Kanchanaburi Day Tour

Kanchanaburi Outdoor Day Tours

A Kanchanaburi province tour just about 3 hours from Bangkok is an ideal escape when in the capital and want to get rid of the chaotic mess there, yes there are also other perspectives on holiday in Thailand.
Kanchanaburi day tour

One of the most prominent tourist destinations in the north west half of the country is Kanchanaburi west of the capital probably most foreigners know "The Bridge over the River Kwai"  movie another attractive tourist spot is the The Erawan Waterfall in the The Sai Yok National Park located in the same area. Related to the the River Kwai Bridge is the 
Kanchanaburi WW2  cemetery traveling to the west of Bangkok into the Kanchanaburi Jungle is for sure a highlight when in Bangkok.

The Kanchanaburi province means sugarcane, hill and bamboo forest along the River Kwai large reservoir lakes and waterfall county, an excellent blend for non beach comber tourists. The most famous waterfall in the province are by far the Erewan Falls which draws every year hundreds of busloads of tourist from all over the world into Kanchanaburi town.

river kwai kanchanaburi

Many people travel to exotic places such as Thailand to find breathtaking beauty plus encounter diverse adventure and cultural activities. The border area between Thailand and Myanmar around Kanchanaburi, Mae Sot, Mae Hong Son, Umphang and other adventure destinations in Thailand is still quite natural and deeply rooted in Buddhism. Plenty of Buddhist monasteries pagodas and temple make a wonderful vacation environment.

Kanchanaburi Map

Things to do in Kanchanaburi.

Things to do in Kanchanaburi such as hill jungle trekking plus rafting through green nature along great river resorts on the River Kwai doing kayaking, fishing, hiking and exploring wildlife tasty Thai food make a stay there unforgettable use the small hotels around Kanchanaburi town and along the River Kwai for a great vacation, plus several spectacular waterfalls such as the Erawan Waterfall, Sai Yok and Huai Khamin water games. Start with the train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi.

Train Bangkok Kanchanaburi

The Erawan Waterfall is not the biggest but probably one of the most attractive in the world. That's the reason why the Bangkok crown clog the highway every weekend and holidays, since Thailand is the world champion of holidays you can imagine what's going on in the province below pictured is the reservoir of the Khao Laem national park near the Myanmar border.  

khao laem national park kanchanaburi

Actually today the province  is famous for Kanchanaburi outdoor tours.which easily can be made from Bangkok on  a day trip at the end of a typical trip around the rivers lakes and jungle setting the further destination is mostly the Three Pagoda Pass at the Myanmar border.

Kanchanaburi Outdoor Tour.

Thailand has a good image as a attractive and not expensive holiday travel destination
Kanchanaburi farmer
one of the world champion of holidays you can imagine what's going on in the province and a hotel outside the city has most of the time a beautiful river location.

Kanchanaburi River Kwai Tours near to the border of Thailand and Myanmar are a good combination in this fascinating tropical area. Not only has the province a spectacular nature and outdoor activities, river resorts and hotels a lot to offer, here is one Kanchanaburi National Park reservoir embedded in the park, this place is towards the Thailand-Myanmar border. The wilderness of the border area is home to wildlife such as elephants, bears, tigers and plenty of exotic birds.

The "Tiger Temple" was in Kanchanaburi.

Now you might think why "was"? Because the authorities closed it down in 2016 for illegal wildlife trafficking. Their monastery functioned as a breeding center for tigers and every day the monks made several shows with the animals and got a lot of money from the visiting tourists who came to this place in Kanchanaburi mostly with tour buses from Bangkok to enjoy the outdoor scene. 

Kanchanaburi outdoor living

Kanchanaburi outdoor fun

The second business was a hidden one (as usual in Thailand) and that was a dirty operation 

They killed the young tigers and stored them in refrigerators in the Buddhist monastery. After they sold the organs to Chinese traffickers who smuggled them to China and sold them for a fortune. There are always some mad Chinese who think by eating these organs they get their "sausage" up again. Typical what Thai monks are doing every day almost every year one or two illegal activities of this guys come to light.

"Tiger Temple".  But whatever strange business these guys are doing (no women involved) Kanchanaburi Province is a pretty one the right place when in Bangkok and get bored in the capital.

The Bridge over the River Kwai

The death railway story got famous after the movie David Lean made about it. 

The first version of the bridge was finished in 1943 completely in wood. In April the same year the steel bridge -above- was constructed. The steel segments with the bow are still the original one. The other steel segments have been put in place after the 2. world war.

river kwai floating market

Estimates are that about 16.000 POW -prisoner of war- died during building the bridge and the railway to the Myanmar - Burma border. The Japanese army pressed the POW to have the 415 km railway finished in 16 months.

Thailand - Myanmar  border south Kanchanaburi

About 60 km south of Mawlamyine or Moulmein in Myanmar at Thanbyuzayat, there is also a large well maintained war cemetery for thousands of Allied prisoners-of-war who died during World War II while constructing the infamous ‘death railway’ for the Japanese.

