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It is the third largest province in Thailand.
Kanchanaburi covers an area of 19,485 square kilometers (often mountainous) and borders Myanmar (Burma) to the west of Bangkok.
Kanchanaburi is the site of the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, immortalized in books and movies, and is noticeable for its raw natural beauty where mountains and river valleys have inspired the development of hydroelectric power and where reservoirs of dams, such mazes, give other advantages to the spectacular natural beauty of the province.
Beyond the provincial capital itself, 130 km. and two hours of quiet road in Bangkok, where the rivers Kwai Kwai Yai and Noi unite to form the Mae Klong River, Kanchanaburi unfolds in all its spectacular beauty of the landscape characterized by several waterfalls, caves once inhabited by Neolithic man, national parks, rivers and reservoirs.
Opportunities abound to live a bucolic life aboard rafts on dazzling rivers and reservoirs, and are the highlight of a memorable vacation with nature lovers who delight in natural surroundings and pleasures without sacrificing elementary comfort.
INTERESTS IN TOWN
The provincial capital is a relatively new city dating from 1831.
The main centers of tourist interest are intrinsically linked to the Second World War and more specifically to the years 1942-1945.
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Known worldwide thanks to several films and books, the black iron bridge was brought from Java by the Japanese army and reassembled under the control of the Japanese by the Allied prisoners of war in the “Railway of death “linking Thailand to Burma.
Still in use today, the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing in 1945 and was rebuilt after the war.
Bridge support the arches are original parts.
The bridge, which spans the Kwai Yai River 4 km away. north-east of Kanchanaburi Bureau Tourist Authority of Thailand on Saeng Chuto Road, is the main focus, near a river lined with restaurants, souvenir and jewelery shops.
A steam engine from the time of World War II and an amazing hybrid car / wagon of the same time are part of a small Railway Museum on the edge of the bridge.
Japanese War Memorial
It occupies a small plot of land south of the bridge.
The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
On Saeng Chuto Road, opposite the railway station, this immaculately maintained enclave contains the remains of 6,982 Allied POWs who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway”. An estimated 16,000 Allied prisoners of war and 49,000 forced laborers died during the construction of the “Death Railway and the Bridge over the River Kwai.
The military cemetery Chong-Kai
2 km. South of the city, on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, it occupies the former site of Camp Chong-Kai War Prisoners. This second cemetery is more peaceful, beautifully landscaped and contains some 1,750 bodies.
The War Museum JEATH
This enclave in the riverside area of Wat Chaichumphon was largely built as a camp for Allied prisoners of war.
JEATH The name is derived from the initials of Japan, Britain (England), America, Australia, Thailand and Holland.
The thatched detention hut with cramped beds and bamboo contains high photographic memories, graphics and physical of the Second World War.
Several prisoners of war who survived appalling conditions have donated items from that time to bring more authenticity to the museum.
Wat Tham Khao Pun
1 kilometer south-east of the cemetery of the War of Chong-Kai, this Buddhist temple is locally renowned for a cave containing stalactites and stalagmites, and many beautiful reproductions of the Buddha….
INTERESTS OUT OF TOWN
Essentially, there are two main routes to easily explore the tourist attractions in the province of Kanchanaburi.
Route 323 the most westerly along the Kwai Noi River to the reservoir of Khao Laem Dam (153 km. From Kanchanaburi).
The Route 3199 follows the Kwai Yai River to Sri Nagarina Dam (69 km. From Kanchanaburi).
The main attractions along, or near, Route 323 and 250 km. include:
The Cultural Centre
The center, located at the Institute Rajpatara, 14 km. of the city, houses a permanent exhibition of ancient and modern lifestyles.
Phu Phra Cave
15 km. of the city, this cave is where it is said that legendary character of Thai literature have studied magic.
Historic Park Prasat Muang Sing
Well signposted on Route 323, and 43 km. of the city, this ancient site is located on a sloping bank of the Kwai Noi River whose course is growing and flows faster. The ruins of this city, old 800 years are of considerable archaeological interest and it is said that the main structure, the Khmer Prasat Muang Sing (Tower of Lions City) was the most outpost in the west of the Khmer empire based at Angkor.
Skeletal remains dating back 2,000 years have been unearthed and a wide variety of objects including sculptures of temples, religious statues, pieces of tools and pottery indicate that the ancient prosperous city was inhabited from the XIIth to XIV century.
