Bangkok is an amazing city and has enough to offer to spend your time here for weeks in a row, whether it’s in the immediate area of the inner city or the surroundings and other nearby cities, parks, and islands. It is impossible to explain everything there is to do in Bangkok and its surrounding areas in just one blog, so this specific blog will be about the potential daytrips you can undertake from Bangkok. All of these trips can be done in a day, as that’s the whole definition of a day trip. But if you want to spend more time at the location, it is always possible.
The Erawan Waterfalls are located in Kanchanaburi and are among the best waterfalls in Thailand. First things first, something about the waterfall itself, it is part of a national park which was founded in 1975. The area is located in West Thailand in the Tenasserim Hills, these hills are located in the province named Kanchanaburi. Kanchanaburi is a province famous for the River Kwai and will be named later in another possible daytrip.
The whole national park consists out of 81% dense forest and consists of multiple limestone hills with elevation ranging from 165 to 996 meter above sea level. These hills and the water flowing down from these elevations form the famous Erawan Waterfalls. The Waterfalls are a perfect place to explore the real jungle and enjoy a refreshing swim in the waters surrounding the waterfall. Many birds can be heard around the park creating a refreshing atmosphere with the sound of animals and flowing water coming together.
The park is best accessible from Bangkok with private vans that you can book from most hotels or travel agents. Ask around at your hotel for possible day tours from Bangkok so that you do not have to worry about it. Be prepared to wake up a bit earlier for this activity as it is a bit of a trip, but it is most definitely worth it.
Ayutthaya is a city and the capital of the province that shares the same name as the city. The city was founded around 1350 and became the second capital of Siam (modern day Thailand). Nowadays it is mainly an ancient city worth paying a visit. The city was invaded by the Burmese in 1767 and thus almost entirely burnt to the ground, but the remains still showcase the fascinating history of the Ayutthaya kingdom. These ruins became officially recognized in 1991, this was the year that the historical city became an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site is located only 85 kilometres away from Bangkok and thus form a perfect day trip from the city. The historical city is a perfect place to enjoy exploring as you can take your time to explore all the ruins and have some nice meals without all the business of Bangkok surrounding you. One of the most suggested things to do in Ayutthaya is to rent a bicycle and actually cycle around. Bikes are cheap to hire and the area is perfect to explore with this transport method as the traffic will not ride you off your bike in about 5 minutes unlike Bangkok.
The best way to get to Ayutthaya is by taking the train from the Bangkok train station, the train leaves approximately every 2 hours and takes 2 to 3 hours as well. If you would like some more comfort and do not mind spending a little bit more money, a coach or a van would be a great option, which can best be taken at the Mo Chit BTS Station.
Kanchanaburi City and Bridge over River Kwai
Almost everyone knows the world famous historical bridge over the River Kwai, the horrific history that played its part in these areas during the Second World War. Many people will have gotten to know the bridge through the famous movie that has the same name as the bridge, while others might even had family members which were Prisoners of Wars during the Thai-Burma Railway construction. The bridge brings sad memories with itself of tragedy and war, but the bridge is also seen as a point of remembrance, a point of perseverance, that even after all these wars and all the sadness, life will continue once again.
The bridge is located in the city of Kanchanaburi, which is the capital of the Kanchanaburi province in which the Erawan waterfalls are located as well. The city itself is a nice quieter city which offers a combination between a more relaxed Thai culture, beautiful surroundings and an immensely rich history. The city has a war memorial for all of the prisoners of war that did not make it. 6982 POWs were buried here, most of them from Australian, British and Dutch origin. Explore the city by walking over the world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai, pay your respects at the Kanchanaburi War Memorial and explore the rest of the city.
Kanchanaburi city is easily reachable from Bangkok. You can take an authentic train towards the city and spend an hour or 3 looking outside to the stunning view of the Thai landscape. If the train is not your forte, you can always go to one of the many travel agents available in Bangkok or to your hotel and ask for transport options towards Kanchanaburi City.
Thank you for reading this Top 3 of Daytrips from Bangkok, we hope you will have a great time at these destinations and continue your exploration of Thailand with a big smile on your face!