Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is a lovely countryside escape. The charming riverside town is most famous for the ‘River Kwai Bridge’ which draws coach loads of tourists every day. The town itself is quiet, apart from a few backpacker type bars which have live music in the evenings. The real draw of Kanchanaburi is the beautiful countryside all around. Hire a motorbike in the town for about 150 baht and within ten minutes you are out amongst mountains, rice fields and waving locals. Apart from visiting the famous ‘Nam Quoc’ Waterfall, there are loads of outdoor adventures to be had from here; rafting, trekking, elephant trekking and more.  Just a two-hour bus journey from
Places to Stay in KanchanaburiRiver Kwae Road: This main backpacker drag is the best place to find cheap accommodation in Kanchanaburi. You can get a room for as cheap as 70 baht at the popular traveller hang out ‘Jelly Frog’ but if you’re willing to splash out to around 400 baht you can get a really nice place with a pool. Try these cheap and cheerful places!
Things to do in Kanchanaburi
- Visit the River Kwai Bridge and Museum:
- Visit ‘Death Railway’ and ‘Hellfire Pass’:
- Visit Erawan Waterfalls:
- Trekking, rafting and outdoor adventure:
- Drink 10 baht Whiskey & Coke!
Getting to KanchanaburiFrom Bangkok: Minibuses can be booked easily at travel agents in the Khao San Road, leaving every day regularly. If you want to catch a minibus independently, they leave from Victory Monument or Mochit Station. Either way, the minibus takes you directly to River Kwai Road.
Where to go next?Sangkhlaburi: (4-hour bus trip west) If you want to get off the beaten track a bit, (without going too far!) From Kanchanaburi, Sangkhlaburi is a 4-hour bus trip west, heading towards the Burmese border. It’s a less visited, but no less beautiful spot where you can enjoy outdoor adventures and visit some of the local villages of the Mon and Karen people. If you’re looking to get out into the Thai countryside and explore this is a great spot.
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