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Things to do in Kanchanaburi Province

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Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

1. Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

This full-day tour begins when you meet with the group and drive to ElephantsWorld. Learn about this sanctuary for old and rescued elephants, who will spend their remaining years well cared for in a natural environment. Help care for the animals by feeding them, gathering food and bathing them. Around noon, enjoy a buffet lunch before heading out to see the major attractions of Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, which is part of the infamous Death Railway, built by prisoners during World War II. Continue your tour with a stop at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the final resting place of 6,982 allied prisoners who died during the construction of the railway.

From Bangkok: Erawan National Park & Kanchanaburi Group Tour

2. From Bangkok: Erawan National Park & Kanchanaburi Group Tour

Tour the region of Kanchanaburi in West Thailand and uncover local history on this guided day trip. During this memorable day trip from Bangkok, visit the Death Railway which was put on the map by the 1957 movie, 'Bridge Over the River Kwai.' Begin at one of the country’s best-loved national parks, Erawan National Park. Connect with pristine nature at the Erawan Waterfall which has seven tiers, turquoise pools and a set of limestone caves at its base.  Continue to the JEATH Museum, dedicated to the Allied Prisoners of War who died building the Burmese railway. This museum is a sad yet important reminder of Thailand’s history. It’s thought that over 100,000 lives were lost during this period.  Finally, visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai. Have the chance to walk over the bridge, admire the impressive scenery, and take a moment to remember the past, before returning to your accommodations/meeting point at approximately at night. 

Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

3. Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

You’ll start your adventure with an early pickup before heading to the elephant sanctuary. ElephantsWorld is a conservation organization dedicated to helping these intelligent and proud creatures. Once there, you’ll listen to an introduction and safety briefing before preparing food for the elephants. Get down and dirty and give the elephants a mud bath before heading to the river to rinse them off. There will be some time to shower before you tuck in to a delicious buffet lunch. After helping yourself to delicious Thai dishes, feed the elephants the food you prepared earlier. At Erawan National Park, you’ll trek through the lush forests and caves before arriving at Erawan Waterfall. This famous seven-tiered beauty with its emerald pools is a great place to take a dip or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

4. From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

Learn about the construction of the Burma Railway, also known as the “Death Railway,” on this 10-hour historical tour to Kanchanaburi, approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will tour the well-kept War Cemetery, where the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers are tended. They perished while constructing the notorious "Death Railway,” which the Japanese had hoped would stretch all the way to the Burmese border. Uncover the terrible history of the railway at the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum, research, and information center dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway built during World War II. See the past recreated and relived with pictures and artifacts. You will also ride a train along the original Death Railway track, with a sumptuous lunch awaiting at the disembarkation station. Return to Bangkok in the late afternoon for your hotel drop-off.

From Bangkok: Death Railway & River Kwai Bridge Private Tour

5. From Bangkok: Death Railway & River Kwai Bridge Private Tour

Benefit from very early morning pickup at your hotel in Bangkok, and then travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle to Kanchanaburi, established in the late 18th century by King Rama I as a defensive outpost against attack from Burma. Visit the interactive Burmese Railway Museum, dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway built by the Empire of Japan in 1943. See period photos and models to get a better understanding about the background of what happened during World War II. Pay your respects at the War Cemetery and visit the memorial to some 6,000 Allied prisoners of war. Then, take a scenic train ride on the notorious Death Railway, constructed by prisoners of war on the orders of the Japanese. Break for a local lunch at a restaurant before exploring the local community of Pak Preak. Visit the house of a former member of the underground V Organization from the days of Japanese occupation before traveling back to Bangkok.

Bangkok: 2-Day River Kwai & Erawan National Park Tour

6. Bangkok: 2-Day River Kwai & Erawan National Park Tour

Day 1: In the early morning at 7:30AM, your personal guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby in Bangkok. You will begin with a visit to the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. Close to the market you will board a fast long-tail boat, which will bring you through the narrow "khlongs" to the market. At the market you will enjoy watching farmers selling fruit and many kinds of local products in their boats. If you want, you can take one of the paddle boats to cruise through the market (optional). Following this great experience, you will continue your trip to the bridge over the River Kwai, the Allied Forces Cemetery, and the JEATH war museum. You will then travel once more by long-tail boat to the Jungle Raft, a unique, floating hotel in the middle of the jungle, made from wood and bamboo. The resort offers a unique accommodation experience right on the flowing Kwai Noi River. All floating rooms are tucked into a floating bamboo lodge moored along the historic River Kwai Noi and surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle. At this "floatel", the historic River Kwai Noi flows underneath your bed. The walls are weaved from local bamboo decorated with wooden furniture reflecting the Mon living style (hotel subject to availability). Day 2: Following breakfast, your guide will take you by long-tail boat back to your private vehicle. After another 45 minutes to 1 hour of travel will take you to Erawan National Park, where you will find the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand: the Erawan Waterfalls. The waterfall consists of 7 plateaus, and you can hike to the highest level through a small jungle path. After reaching the top, you will still have plenty of time to discover the natural fish spas, see the natural shaped slides, and go for a swim. Following lunch, you will be taken back to your hotel in Bangkok.

