"Kanchanaburi" Kanchanaburi by judyksp

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When I first visited Kanchanaburi in 2004, I thought it was just famous for the Bridge of River Kwai and the War Cemetry. Well, at least, that is what I am told when I go to a tour agent in Bangkok.

But even that short one day visit gave us a very good feel about the place. Hence, when we were considering relocating ourselves out of Koh Samui, Kanchanaburi came into our mind.

So we re-visited the place again end December 2010 and stayed in a beautiful hotel called Thai Garden Inn. We loved the tranquility the place offered and the proximity to the heart beat of the area.

And guess what, yes, we ended up buying this lovely resort and we now reside here.

Once we got ourselves organized, I started to find that actually there is a lot more to offer in Kanchanaburi than just the Bridge of River Kwai or the War Cemetry.

There are 2 national parks, Erawan and Sai Yok. There is the hot water spring, hellfire pass, krasae cave, elephant world, safari park and many other activities.

Erawan National Park

Erawan waterfalls is truly a beautiful place. It has 7 levels to the waterfalls. For myself, I have only gone up to the fourth level and that is already very beautiful.

You also get to experience 'free' foot spa in every level. And you can swim in each level.

There are a few ways to get here. The cheapest is by the local bus. The first bus leaves the station at 8am and then every 50 min. The journey is about 1.5 hour and the last bus back (from Erawan) is at 4pm. (Note: recently it seems that the bus at 9.30am is not running)

Another way is of course by joining a tour that takes you to Erawan and some other places.

A third way is to hire a private taxi or song teow. This can range between 1,200 baht to 1,800 baht. Erawan is 70 km from Kanchanaburi town, so the taxi will normally take you there and then wait for you. Hence, if you wish to go to other places, they will take you as well. The price, will therefore depend on the number of places you are going.

A fourth method is to hire a motorbike and go there by yourself. But note that it will take you about 2.5 hours to reach via a motorbike.

Or if you have a car, you can drive there yourself. The journey should be about 1 hr.

Hellfire Pass

If possible, you should not miss a visit to this museum and memorial park.

Hellfire Pass was a section that was rather difficult to build the railway line. This is mainly due to the fact it is the largest rock cutting manually done on the railway.

There is a museum which explains the history of the place and then you can take a walk along the cutting to experience what it was like back then.

If you wish to go by public transport, you can take the train to Nam Tok and then take a bus to Hellfire Pass. You will need to check your time for this because the train only passes three times a day and the museum closes at 4pm.

Otherwise, you can take the private song teow or follow a tour.

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  • In a nutshell:More than just Bridge of River Kwai and War Cemetry
  • Last visit to Kanchanaburi: Feb 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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