Sangkhlaburi may be off the beaten track, but it’s the perfect place for travelers looking for an authentically Thai experience, set in an idyllic part of Kanchanaburi province, near the river and the border of Myanmar. From Bangkok, the easiest way to reach Sangkhlaburi is by bus or van, many of which depart regularly from the city and take just over seven hours to reach the city center.
Travelers that are planning to see a little bit of Myanmar should choose hotels near Three Pagodas Pass
, which is located right on the border. This historic area has been a part of Southeast Asia’s travel routes for many centuries, but now is more known for the role it played in the Death Railway of World War II. Today, it’s a beautifully landscaped area with pagodas, shrines, and a market selling mostly Burmese goods. The temple upon a hill overlooks both sides of the border.
While exploring Sangkhlaburi, don’t miss a visit to Wat Wang Wiwaykarum
, a temple built by one of the most important monks in the Thailand’s history. The temple is just over the Mon Bridge, the largest wooden bridge in the country and very much an important landmark on its own. The Sunken Temple, or Wat Saam Prasob, is the last of its kind, a reminder of the old town before it was flooded many years ago. History and culture are nearly in every corner, and often without the crowd of other tourists to get in the way of the authentic experience.
There’s a lot more to see and do in Sangkhla Buri, and the best way to discover what else this city has to offer in terms of attractions, landmarks, and hotels is by exploring the interactive map on this page.