Things to do in Kanchanaburi Thailand


Houseboats on the River Kwai

Located in west Thailand, Kanchanaburi is a town that’s known for its WWII Death Railway. Known for crossing the Kwai River by the famous Death Railway Bridge, the railway carries the names of the soldiers who died while building the railroad bridge. At the War Museum, you can learn about the history of the railroad, as well as the prisoners of war who died while working on it. You can also learn more about the railway’s wider history at the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is the resting place for thousands of Allied soldiers.

Must Do

You can visit the Elephants World sanctuary to learn about the life of elephants and see them up close. The sanctuary pairs rescued elephants with a trained carer, so visitors can feed and observe the elephants. There are also many activities that are free, including feeding the animals. The best time to visit Kanchanaburi is from November to February, when the temperatures are mild and the humidity is low. You can also go during the shoulder seasons, when the weather is cooler and many accommodations are cheaper.

The Tham Sua Temple is another place you should visit. Located on a hilltop near Kanchanaburi, this temple features a giant Buddha image hidden in an open dome. Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet, Tham Sua will leave you feeling inspired. At least a few of the things you should do in Kanchanaburi are listed below. So, when you’re planning your next trip to the area, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of this city.

The city’s history is rich in history. The Japanese built the notorious Death Railway here, causing thousands of innocent people’s deaths. There are many things to do in Kanchanaburi, including the historical sites that tell this story. 

If you have time, you should visit the famous Wat Phra Kaeo National Park. This park is surrounded by dense rainforests and is an excellent place for hiking. If you are visiting this province, make sure to include it in your itinerary.

Best Music/Festivals

The River Kwai Bridge Festival is the biggest festival to attend in Kanchanaburi. The three-day event remembers the building of the Death Railway, which was built between Thailand and Burma. It also features cultural displays and exhibitions, food stalls, and a spectacular light show. The River Kwai Bridge Festival is a highlight for many tourists.

Houseboats on the River Kwai

Houseboats on the River Kwai provide a unique and memorable vacation experience. The boats, designed for maximum comfort, feature a large terrace at the water’s edge, can have up to six bedrooms with French balconies. The interiors often feature custom teakwood furniture, thatched roofing, and local artistic traditions. You’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing time and a superb meal on the water as you watch the sunset.

The houseboats can be equipped with full-height glass railing, but no handrail or railing posts. The design of the floating houses makes them very private, and they’re not intended to disturb the natural sunrise or sunset. Rather, you’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the river side and a delicious meal while on board. The accommodations are spacious and comfortable.

Best Places to Eat in Kanchanaburi

The town of Kanchanaburi is not known as a foodie’s paradise, but there are plenty of good places to eat in this town. From floating restaurants to Western-style pubs, there’s a place to satisfy your cravings. You’ll find everything from authentic local fare to western-style dishes. This article lists some of the best places to eat in Kanchanabri, Thailand.

One of the best places to eat in Kanchanaburi is the Mangosteen Garden Restaurant. With its open-air setting and river views, this restaurant is an ideal place to enjoy local Thai food. The menu includes everything from spicy to simple, and there are even vegetarian options. At this authentic Thai restaurant, the service is second to none, and the food is excellent. The price tag is low, too, with many restaurants offering dishes at very reasonable prices.

The cuisine is diverse, but not necessarily the most exciting. While the city may not be known for its international cuisine, locals love its fresh, creative dishes. In addition to serving Thai fare, the town’s eateries are also known for their international influences. A visit to one of these restaurants is a treat for both foodies and locals. Once you’ve had enough of typical Thai food, you can enjoy some Japanese-inspired dishes.

If you’re on a budget, consider visiting the Village Farm to Cafe. This restaurant, located adjacent to Keeree Mantra, offers delicious Thai and international dishes. The restaurant also features a melon farm and a grass field with a pond. The decor is rustic wooden, and the tables have no chairs. It’s a perfect place for a romantic meal.

The city’s central market, or Talad Sod, offers an excellent choice of fresh seafood, including fresh pig’s head. While this market is touristy, it doesn’t skimp on quality. You can order fruit shakes and try some of the local Thai classics, like khao thom mut (grass jelly). It is also easy to find a place to play pool.

The town’s best places to eat in Kanchanabrii can be found in its streets. Among the most popular local cuisines in the town is Thai, but if you’re looking for a more international flavour, the Mangosteen Garden Restaurant is a must-visit spot. The restaurant is situated on the banks of the Mae Klong River. The food at the restaurant is delicious, and it’s worth the trip to this scenic destination.

Another excellent choice is the local restaurant, Keeree Mantra. Located outside of the city center, it is an ideal place to eat authentic Thai food.

Something that Not Many Travelers Would Know About Kanchanaburi

Sapphires are mined near Kanchanaburi and Kanchanaburi Sapphires are known for its rich twilight blues. The mine was founded in 1918 and produced sapphires until the 1990’s.

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