Kanchanaburi is the third largest province in Thailand
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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.
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.