Share this page:

What places to visit in Kanchanaburi?

Home > Destinations in Thailand > Places to visit in Kanchanaburi

What to see in Kanchanaburi

The Kanchanaburi area is one of the richest places of interest in Thailand. Starting with the city, full of history and its famous bridge over River Kwai and memorial museums, continuing with the many national parks, the death railway, the 3 pagodas mountain pass... Up to Sangkhlaburi there are landscapes and sights to discover.
I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Kanchanaburi or from Kanchanaburi. Click here to see them.

Must-visit places in Kanchanaburi


River Kwai Bridge

My opinion :
or Death Railway Bridge which reputation comes from the movie The Bridge over the Kwai River

Erawan National Park

My opinion :
with its magnificent waterfalls, it is one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand. Probably the most beautiful one.

Wat Tham Sua

My opinion :
Temple on a small hill located about twenty kilometers from Kanchanaburi, it has a gigantic Buddha and offers a 360 degrees view over the countryside
My opinion :
Train line from Thonburi (Bangkok) to Nam Tok, sadly famous for the conditions of its construction during World War II

Wat Ban Tham

My opinion :
or Dragon Temple with its big stairs leading to a big dragon mouth

Giant Tree

My opinion :
This majestic centenary raintree located about 20 kilometers outside Kanchanaburi city is undoubtedly one of the must vitis places in Kanchanaburi! Below its shadow, you feel so small.

Wat Metta Tham Photiyan

วิหารพระโพธิสัตว์กวนอิม ปางพันเนตรพันกร
My opinion :
This very recent temple, which continues to expand, is about 20 km from Kanchanaburi city. Its carved wooden statues of the Chinese goddess Guan Yin are impressive.

Kanchanaburi Night Market

ตลาดนัดเจเจ กาญจนบุรี
My opinion :
In Kanchanaburi as elsewhere in Thailand, the night market is a nice place to go eat Street Food in the evening and why not do some shopping mainly for clothes. It is held every day of the week near the train station.
Find a room in Kanchanaburi

Other nice places to visit in Kanchanaburi

Huai Mae Kamin waterfalls

Huai Mae Kamin waterfalls

Less known than Erawan Waterfalls 40 km before and less easy to access because there is no bus to go there, the Huai Mae Kamin waterfalls are at least as pretty and easier to visit once there and also much less crowded.
JEATH War Museum

JEATH War Museum

it includes pictures and objects from World War II
Hellfire Pass

Hellfire Pass

pass excavated in a huge rock mass by prisoners and workers during World War II for the railway line to Burma. The section whose construction has left tens of thousands deads is no longer used. A memorial museum was built near the pass.
Wat Sa Long Ruea

Wat Sa Long Ruea

This elegant royal barge-shaped temple is just over a kilometer from the city of Kanchanaburi, not far from the border with Suphanburi province and can therefore be visited from both cities.
Wat Tham Pu Wa

Wat Tham Pu Wa

This temple about twenty kilometers from Kanchanaburi down. It is mainly interesting for its large 2 floor cave with stalagmites and stalactites, statues of Buddha...
Wat Thipsukhontharam Big Buddha

Wat Thipsukhontharam Big Buddha

This temple located about fifty kilometers from Kanchanaburi has a magnificent park with the largest standing bronze Buddha Image in Thailand which is 32 meters high.
Sai Yok Noi Waterfall

Sai Yok Noi Waterfall

located about sixty kilometers from Kanchanburi, it has many waterfalls, including the most important ones: Sai Yok Yai and Sai Yok Noi
Crystal cave

Crystal cave

Although the name is singular, there are several crystal caves which are located a dozen kilometers from Kanchanaburi city but only the main one can be easily visited. Their name comes from the crystals formed naturally on the walls.
Wat Tham Khao Laem

Wat Tham Khao Laem

The Khao Laem cave made the reputation of this temple but it should not be visitable for several more months (February 2020), remains the pretty ordination hall.
Wat Tham Mangkon Thong

Wat Tham Mangkon Thong

This temple is known for its floating nun, a ritual that has really become a spectacle which can be controversial in a Buddhist temple but the visit especially of the cave remains interesting.
Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park

Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park

This historical site is the most western Khmer vestige found in Thailand, not the most beautiful in the country but it remains an interesting place to visit and is a stop you can easily add to the route to other places of interest in the province.
Suk Jai Floating Market

Suk Jai Floating Market

If it is a nice night market at the edge of Kwai river, it is not really a floating market but still a pleasant place to come for dinner. It is held once a week in the center of Kanchanaburi city.
Wat Tham Khao Noi

Wat Tham Khao Noi

chinese temple just next to Wat Tam Sua
Wat Wang Khanai Hotsprings

Wat Wang Khanai Hotsprings

These hot springs located in the enclosure of a temple can be a pleasant moment of relaxation after the visits of Wat Ban Tham, the Crystal caves and Wat Tham Suea and its neighbor Wat Khao Noi. But do not expect to be in a setting of nature and trees, the place is a lot more austere.

