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Kanchanaburi

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Quick Facts:

  • Location: Central Thailand
  • Status: Province
  • Population: About 838,914
  • Area: About 19,483.2 square km
  • Telephone area code: 066-071

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Lying at the confluence of the Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi Rivers, Kanchanaburi is one of the most beautiful and largest provinces of Thailand with delightful landscapes and charming beauty. It occupies an area of 19,483 square kilometers, almost is covered with timber and evergreen forests, located about 129km from Bangkok and consists of 13 districts.

Archaeology dating back to the 4th century has shown that trade appeared surrounding country even in that time. Originally, the town of Kanchanaburi was founded as a base of defense against the Burmese by King Rama I. It also played a strategical role during the Ayutthaya period. Most historians assumed that the old town of Kanchanaburi was situated near a small village named Ban Lat Ya, 16km to the north of the present town. The present capital of the province is a newer town established by King Rama III in 1833.

Kanchanaburi has become a premier tourist destination with lots of spectacular natural attractions as multi-tiered waterfalls, pristine national parks, caves, virgin forest, tranquil rivers, exotic wildlife and some large reservoirs. You can see beautiful natural sites in Mueang Sing Historical Park, Erawan National Park, Khuean Srinagarindra National Park or Safari Park. Besides, the most famous among War-historians and movie-buffs are “The Bridge Over the River Kwai” and “The Death Railway”, in which there is a large cemetery of war prisoners and a war museum. The province also offers numerous temples, restored fortresses and other historical sites as Nine Army War History National Park at Ladya field with historical evidences from nine army wars, Hell Fire Pass Memorial Museum with a mini-theatre and a collection of documents relating to the construction of the Death Railway, etc.

In addition, along with visiting famous attractions, tourists will have an intriguing experience as joining in a lot of interesting activities as fishing, canoeing, star watching, rafting, forest trekking, mountain biking, bird watching, star-gazing, elephant and jungle trekking and golfing, etc. The province also offers shopping places with a diversity of products in The Night Market with items as shoes, clothes, bags, souvenirs, etc; Kanokhan Department store; Tesco Lotus and Birdland Books, etc.

Kanchanaburi is home rich culture with Ram Yoei, a local dance dating back to 500 year ago, along with several events and festivals held during the year as Mineral Water and Waterfall Bathing Day (November) which aims to push agricultural products, Boat and Raft People’s Day (November) with a lot of folk performances, academic exhibition and water sports; and River Kwae Bridge Week which commemorate the importance of the Death Railway and the Bridge over the Khwae River with many entertaining activities, archaeological exhibitions, etc.

  • Go to the Flower Market in Bangkok in the evening to see various striking orchids and plants
  • Have a boat trip to reach Grand Palace and visit Wat Pho – home to Reclining Buddha
  • Take a drive to Samut Songkram and explore Tha Kha floating market
  • Cruise along River Kwai and view the scenic sights along the riversides
  • Experience the highlights of Ayutthaya in an exciting biking tour
  • Observe the authentic life of the native people
  • Explore some interesting sites in Bangkok
  • Enjoy a short train ride to Chachoengsao which is a lesser known historical town
  • Experience the daily simple lifestyle of local people
  • View old shop houses with various items including quaint old utensils and ancient tin toys
  • Discover Khao Yai and have a leisurely walking tour to the National Park
  • Drop by Grande Monte Vineyard then go hiking through the rainforest
  • Explore Bangkok with many famed spots like Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple
  • Go to Samut Songhkhram and have chance to drop by Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Head to Kanchanaburi and stop at beautiful Erawan Waterfall
  • Enjoy a nice boat trip along Lopburi River and visit Elephant Village – home to many Ayutthaya's elephants
  • Join the local alms giving ceremony at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain
  • Pay a visit to the cultural center with a range of distinctive household items and tools used by the ethnic tribes.
  • Have sightseeing of natural sceneries along the way
  • Travel around the capital of Bangkok and see the Thewet River
  • Know more about the authentic local life by visiting local market
  • Enjoy the scenic boat tour and have sightseeing of natural beauty
  • Visit some popular spots such as Erawan Waterfalls, JEATH War Museum and Memorial Cemetery
  • Take a walk into the tropical forest and explore Khao Sok National Park
  • Relax at some beautiful beach at Ko Phangan and take pleasure in the aqua blue water
  • Join many exciting activities to immerse more in the untouched nature during the travel way
  • Explore numerous cultural and historical sites such as JEATH War Museum, the Royal Palace, the Memorial Cemetery, etc
  • Get insight into the daily working of local people through the visit to “fresh market” and “train market”
  • Admire picturesque natural scenery along the Chao Phraya River by long-tail boat
  • Relaxing time to admire the atmosphere in Erawan Waterfalls, swimming in sparkling water
  • Enjoy the best services in comfortable resort on the beach
  • Spend time to relax on idyllic white beaches and join in interesting activities as snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, lounging in a hammock, etc on islands
  • Have chance to live in traditional Thai-style bungalow in the lush jungle
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