Things Must Do in Kanchanaburi
Peppered with a wealth of natural and historical attractions, Kanchanaburi features a host of sightseeing opportunities no matter where you go. But a trip to Kanchanaburi can certainly be more than a war remembrance, as it offers an endless number of recreations and natural excursions.
1. Ride a cable car to a stunning temple with breathtaking views – Wat Tham Sua
This temple sits on a hill top, and you can take a short cable car ride to visit it – or climb 157 steps to reach the top. Panoramic views of rural Kanchanaburi with rice paddies, the mountain range, and river stretching far beyond the horizon are unbelievably picturesque.
2. Bridge over the River Kwai (Kwae)
This reconstructed iron-rail bridge has become the immortal symbol of the Death Railway’s 414-km stretch. Linking the two sides of the Kwai Yai River, the bridge is perhaps the most photographed landmark in Kanchanaburi and has attracted travelers from all corners of the world. You can walk on it and cross over to the other side of the river, but be careful of trains (twice a day) and motorcycles sharing the narrow path. It is a good idea to drop by the JEATH War Museum before you actually head to the bridge, to learn about its history and stories behind the construction of the Death Railway.
3. Dress in the old Siam attire and chill – Malika R E 124 Village
Malika R E 124 is the newest, exciting attraction in Kanchanaburi that you definitely have to visit. It is a fun activity that gives you the opportunity to ‘live’ in Thailand during 1903 – when it was called Siam and was considered the Golden Age of Thailand! Staff dress and talk as if they were authentically living back in that time – and you will see how they prepare, cook food, work, and live their lives over 100 years ago.
4. Travel back in time and witness the ingenuity of Khmer architects – Muang Singh Historical Park
You don’t need to go to Cambodia to witness the fallen civilization of Khmer empire. Less than an hour’s drive from Kanchanaburi’s city center, Mueng Singh (or Lion City) Historical Park was once the last outpost of Angkor back in the 12th century. After you enter the park, there are several buildings and small ruins throughout the park.
5. Take a boat to this jungle spa and pamper yourself! – Rock Valley Hot Spring and Fish Spa
Hidden in the lush jungle by the bank of River Kwai, Rocky Valley Hot Spring and Fish Spa is your relaxation destination like no other. You can try the natural mud face and body mask – either the black mud or yellow mud (Burmese Tanaka Powder). After the facial, make your way to 15 different hot springs and soak your stresses away.
The blend of history during WWII, abundance of incredible nature and rich culture make Kanchanaburi an ideal travel destination – whether you decide to take a day trip, or spend a week or a month.