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What places to visit in Kanchanaburi?

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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.

Kanchanaburi Skywalk

My opinion :
This 12 meters high skywalk, in the city of Kanchanaburi, with a glass floor , is installed at the mouth of the 3 rivers and offers a amazing view of the surroundings with the rivers and the mountains in the background. The best time to go up is late in the afternoon, just before sunset.
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Other nice places to visit in Kanchanaburi

Huai Mae Kamin waterfalls

Huai Mae Kamin waterfalls

starstarstarstarstar 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

starstarstarstar it includes pictures and objects from World War II
Hellfire Pass

Hellfire Pass

starstarstarstar 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

starstarstarstar 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

starstarstarstar 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

starstarstarstar 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.
Phra That Bo Ong Chedi

Phra That Bo Ong Chedi

starstarstarstar This small temple perched on a rock in the middle of a lake only accessible by boat is truly one of the hidden gems of the province of Kanchanaburi. Local beliefs forbid visiting women beyond the bridge which leads there.
Sai Yok Noi Waterfall

Sai Yok Noi Waterfall

starstarstar 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

starstarstar 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

starstarstar 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

starstarstar 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

starstarstar 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

starstarstar 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 Pun

Wat Tham Khao Pun

starstarstar This temple is known for its fascinating cave system, filled with natural rooms and lighted passages. Concealing nine caves decorated with Buddhist and Hindu sanctuaries, it is considered the most accessible cave temple among the many in the province of Kanchanaburi and its surroundings.
Wat Tham Khao Noi

Wat Tham Khao Noi

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

Wat Wang Khanai Hotsprings

starstar 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

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

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

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

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Ayutthaya Weekend Nigh Market

ayutthaya weekend nigh market

This night market offers a very nice decor and a pleasant atmosphere. It is held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in the heart of the city near the most famous historical temples of...

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Wat Lokaya Sutha

wat lokaya sutha

and its reclining Buddha

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Wat Sri Panton

wat sri panton

This fully golden temple is the second monochrome temple in Nan. It is located just a few minutes walk from Nan white temple.

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Koh Mook island

koh mook island

This small island is, of the 3 most famous islands in Trang province, namely Koh Mook, Koh Kradan and Koh Ngai, the one I prefer because, unlike the other 2, it has a real local life and is not...

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