From exploring the region’s tragic World War II history to hiking through epic national parks, here’s our list of the best things to do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
Tourism in Thailand has been growing exponentially for decades thanks to its diverse range of epic landscapes, delicious food, fascinating culture, and friendly people.
Destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai are amongst the most popular spots to visit, and it’s not uncommon for tourists to go back to these same places year after year.
Having spent almost 9 months total in Thailand, we’ve been lucky enough to get quite in-depth into the country.
And every time we return, we fall more and more in love with the new places we get to discover.
For those that love exploring regions that are a bit more off the beaten path though, or just anyone that loves a mix of natural wonder and history, Kanchanaburi has been rising on the list of top places to visit in Thailand.
Top 11 Things to Do in Kanchanaburi
Located in the central-western part of the country, only a few hours from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is a splendid destination to spend anywhere from a few days to a week.
With dense national parks that are still home to wild tigers and elephants, quaint farming villages that beg to be explored on bicycles, right up to some of the most interesting (and tragic) World War II history monuments in the country, there’s no shortage of Kanchanaburi attractions to keep you busy.
There is the gorgeous Erawan National Park, as well as the Death Railway Museum and the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and other incredible attractions.
Here’s our list of the best things to do in Kanchanaburi on your next trip.
READ MORE: Here’s our ultimate guide to travelling in Thailand.
Walk Over the Bridge on the River Kwai
One of the most iconic places to visit in Kanchanaburi is the Bridge on the River Kwai, and this is where most people start their exploration of the area.
This bridge was built during World War II and is the symbol most associated with the infamous Burma Railway.
Originally built by Allied prisoners of war in 1942 and 1943, this bridge wasn’t actually the most important element of the railway during the fighting.
In fact, its claim to fame was being the only steel bridge the Japanese commissioned to build in Thailand (the rest were timber).
It was only…