Kanchanaburi town lies 130kms west of Bangkok, bordering north-west Myanmar (Burma). The capital of Kanchanaburi province is situated on the River Kwai Noi which has been immortalized in the famed 1957 ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ movie! It is best known from World War II when the Japanese Imperial Army began constructing the infamous ‘Death Railway’ which included the Bridge Over The River Kwai. The town lies in a fertile valley with sugar-cane fields surrounded by limestone hills famous for their temple caves (once inhabited by neolithic man). Also, explore the unique Erawan Waterfalls with its seven-levels set amongst rough jungle in the Erawan National Park. See three war museums, two war cemeteries, a national museum, a historical park and hot springs.


  • Heritage
  • Landscape


  • Limestone Hills
  • Sugarcane Fields
  • Erawan National Park

Places to Stay

Dhevamantra Resort

Style: Heritage

Set along the legendary River Kwai, the opulent Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa Kanchanaburi is 6km from downtown, close to the historic 'Bridge on the River Kwai, Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and Chongkai War Cemetery.

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Float House River Kwai Resort

Style: Lodge

Want to experience a touch of extraordinary living? The Float House River Kwai Resort offers just that.

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Oriental Kwai Resort

Style: Boutique

The Oriental River Kwai Resort is an authentic nature resort in a quite village upon the banks of the legendary Kwai Noi River, 150km from Bangkok and 10min drive from downtown Kanchanaburi.

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Activities in Kanchanaburi

City Highlights of Kanchanaburi

80kms south of Bangkok along the coast lies the central province of Samut Songkram. Board a rowing boat and experience the wonder of the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. As you cruise through the market street and adjacent channels with abundant fresh fruit and vegetables you

Visit Erawan National Park

Drive to Erawan National Park with the jaw-dropping seven-tiered Erawan waterfall dropping down over 1,500m. This 550-sq-km park includes the impressive cascading and pooling waterfall that feeds into Mae Nam Khwae Yai. It is said that the uppermost fall appears to resemble the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology – Erawan. Weather permitting, you can enjoy a leisurely swim in one of the seven pools created by this beautiful waterfall. Alternatively, take a walk uphill to the seventh tier to truly admire this amazing place.


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