Kanchanaburi Tourism

Situated at a place where the Rivers Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai merge into the River Mae Klong, Kanchanaburi is a town in Western Thailand. This charming little town takes immense pride in its pristine forests, clear-blue waters, enchanting falls and many more wonders of the nature, thus getting a place on many vacation planners.

King Rama I founded the town in 18th century as a defence area against the Burmese invasions. It was later moved 16 kilometres Southeast during the rule of King Rama III, which remains as the present location of the town.

The town became one of the eco-tourism hotspots of Thailand with its exquisite natural beauty. Several Mountains, waterfalls, national parks, Neolithic caves and lush green jungles in and around the region lure hundreds nature-loving travellers to Kanchanaburi. However, the bridge over the River kwai remains as a popular tourist attraction in the town.

Kanchanaburi is also known for its Death Railway, a strategic line built by Japan during World War II to invade India by passing through Myanmar, which left a number of workers dead. The allied museum and cemetery are now major sightseeing places.

Apart from visits to the important places, Kanchanaburi’s itineraries also offer a wide range of adventure and nature sports. Elephant trekking, jungle hiking, rock-climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, rafting, golfing fishing and other activities to do provide the travellers a great experience altogether.

Essential travel information and Kanchanaburi tips for your visit

  • Carry a sunscreen, probably with an SPF of 15+ wherever you go.
  • Bring along a tube of mosquito repellent as there is a risk of malaria in tropical areas.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Kanchanaburi

  • Save 4% Kanchanaburi Day Trip
    Kanchanaburi Day TripNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Travel to places rich in World War II history in Kanchanaburi Province.Recommend for culture, war history and museum lover. Y...

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  • Save 4% Chiang Mai Temples and Local Markets by Trishaw with Street Food
    Chiang Mai Temples and Local Markets by Trishaw with Street FoodNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 6 Hrs

    Explore the city of Chiang Mai and learn about it's historic temples, take a ride on a trishaw through the old town, visit te...

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  • Save 4% Cycling the River Kwai
    Cycling the River KwaiNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Days

    Venture beyond Bangkok to discover the history and nature of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, the site of the infamous...

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    Duration: 10 Hrs

    Kanchanaburi Province, in western Thailand, is known for its national parks of dense jungle, waterfalls and limestone caves. ...

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  • How safe is Kanchanaburi for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kanchanaburi.

    • Burglary and Theft 100 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 75 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 100 (Very High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 75 (High)
    • Drug offense 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 100 (Very High)
    • Safety Index 29.41 (Low)
    • Climate Index 52.65 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 43.86 (Very Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.81 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 37.81 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kanchanaburi

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.05 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.96 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.23 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 90.13 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.6 USD

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