Compared with Bangkok or Chiang Mai/Rai Kanchanaburi is not much of a city; the reason we go there is nature, silence, river, hills; there are plenty of hotels located on the river, at various prices offering wide variety of services; Kanchanaburi is thus a place to travel to for relaxation, hiking, nature view and experience; beyond that the city also offers some restaurants and drinks with a little bit of night life attached.
I only stay overnight in Kanchanaburi city itself, that's why I cannot give much of my experiences. I have walked from the train station to find out my hotel location, but it's hard for me to find the information, because many people are not speaking English, although they are very kind and really wants to help me.
I cannot find the map of Kanchanaburi, unlike in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Agoda itself did not give me the phone number of my Guest House, so I can't ask them about their location. During walking around, I found many nice dining places along the main street, they must be good, because I saw many people are eating there. Kanchanaburi itself has limited tourist places, but there are many nice tourise destination in this province.
We are a bit biased as this is the provincial city of where we lived in Thailand for many years! However since retiring back to the UK and coming back to visit trying to see it through tourist eyes we can say that yes folk are very friendly and helpful.
The city council (Tetsabaan)really make a great effort to make the town nice, and keep it clean. Its a far nicer town and area than many places in Thailand. It it tourist friendly with some genuinely interesting places to visit in the town and within a day trip. Although a tourist town it retains its Thai-ness i.e. hasn't gone down the route of places like Phuket, Pattaya and even nowadays Chiangmai etc which are flooded with tourists & tourist facilities and lost the charm they once had. Long may it stay that way. Having said that in recent years modern shopping facilities have moved in - yet without ruining the town centre. The parking area fronting the main road turns into a large open air restaurant at night - round by the bus station a small night market springs up in the evening. A bigger night market near the train station springs up in the evening. So coupled with interesting places to see in and around the town such as WW2 cemetery and the excellent death railway museum nearby, the famous River Quai bridge, a nice promenade along the river. Boat trips on the river, plus day trips on the death Railway line to Nam Tok, or day trip to Erawan water falls and extended trips to SangKlaburi you are spoilt for choice.
I have travelled to many parts of Thailand and I rate this as one of the nicest cities to visit. Lots to see, the Death Railway, amazing temples (and I have seen a lot), natioanl parks, waterfalls and a layed back night life.
The war cemetery was very well kept and a moving experience, especially for older people who can remeber that time and take time to look at some of the grave stones with individual details & messages.
The bridge is the main reason for the visit, but try to go earlier in the morning to avoid the tour crowds. The markets are very reasonably priced, but close about 4 pm when the day tours go back.
Kanchanburi is a sprawling town with the bus station at its centre. There is lots to see in and around Kanchanaburi but most people only come to see the River Kwai Bridge and War Cemetery.
We spent 12 nights there which combined chilling out by the pool to visiting many attractions in the area. We visited Erawan Falls which are waterfalls about 1.5 hours away from the main city. They are easily reached by catching a local bus which takes you directly to the falls at a nominal price. The waterfalls are set on 7 levels and you can swim in them along with the fish. We also visited Elephant World which is a charity that looks after rescued Elephants. Again we organised this ourselves and was a fantastic day out. We fed the elephants, helped to prepare food and swam and washed them in the river - an experience I will never forget. There is also Hellfire pass and the museum which is reached by a 2 hour train journey from the town costing only £2 each each way. The journey there and back by train is an adventure in itself as you see lots of the local terrain. There are many temples in the city of Kanchanburi and obviously the war cemetery and museums. Most people only stay for one or two nights to see the River Kwai bridge but there is so much else to do in the area that it is a shame most of it gets missed. I would recommend this area to visit as it away from the hustle and bustle of most areas visited by tourists in Thailand. It also makes you aware of the horrors exposed to the poor soldiers that had to work on the Thai-Burma railway during the war.
Kan can be a fun weekend away from BKK every once in a while. There is enough to do here, both out in nature as well as in the various entertainment venues throughout this small city.
The historical attractions are great too. Just a few hours from Bangkok, this can be a fun 2-night excursion.
Many of the area's tourist attractions relate to the Burma Railway, which is still in use. There are also several national parks, waterfalls and other attractions in the area.
These can be visited by road, or you can ride a train over the (in)famous Death Railway. If you want to escape the bustle of Bangkok, this is a good area to unwind without getting bored.
There's lots to see related to the World War 2 experience in the area, but it is also within striking distance of Three pagodas Pass & the Myanmar border (when safe).
