Kanchanaburi is located in western Thailand with beautiful scenery of mountains, rivers, and waterfalls with rich natural resources. It is the third-largest province in Thailand and connected with the Myanmar border. In the late-18th century, Kanchanaburi was established by King Rama I as a defensive outpost against possible Burmese attacks along an old invasion route through the Three Pagodas Pass on the Thai and Myanmar border. The old town of Kanchanaburi was located near Ban Lat Ya, a small village situated approximately 16 kilometers north of the present town. The present provincial capital is a relatively newer town built by King Rama III in 1833. Later, Kanchanaburi, also known for the history of WWII for the Japanese used Allied prisoners of war to build the infamous ‘Death Railway’ along this same invasion route, from Choom Thang Nong in Thailand to Than Be Au Sa Yai in Myanmar. Throughout time, Kanchanaburi is full of the natural forest landscape and locals most engage in agricultural activities. The province’s population is made up of Thai, Mon, and Karen peoples, most of whom are rural dwellers who enjoy living simply and respecting nature.
Things to do in Kanchanaburi
Engage and explore with nature
Kanchanaburi is well known for ecotourism. Because of its magnificent landscape and charming beauty, Kanchanaburi has become a major tourist destination, with attractions including several well-known Erawan waterfalls, caves that were once inhabited by Neolithic man, pristine national parks, tranquil rivers, virgin forest, and several large reservoirs. Together, these attractions offer an intriguing experience for both first-time and repeat visitors. Enjoy your trip with rafting, canoeing, elephant and jungle trekking or even living in a bamboo raft.
Travel back in Time to WWII period
WWII has taken a significant history in Kanchanaburi. There are many sites you can visit to learn and explore WWII history, for example, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, JEATH War Museum, Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and World War II Museum and Art Gallery. Furthermore, taking the historical train route from River Kwai to Thamkra Sae is also known as Death Railway Station to explore to get an idea of the circumstances of making the railway through the Myanmar border during WWII. It will be an all-time fortune to see the best panorama view of history.