Kanchanaburi: Erawan Waterfall & Train Full-Day Tour

7. Kanchanaburi: Erawan Waterfall & Train Full-Day Tour

You’ll start bright and early and head to Srinakarin Lake, built as a result of the Srinakarin Dam on the Kwai Yai River. The peaceful lake offers fantastic views of the reservoir and the surrounding mountains and forests. Admire the lakeside views and get your photos in before heading to your next destination.  Erawan National Park is named after the three-headed white elephant in Hindu mythology. The park is most famous for housing the Erawan Waterfall, a cascade that tumbles down seven tiers – said to resemble the god Erawan. Take a quick dip in the emerald green pools, scout the nearby caves, and take in the lush surrounding forest of the park before digging in to a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. Up next is the infamous Siam-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway. Ccatch a train and chug past stunning views of the Tham Krasae Bridge and River Kwai. You’ll end the day with a stop at the Bridge On The River Kwai, where you’ll learn about its cultural and historical significance while admiring fantastic views.

Kanchanaburi: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

8. Kanchanaburi: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

Take a relaxing break in the peaceful and natural surroundings of Elephants World. Visit the Erawan National Park and swim in the clear pools. Start your adventure by heading to the elephant sanctuary. Elephants World is an environmental conservation organization and animal rescue facility dedicated to helping ill, old and abused elephants. Listen to an introduction and safety briefing before preparing to feed the elephants. Get down and dirty and give the elephants a mud bath before heading to the river to rinse them off. There will be some time to shower before you tuck into a delicious buffet lunch. After helping yourself to delicious Thai dishes, feed the elephants the food you prepared earlier. At Erawan National Park, trek through lush forests and caves before arriving at Erawan Waterfall. Enjoy the impressive 7-tiered waterfall and emerald pools. Take a dip or simply relax and enjoy the abundance of native flora and fauna around you.

Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Hellfire Pass Private Tour

9. Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Hellfire Pass Private Tour

Meet and greet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Bangkok at 7 AM. Start your full day private tour to the highlights of Kanchanaburi province and the most important WW2 memorial sites. The drive to Kanchanaburi province will take about 2 hours. First, visit the JEATH war museum, war cemetery and the Bridge over the River Kwai. Learn about how the notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. Discover all of the bridge's history at the museum. Afterward, take a train ride on the Death Railway. After lunch and another 45min drive, see and learn more about the history at the Hell Fire Pass and Memorial. End the day with a visit to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the country, Saiyoke Noi. Enjoy time to relax and take in the beautiful environment. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bangkok.

2-Day River Kwai Highlights & Jungle Rafts Floating Hotel

10. 2-Day River Kwai Highlights & Jungle Rafts Floating Hotel

Begin your adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Bangkok and head to the west of Thailand, Kanchanaburi Province.  Start with a visit to the Thailand–Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand– Burma Railway. Next, visit the Allied War Cemetery which is commemorates the 6,000 allied prisoners of war who perished along the railway line and were moved after the war to this eternal resting place. Continue to the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of the Death Railway, constructed by Allied POWs. Afterward, take a long-tailed boat on the River Kwai to the floating hotel at River Kwai Jungle Rafts to have lunch. After lunch, journey downstream to Phu Takian Pier and visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. Then return to the rafts to enjoy your dinner, followed by a 45–minute presentation of traditional Mon Dance. Begin your second day with a visit to a Mon tribal village to learn about local traditions and customs. Trek through the jungle and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Take a ride on a historic train on the Death Railway, passing over an original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied prisoners of war. Transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok in the evening to conclude your two-day journey.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 811 reviews

We booked this trip as my Grandfather was a POW here in WWII and I thought it was important for my son to see what hell he had to injure. Our driver, Mr. Artie was a very lovely man. i booked him as a driver and NOT a guide, so his basic grasp of English was not a problem and his sweet nature and amazing command of Google translate more than made up for it. The whole day day was very emotional and could not be described as "fun" but humbling and enjoyable all the same. I made a decision half way through the morning that we would skip Hellfire Pass and go to Erawan Falls instead, as the subject matter is pretty dark at the cemetery, Jeath Camp and Kwai Bridge is pretty dark! It was the right decision, as the falls are stunning and a truly special experience! This trip was great value for money. Nearly 600km and 12hrs in a cab for 70quid is amazing value. Artie was a very lovely man and an excellent driver. Thank you Mr. Artie. ❤️❤️

What an incredible experience! We started off by washing watermelon and bananas for the elephants, loading them into the Ute and hand feeding the elephants. We then went and chopped down some grass/banana trees for the elephants to feed on, helped give them a mud bath and finished in the water with them giving them a scrub down. Lastly, we helped mush up and hand feed an old 79 year old elephant who was unable to eat as she had no teeth. We finished the morning off with a buffet lunch. The care and dedication the staff show to these animals is evident, and all staff were extremely knowledgeable and funny. I would highly recommend this place if you're looking for a conservationist way to interact and support the elephants.

My partner and I had a beautiful day driving with our amazing guide Angie. All the activities chosen gave us a good sense of Thailand’s history and beautiful natural wonders. We first stopped at the war museum and then saw the death railway that was built during WW2 by the prisoners of war. Angie then recommended us some delicious fruits that we bought from the local food stands. We then travelled an hour to the Erawan waterfalls. Angie walked us down to the first waterfall and then we had two hours to swim and explore the national park. Angie then kindly ordered us our lunch so that it was nice and hot by the time we finished. We had a lovely time with a lovely tour guide and would recommend this experience to everyone!

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Our guide Joe was very knowledgeable and approachable, and he helped us order a vegan me at one of the restaurants at the Death Railway station. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone interesting in knowing more about the history of the Thai-Burmese railway. I have learnt a lot of facts I was not aware of.

Erawan Falls was absolutely incredible. It took me a little longer to climb because I am not in good shape, but it was so worth it.