25 Things To Do In Kanchanaburi, Thailand - Updated 2021

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When planning a trip, sometimes it’s impossible to fit everything in. If you’re in Thailand for just a few days, consider heading to Kanchanaburi, which has the feel of northern Thailand, while being within a few short hours from Bangkok. Kanchanaburi offers some great outdoor adventures and quality elephant parks. Lovers of nature will enjoy spending time in this scenic part of Thailand. There are parks in which you can hike and fascinating flora to admire. If you’re planning to visit this amazing destination, read this article to learn more about some of the best things to do in Kanchanaburi.

1. Plan a day at Erawan National Park

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Erawan National Park is best known for the Erawan Falls and its seven tiers of cascading water. The park also boasts many caves, such as Phartat Cave, known for its stalactites and stalagmites, and Ta Duang Cave, with its rock paintings. The park has trails crossing over it and is very easy to navigate. There is also golf cart transport, available for hire, within the park. The park is easily accessible from Kanchanaburi by bus or car. Buses leave about every hour and take about two hours to arrive at the park with the last bus generally leaving at 4pm. Sturdy shoes are quite helpful, as climbing the falls, especially the higher ones, can be slippery and rocky. Bring a bathing suit, as well, so you can swim in the falls! Check conditions before you go if the weather has been rainy. The falls do close occasionally, due to flooding.

Erawan National Park

Address: Erawan Falls, Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Price: entrance fee is about 8 USD

Opening Hours: everyday, 8am - 4:30pm

Contact: +66 34 574 222

Website: Erawan National Park

2. Witness the wildlife at Sri Nakarin National Park

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Sri Nakarin National Park was founded in 1981 and it holds a vast array of wild creatures, within its tropical forest. There are many, many beautiful caves within this national park that you can choose to visit. Cruising on the lake and hiking up to the waterfall are also popular activities within the park. You can get to the park via bus, boat, or car. If you are taking a car, ensure it is well maintained and powerful, as roads can be poorly maintained and difficult. Ideal months to visit are October - April.

Sri Nakarin National Park

Address: Amphoe Si Sawat, Kanchanaburi

Price: about 8 USD, less for children

Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm. Closed on public holidays.

Contact: +66 53 29 8068

Website: Sri Nakarin National Park

3. Drive to Thong Pha Phum National Park

4. Spend sometime at ElephantsWorld


ElephantsWorld is an animal-friendly, non-profit organization that offers quality time with elephants. Most of the elephants here are sick, abused, rescued, or old and most have lived very hard lives. ElephantsWorld has created a space for them to retire in peace. Their motto is: “We work for the elephants, the elephants do not work for us!” By signing up to help care for the elephants at ElephantsWorld, you are agreeing to a unique opportunity to care for these giant, gentle creatures, all while learning more about them.

ElephantsWorld offers a day program, overnight program, and multiple-week programs. When you schedule a day with ElephantsWorld, they can even pick you up right in Kanchanaburi! In order to make a reservation, the booking form must be filled out, on their website.

ElephantsWorld

Address: Wang Dong, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71190, Thailand

Opening Hours: Open everyday 10am - 4pm

Website: ElephantsWorld

5. Go on an adventure at Wat Tham Khao Pun

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Wat Tham Khao Pun is a cave and temple complex. The cave is easy enough to move throughout, though there are low ceilings and narrow passageways. There are many Buddhas around and inside the cave. You’ll see a reclining Buddha inside and a sitting one, again, at the exit. At the exit of the cave, there is also a small area with photos from the time the Death Railway was being built. Keep an eye out for bats as you wander through the cave! It’s worth a quick visit and fairly easy to get to. If you enjoy cycling, it is a fairly easy bike ride. Or taking a longtail boat from the Bridge over the River Kwai is a unique way to get there.

Wat Tham Khao Pun

Address: Nong Ya, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand

Price: about 1 USD

Opening Hours: 9am - 5:30pm

6. Pray at Wat Tham Sua

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This temple can be seen from afar, as you approach and it houses the largest Buddha image, in Kanchanaburi. When here you have the option to climb 157 steps to the top or take a round trip tram. The Buddha is situated outside, for all to see, as you approach. It was originally built in 1973 and is 18 meters high (about 60 feet), 10 meters wide (about 30 feet). There is a beautiful panoramic view of the Mae Klong River and lush green rice fields.

Wat Tham Sua, located on the hill top of Tumbon Tha Muang, is about 12 kilometers (about 7 miles) from Kanchanaburi and is an easy stop off, on the way to or from Bangkok.

Wat Tham Sua

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm; Saturday to Sunday: 8am - 4:30pm

7. Take a cooking class


Learn how to cook authentic Thai food at one of the cooking schools, in Kanchanaburi!

On’s Thai Isaan, is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that offers great food and great cooking classes! Here you’ll learn to make any three dishes on the menu and one dessert, in a relaxed environment, with a great teacher. Best of all you get to eat everything you make!

