Top 11 attractions to explore in Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is well known for the history of its ancient civilization and the World War II Bridge over the River Kwai. In 1942 more than 100,000 people died from horrific working conditions to build the Thailand-Burma railway bridge over the River Kwai.
Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park is located 97 km. north of Kanchanaburi town in Nong Prue District. With an area of 59 square kilometres The park’s main attractions are its cave systems. 300 metres long Tham Than Lot Noi features many large stalactites and stalagmites. Tham Than Lot Yai also features stalactites and stalagmites in addition to being a site where ancient skeletal remains and weapons have been found.
Located in West Thailand in the Tenasserim Hills range of Kanchanaburi Province, it is home to one of the most popular falls in the country. Founded in 1975 as Thailand’s 12th National Park, it is covering an area of 550 km². The major attraction of the park is the 7-tiered Erawan Falls with emerald green ponds. There are also several impressive and long caves within the park, some of them deeper inside the park, few of them along the roads around the park.
Hellfire Pass is by far the most impressive war memorial in Kanchanaburi province. A visit is highly recommended for people with a strong interest in World War II history. A railway cutting through the mountains on the Death Railway, known by the Japanese as Konyu cutting. It is now one of the famous attractions in Thailand.
The immaculately maintained cemetery contains the remains of 6,982 Allied POWs who perished during the construction of the ‘Death Railway’. Its tranquility reminds the visitors of the war and its after-effects. it is now one of the main attractions in Thailand.
Muang Singh historical park marked the Western border of the Khmer in Thailand. At the height of its power, the vast Khmer empire stretched out all the way West to deep into present day Kanchanaburi province in the Western part of Thailand. Besides being a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, Prasat Muang Singh and surrounding town most likely served as a military stronghold, to defend the Khmer empire from attacks from the West.
“Saiyok Noi Waterfall”, known as "Khao Phang Waterfall”, is a well-known waterfall with limestone cliffs collapsing and that became the origin of the name "Khao Phang Waterfall”. The upstream falls from the mountain and flows along the limestone cliffs about 15-meter high, spreading over the sloping ground in the area.
The awe-inspiring Srinakarin Dam in Thailand is located in the province of Kanchanaburi Thailand’s third-largest province. It is a place of great natural beauty and has several national parks within its boundaries. Kanchanaburi is situated on the western perimeter of Thailand and borders neighbouring Myanmar at the famous ‘Three Pagodas Pass’.Khaoen Srinakarin national park is located two hundred kilometres from Bangkok and is the location of Srinakarin Dam.
Thong Pha Phum National Park in Kanchanaburi is often overlooked due to its remote location, but its well worth the effort to get there. The undiscovered park features caves, waterfalls, tin mines, and vast jungles stretching into Burma. A popular activity is to stay the night in Tarzan huts located in the parks headquarters. A large campsite is also located with the headquarters with viewing areas looking out across the mountainous jungle.
Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno, was a Theravada Buddhist temple in the Sai Yok District of Thailand's Kanchanaburi Province in the west of the country. It was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals, among them tigers, mostly Indochinese tigers. A "commercial" temple, Tiger Temple charged an admission fee.
Formerly known as Khao Laem Dam, Vajiralongkorn Dam is one of major dams in Thailand. It is a rockfill dam made of reinforced concrete, measured 92 metres high, 10-metre-wide weir and stretch 1,019 metres across the Khwae Noi River. The main purpose is to generate hydro electricity as well as collect flood water and supply water for agriculture. The construction of the dam creates a scenic lake you should take a cruise along to enjoy the views.
Map of attractions in Kanchanaburi