Getting to know Kanchanaburi

A fantastic destination that is easily accessible from Bangkok (only 2.5 hours drive from the city), Kanchanaburi is a true gem in western Thailand. While the town was immortalised by the book and film, Bridge Over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi is far more than its iconic bridge.

Among the town’s many offerings, it is particularly notable for its nature. Thanks to the rugged outlying landscapes, adventure travellers will find endless trekking, cycling and kayaking opportunities in Kanchanaburi. Additionally, the town is also famous for its elephant sanctuary, which is a great visit for anyone looking to spend some time with these gentle giants.

Other attractions in Kanchanaburi are its historical park, national parks, excellent museums and Buddhist wats. Whether seeking an outdoor adventure, a great multi-day trip from Bangkok or just a leisurely stay along the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi is a fantastic (and easy to reach) option. For a truly scenic journey out, taking the train from Bangkok is highly recommended.