Ban Kao National Museum
8 km. Prasat Muang Sing, and 35 km. of the city, it also overlooks the Kwai Noi River. The museum was built next to a funeral Neolithic site discovered by an Allied prisoner of war during the construction of the “Death Railway”. There are 4,000 years old, Neolithic man lived, traveled and hunted near the River Kwai, sheltering under rock overhangs or in nearby caves. The Ban Kao Museum houses skeletal remains, pottery, ax heads, jewelery made with animal bones and other artifacts from that era.
Fall of Sai Yok Noi
Also known as drop Khao Phang, 60 km. the city by Route 323, this is the first multiple waterfalls. This cascade road flower is worth a visit between July and September when the water is at its maximum. It is located 2 km away. northwest of Nam Tok station, the terminus of the line from the provincial capital and crossing the famous bridge.
Located in a small military camp (access granted) is one of the sites on which Australian prisoners had to dig the rock to let the train pass. It is possible to walk several kilometers along the old railway. This gives an idea of the extremely difficult conditions of implementation of the “Road of Death”. There is also a small museum dedicated to Australian prisoners.
75 km. of the city, the largest cave in the region has stalactites and stalagmites in each of its rooms. Visitors can take boats from Pak Sieng Pier River Kwai Noi Tambon Tha Sao (southwest of Nam Tok Station and Sai Yok Noi Waterfall) to explore this cave, and then travel against the current to the Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, 104 km. of the city.
Fall of Sai Yok Yai
It flows directly into the Kwai Noi River and is the most popular attraction of Sai Yok National Park of 300 square kilometers. The park contains several interesting caves near the Lawa. Cave Daowaduengui can also be visited by the river, is the most popular. South of the Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, another cascade, the Fall Nam Chon, flows directly into the river. Wildlife of deciduous forests account of small mammals such as bats, squirrels and deer, and many species of birds including hornbills crowned and blue-winged pitta. human presence in Sai Yok seems to date from the Stone Age and Fall of Sai Yok Yai was frequently celebrated in poems and Thai songs. It is possible to stay in bungalows, and rafts and camping facilities are available.
The Hin Dat Hot Springs
130 km. the city, they occupy 3 km a bowl. north-east of Route 323.
Fall of Phra That
This cascade three-level, 140 km. of the city, is 12 km away. north-east of Route 323 and follow the same direction.
Khao Laem Dam
A 153 km away. of the city, this imposing structure has a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts, accommodation in guest rooms and motel, and an impressive reservoir on which several companies offer activities such as boating, swimming and fishing. Regions beyond Khao Laem Dam meriting visited are those located at the edge of the tank or nestled on the border between Thailand and Myanmar.
At 60 km. to the west of Thong Pha Phum District on Route 3272, there were many mines tungsten and tin in the Tanaosri mountain range marks the border between Thailand and Burma. A nursery of fruit and ornamental plants, Pilog Hill, 32 km. Amphoe can be visited on the way.
This small site, some 225 km away. Kanchanaburi, bordering the most northern end of the reservoir Khao Laem Dam. The impressive 75km. which starts from Khao Laem runs parallel tank, goes through several rafting sites, botanical gardens and waterfalls along the road and offers the opportunity to see trees partially submerged inhabiting the banks of the reservoir.
Wat Wang Wiwekaram
This great temple of the southern suburb of Sangkhla Buri is located on the Khao Laem reservoir. This complex is built in an unusual architectural styles imitation Thai, Indian and Burmese Buddhist, and the priest is highly revered even by local and Burmese tribes.
The Three Pagodas
This little place, 241 km. Kanchanaburi, marks the rugged border between Thailand and Myanmar, and is the site of a frontier market which, despite its small size, is well stocked. Visitors are allowed into Burma of 6:00 to 6:00 p.m. (when the border crossing is not closed). The three miniature pagodas are memorials to what was the traditional invasion route favorite Burmese soldiers during the Ayutthaya period (1350-1767).
Excursions in the Forest of Sangkhla Buri
Certain Kanchanaburi travel agents offer elephant treks and excursions rafting day in the immediate vicinity of Sangkhla Buri. It is recommended that visitors to contact their local travel agents or the TAT office (Tourist Authority of Thailand) Kanchanaburi for more details insofar excursions are not always carried out daily.
