25 Best Things to Do in Kanchanaburi (Thailand)

The province of Kanchanaburi in Thailand is located just 130km away from the city of Bangkok and is a popular tourist destination for both foreigners and Thais looking to escape the craziness of Bangkok. An area filled with magnificent landscapes and natural charming beauty, you will find there are plenty of places to relax in this province as you check out the fabulous natural waterfalls and plentiful hot springs that are on offer here.

The province is also rich in history, especially from the World War II era, the Japanese came here and built the Death Railway that took away thousands of innocent lives, today you can see the memories of this by going to the many memorials and museums that you will see dotted around the area.

With so much to do in this inspiring part of the county let’s not waste any time and take a look at the top things to do in Kanchanaburi.

1. Relive History At Death Railway Bridge

Death Railway Bridge, Kanchanaburi

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Death Railway Bridge

The most famous of all the sites in Kanchanaburi is the Death Railway Bridge, which really came into people’s minds after the film ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’ was filmed here in 1957. The bridge itself was made in Japan in a place called Java and brought over by the Japanese in World War II. Once the bridge was here it was then reassembled by the Prisoners Of War that were stationed here. The bridge played an important part in the rail link between Thailand and Burma and really is the star attraction of Kanchanaburi, when in the province this has to be top of your list.

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25 Best Things to Do in Kanchanaburi (Thailand):

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  • Death Railway Bridge: Vudhikrai / shutterstock
  • Kanchanaburi Train: Sitthipong Pengjan / shutterstock
  • Elephant World: firenized / shutterstock
  • Death Railway Museum: Lisa-Lisa / shutterstock
  • JEATH War Museum: Gail Palethorpe / shutterstock
  • Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum At Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi: Kitinut Jinapuck / shutterstock
  • Chung-Kai War Cemetery: Yongkiet Jitwattanatam / shutterstock
  • Wat Tham Mongkon Thong: livedoor.jp
  • Erawan National Park: totojang1977 / shutterstock
  • Kanchanaburi War Cemetery: Soonthorn Wongsaita / shutterstock
  • Prasat Muang Singh: Platoo Fotography / shutterstock
  • Sai Yok Noi Waterfall: PSrisuriyachai / shutterstock
  • Chinese Cemetery: Tupungato / shutterstock
  • Thai Cooking Class: Anna Ewa Bieniek / shutterstock
  • Wat Tham Sua: i viewfinder / shutterstock
  • Tham Krasae: Paraball / shutterstock
  • Pha Tad Waterfall: 24Novembers / shutterstock
  • Night Market: iDear Studio / shutterstock
  • Tham Phu Wa Temple: Bubbers BB / shutterstock
  • Kaeng Lawa Cave: oddmyklebust
  • Shinto Park Lad Ya: tripadvisor
  • Hindad Hot Spring: karakotsya / shutterstock