It's also a good area to unwind from the Bangkok hustle & bustle. Waterfalls, Hot Springs & nature abound.
A delightful place. Not too large and although a Tourist Destination it still seems to have avoided the brash gaudiness that often accompanies such activities.
Very much a Thai provincila Town in the midst of viable agricultural countryside.
Lots to see and do. Erawan Waterfall, JEATH Museum, War cemetery, Gallery, lake, national parks etc. Some beautiful waterfalls in the area - all worth a visit.
Important to be part of a tour or have your own transport.
Particularly intetesting is the Allied POW graveyard and over the road the Death railway Museam. The museam is top notch, very relevant and well maintained.
Check out the book of "inmates" on the entrance to the cemetery,as I did, check to see any namesakes, then find the grave, take the photo and when in the museam ask the Australian chap in charge of reseach there to dig into the history of the name. he is extremely well educated on what went on and can fill in all the gaps. He provides at MINIMAL cost of THB 20 only, a certificate with the key data on it for yoiu totake back and research further at your convenienece. A fantastically personal experience!
Stayed out of the centre overlooking the Kwai and this was a beautiful spot. I imagine that the main town can get rather hectic and would not be as relaxing.
You should stay at least 2 nights if your trip involves Bang Pa-In. We went to Bang Pa-In on the second day in a songthaew and it took about 1.
5hr. But, the return trip was faster. In Ayutthaya, only 2 or three ruins are slightly different. The rest are almost the same...in terms of the design of the chedi, stupas,etc. Otherwise, there is only so much to see.
underrated, undiscovered, unearthed gem of thailand which has so much to offer for many. be it adventurer, nature lover, explorer, cultural.
kanchanaburi offer you many experience. also there is very little foreign tourisms in this area mostly are still a best kept secret of the thais. maybe perhaps they doesn't want you to know too.
Was there only short, but did visit Hellfre Pass and Death railway which are of great interest in view of the history of the 2nd world war
It is a big Thailand town 2 hours from Bangkok. Its main attraction is the River Kwai. There is some night entertainment and food places.
Sightseeing is the main attractions here.
Very interesting area, many monuments to vist, great food at fantastic prices, chaep accommodation, very scenic area and easy to get to.
Around by the bridge there are resturants but every where closes between 5pm and 10pm. You should not try and cross the bridge at night.
The people are good and there is a small market on all day. There are 2 museums. 1 is about 10min walk from the bridge the other is about 20 min car trip next to the cemertry. It is about 40 to 1hr trip in car to Hell fire pass. Would recamend it to anyone who comes to Thailand.
This city is so peaceful with lots of historical. If I have chance, I still need to stay more longer and travel to other district e.
g. San-kla-bu-ri or Thong-pha-poom.
Other than the River Kwai Bridge, the cemetery and a museum about the Bridge, there is very little to do in Kanchanaburi itself.
Around the city, there are several National Parks, and waterfall, but be prepared to drive 60-150km depending on where you want to do. Unless you are truly passionate about history or if this isn't your first stay in Thailand, I wouldn't recommend going there.
Not easy to find a hotel like pattaya, long traveling from place to place, its not very convenient if you don't have a car.
I didn't see a big restaurant during my trip many visitors stay in the hotel for dinner.
Take a train, then go to main road on final stop and catch the bus to hellfire pass- 120 baht together for one oneway.
Much more interesting as you will go thru the bridge and viaduct with the train. With tour, you will go only few stops (for example thru viaduct) and it will cost much more then going your own way.
Don't miss to visit River Kwai bridge and monuments. There are various adventure activities in jungles to do for fun.
Nice smaller city. Some nice restaurants. No hustle and bustle. I like the big trees and the shade they give.
A very quiet town with enough basic facilities, I use to stay in this town again if I want to go to erawan
Nice place to ge unwind and see lots of historical sites, Khmer remains and enjoy shopping/eating/staying.
The local people were all very friendly, which, however, applies to all Thais
Very crowded city with tourists. Sites such as the "death bridge" and war cemetery are on my not miss list
Please spare more time on the City. You need at least 4-5 Days more to visited half of the tourist spot.
Some place need at least for 6-7 hours for each visit. I don't reccommend just stop and drop by. Take a time to find a beauty form a park. There were 25 + waterfall you can visits. 10+ of Nature cave. and more. 4WD car rental is good idea for travel.
Apart from going to Hellfire pass,riding the Thai Burma Railway for as long as you can is an experience.
Erawan waterfalls is also very nice but be warned the further up you go the harder it gets