Kanchanaburi, a choice of backpackers, is at two to three hours journey from Bangkok. Tourist attractions in Kanchanabari are Death Railway, Bridge of River Kwai, the museums, Erawan National Park, Sai Yok National Park, Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park and Caves. Tour travel to Kanchanburi gets you across all these attractions.
The Japanese Army, which annexed Thailand during the Second World War,
compelled thousands of Thais to build the railway line from Thailand to
Burma for moving their soldiers and material. Hundreds of Thais died
during the construction, giving the railway line its fearful name.
Sections of this route are still in use.
Bridge of River Kwai
Japanese Army had forced the war prisoners to assemble the bridge of
River Kwi. It suffered bombing several times and was rebuilt after war.
War Museum, located near the River Kwai Bridge, showcases the
collection of weapons, tools and utensils used by the Allied POWs and
the Japanese during Second World War. The JEATH War Museum resembles an
Allied POW camp. The thatched huts contain bamboo bunks and war
Erawan National Park
The park is visitable for its falls, cavers and flora. The 7-tiered
Erawan Waterfall is one of Thailand's most impressive falls. A pleasant
2-km hiking trail ascending beside the falls is a challenging activity.
Tham Wang Badan, a large limestone cavern, is on the west side of the
park. The caver has several colorful stalactites and stalagmites.
Sai Yok National Park
Sai Yok National Park is known for its pleasant river scenery and
lovely falls. The most visited attraction is Sai Yok Yai Waterfall where
the water falls directly into the Kwai Noi River. The Sai Yok Noi
Waterfall is closer and easily reachable.
Lawa Cave and Daowadung Cave, located beside the Kwai Noi River, can be
accessed by boat. The caves have numerous beautiful stalactites and
stalagmites, as well as the world's smallest mammals, the 3-cm long
bats. Visit to the caves is quite an adventurous task.
Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park
Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park, an ancient site on the banks of the
Kwai Noi River, is believed to be the westernmost outpost of the
Angkor-centered Khmer Empire. Artifacts harking back to the twelfth and
fourteenth centuries are found here.
Kanchanaburi is a good base for exploring the province. Adequate public
transport makes traveling in the province easy.
How to Reach
Buses for Kanchanaburi leave from Southern Bus Terminal of Bangkok.
Trains are available from Noi Railway Station of the metro.