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Kanchanaburi is located just around 3 hours drive from the capital Bangkok. It’s a great idea to visit Kanchanaburi for at least one day while you are staying in Bangkok. This destination has plenty of things that you can explore during your visit.

One of the Main highlights that you should visit in this province is “Erawan Waterfall”. This waterfall is one of the most beautiful in Thailand and in South East Asia. It consists of 7 different levels. Swimming is allowed in this waterfall, so don’t forget your swimming clothes in case you will be visiting it. In addition to Erawan, you can also visit one of the best Elephant sanctuaries located around central Thailand and get in touch with the elephants, Bath and play with them.

You can combine all of the above with visits to the historical places in Kanchanaburi. This City has many historical attractions related to the World War 2. The mots popular ones are the Cemetery, The River Kwai Bridge, and the death Railway. You can check our Day trips from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi combining the best attractions and sights that you should visit when visiting this beautiful city.

Best tours for Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi Full day Tour
Private Tour
Full Day Tour to Kanchanaburi & Erawan Waterfall
Explore The Main highlights of Kanchanaburi in this Full day tour from Bangkok.
Starting from
2,990 THB
Kanchanaburi Elephants World Camp
Private Tour
Erawan Waterfall, River Kwai Bridge and Elephant World Sanctuary Full Day
Enjoy a Full day trip to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok including Erawan waterfall, Elephants World & The River Kwai Bridge.
Starting from
3,500 THB

Kanchanaburi Location and distance from Bangkok

Kanchanaburi is 130 kilometers away from Bangkok. The exact travel time by car depends on your exact destination in Kanchanaburi since the province size is large. In general it takes around 2 to 3 hours, depending on traffic and the specific route taken. Kanchanaburi is situated in the western region of Thailand and shares its borders with Myanmar.

Summarized History of Kanchanaburi during World War 2

Kanchanaburi tour death Railway

Kanchanaburi has a significant historical importance due to its role during World War 2. This geographical location became a focal point of tragic events in history mainly due to the construction of the Burma Railway, also known as the “Death Railway.”

In 1942, during World War 2, the Japanese Empire was controlling large areas in Southeast Asia. They were looking for a supply line to support their forces in the Burma campaign against the British forces. The sea routes were not a good choice due to Allied attacks, therefore they decided to look for an overland alternative route. 

Therefore, the Japanese empire decided to build a railway connecting Ban Pong in Thailand to Thanbyuzayat in Burma (now Myanmar), passing through the jungles and mountains of Kanchanaburi. This railway included the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai.

Kanchanaburi River Kwai Bridge

To construct this railway, the Japanese used over 60,000 Allied prisoners of war and that was including British, Australian, Dutch, and American troops. In addition to the allied prisoners of war, there were also around 200,000 Asian laborers involved in the construction of this railway. 

The conditions were extremely harsh, with minimal food, poor medical facilities. The laborers and prisoners were forced to work for long hours to cut through dense jungle, build bridges and lay tracks, often by hand.

The Japanese empire was rushing to completion of the project in just over a year. This led to a High death toll with an estimated 12,000 prisoners of war and up to 90,000 Asian laborers dying due to overwork, malnutrition and diseases.

The bridge over the river Kwai, part of this railway line, became globally famous through Novels and movies, especially  “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” film. 

Today, Kanchanaburi is hosting several memorials and museums, including the JEATH War Museum and the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, commemorating those who died, and is often included in any Kanchanaburi tour.

Nature & Wildlife in Kanchanaburi

Beautiful Waterfalls that can be visited on a Kanchanaburi tour

Kanchanaburi Erawan Waterfall
  • Erawan Waterfall: Located in Erawan National Park and is consisting of 7 tiers, each with its own natural pool. This waterfall is one of the most popular ones and is often included in any Kanchanaburi tour. Visitors can enjoy swimming in the emerald-green pools, hiking along the trails to explore all tiers.
  • Sai Yok Yai Waterfall is famous for Its proximity to the River Kwai, which adds to its scenic beauty. It’s located near the Death Railway, and visitors can enjoy natural scenery while Boating or rafting, often included in Kanchanaburi tours.
  • Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall is located in Sri Nakarin National Park in Kanchanaburi and consists of 7 levels, each offering unique scenic views and pools. This waterfall is known as a quieter alternative to Erawan Waterfall as it’s not a very popular attraction, and not often included in Kanchanaburi tours. It’s not easy to reach this waterfall, that’s why is not as popular as Erawan
  • Pha Tat Waterfall is located in the Western part of Kanchanaburi. Nature lovers seeking a peaceful environment will love this place. It’s a large cascade with lush green surroundings.
  • Other amazing Waterfalls in Kanchanaburi: Jokkradin Waterfall,Kroeng Krawia Waterfall, Laiwo Waterfall and Srinakarin Dam Waterfall

In order to Explore several waterfalls in this beautiful province, One day tours to Kanchanaburi wont be enough. You will need to spend 2 or 3 days in this amazing province in order to explore the most out of it.

Visiting an Elephant Camp during a Kanchanaburi tour

Kanchanaburi Elephants World Camp

One of the great things to do when visiting Kanchanaburi, is Enjoying a half day in one of the elephant camps. One of the best and most popular elephant camps in Kanchanaburi is Elephants world. This camp was founded in 2008, and has grown to become one of the most respected elephant sanctuaries in Thailand. It was established with the goal of creating a haven where the needs of the elephants come first.

Elephants world in Kanchanaburi offers both half day and full day programs. During the visit, visitors can enjoy several activities with the elephants including preparing the food with them, feeding them, and help them bath in the fresh waters and the mud. It’s a great experience to interact with these lovely giants.

Other activities to enjoy during a Kanchanaburi tour from Bangkok

  • Kayaking and Canoeing in the River Kwai
  • Bamboo Rafting on the River Kwai
  • Eploring Kanchanaburi by Bycicle
  • Visiting Kanchanaburi Temples

Other Things to know about Kanchanaburi Tour

Yes, there are many hotels operating in Kanchanaburi and some are very unique. One of the best Resorts is The Float House Kanchanaburi. This resort consists of around 20 Floating villas on the River Kwai. There are other resorts as well floating and on the mainland with high quality of services.

The Best time to visit this destination is during the High season (Dry Season). The dry season in Kanchanaburi starts from November and lasts till the end of February. If you go in a different time, that will be the raining season and you will not be able to enjoy your time in a sunny clear weather.

It’s recommended to stay for at least 2 Nights in this amazing province to be able to cover all the main highlights. If you only visit it for 1 day from Bangkok, you will not have enough time to visit all the amazing attractions that the city is offering.