Other visits suggestions in Kanchanaburi

  • Railway of Death Museum
    which tells in videos, photos, interviews, models the construction of the railway and the hard working conditions
  • War Cemetery (Don Rak)
    where lie nearly 7,000 prisoners who perished during the construction of railway line to Burma
  • Wat Tham Mangkon Thong
    known for its floating nun and its cave
  • Wat Khao Tham Phun
    An extensive cave temple

Tours in Kanchanaburi and around

This selection includes tours, excursions and activities that I have personally tested or were tested by people I fully trust but also offers by recognized agencies or websites known for their seriousness and quality.

e-scooter tour in kanchanaburi countryside
Safarine Tours

E-scooter tour in Kanchanaburi Countryside

Offered in Englishenglish guide
This 1h20 e-scooter tour will take you to discover the Kanchanaburi countryside, passing through local rice fields and farms, then to a café in an exceptional setting, before visiting a Chinese temple and arriving at the famous bridge over the Kwai River.

e-scooter combo tour: countryside & kanchanaburi old town
Safarine Tours

E-scooter combo tour: countryside & Kanchanaburi Old Town

Offered in Englishenglish guide
This 3-hour e-scooter tour combines the two offers: the countryside tour where you will go through the rice fields and the Kanchanaburi old town tour.

e-scooter tour in kanchanaburi old town
Safarine Tours

E-scooter tour in Kanchanaburi Old Town

Offered in Englishenglish guide
This 1h40 e-scooter tour will take you to discover Kanchnaburi city on both sides of the river. A unique tour to discover the local life and the history of the city.

Tours from Kanchanaburi

visit the largest buddha sculpture and enjoy cooking at local shrimp farm
TakeMeTour (Ad)

Visit the Largest Buddha Sculpture and Enjoy Cooking at Local Shrimp Farm

Learn how do shrimp farm and enjoy cooking class with fresh shrimp and fish menus. Take the paddle boat to see local life and Lotus farm. Moreover, you will have a chance to pray the largest Buddha sculpture in the world.

Places to see elsewhere in Thailand

Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park

khao na nai luang dharma park

This temple located at 70 kilometres from Khao Sok or at the same distance from Surat Thani city offers incredible views from its elements arranged on 4 mountain peaks culminating at 300 meters of...

View details about Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park

Thung Khai Botanic Garden (Canopy Walkway)

thung khai botanic garden (canopy walkway)

This botanic garden about ten kilometers from Trang is best known for its Canopy Walkway, a set of bridges suspended through the trees which culminates at 18 meters and allows you to walk at the...

View details about Thung Khai Botanic Garden (Canopy Walkway)

Phra That Ruang Rong

phra that ruang rong

temple 8 km outside the city with many interesting or funny statues and decorations. It is particularly famous for its chariot shaped building pulled by two oxen

View details about Phra That Ruang Rong

Wat Phra That Suthon Mongkhon Khiri

wat phra that suthon mongkhon khiri

This temple is certainly recent but does not lack interest. For its large reclining Buddha with impressive feet obviously but not only. Its architecture mixes Lanna and Burmese styles and has many...

View details about Wat Phra That Suthon Mongkhon Khiri

A little tip for the guide ?
If website has helped you prepare your travel in Thailand, do not hesitate to give me a small tip by clicking on the button below. Thanks a lot !

transports thailande
Transports in Thailand
Type your departure city, your destination and the date of your trip.
Powered by 12Go Asia system
hotels thailande
Find accommodation in Thailand

All COVID-19 restrictions for coming to Thailand lifted from October 1 !

all covid-19 restrictions for coming to thailand lifted from october 1 !

We have been waiting for it for months, hoping it will happen on July 1, but it will finally be October 1, 2022, when Thailand will lift the last COVID restrictions to enter the country. From this date, it will no longer be necessary to show...

Read post