Kanchanaburi’s World War II history dominate the city. Death Railway, Bridge over the River Kwae and the Allied War Cemetery are all must visit places. But there is more to Kanchanaburi City. Rafting along the River Kwae, visiting Khmer temple ruins tour, or a day out shopping at the gemstone village are all popular diversions.
During WWII, Japanese forces used Allied prisoners of warb and conscripted Asian labourers to build a railway from Thailand to Burma (Myanmar). The harrowing events became famous after the publication of Pierre Boulle’s book The Bridge Over the River Kwai.
Kanchanaburi’s scenic riverside area becomes lively at night due to bars, karaoke bars and discos. Kanchanaburi is an ideal gateway to Thailand's west. There are some excellent national parks and an array of incredible riverside resorts to the north.
The Si Sawat loop takes you through rural roads running through farmland, dense jungle, and old forest. From Kanchanaburi, we head north through the Erawan National Park, towards Si Sawat. About 130 km north of Kanchanaburi, Si Sawat district is located on Highway 3199 and has many natural attractions. It is well known for its beautiful waterfalls, national parks and the dam.
Sai Yok National Park is a great place to stay, we leave the bikes and venture onto the river. Staying on a river house boat. We visit the Saiyok waterfall by rafting, and play in the waterfall.
Erawan National Park is one of those destinations you must see when touring Thailand. Most people come to explore the 7 levels of the stunning Erawan Waterfall and then go for a cooling swim in the middle of the jungle. The hike to the top of the waterfalltakes less than on hour each way.