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Kanchanaburi is 128km from Bangkok, 478km from Chumphon, 947km from Hat Yai, 828km from Krabi, 65km from Nakhon Pathom, 795km from Nakhon Si Thammarat, 1,164km from Narathiwat, 1,069km from Pattani, 144km from Phetchaburi, 854km from Phatthalung, 803km from Phang Nga, 877km from Phuket, 295km from Prachuap Khiri Khan, 583km from Ranong, 87km from Ratchaburi, 119km from Samut Sakhon, 112km from Samut Songkram, 988km from Satun, 964km from Songkhla, 911km from Suphanburi, 658km from Surat Thani, 842km from Trang and 1,098km from Yala.
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Videos and pictures of the raft guest houses and waterfalls along the River Kwai
Kanchanaburi Elephant Camp
Anzac Day in Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi Safari Park
Temples and wats in Kanchanaburi
Pictures from all round Kanchanaburi

A Tour of Kanchanaburi
A trip down the River Kwai to an elephant kraal and a visit to Erawan National Park to see the waterfalls.

King Naresuan Movie Studio
A wander round the King Naresuan Movie Studio.

Pu Fa Eng Nam
About 115km from Kanchanaburi main town but well worth a visit if you have the time.

A tour of Erawan National Park
Erawan National Park is famed for its numerous waterfalls.

A tour round Thailand including Kanchanaburi
A journey from Pattaya with a first stop at Kanchanaburi, a stay at Ploy Guesthouse and a visit to the River Kwai Bridge, pictures of the waterfalls at Erawan National Park, then on to Ayutthaya and a stay at Tonys Guesthouse, and a final stay at Pak Chong.

A tour of Kanchanaburi
A stay at The River Kwai Bridge Resort with visits to floating restaurants on the River Kwai, an elephant kraal, death railway, and a train journey to Thakilen.

Take a day trip to Thung Yai Naresuan National Park

Kanchanaburi - Wat Tum Seu Temple

Kanchanaburi - Wat Tum Seu Temple, well that's how the sign there spells it but I reckon it is actually Wat Tham Sua if it was transliterated correctly, anyway this is four kilometers from the Wachiralongkorn Dam on the Mekhong River, and consist of 2 compounds, a Chinese Temple and a Thai one.
Now this place does make money, this picture they sell you roof tiles which you can sign for good luck, not sure how long the good luck lasts for as I am not sure how long those roof tiles last for.

(Kanchanaburi - Wat Tum Seu Temple)More info and pictures here

Kanchanaburi River Kwai Bridge

Kanchanaburi River Kwai Bridge was started to be built on the 16th of September 1942, the Japanese Engineers estimated it would take 5 years to build the bridge and the connecting railway to supply there troops in Burma going through the 3 Pagodas Pass, it was completed in 16 months, this was due mainly to the 61,000 prisoners of war of which about 16,000 of them died and around 200,000 Asian forced helpers, out of this lot just over 49,000 died due to disease etc, 21 months after it had been finished we bombed the fok out of it and crippled it.

The bridge was actually shipped over from Java to be assembled here.

They still have some of the old trains there and it has a load of restaurants and souvenier stalls to buy trinkets.

Also there are a few guest houses around this area starting from the 150baht per night range and raft restaurants and accomodation.

(Kanchanaburi River Kwai Bridge)More info and pictures here

Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple

Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple is actually about 40km from Kanchanaburi and about 6km from Saiyok, so I really don't understand why it is called Kanchanburi Tiger Temple, the original Temple is about a mile down the road and now they got some land to build their dreams, which don't involve a Temple, They got some Yankee gal and some other farang bird in there trying to get the money in.

Entrance to the Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple is 300baht and it closes at 4.30pm, you can get the bus there from Kanchanaburi and then walk the 2km up the road or get a taxi from Kanchanaburi.

So first up you got the walk with the Tigers, basically this comes down to Pra Acharn Phoosit Khantitharo wandering along following a tiger to the canyon, the tiger leads the way, foked if I would teach my Rotties to be the boss and lead the way, this

is the time you can stroke the beast if you so wish and they will take your camera and do the photoes of you, and then they come and gouge you, yep, 500baht for a picture of the nasty tigers with their head in your lap or 100baht for stroking the tiger, I mean fok me aint the 300baht entrance fee enough? obviously not.

They got some Yankee girl working there as a tour guide who is basically bored out of her head doing the same shite everyday and thought it would be exciting, and some other English speaking bird who tries to help out.

Anyway as I have loads of pictures of this I shall edit my main post tomorrow.

(Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple)More info and pictures here

Kanchanaburi Jeath War Museum

Kanchanaburi Jeath War Museum;
Now just to confuse the tourists there are actually 2 Jeath War Museums in Kanchanaburi, this one is about 300 meters from the River Kwai Railway Bridge, the other War Museum is about 3 kilometers away in the grounds of a temple at the junction of the Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi Rivers.