Apple & Noi Cooking is another great school, in Kanchanaburi. The course begins with a visit to a local market where you’ll learn how to pick out your ingredients. You will then be guided through making three savory dishes and one traditional dessert. At the end of all that hard work, you can sit back and enjoy the food!

On's Thai Issan

Address: 1 71000, 268/1 Maenamkwai Rd, Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand

Price: about 17 USD

Opening Hours: Classes run from 10am until 6pm

Duration: Classes last for 2 hours

Contact: +66 87 364 2264

Website: On’s Thai Issan

Apple & Noi Cooking

Address: 153/4 Sutjai Bridge Moo 4 Thamakham, Muang Kanchanaburi 71000 Thailand, Kanchanaburi, 71000, Thailand

Price: about 57 USD, price includes recipe book

Opening Hours: morning class from 9:30am - 2:30pm.

Duration: Classes last for 5 hours

Contact: +66 34 512 017

Website: Apple & Noi Cooking

8. Try a trekking tour (from USD 209.0)

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One of the most popular things to do, in northern Thailand, is trekking. But don’t think you can’t do that, in Kanchanaburi. Viator offers a great two-day tour, that takes you from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, visits some of the main WWII Death Railway sights, then boats down the river to do some trekking in the area of Hellfire Pass. Day 2 itinerary includes trekking to a local ethnic Mon tribal village.

2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafting

Duration: 2 days

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9. Go cycling in rural Kanchanaburi (from USD 5.0)

If you enjoy exploring rural areas, Kanchanaburi is the perfect place to do so. You can enjoy a short cycling tour through beautiful rice fields, and you can even spot some wildlife on your two-hour journey. As it is a relatively easy route, kids are also allowed to join the tour, making it perfect for family adventures.

Cycling in rural Kanchanaburi area

Duration: 1 to 12 hours

10. Enjoy stand-up paddleboarding (from USD 19.0)

Want to enjoy some water activities while in Kanchanaburi? If so, this two-hour activity might be the perfect way to start your day. Learn all about the basics of stand-up paddleboarding with the help of an experienced guide. While you enjoy an educational experience, you can admire the stunning scenery of River Kwai. The equipment will be provided for your convenience.

Private 2 hour morning SUP class for all ages and levels

Duration: 2 hours

11. Admire the beauty of Emerald Pool and Wareerak Hot Spring (from USD 52.0)

Boasting crystal clear waters, Emerald Pool and Wareerak Hot Spring are perfect for those who enjoy swimming while taking in gorgeous views. A perfect way to rejuvenate, this six-hour tour comes with a knowledgeable guide who will offer tourists a glimpse into the area’s history and culture. For your convenience, lunch is included with the package, along with hotel pickup and drop-off.

Full Day Emerald Pool and Wareerak Hot Spring Spa

Duration: 6 hours

12. Have an exciting time at Tree Top Adventure Park (from USD 44.0)

Ideal for thrill-seekers, Tree Top Adventure Park offers plenty of activities that outdoorsy travelers will surely love to try. You can zipline through a gorgeous lake all the way to a lush forest while you are here, allowing you to enjoy some stunning views. You can also spot some wildlife while skybiking. If you feel like relaxing afterward, there is a giant hammock in the park. This package comes with complimentary refreshing beverages to complete your adventurous trip.

Tree Top Adventures in Kanchanaburi

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13. Explore the attractions of Mallika City (from USD 6.0)

Experience both culture and lifestyle in Mallika City. Through this tour, you can visit Saphan Han, or Turnable Bridge, which can be moved to let boats pass by. You can also check out Ancient Market Zone, where you will find fresh produce. This package comes with dinner and an entertaining show for adults. To complete your experience, you can also enjoy the experience of wearing traditional Thai clothing.

Kanchanaburi Mallika City Ticket

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14. Visit Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

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Situated near the main road, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery can easily be accessed by car. Here, you will find the graves of those who fought during World War II. Right by the entrance of the cemetery is Kanchanaburi Memorial, which contains a list of names of Indian soldiers who died during the war and whose bodies were buried elsewhere, meant to honor them. There is a section that contains graves of other civilians within the premises as well.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Address: 284/66 Sangchuto Rd, Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

15. Discover the hidden gems of Khuean Srinagarindra National Park

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If you are seeking a quick retreat to nature, Khuean Srinagarindra National Park is a great place to visit, boasting scenic waterfalls and several wildlife species. There are also caves to explore during your visit, such as Tham Phra Prang Khuean, which houses a large golden Buddha statue, and Tham Sawan, which features paintings from prehistoric times. The site offers stunning mountain views. It is definitely a wonderful place for serene moments with your loved ones.

Khuean Srinagarindra National Park

Address: Mae Kra Bung, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand

16. See historical artifacts at JEATH War Museum

JEATH War Museum, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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The unique name of this museum is an abbreviation of different countries to commemorate more than 15,000 prisoners of war. Featuring photographs and other creative works that depict the construction of the railway, this museum is a great destination for history enthusiasts. Here, you can also see the setting of the camps back then, where the prisoners of war were held during the construction period. There are also exhibits of firearms and bombs as well as utensils used by the prisoners.

