One of the best ways to go sightseeing the city of Kanchanaburi is to take a long-tail boat ride along the River Kwai: it is well worth a go. The trip lasts approximately 2 hours and allows not only picturesque views of the beauty of the city from its River Kwai’s side, but it also allows you to explore 3 unique places: World War II Chungkai Cemetery, Khao Poon Underground Cave Temple, and The JEATH World War II Museum.
Jet ski on the River Kwai
Have you ever ride a Jet ski on a tropical river? You can join an unforgettable Jet ski adventure on the famous River Kwai. Guided by an experienced instructor, this self-cruising Jet ski activity is a good way to enjoy the nature along the mountain and jungle, and explore the wildlife, temples, fish farm, and animals. No experience is required for the riders and it is safe for either solo, group or family travelers.
The floating market is a complete contrast to how people shop for food in the west, and are made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful and succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats – gently plying their way through the canal, selling as they go. It is one of the most popular Thai sightseeing experiences and not to be missed. If you want to take a closer look, your local Thai guide will help you organize a local boat ride through the markets.
Cycling the River Kwai
Bicycle touring offers you the perfect means to explore a region rich in history with a stunning forested landscape. Leaving the bikes beside the tracks, you will ride one of the most thrilling and scenic sections of the Death Railway still in operation today. The biking in Kanchanaburi is small back roads and many unsealed tracks. Bike touring is a unique way to experience the natural unseen countryside of Kanchanaburi.
The Famous River Kwai with Its Best Activities in Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is a land forever cloaked in history as the province boasts a beautiful natural landscape of dense tropical jungles, crisscrossing rivers, and waterfalls. Renowned across the globe for its famous WWII landmarks – Bridge over the River Kwai and the Death Railway – this westernmost province was enclosed by verdant forests and the most scenic rail route in the country.
The River Kwai, more correctly Khwae Noi or Khwae Sai Yok, rises to the east of the Salween in the north-south spine of the Bilauktaung range near, but not over the border with Burma. It begins at the confluence of Ranti, Songkalia and Bikhli Rivers. At Kanchanaburi it merges with the Khwae Yai River to form the Mae Klong River, which empties into the Gulf of Thailand at Samut Songkhram. The idyllic Kwai Noi River cuts through lush valleys flanked by sheer cliffs on both sides, making for a great river journey by a bamboo raft or long-tail speedboat.
In this article, we have compiled some exciting activities that the River Kwai has to offer:
Take a long-tail boat ride down the river