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The beauty of Kanchanaburi speaks for itself. A little treasure cove of scenic splendors in Thailand remains shrouded in the mist to be explored. Attractions of tourist importance are plenty and some may be visited conveniently from the River Kwai Jungle Rafts such as War Cemetery, Hellfire Pass Memorial, Art Gallery and War Museum, The famous Bridge over the River Kwai (Death Bridge), Tiger Temple, Thailand Burma Railway Centre (Museum), Lawa cave, Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Park, Don Chedi Archaeological Site, Erawan waterfall, Prasat Muang Singh historical park , Sai Yoke Yai Waterfall & National Park and etc.

 

 

The Bridge over the River Kwai (the Death Railway Bridge)

 

During the World War II, the Japanese wanted to seek to shorten the supply lines between Japan and Burma in preparation for an eventual attack on British India. The Japanese started work on a railway from Thailand to Burma through the river valley for a distance of about 415 kms. The Japanese enforced roughly 250,000 Asian laborers and 61,000 Allied prisoners-of-war to construct 260 kms of rail on the Thai side, approaching the Three Pagodas Pass on the border. Unfortunately, it is estimated that 100,000 Asian laborers and 16,000 Allied prisoners lost their lives during that period due to many factors.  Today there are daily trains running from Kanchanaburi to the terminus at Nam Tok station for a distance of 50 kms on this historical route. This journey is one of the very exciting things to do for tourists.


Details: Open daily 8.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.


How to get there: It is located north of the city by about 4 kms. Special trains are arranged for tourists from Bangkok on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

 

 

Thailand - Burma Railway Centre (TBRC)

 

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre in an interactive museum, research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway built during the World War II.


Details: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


How to get there: It is located on the western side of the main Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak) by approximately 100 metres.
 

 

 

 

 

Tiger temple (Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yanasampanno)

 

A tiger conservation area where various kinds of wild as well as domestic animals live together freely in the nature such as barking deer, deer, hog, gibbon, peafowl, red junglefowl, horse, water buffalo, goat, etc. Wildlife of different species will be seen living together in peace and being friendly to the monks and visitors.


Details: Open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (from 3.30 p.m. onward for tiger).


How to get there:  From Kanchanaburi bus station: take the bus number 8203 for Sai Yok and ask the driver to stop at the temple. The bus takes about 45 minutes to reach the temple and costs 25 Baht; from the bus stop at the temple follow the dirt road (1.5 km) all the way to the front gate. The walk takes about 30-40 minutes. Or, take a taxi to the temple cost about 200-250 Baht, take about 30 minutes
 

 

 

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak)

 

This is the place where the remains of 6,982 POWs died during the construction of the Death Railway are buried.


Details: Open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.


How to get there: The cemetery, which is located on Saengchuto Road(Highway 323), Amphur Muang, opposite the Railway Station, just 1.5 kilometres from the TAT office.
 

 

 

 

Hellfire Pass 

 

Hellfire Pass is a stretch of the infamous Death Railway where slave workers cut a massive trench into ground to allow the railway to pass through.  The Death Railway was built by the Japanese during World War II to link Thailand with Burma where an estimated 80,000 Asian slaves and 12,000 prisoners of war died in forced labour.  Along a 4-kilometer walking trail made by the Allied prisoners visitors can envision the difficulties faced in constructing the Death Railway using simple tools. The pass is approximately 500 meters long and 26 meters deep. It was nicknamed "Hellfire Pass" by the prisoners of war for the way the pass looked at night when light up by torchlight presenting a hellish appearance. Besides, every April 25th (ANZAC Day) there is a dawn service ceremony held at Hellfire Pass.


There is also a memorial museum displaying contemporary photographs, maps, models, illustrations, etc. from the period.

 
Details: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


How to get there: The site is located in a thick forest near Km. 66 of the Sai Yok-Thong Pha Phum Road (Highway No. 323).
 

 


Hellfire Pass Memorial

 

The museum is under Australian management from the Office of Australian War Graves, whom are able to provide historical information on request about the railway and activities that occurred within that era to interested visitors. The Museum also has a theatre which shows a short video made from war footage of the construction of the railway and dialogue from a number of Australian ex-POWs.


Details: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


How to get there: The site is located in a thick forest near Km. 66 of the Sai Yok-Thong Pha Phum Road (Highway No. 323).
 

 

 

Erawan Waterfall National Park

 

The park, covering 550-square-kilometers, is the site of the seven-tiered Erawan waterfall, one of Thailand’s loveliest waterfalls. The falls take the form of a series of cascades and pools over and among the rocks, and are supposed to be shaped like the divine Indra's three-headed elephant, hence their name.


Details: Open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.


How to get there: The national park is 65 kilometers from Kanchanaburi along Route 3199. Visitors may take a bus departing from the Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal to the waterfall every 50 minutes from 8 a.m. to 5.20 p.m. The journey takes 1.5 hours.
 

 

 

Lawa Cave

 

Lawa Cave is the largest cave in Kanchanaburi province. The cave is on the side of Kwai Noi River. The entrance is a bit narrow although the inner part is spacious with several chambers including the music chamber, the throne chamber, and the curtain chamber with stalactites and stalagmites in full display. There is also khun Kitti, the world’s smallest bat, live in the cave. The harmless Khun Kitti bat weighs only 2 g, is 2.5 to 3 cm long, has wing-span of 10 cm


Details: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


How to get there: 75 kilometers from Kanchanaburi City. The cave can be accessed either by boat or car. Chartered boats are available at the Pak Saeng Pier, the trip takes 45 minutes. Visitors traveling by road can cross the bridge at Ban Kaeng Raboet and continue on foot. Our guests can start their journey at RESOTEL pier and then take mountain bike to the cave. It takes about 15 minutes.
 

 

 

 

Other attractions:

 

  • Sai Yok National Park
  • Sai Yok Noi Waterfalls
  • Three pagodas
  • Pilok Mine
  • Bo Phloi
  • Prasat Muan Singh Historical Park
  • Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin National Park
  • Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Dam
  • Don Chedi Archaeological Site