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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-visits in Kanchanaburi

River Kwai Bridge Kanchanaburi

River Kwai Bridge

สะพานข้ามแม่น้ำแคว
My opinion :
or Death Railway Bridge which reputation comes from the movie The Bridge over the Kwai River
Erawan National Park Kanchanaburi

Erawan National Park

สวนชาติเอราวัณ
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 Kanchanaburi

Wat Tham Sua

วัดถ้ำเสือ
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
Death Railway Kanchanaburi
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 Kanchanaburi

Wat Ban Tham

วัดบ้านถ้ำ
My opinion :
or Dragon Temple with its big stairs leading to a big dragon mouth
Elephant Haven Kanchanaburi
My opinion :
It is one of the elephant sanctuaries in Thailand where tou can be sure that the animals are very well treated and pampered. Here, no elephant ride, no shows, tricks nor tours, no bullhook (sticks ended with a sharp hook), no chain... You get a respectful meeting with the elephants of Thailand.
Giant Tree Kanchanaburi

Giant Tree

ต้นจามจุรียักษ์
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 Kanchanaburi

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 Kanchanaburi

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.
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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 but from who I only have tested one or two of their offers (I then indicate (ad) below the photo). Feel free to give me feedback on these services to ensure that they are good quality otherwise I may remove it from the list.

Kanchanaburi: Death Railway, River Kwai Bridge & WWII Museum Kanchanaburi
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Kanchanaburi: Death Railway, River Kwai Bridge & WWII Museum


This private Kanchanaburi tour from Bangkok focuses on WWII history. Travel along the historic route and discover WWII relics around Kanchanaburi from the Death Railway (Thai-Burma Railway), Bridge over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, JEATH War Museum, and more.

Kanchanaburi : Erawan Waterfall and Nature Trail Kanchanaburi
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Kanchanaburi : Erawan Waterfall and Nature Trail


An exciting and refreshing Kanchanaburi tour from Bangkok. Spend your whole day in nature at one of the most impressive waterfalls in Thailand, Erawan Waterfall in the Erawan National Park.

Tours from Kanchanaburi

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

Mae Klong Railway Market

Mae Klong Railway Market

Mae Klong is also named Samut Songkhram. The vendors fold the stalls back at each pass of the train.


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Nang Talung, Shadow Puppets Theater

Nang Talung, Shadow Puppets Theater

This traditional shadow theater seemed to appear in Thailand in Phatthalung province. You will find several <em>Nag Talung masters</em> who practice it and make the figurines. As for me, it's with...


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Elephant Valley Thailand

Elephant Valley Thailand

This elephant sanctuary opened in 2016. It offers a truly respectful and responsible meeting with the elephants experience. You will not ride them, you will not wash them, you will not watch them...


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Mae Klong Railway Market

Mae Klong Railway Market

Mae Klong is also named Samut Songkhram. The vendors fold the stalls back at each pass of the train.


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