Thungyai Naresuan Sanctuary Park
North-east Sangkhla Buri, this sanctuary occupies an area of forested mountains and high plains, and home to many species of wildlife including tigers, bears, elephants and deer. This area is on rugged, remote and requires a 4×4 to be explored. Special permission from the Forest Department is required to enter. Visitors wishing to enter this area should contact the Forestry Department, either in Bangkok or in Kanchanaburi.
Among the main attractions of the 3199 Road, there are beautiful waterfalls in three national parks.
40 km. Kanchanaburi, and out of the 3086 Road, the area is famous for blue sapphires and semi-precious stones such as onyx that were extracted locally. A Handcrafted Jewellery Centre allows visitors to see how these materials become jewelry creations.
Kanchanaburi Safari Park
This large enclave near Bo Phloi is dominated by an artificial hill adorned with decorative pavilions. The enclave is home to numerous African and Asian mammals such as giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers and elephants in carefully landscaped environments.
Chaolem Rattanakosin National Park or Tham Than Lot
A 97 km away. Kanchanaburi, and north of Bo Phloi along Route 3086, 54 km from the park. square includes silent forests, waterfalls and several caves. Than Lot Cave, 300 meters long, near the reception of the park is the most popular attraction. It is possible to stay in bungalows and camping facilities are available.
Erawan National Park
65 km. Kanchanaburi along Route 3199, this national park of 550 km. square is the site hosting the Erawan Waterfall 7 levels, considered by many as one of the most beautiful waterfalls. A mountainside forest includes bamboo groves that are home to many species of birds. The other big attraction of the park is the spectacular Pra That Cave which contains monumental stalagmites. It is possible to stay in bungalows and camping facilities are available.
Dam Sri Nakharin A 69 km away. Kanchanaburi and about 4 km. north of the Erawan National Park, this imposing structure marks the most advanced in the south of a huge reservoir that is already part of another national park.
Sri Nakharin National Park
This park covers an area of 1,532 square kilometers. Its reception is 105 km away. Kanchanaburi. The main attractions of the park include the beautiful Huai Khamin Waterfall flowing over 7 floors, boat rides on the impressive reservoir of deciduous forests and bamboo groves where kingfishers, parrots, bee-eaters, hornbills, thrushes, woodpeckers, magpies and other birds can be observed. Other more fleeting and larger animals, living in the most remote areas of the park, there are deer, elephants and tigers. The Phra and Niramit Caves near the front of the park are other attractions. It is possible to stay in the park bungalows. The little easy access to the park by a dry track grueling 40 km. is possible only by motorcycle, van or 4×4 or by boat crossing from 45 to 75 minutes from the Ta Kradan Pier 24 km. Dam in northern Sri Nagarind.
Parks Kanchanaburi as described above offer the opportunity to camp and / or fish, or make treks along the nature trails. Camping equipment, which are summarized in cold water and amenities are available in parks Chaolem Rattanakosin, Sai Yok and Erawan. The popular activities in national parks are the treks along well-marked trails near waterfalls or natural, visiting caves and observing the flora and wildlife.
It is popular on both Kwai rivers and reservoirs Khao Laem and Sri Nagarind. Among the edible fish and appreciated, there is the Giant Gourami, the Transverse Bellbarb the Giant Snakehead and Striped Tiger Nandid. Each is delicious when freshly cooked or fried is prepared to Thai modes.
Rafting & Canoeing
Descents are possible from the provincial capital and several holiday resorts. Downhill raft depart from the bridge or the waterfront area of the Song Kwai Road, and cost from 2000 to 4500 baht for 10 to 15 people, depending on the duration and destination. The raids last 7 to 10 hours or include an overnight stay on the River Kwai Yai or Kwai Noi River. It is recommended that visitors contact the TAT office Kanchanaburi for more information and rates.
Railway lovers can travel in one of the most historic routes of Southeast Asia, namely the remainder of the “Railway of Death” from the provincial capital to the Nam Tok Station near the Fall of Sai Yok Noi. This winding path through the famous bridge and realize how difficult it was to build the original path (this was long as it took to repair and restore). One of the most exciting parts is parallel to the curved Kwai Noi River and follows a viaduct over the river and through a steep cliff and pierced with caves….