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.
Kanchanaburi Travel Tips
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.