Kanchanaburi Shopping : What to Buy & Eat
The River Kwai is a very famous river in Thailand, made especially famous during WWII during the brutal history of the Thailand-Burma railroad where thousands of prisoners of war perished during the construction.
While the offerings at most souvenir stalls and open-air markets do not often stray beyond typical tourist knick-knacks, Kanchanaburi can be an exciting place to shop for quality gemstones. You will find brilliant sapphires along with other precious and semi-precious stones at nearly every souvenir stall at various tourist attractions. But if quality is your biggest concern, then head over to Bo Ploi.
The eastern approach to the Bridge over the River Kwai is one other area worth checking out. These stalls feature a diverse collection of crafts and home décor items, including bamboo crafts, readymade wear, Thai musical instruments, ceramics, lacquerware, bronzeware, paper parasols, silk and gemstones.
Bo Ploi Jewelry Handicraft Centre
If your eyes glow and heart pounds with every time you see sparkling little gemstones, a trip to Bo Ploi is a must. This small village is home to one of Thailand’s most active industrial gemstone mining industries, and Bo Ploi Jewelry Handicraft Centre is where you can watch how these precious and semi-precious stones, particularly blue sapphire, onyx and ruby, are honed and fashioned into dazzling rings, brooches and penchants. Bring more cash than necessary, as you will need it.
This three-storey shopping mall is where to go for brand-name clothes and electrical goods. Imagine Bangkok’s MBK meets a hypermarket. You will find a decent supermarket and individual shops on the lower floors. The top floor is an indoor market for cell phones, phone accessories, VCDs and home entertainment items.
Cheap eats and a colorful open-air market scene await you at the two Kanchanaburi Night Markets, great places to interact with the locals and to bargain for goods. The two markets are located near the bus station and the train station, and the best time to go is after sunset until 21:00.
Things to Eat at J.J. Night Market
Kanchanaburi Night Market has a full lane dedicated to selling all the yummy goodies. Without any further ado, here are 11 things to eat at the Kanchanaburi Night Market!
▪ Look Choop Candy (Thai Mung Bean Dessert)
▪ Seafood/Corn Pancake
▪ Pork-balls/Sour Pork
▪ Butter Toast
▪ Quail Eggs
▪ Tapioca Pancakes
▪ Mango Sticky Rice
▪ Khanom Buang (Thai Crepe)
▪ Khao Kriap Pak Maw
▪ Seafood Omelette
▪ Deep Fried Pork/Chicken
River Kwae Park
Like most tourist attractions in the country, the areas flanking the eastern approach of the Bridge over the River Kwae are never short of things to buy. Dozens of stalls sell every kind of crafts and goods imaginable, from blue-and-white porcelain ware, handmade bamboo products and marble accessories to Thai musical instruments, gemstones, silk and clothing. Shopping here is more part of a sightseeing experience than a highlight on its own, as you will likely find the same items at any outdoor market across Kanchanaburi.