Kanchanaburi is one of the most popular provinces in the central region of Thailand as well as the capital Bangkok, Pattaya and Ayutthaya. It is only 2 hours by bus/train from Bangkok and is a perfect day trip destination. Kanchaburi is less crowded than Bangkok hence there is better chance for you to really get in touch with the local and learn more about Thai custom and culture while be closer to the nature at the same time. Top attractions include the Tiger Temple, Elephant Camp, Rafting and Erawan National Parks. I advice you to spend at least 1-2 days here so you don’t feel rush to enjoy these activities.
1. WAT PHA LUANG TA BUA YANASAMPANNO (A.K.A. THE TIGER TEMPLE)
The Tiger Temple is one of the most famous activities to do in Kanchanaburi. Here you can take photos with tigers and feed the baby tigers. Unfortunately, there was not enough time that day so I did not actually get to pay the visit to go inside.
2. TAWEECHAI ELEPHANT CAMP
At Taweechai Elephant Camp you can enjoy riding elephants through the forest, shallow river, feed them, watch elephant shows and even join them for a bath! Too bad we did not get a chance to enter also as we were running late on our schedule.
3. ERAWAN NATIONAL PARK
Inside Erawan National Park lies Erawan Waterfall – the World’s only 7-tier waterfall. Each level of the waterfall has very different look and feel to it from the own rock formation, small rivers, ponds and types of fish in the water. (They’re all safe and you can go in and swim in all of them although the more popular ones are from tier 3 to tier 7.)
Did I mention you can come here anytime of the year as it’s basically summer throughout the year here in Thailand and the average temperature lies about 25-30ºC (77-86ºF).
Note that the waterfall closes around 6pm and it takes around an hour to get from tier 1 to tier 7 of the waterfall, however, we only got to tier 5 and ran out of time so we decided to stay there and enjoy the moment instead. 😛
4. RIVER KWAI BRIDGE
River Kwai Bridge is one of the most famous spots in Kanchanaburi and it’s appeared in quite a number of films. This bridge is also known as the Death Railway Bridge as it was built during the WWII by Japan’s army which connect Thailand to Myanmar at the time.
It still works as a normal bridge today and is one of the top tourist attractions you don’t want to miss!
A photo-taking spot saying that you’ve arrived at the River Kwai Bridge, note on the floor the rocks are arranged to say “LOVE กาญจ” which means “Love Karn(chanaburi)”.
River Kwai bridge
5. THE ‘FLOATING’ RIVER RESTAURANT
The Floating restaurant is actually in the picture above which can be seen from the bridge (yup, that’s the restaurant!). The whole restaurant is basically floating on a big raft on the river – this is very common in Thailand you can find it everywhere! :). The restaurant is literally 2-3 minutes walk from the bridge and serve one of the best foods here in Kanchanaburi I highly recommend.
One of their signature dishes – Yum Tua Ploo (Wing Bean Spicy and Sour Salad)
Overall, Kanchaburi offers various and unique activities to really experience and learn more about Thai culture. This historical province of Kanchanaburi is a great escape from the big city such as the capital Bangkok to become closer with the nature.
Now it’s your turn to go and explore!
With love from Kanchanaburi, Thailand,
Kasidit Vongvatanapuntu (Kay)