Top 10 Things to do in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand

November 3, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Kanchanaburi (Thai: กาญจนบุรี, pronounced [kāːn.t͡ɕā.ná(ʔ).bū.rīː]) is the largest of the western provinces (changwat) of Thailand. The neighboring provinces are (clockwise, from the north) Tak, Uthai Thani, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, and Ratchaburi. In the west it borders Kayin State, Mon State, and the Tanintharyi Region of Myanmar.
Restaurants in Kanchanaburi Province

1. Elephant Haven

Sai Yok 71150, Thailand +66 61 287 7205
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5 based on 154 reviews

Elephant Haven

Reviewed By VM_Indy - Indianapolis, Indiana

We really wanted to have an opportunity to spend some time with elephants while in Thailand, but absolutely wanted to do it ethically without any harm to the elephants. We feel very comfortable that we found a great option. The mahouts at Elephant Haven really take great care of the elephants. We had an opportunity to play with them in the mud - they love mud on their backs to help cool down in the afternoon sun. Then we walked with them down the hill to the river and were able to swim with them. Time to clean off all that mud! Finally walked back up the hill with them to feed them an afternoon snack of watermelon and stalks. Being able to be that close to these majestic creatures to look them in the eye and see them interact together was awe-inspiring and a once-in-a-lifetime must do. They feel so serene and somehow wise. Would definitely recommend to all who want to support ethical elephant encounters.

2. Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and Walking Trail

207 Moo 11 | Tha Sao Subdistrict Kanchanaburi, Sai Yok 71150, Thailand +66 34 919 605
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and Walking Trail

A memorial dedicated to the Asian labourers and Allied prisoners of war who suffered and died constructing and maintaining the Burma-Thailand railway during WW II.

Reviewed By Roberts69 - Northampton, United Kingdom

Firstly the museum is very good and very educational for anyone not knowing the full history and story of the Burma - Thailand Railway and the plight of the POW's and Civilians that were forced to build it. Made famous of late by the film "The Railway Man" this really is a museum and a piece of wartime history not to be missed. The Museum is open every day except Christmas Day from 9am until 4pm and admission is free. From the museum we took the trail down into Hellfire Pass. This was quite a climb down quite uneven steps and rather strenuous in the humid heat, but really made you think hard about the conditions the poor guys working to dig out this railway cutting had to endure. My Great Uncle was captured in Burma during WW2 and we are not sure if he was made to work the railway or not but he certainly endured being a PoW in this region and it just makes you think hard just how dreadful life must have been... Visit, remember and respect what went on in Hellfire Pass.

3. The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

73 Jaokannun Road | BanNua, Amphoe Muang, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand +66 34 512 721
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

Reviewed By varney4 - Port Hedland, Australia

What a little treasure this Museum is. A lot of information to bee seen and learn from. We used this a the information point prior to taking a trip out the railway way itself to better understand the layout of the land and the efforst and hardship endured by those involved in the war efforts and believe that this museum is better than the one near the death railway. Well done to all those who have help build and maintain this place. Very heap entry fee

4. Wooden Mon Bridge

Sangkhla Buri, Thailand +66 93 124 1420
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4.5 based on 290 reviews

Wooden Mon Bridge

It is the longest wooden bridge in Thailand and it was built for comfortable transportation of people living in Sangkhla Buri and Mon Villagers. Nowadays the bridge is closed for vehicles but you can still walk over the wooden bridge. The bridge is a popular place to see an unforgettable sunset or sunrise at the dam. You also can take a bath like the Mon kids.

Reviewed By Dao1949 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

It was an interesting wooden bridge that spanned the harbor area with many boats below and numerous pedestrians. But personally it was not so exciting for me and the shops in the area also didnot offer many interesting clothing or handicrafts. The most disappointing thing was that it was next to impossible to find a good restaurant here-even in the resorts. We were even turned away by one resort telling us that their restaurant was closed in the afternoon. Very disappointing and it was a long drive through the Mountains to get here too!

5. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Saeng Chuto Road, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

The town of Kanchanaburi is 129 kilometres North-West of Bangkok and is best reached by road, along the National Highway which runs north from the capital. There are bus and train services from Bangkok. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is situated adjacent to Saeng Chuto Road which is the main road through the town. When approaching from Bangkok, the cemetery is on the left side of the road, towards the far (northern) end of the town. A Commission signpost faces the cemetery on the opposite side of the road.

Reviewed By WelshToGo - London, United Kingdom

Beautifully kept war cemetery. So many lives lost as prisoners building the railway to Burma. An impossible timetable that was met by the death of thousands of POWs and civilians. What a terrible waste.

6. Erawan Falls

Erawan National Park | Tha Kradan, Erawan National Park, Thailand +66 34 574 222
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Erawan Falls

Reviewed By lauren2492 - Sunderland, United Kingdom

This is the most beautiful place i have ever been. It is much cooler than the centre of Kanchanaburi, where we were staying, and even if you get too hot you can swim in the falls at any level. We made the mistake of getting the 11am bus so by the time we got there it was peak heat over lunchtime. The falls are set over 7 levels and you can climb as many or as few as you want. We climbed all the way to the top, it wasnt as difficult as people make out, i wouldnt say i was particularly fit and i managed to go all the way to the top in flip flops! I would definitely say to go straight to the top as the top levels are the ones that get closed first by the rangers. You arent meant to take any food or drink past level 2 and if you want to take drinking water you need to pay a deposit and you get the money back when you show your empty bottle, which is an excellent way to combat litter, however it doesnt seem to be enforced. The fish in the water nibble at your feet which is such a strange feeling at first but you get used to it and have lovely soft skin afterwards!

7. Erawan National Park

Si Sawat 71250, Thailand +66 34 516 530
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4.5 based on 312 reviews

Erawan National Park

Reviewed By Rattanak H

With 6 level of water fall about 1300 meter high from the ground, the place is very nice with the quality of water like pool and a lot of fishes in inside. It's about 90km from Kanchanaburi Town. And the entrance fee about 300 Bath for foreigners and 100 Bath for local people.

8. Wat Tham Sua

Tha Muang 71110, Thailand
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4.5 based on 209 reviews

Wat Tham Sua

Reviewed By bestyman - Leeds

The wife and I visited here, arriving around 3pm by motorbike from Kanchanaburi.
The journey took around 45 minutes taking it steady, the first section is the busy main road through Kanchanaburi then onto more scenic roads at the side of the river.
I was surprised that once off the main road traffic was very light with no steep hills, although please look out for potholes.
From TripAdvisor app we opened Apple maps which we followed. Just before the temple we went through a green gate with a height barrier which was a slight mistake as it led us to a little car park with hardly anyone there. We went up about 100 steps.
The main entrance and the cable cars were on the other side of the hill to us.
They are not cable cars as we thought. It’s like s tram on a steep slope pulled by a cable and not cars in the air.
The buildings are amazing to look at.
Don’t forget clothes to cover shoulders, camera, sunscreen and mozzie spray ( we took 2/4 lol ).
Shops there sell food and drink. Free clean toilets.
The cost is free but we happily made a donation.

9. Chungkai War Cemetery

National Hwy No 3228 | Tha Ma Kham Subdistrict, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Chungkai War Cemetery

Chungkai was one of the base camps on the Burma-Siam railway and contained a hospital and church built by Allied prisoners of war. The war cemetery is the original burial ground started by the prisoners themselves, and the burials are mostly of men who died at the hospital. There are now 1,426 Commonwealth and 313 Dutch burials of the Second World War in this cemetery.

Reviewed By Pete R - Sydney, Australia

This cemetery must always be remembered. So many soldiers died and are buried here. We should never forget what happened or those who gave their lives for us all.

10. Thai-Burma Railway (Death Railway)

Kanchanaburi, Thailand +66 2 267 1400
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Thai-Burma Railway (Death Railway)

Reviewed By gilladj - gilladj

Our tour included a ride on this railroad. Seeing the site associated with the construction of this railroad during WWII.
It was fun for sure but it’s just another rain ride if one ignores its origins.
Make no mistake this is fun and there are food vendors on board hat offer al sorts of traditional snacks for a few baht.

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