River Kwai at Thong Pha Phum (3)

The Allied Forces bombed the bridge in 1945 when the bridge was in use for about 20 months. It is estimated that additionally about 100 000 workers from Thailand Myanmar and Malaysia died during construction. More than half a century after World War Two, there are still questions about the existence of the famous "River Kwai Bridge" and its fate. In the novel that became a popular film, the bridge was built by British prisoners of war and destroyed by British commandos.

Today Kanchanaburi City is a major day tour destination from Bangkok.

Only around 3 hours west of Bangkok within a beautiful National Park setting. There is always enough water pouring down the limestone rock and people enjoy it.

River Kwai at Thong Pha Phum (1)

the splendid pond. This is on the other side of the River Kwai road. Its not one of the magic ones but real pretty, people like to come to Erawan falls and also swim.

Several more National Parks and great rivers are around, among them famous River Kwai with the Bridge over it. In the rainy season it's quite a strong downpour since the Sai Yok bus-station is just in front it could be a day trip from Kanchanaburi or Bangkok. The road runs further to the famous "Three Pagoda Pass" at the border of Thailand and Myanmar.

erawan falls (1)

The seven-tiered Erawan Waterfall. 

The national park is covering 550-square-kilometers. The second tier has a bigger pool (there are several), ideal to jump in and cool off the tropical heat. 

erawan falls (2)Some bungalows can be rented and camping is available including some markets. Opening Hours : 07.30 am. - 04.00 pm. Admission : Baht 200,- .

Contact : Tel. 0 3457 4222, 0 3457 4234

A marvelous cascade fall with a wide pond is the Namtok Pra Charoen

Namtok Pra Charoen Waterfall
Namtok Pra Charoen

some km south of Mae Sot. This is a real spectacular 97-tiered waterfall around 35 kilometers down from the city beside highway 1090 watch out for to sign post.

If you like, it is possible to climb up the cascades but its quite dangerous since the limestone is extremely slippery and if you loose grip you are gone, nothing to hold on.

As you can see in this pictures here, its real great outdoor, jump into the small lake, have a swim and cool down when it's becoming to hot.

Local Market Travel Tips
Local Market Travel Tips
Around this small Eastern National Park are several Karen Refugee Villages and settlements of local Thais. Actually they are also Karen but of Thailand, there is plenty of back and forward because of the border which is very close.

Thai Karen Village
Thai Karen Village
At Mae Sot they get a border pass and can move freely around within city limits on both sides.

In the morning a stream of people come in from the west side some just wade through the water of the river which marks the boundary.

The result is that many goods are brought into Mae Sot and sold at stalls at the main street, notable small jade items which looks quite nice, are cheap and genuine, the ideal souvenir.

But there are other great waterfalls almost nobody ever heard about. Beautiful scenery such as the cascades of the

Thilawsu falls in the mountain jungle of the border region
Biggest waterfall in Thailand
Thilawsu waterfall, the biggest in the country

between Thailand and Myanmar at Umphang, this is huge water pouring down with a magic Outdoor adventure are waiting when trekking to the place and doing some river rafting, the country has incredible attractive tropical environment from the border to Laos in the north to Malaysia in the far southtouch.

Most are with ponds at the lower end, the right place to have a splash or do some swimming to beat the heat.

Pai River Falls
Pai River Falls
This are not among the tallest in the world but very close as you can see at the pictures, but one thing is for sure they are among the most attractive in the world.
Pai river falls just beside the road to Lomsak is a typical block fall over a giant rock formation, the ideal place for swimming and jumping into the basin.
Chatrakan Waterfall near Phitsanulok
Chatrakan near Phitsanulok is a plunge type

with a very wide pond. The right place 
Spectacular waterfalls in Thailand
erawan waterfall lower tier
Erawan shrine in Bangkok
erawan waterfall (1)
Erawan waterfall (1)


Spirit shrine at sai yok at the railway station

Weather is very pleasant between November and April its something for nature lover. Its also a great day trip destination from Hua Hin south west of Bangkok, for a boating, trekking, hiking or rafting adventure.

This places are weekend and holiday getaways in great nature, hills to climb and lush tropical greenery plus a 7 tier waterfall one over the other.

The province is west of Bangkok bordering Tak province.

Tak province with the splendid Umphang outdoor destination is to the north, here is a large population of Thai Karen plus thousands of Myanmar who moved in here as a safe haven during the almost civil war in which ended around a decade ago.

Kanchanaburi Living in the hut
Kanchanaburi has a long history which is best expressed, among other, by an ancient Khmer temple from more than a millennium ago. The city came on the “tourist radar” after the film “Bridge over River Kwai” got worldwide attention; the famous bridge is at the west end of the city close to WW2 cemetery, read more.

There are several national parks around.

with plenty of real nature attractions. Floating houses and restaurants are on the river, some locals built larger rafts and placed restaurants onto them. The life on the artificial lakes is attractive by itself, people live in floating houses and some great Buddha Temples are around.

Floating houses on the reservoir
Khao Laem Reservoir Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi Jungle Lakes

Further to the west is the three Pagoda Pass the drive there is a pretty one but extremly winding and somehow dangerous since nobody stick to any traffic rules, it's real wilderness out there.

Three Pagoda Pass to Myanmar

Buddhism in Thailand