Hey, you! Are you living in Bangkok and are you really in need of an escape from your busy daily life in the big city of Bangkok? Or are you traveling in Bangkok and already done with its hustle and bustle from day one? Then you are at the absolute right place here, do not quit reading, because I have just found the perfect solution for you! I am talking about Kanchanaburi!
Kanchanaburi is the largest province of West Thailand and the third largest province of the whole country. Only a 2.5-hour drive away from Bangkok, a beautiful area consisting of mountainous landscapes, tropical forests and a rich variety of fauna and flora can be found. Kanchanaburi is especially well-known for the two main rivers passing through the province, the River Kwai Yai and the River Kwai Noi, and the province’s history regarding World War II.
Its must-visit attractions
By far the most popular place to visit is the Bridge over the River Kwai. During World War II this bridge was built by Prisoners of War from America, England, Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand and by many Asian slave laborers, all under the reign of Japan. The Bridge over the River Kwai is part of the Death Railway, also known as the Thailand-Burma Railway. Due to the cruel circumstances thousands of people lost their lives during the construction. It is an interesting tourist attraction to visit, you can walk over the bridge and there is still a small tourist training running as well.
Moreover, a few interesting museums, also related to World War II and the Death Railway, can be found here. The interactive Thailand-Burma Railway Museum is located near the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, another interesting place to visit. The museum provides an exhibition of the Death Railway’s history regarding the construction, its geography, how it was to live in the POW camps, the deaths, the operation and the end of the railway. The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, established by the Australian Government, consists of information regarding the Hellfire Pass’ origin and general information regarding World War II. A collection of photographs, data and equipment used during the construction can be found here. While walking the nature trail and thinking about what happened during World War II, you will be left speechless.
Kanchanaburi has even more to offer than these places and their impressive history. In the province two popular national parks can be found, Erawan National Park and Sai Yok National Park. Both of these parks feature a beautiful variety of fauna and flora. Waterfalls, caves and walking trails are the features that make these parks so attractive to visit. The very popular seven-tiered Erawan Waterfall can be found in the Erawan National Park.
5 Recommended places to stay in Kanchanaburi
Besides the province’s amazing attractions, its accommodations can be the reason for a visit too. I can recommend the following five accommodations in Kanchanaburi, based on very interesting concepts.
The FloatHouse River Kwai
The FloatHouse River Kwai is located on the River Kwai and surrounded by nothing but jungle. Experience a peaceful stay amidst the beautiful nature while sleeping in a luxury floating villa on the river.
River Kwai Jungle Rafts
River Kwai Jungle Rafts is, just like the previous floatel, also located on the River Kwai. This floating resort differentiates itself by applying a concept of ecological conservation, the entire resort does not have electricity and there is no Wi-Fi present. Rather they make use of kerosene lamps which ensure a truly romantic atmosphere throughout the whole resort. The ultimate getaway to enjoy a slow life experience.
Hintok River Camp @ Hellfire Pass
Hintok River Camp is a luxury tented camp located along the River Kwai and nearby Hellfire Pass. This glamping paradise is the perfect accommodation to experience a stay right in the heart of the jungle without losing your preferred luxury. The spacious tents feature rich in-room facilities and a private bathroom. The Hintok River Camp takes camping to a whole other level.
Home Phutoey River Kwai
Home Phutoey River Kwai, located amidst the nature and overlooking the River Kwai, conserves the traditional style of log cabin homes. The boutique log cabin homes ensure a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Additionally, Treetop Adventure Park is located in the resort, the perfect place for adventure-seekers.
River Kwai Resotel
River Kwai Resotel is nestled on the bank of the River Kwai. This impressive jungle eco-styled resort is a serene hideaway surrounded by verdant greenery and large mountain cliffs.