Entrance is 40baht and not a lot is explained and construction work is still going on, the picture of the Antique guns shows that they were locked up so nobody could steal them, but the bombs were just keft laying around on the tables.

On all their signage they had the word "Jeath" on it, this I believe is to try and confuse tourists into thinking this is the proper one when actually it is supposed to be called the "World war 2 Museum.

(Kanchanaburi Jeath War Museum)More info and pictures here

Kanchanaburi Chungkai War Cemetery

Kanchanaburi Chungkai War Cemetery is where they buried all the dead Prisoners of war that were held by the Japanese, this was the base camp for building the railway and the bridge over the River Kwai during world war 2, there are over 1,700 prisoners of war buried here in what used to be the hospital grounds, I think the ones that died while building the bridge, which is about 5kms away were just buried near where they dropped, there is parking for maybe 2 cars and the war cemetery is obviously not visited much as it is quite hard to find, got to admit though it is well kept, not sure who pays for this upkeep though.

(Kanchanaburi Chungkai War Cemetery)More info and pictures here


Kanchanaburi is arguably the most picturesque province in Thailand. Most famous for the Bridge on the River Kwai and the Death Railway that once traversed the entire length of the province as it wound its way through the jungle up to the Burmese border and beyond. Many tourists travel to Kanchanaburi to visit the historic bridge, the war cemetries and the museums that horrifically depict what life was like for the Allied POW's during WW2.

(Kanchanaburi)More info and pictures can be found here

Kanchanaburi Massage and Spa's

Suan Nanachaat Massage & Spa.
36/12 Moo 4, Nong Bua, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Tel: 081-9080201, 081-6999052 (English) Tel: 034 633356 (Thai)

Kanchanaburi Hotels and Guest Houses

Aek-pailin River Kwai Hotel

245 Moo4. Ladya-Arawan Rd., Wangdong, Muang Kanchanaburi 71190
Telephone: 034-587-555
Has Coffee shop, Lobby Lounge, Karaoke and swimming pool.

Apple's Guesthouse

52 Soi Rongheeb oay 3 Chaokhunnen Rd. Muang Kanchanaburi 71000
Telephone : (034) 512017 , 513457
Room Rates from 250baht per night.
Has a restaurant serving Thai dishes and European Food, also does cooking classes.

Baanploypratharn Resort

40 kms from downtown Kanchanaburi..

Baan Suan Fon Hotel

20/3 Moo 8, Kwai Yai River, Tambol Kaeng Sean, Amphur Muang,
Chinda Bridge, Kanchanburi, Thailand
Telephone: 034-624 587 - 89
The Rim Nam Restaurant is here and serves both Thai and International cuisine in a peaceful friendly atmosphere alongside the

Kwai Yai River..

Blue Star Guesthouse

241 Meanumkwai Road, Thamakam, Kanchanaburi.
Room Rates from 150baht per night.

Buritara Resort

66 Moo 6, Lum Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi.
Room Rates from 1,200baht per night. 38kms from Kanchanaburi town center.

Canaan Guest House

63 Taopoon Soi 2 Bannua, Kanchanaburi.
Room Rates from 100baht per night in dorm room.

Comsaed River Kwai Resort

19kms from Kanchanaburi Town Centre.
Room Rates from 1,800baht per night.

Duenshine Resort

99/9 Mu.3, T.Thamakham, A.MUang, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
Telephone: +66(0) 34 653369 - 70
Room Rates from 1,000baht per night.
Has a swimming pool and the Moon River Restaurant.

Felix River Kwai Resort

9/1 Moo3, Thamakham, Kanchanaburi.
Telephone: 034 515 061
Facilities; Swimming pool, suana, fitness center, Massage, jogging track, snooker room, Green Wave Pub and tennis courts.
Room Rates from 2,999baht per night.

Little Creek Hideaway Valley and Restaurant

Telephone: 034-510 127
Room Rates from as little as 100baht per night.
Has a swimming pool and The Lake restaurant here which serves European, Thai and Chinese food, also supposedly the only one in

Kanchanaburi with a proper Pizza oven.

Lube Phaya Resort

82/3 T. Wangdong Muang Kanchanaburi 71190
Telephone: 081-931-5252
Room Rates from 750baht per night.
Has restaurant, karaoke and snooker.

Mom Chailai Forest Retreat

291 Moo.4 Tumbol Thasao, Ampur Saiyoke, Kanchanaburi 71000
Room Rates from 3,000baht per night.

Nichigo Resort & Country Club

106 Moo 4, Wangdong, Kanchanaburi.
Room Rates from 900baht per night.
Country club and golf course.

Pavilion River Kai Resort

Rabieng-Thong Restaurant
Thahn-Ngern Restaurant
Pavilion Pub/ Karaoke Lounge
Pool Side Pavilion

Ploy Guest House

79/2 Mae Nam Kwai Rd.A. Muang, T. Thamakharn. Kanchanaburi
Room Rates from 550baht per night.

