park, Three Pagodas Pass, The Bridge over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and World War II Museum. 


Bridge over the River Kwai (Kwae)

This steel bridge is one of the most important historical landmarks and memorials in Thailand and probably the most photographed landmark of Kanchanaburi


Take a Death Railway Train from River Kwai Bridge to Tham Krasae Cave

Visitors with sufficient time should take a death railway train from River Kwai Bridge for a 2-hour ride to Tham Krasae Cave


The ElephantsWorld Sanctuary

Animal lovers will appreciate a visit to the ElephantsWorld sanctuary


Dinner and a Show at Mallika City

Mallika City is a recreation of Siamese lifestyle in the Chao Phraya River Basin in 1905, during the reign of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V


Erawan Waterfall

Erawan Waterfall is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand


Hellfire Pass Memorial

Put your Death Railway experience into perspective by walking down the jungle-fringed railway track that leads to Hellfire Pass


JEATH War Museum

The acronym JEATH is derived from countries involved in the WWII Death Railway construction from 1942 to 1945


Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak) and Chungkai War Cemetary

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is located on Saeng Chuto Road, the main road through the town


Thailand – Burma Railway Centre

Located next to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak), this museum has exhibits that tell the story of the Thailand


Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park

Muang Singh historical park marks the western-most point of the once vast Khmer empire


Sai Yok National Park

Located within Sai Yok National Park, Sai Yok Noi Waterfall is also known to locals as Nam Tok Khao Pung


Wat Tham Khao Noi and Wat Tham Sua

The entrance to both these temples can be reached either by walking up a steep staircase or by a brief cable car ride


Visitors who wanting to visit the town’s main attractions such as the River Kwai Bridge, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, can easily walk between each attraction, however the wider area of Kanchanaburi, nearly 20,000 square kilometres and mountainous, is too large to explore on foot.

Small orange and large yellow Songtaew (buses) traverse up and down Saengchuto Road between 6am and 6pm, connecting the bus station, train station and the bridge, and charge a standard 10 baht. Some of them will offer you a lift to wherever you want to go, but you need to negotiate the price before hopping on one. Motorbike taxis and tuk-tuks are also available, with negotiable prices, and some guesthouses offer bicycle rental.  If you travel in a group, it is usually worth hiring a private day tour.

For visitors who want to visit attractions further away from town such as the nearby national parks, Hellfire Pass Memorial and Sangklaburi, hiring private transport with a local driver is recommended.