Kanchanaburi is a city located at the confluence of the rivers Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai. Now day most visitors the main sight of interest is the Bridge over the River Kwai, as the start of the infamous World War II Death Railway to Burma, as well as the many associated museums. There is an increasingly thriving backpacker scene taking advantage of the chilled-out riverside vibe for those that need to get away from Bangkok. Kanchanaburi is also the gateway to the surrounding province of the same name. More foreign visitors are discovering why Thais know it as one of the most beautiful provinces in the country with its easily accessible waterfalls and national parks.
Bridge over the River Kwai
River Kwai Bridge or Black iron bridge across the Kwai Yai River is the main attraction for many visitors. Immortalized in the famous movie and novel, it was a part of the infamous Death Railway to Burma, constructed by POWs working for the Japanese in hellish conditions during World War II. Some 16,000 POWs and 90,000 Asian workers died during the railway construction. The present iron bridge is the second wartime incarnation (a part of the original can be found in the War Museum), but two central were rebuilt after the war to replace three sections destroyed by Allied bombing.
Open daily and no entry fees.
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak), This is the final resting place of almost 7,000 POWs who gave their life for the construction of the Death Railway to Burma. All POWs at this site are from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia. The cemetery is run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. After World War II, the Allies decided to move all the buried POWs along the railway line to either one of the two war cemeteries in Kanchanaburi, or if the POW's died closer to Burma/Myanmar end of the line, they were buried in the war cemetery in Thanbyuzayat, as they would be easier to maintain in a good condition. It is a sombre, yet very peaceful reminder of what went on here. The graves are set up in straight lines with neatly kept lawns. Some of the graves have a moving personal inscription. However, note that during the rainy seasons access to graves themselves may be closed to prevent damage to the grounds.
Open daily on 07:00 – 14:00hrs. No entry fees.
Thailand-Burma Railway Centre
Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, This museum is generally considered to be the best source of information regarding World War II in Thailand, railway construction and route, and the conditions endured by POW's and Asian labourers. There are various artifacts, and exhibits include video and interactive displays which are very moving. A visit takes at least one hour, and probably longer if you want to read everything. Photography is prohibited.
- Open daily on 09:00-17:00hrs.
- Entry fee150 baht.
JEATH War Museum
The JEATH War Museum. It is dedicated to the prisoner of war involved in the construction of the Death Railway. This museum is an open area exhibiting their life and suffering of POW sacrificing their lives for the Railway. There are 2 parts in the museum. First part recreates the POW camp. Inside this simulation of the presence of captives are drawings, news clippings, and photos which some were taken by Mr. Boonpong Sirivechaphan who played an important role in rescuing the POW, leading to a bomb attack at the bridge against the Japanese troops. Second part is a tool and a weapon exhibition displaying POW's personal belongings and equipment received from the Japanese military.
- Open daily 08:30 – 17:00 hrs.
- Entry fee 40 baht
Erawan National Park
The Erawan Falls are contenders for the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand, and a must-see if time and budget allow. The falls are composed of seven tiers — all of which are picturesque shaded forest areas and great for swimming. Plan to spend at least two hours hiking plus the time you want to spend swimming in the falls. There are also shaded seating areas throughout.
- Open daily on 08:00 – 16:00 hrs.
- Entry fee is 300 baht for adults and 200 baht for children.
Sai Yok Noi Waterfall
Sai Yok Noi is a waterfall, also known as Khao Phang Waterfall, in the Tenasserim Hills, Sai Yok District of Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand, near the town Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi. It is the most popular attraction of the Sai Yok National Park. The waterfall consists of the limestone cliffs collapsing and that became the origin of the name "Khao Phang Waterfall”. The upstream falls from the mountain and flows along the limestone cliffs about 15-meter high. It is popular among domestic and foreign tourists alike, in part because it lies next to the province's trunk road alongside which there is ample parking space. Open daily 08:00 – 16:00 hrs.
Safari Park Kanchanaburi
Safari Park Open Zoo & Camp, It is a nature theme park, a tourism attraction, and is the most important animal breeding centre in Kanchanaburi. You can see a wide variety of animals for example, camels, tigers, lions, bears, elephants, deers, zebras, llamas, ostrichs, flamingos ,giraffes etc. At the zoo you’ll get really close to a wide variety of animals. where most notably with the giraffes you can clasp affectionately around the neck .The up-close-and-personal encounters with the giraffes, as well as with the equally friendly zebras, make for great photos.
- Open Daily on 09:00 – 17:00hrs.
- Entry fee Adult 550 Baht, Children 350 Baht.
Tiger Cave Temple, Kanchanaburi
Tiger Cave Temple, the sight of the tourists visiting the temple To pay homage to Phra That is the largest of the largest temples and Buddha statues in Kanchanaburi Province Beautiful Buddha statue With the whole golden mosaic When arriving at the top Found the freshness of the cold wind And quite strong Look below to see a green field In addition, there is the Ket Kaew Prasat Pagoda. The pagoda is a whole brick color, divided into various layers. Each floor is enshrined in many different images of Buddha images, up to the top floor, which is enshrined by the royal Buddha statue that was brought from India and there are also various temples. Enter to worship the Buddha image and admire the beauty of the interior murals. When watched all over, then went down Below to enter the tiger Is a small cave located at the foot of the hill below
Open 08:00 – 17:00hrs. No entry fees