Pong Phen Guesthouse and Bungalows
Soi Bangladesh, River Kwai Road, Kanchanaburi
Telephone: 034 512 981
Thai style bungalows and their new guesthouse.
Room Rates from 120baht per night.
Has a restaurant serving Thai and Western food, and also has motorbikes for rent.

Pongsuda Chalet and Pongsuda Garden

61/1 Moo 1.Loomsoom. Sai Yok. Kachanaburi 71150
Telephone: 034 591 024
Room Rates from 2,000baht per night.
Has spa, swimming pool and restaurant.

Pung-Waan Resort & Spa

72/1 Moo 2 Tumbol Thamakham, Amphur Muang Kanchanaburi 71000
Telephone: 034 625 270-3
Rim Kwai Restaurant, offers Thai and International cuisine.
The Pool-Side Bar;
The Lobby Bar, Live Music in the evenings.
Floating Restaurant, Has Thai and International menu.
Sunset Cruise, Take a sunset cruise on their private raft.

River Kwai Botanic Garden Resort

30km from the main city On the Kwai noi River.

River Kwai Jungle House

378 Sangchuto Rd., Tumbol.Tharua, Ampur.Thamaka, Kanchanaburi 71130
Telephone: (034) 561052, (034) 561429
Has a Thai Restaurant.
Room Rates from 980baht per night.
Room Rates from 1,099baht per person per night.
Activities available include raft, fish, hike, trek, explore caves, swim, or simply just lie back in a jungle hammock

Sam's Guest House

48/1 Rong Heeb Oil Road, T. Thamakarm, A. Muang Kanchanaburi
Room Rates from 80baht per night.

The River Guesthouse

46 Soi Rong Heep Soi 2, T. Thamakham, A. Muang, Kanchanaburi
Room Rates from 250baht per night and also has raft rooms actually on the river.
Has a restaurant, pool table and free wireless internet connection.

The River Kwai Jungle Rafts

All rooms equipped with shower and proper toilet facilities.
2 restaurants rafts each seating 100 persons.
2 lounge & bar rafts.
2 threatrette rafts for Mon folk dance.

River Kwai Resotel

60 kilometers from Kanchanaburi city on the bank of Kwai Noi River.

River Kwai Hotel

Room Rates from 1,500baht per night.
They have a Motel situated next to the hotel "The River Inn". This Motel is a very affordable motel with standard

facilities and all the basic luxuries all rooms are 380baht per night. The River Inn has the following: Air (Fan), TV, hot and

cold water, double bed.

River Kwai Mansion Hotel

River Kwai Mansion Hotel

Room Rates from 420baht per night.

Kanchanaburi - Raft Guest Houses

Kanchanaburi - Raft Guest Houses, now some like the "Sugar Cane Guest House 2" at 7 Soi Cambodia, Kanchanaburi, have rafts from 400 to 550 baht per night, but these are the boring ones, they are just parked up, now a good one is "Pathomporn", this one charges 800baht for a raft house boat for the night, the good thing about this is instead of arranging treks and all that rubbish and having to sort out what you need to take for the day, this one just tows the bar and restaurant to where ever you want to go along the River Kwai, and when you get bored of where you are you just get them to tow you somewhere else.

The Legacy River Kwai resort

129 Moo 2, Tambon Klondoe, Amphur Darn Makham TiaKanchanaburi 71260 Thailand
Tel / Fax. +66 34 531-345, +66 34 531-456
26km from downtown Kanchanaburi and Room Rates 3,000baht per night.


1/14 Kwai River Rd., Thamakham, Muang, Kanchanaburi.
Room Rates from 150baht per night.

VN Guesthouse

44 Rongheeb Oil Rd. 2, Amphoe Muang, Kanchanaburi
Room Rates from 250baht per night.
Their restaurant overlooks the river and serves traditional Thai, Chinese and European dishes from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Kanchanaburi Bars and Restaurants

Krua Lung Ratt Restaurant

Krua Lung Ratt Restaurant Review

Fine Thanks

2/8 Songkwai Road, Baannua, Kanchanaburi
Telephone: 034 621152 - 034 621153
International Bar and Restaurant.
They have an air conditioned bar area With a large screen TV so you can watch the latest sporting events live via satellite TV. They also have a large outdoor patio and beer garden. With seating areas overlooking the River Kwai, soft music and another large projection TV screen.

Jolly Frog in Kanchanaburi

28, Soi China, Mae Nam Kwae Road, Kanchanaburi
Telephone: 034 514 579
Bar and Restaurant serving Thai and International food including steaks, pizzas, Thai soups,salads and curries and homemade breads.
Has rooms for rent for as little as 70baht per night, also they have the Jolly Frog Backpackers GuestHouse.

One of our members visits the Jolly Frog Restaurant

Kanchanaburi National Parks

Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park
Erawan National Park
Khao Laem National Park
Khuean Srinagarindra National Park
Lam Khlong Ngu National Park
Sai Yok National Park
Thong Pha Phum National Park