Category: Kanchanaburi Province

Kanchanaburi is Thailand’s third largest province. It covers an area of 19,486 square kilometres, most of which is forested mountains. There are fertile plains around the meeting point of the Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai Rivers where the town is located. To the west, Kanchanaburi shares a border with Myanmar and has the Tanaowasi Range as its borderline.

Beyond the compact provincial capital, some 130 kilometres from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi unfolds in progressively arresting scenic beauty in a landscape characterised by several waterfalls, caves once inhabited by Neolithic man, national parks and tranquil riverside and reservoir settings. Many of its major attractions are also connected with the Second World War, and more specifically the years 1942 to 1945.

Kanchanaburi is now composed of 13 districts (Amphoes): Muang Kanchanaburi, Tha Muang, Tha Maka, Phanom Thuan, Bo Phloi, Lao Khwan, Sai Yoi, Thong Pha Phum, Si Sawat, Sankhla Buri, Dan Makham Tia, Nong Pru and Huai Krachao.

War Museum

This museum, located near the River Kwai Bridge, displays the collection of weapons, tools and utensils of the Allied prisoners of war and Japanese soldiers during the Second World War.

Kanchanaburi Town Gate

This is located on Lak Muang Road near the meeting point of the Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi Rivers. It is built in 1833 during the reign of king Rama lll after the town was moved from the original site at Tambon Latya, 18 kms. away.

Wat Tham Phu Wa

The monastery in natural surrounding, famous for meditation, is 15 kilometres away from the provincial capital. There is a beautiful cave with plenty of stalactites.

Somdet Phra Sri Nakarin Park

Situated in Kanchanaburi’s Agricultural College at Tambon Nong Ya, 9 kilometres from town, it is also known as “the Stone Garden” which abounds with stones of different sizes and shapes in its large area.

Wat Pa Lelai

This ancient temple is 18 kilometres away from the provincial capital. It is located at Tambon Lat Ya, which once was an ancient border town involved in battles between the Thai and the Burmese during the Ayutthaya period to the early Bangkok period. Another nearby temple called Watkhun Phaen houses a ruined pagoda dating back to the early Ayutthaya period.

Ban Kao National Museum

The museum, some 35 kilometres from town, was constructed beside a Neolithic burial site discovered by Dutch prisoners of was during the construction of the “Death Railway”. Specimens of Neolithic remains are on display. It is open daily from 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park

This ancient site is 43 kilometres out of Kanchanaburi on the bank of the Kwai Noi River. The principal structure, the Khmer Prasat Muang Sing (Tower of the City of Lions), is believed to have been the westernmost outpost of the Angkor-centred Khmer empire. A wide range of artifacts including temple carvings, religious statues, implements, and pottery shards indicate the once-thriving city must have been inhabited from approximately the 12th to 14th centuries.

Namtok Sai Yok Noi

Also known as Namtok Khao Phang, some 60 kilometres from town, this roadside cascade is best visited between July and September when water is most plentiful. Travelling by train from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok Station is recommended for visitors wishing to experience trips on the historic railway, and then continue by local transport to the waterfall, which is only 2 kilometres away.

Namtok Sai Yok Yai

Namtok Sai Yok Ya, 104 kms. from the town, flows directly into the river near the park office. lts idyllic beauty has been repeatedly celebrated in Thai poetry and song.