JEATH War Museum

Address: Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand

Website: JEATH War Museum

Opening hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm (daily)

17. Observe the ruins at Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park

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Acknowledged as a historical park in 1987, this iconic attraction in Kanchanaburi is an architectural wonder that was built during the Khmer Empire. It features four monuments, with the main monument being the largest and found in the center of the area. Some human remains and tools used by those people have been recovered here. It is situated near the Kwan Noi River and is surrounded by lush trees, offering tourists gorgeous views while they are here.

Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park

Address: Sas Castle History Park, Muang Sing, Sing, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand

Opening hours: 8am - 4:30pm (daily)

18. Enjoy shopping at JJ Night Market Kanchanaburi

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If you want to explore some cheap finds while you are in town, you may want to head to JJ Night Market Kanchanaburi. You can find plenty of local items while you are here, from clothing to delicious ready-to-eat food. Enjoy an authentic Thailand experience by trying out different street foods. As it is situated near the railway station, it can easily be accessed by tourists.

JJ Night Market Kanchanaburi

Address: Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand

Opening hours: 6pm - 10pm (daily)

19. Witness stunning rock formations at Kaeng Lawa Cave

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Boasting beautiful rock formations that are worth checking out, Kaeng Lawa Cave is the largest cave in town. You will find Khun Kitti bats in their natural habitat, which are the smallest in the world, and there are also Buddha statues inside the natural attraction. Note that it can be dark inside, so you may want to bring a torch to see more of its magnificent structure.

Kaeng Lawa Cave

Address: Wang Krachae, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 200 Baht (6.43 USD)

20. Appreciate the beautiful Sai Yok Yai Waterfall

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Found within Sai Yok National Park, Sai Yok Yai Waterfall boasts gorgeous limestone cliffs and is the most well-known attraction in the area. While it may not be a large waterfall, it is definitely worth seeing, especially for nature lovers, as it offers picture-perfect views of clear waters and lush trees. Do not forget to snap some shots while you are here. The parking area can easily be accessed by tourists for convenience.

Sai Yok Yai Waterfall

Address: Sai Yok, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand

21. Have some local treats at Keeree Mantra Kanchanaburi

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Keeree Mantra Restaurant on Friday, May 7, 2021

If you are looking to explore the local cuisine, Keeree Mantra Kanchanaburi is a great place to start. This establishment offers comfort food as well as gorgeous views, allowing visitors to enjoy a more enjoyable dining experience. Betel leaf salad and Thai steamed fish cakes are some of the must-try dishes of this restaurant. There is also a lush garden where you can enjoy tranquil walks before or after you savor your delicious meals.

Keeree Mantra Kanchanaburi

Address: 88/8 Moo 4, Saeng Chuto Road, Nong Bua, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71190, Thailand

Website: Keeree Mantra Kanchanaburi

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

22. Explore Death Railway Museum

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Death Railway Museum offers visitors an immersive experience, featuring detailed exhibits that showcase the Thailand-Burma Railway’s history, which was built during World War II. It is situated near Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, where the graves of the prisoners of war during the construction of the railway are located. There are also videos and other artifacts to explore in the museum. This attraction is perfect for those who want to know more about the rich past of the area.

Death Railway Museum

Address: 73 Chao Khun Nen Rd, Ban Nuea, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand

Website: Death Railway Museum

Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (daily)

23. Stroll through Pak Prak Heritage Street

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Posted by Pak Prak Heritage Street, Kanchanaburi on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Known as the town’s oldest street, this bustling street is a wonderful destination for culture enthusiasts. Here, you will find several dining options as well as shops where you can purchase local accessories and leather goods. You can explore the cafes within the premises, and try delicious local coffee and delicacies during your visit. Admire historic structures that feature both Chinese and European architecture as you stroll through the bustling street.

Pak Prak Heritage Street

Website: Pak Prak Heritage Street

24. Experience tranquility at Wat Ban Tham

Wat Ban Tham
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Wat Ban Tham is a Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi that features a unique cave worth exploring. To get to the Buddha statue, you will have to climb a few flights of stairs. You can also climb the hill to enjoy some tranquil views while you are here. Today, you can still find monks here, and this beautiful attraction offers the perfect place for meditation while you take in stunning views of the surroundings.

Wat Ban Tham

Address: Khao Noi, Tha Muang District, Kanchanaburi 71110, Thailand

Website: Wat Ban Tham

25. Take photos of the Giant Raintree

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One of the most popular attractions in the area, Giant Raintree is over a century old. If you seek a tranquil escape into nature, this beautiful site can offer visitors just that. There are colorful cloths wrapped around the trunk of the tree as the locals believe that there are spirits living amongst old trees. You will find a nearby temple known as Guan Im Sutham, which is a must-visit as well.

Giant Raintree

Address: Ko Samrong, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand

Website: Giant Raintree

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm; Sat - Sun: 8:30am - 5pm

A great city!

Kanchanaburi is a great city, with a lot to offer, from it’s WWII history to the amazing national parks that surround the region. Enjoy your time visiting!

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