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Attractions in Kanchanaburi

The province is rich in natural resources, the major tourist destinations in the province. She also has a long history which is dated back to the 4th century and memorials from World War II. As the home of 7 national parks, the province covers vast areas of dense forests with several beautiful waterfalls, caves, hot springs and many species of wildlife. The ancient civilizations have left traces that can be seen in the archaeological sites and cultural centers. There are also a number of temples, some with Burmese influences. The main attraction is certainly the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. In World War II, the black iron bridge was brought by the Japanese army from Java to Thailand and is known as part of the 'Death Railway' which was build with the help of prisoners of war. The War Museum and the cemeteries remind us of this tragic time. Here we introduce you to the most popular sights.

Recommended Attractions

1 The Bridge on the River Kwai

Location : Mueang District The Bridge on the River Kwai Thanks to several films and books, the Bridge on the River Khwae has become notoriously famous and attracted both Thais and foreigners to the site. If an ordinary black iron bridge can tell a story, you can be sure it's a dramatic one.

The bridge spans across Kwai Yai River which is a branch of Maenam Mae Klong. During the Japanese occupation of Thailand in World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army brought the iron bridge from Java. It was then reassembled by Allied Prisoners of War (POW) under Japanese supervision. The bridge was part of a strategic railway route to Myanmar in which the Japanese aimed to secure supplies with which to conquer other western Asian countries. It was 415 kilometers long (about 303 kilometers in Thailand and about 112 kilometers in Burma) and passed through the Three Pagoda Pass in Sangkhlaburi District, the northern most part of Kanchanaburi province. Construction started on September 16, 1942 at Nong Pladuk, and was completed on 25 December 1943. It is estimated that over 16,000 POWs from England, Australia, Holland and America died while building the bridge which was a target of bombing raids in 1945. In addition to this, approximate 90,000 laborers from Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia died during its construction.

Rebuilt after WWII, the bridge is still in use today with the curved portions of the bridge being that of the original. An attraction of note is the annual light and sound event at the bridge to commemorate the Allied attack in 1945. The railway currently ends at Ban Tha Sao or Namtok Station, a distance of some 77 km. from Kanchanaburi Station. A special train running from Bangkok to Namtok Station is available on weekends and national holidays.

How to get there
The bridge is located about 4 kilometers west of the city center. It is best to take a bus or train to get to the bridge.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. – 06:30 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1778 and 0 3451 5208

2 The Death Railway

Location : Mueang District The Death Railway Constructed during World War II, the Thailand to Burma railway is also known as the Death Railway. It is said that one man died for every sleeper that was laid on the track. The line was repaired and restored after the war and still runs passenger services as far as Nam Tok to the north of Kanchanaburi with the most famous section of the line being the Bridge over the River Kwai. The railway beyond Nam Tok is no longer in existence, but sections such as the infamous Hellfire Pass have been reclaimed and can be visited as part of a tour for those interested in the history of the railway and the part it played in the Second World War. For railway buffs, look out for the old locomotives that are in position outside Kanchanaburi train station and the River Kwai station.
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1200 and 0 3451 2500 (TAT)

3 Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum

Location : Sai Yok District Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum was built by Australia and the Royal Thai Armed Forces Development Command and inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Australia in late April 1998. The 200-square-meter exhibition area shows the life and death of prisoners of war, the construction of the track, tools, paintings, drawings, a short film about the construction of the line and personal items of prisoners of war such as letters and clothing. Two paths lead from the museum to the Hellfire Pass - the concrete path and the bamboo path. It is recommended to take the bamboo path which the POW used when they went to work. The trail leads through bamboo groves and offers a top view of the entrance of the pass. For intrepid visitors there is also a 4 km long hiking trail that starts at Hellfire Pass and includes several infamous parts of the track. About 170 meters after the Hellfire Pass is the River Kwai Noi vantage point from which you can overlook the entire valley.

How to get there
The site is located in a thick forest near Km. 64-65 of the Sai Yok - Thong Pha Phum Road (Highway No. 323).
Opening Hours Daily from 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 3451 2410

4 Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak)

Location : Mueang District Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak) The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (known locally as the Don-Rak War Cemetery) is the main Prisoner of War (POW) cemetery associated with victims of the Burma Railway. It is located on the main road (Saeng Chuto Road) through the town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand, adjacent to an older Chinese cemetery. It was designed by Colin St Clair Oakes and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There are 6,982 former POWs buried there, mostly Australian, British and Dutch. It contains the remains of prisoners buried beside the south section of the railway from Bangkok to Nieke apart from those identified as Americans, whose remains were repatriated.

There are 1,896 Dutch war graves, the rest being from Britain and the Commonwealth. Two graves contain the ashes of 300 men who were cremated. The Kanchanaburi Memorial gives the names of 11 from India who are buried in Muslim cemeteries.

How to get there
The cemetery, which is located on Saengchuto Road (Highway 323), Muang District, opposite the Railway Station, just 1.5 kilometers from the TAT office.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:30 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission 100 - 120 Baht (Price are subject to change)

5 Mon Bridge

Location : Sangkhla Buri District Mon Bridge The Mon Tribal Village is a small ethnic village at the northern end of the Vajiralongkorn Dam. The village is inhabited by the Mon tribe which still lead a simple life. It has become a magnet for tourists who want to explore the life and culture of the tribe up close. Many tour operators offer half or full day tours to the village which usually include a performance of Mon dancers and local food. For longer stays, private accommodations and a few small guesthouses are available. However, the highlight there is without doubt the longest wooden bridge in Thailand, the famous Mon bridge, that connects the Mon Tribal Village with Sangkhlaburi.

How to get there
Traveling approximately 200 kilometers from Kanchanaburi city area, along the highway number 323, you will reach Taungpaapoom district. Then, turn right at the T-junction and continue for 74 kilometers.
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1200 and 0 3451 2500 (TAT)

6 Wat Pa Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno (Tiger Temple)

Location : Sai Yok District Tiger Temple The Tiger Temple, or Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno, was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals. Here, various types of animals such as barking deer, deer, wild pigs, gibbons, peacocks, horses, water buffalo, goats and tigers live together peacefully. There is also an exclusive morning program and an evening program.

How to get there
The temple is 37 kilometers far from Kanchanaburi on highway no. 323. You could take the Kanchanaburi-Sangkhlaburi public bus and get off at Km. 21 on the main road. Then walk about 2 kilometers from the main road to the temple.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:30 am. - 03:45 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 3453 1557 (Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yanasampanno Foundation)

7 Ancient Temple Muang Badan (Underwater-world)

Location : Sangkhla Buri District Ancient Temple Muang Badan (Underworld) Muang Badan is the former Wang Wiwekaram Temple which was submerged in water in 1979 after the Vachiralongkorn dam was built. In the rainy season it is almost completely under water but during the dry season he emerges from the waters and it is possible to visit him. If the water level is very low you even can walk to the temple.
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1200 and 0 3451 2500 (TAT)

8 Testing Your Mettle on Khao Chang Phuak

Location : Thong Pha Phum District Khao Chang Phuak Khao Chang Phuak is located within the Thong Pha Phum National Park ranges above sea level at 1,249 meters. Pha Phum’s highest peak of Chang Phuak is visible from here. it ranks as the 13th highest mountain in Kanchanaburi and the 341st highest mountain in Thailand. Adventurers can hike up to enjoy the splendid and amazing view all year round.

How to get there
Take the highway 323 (Kanchanaburi - Thong Pha Phum), before arrive Thong Pha Phum District, there is an intersection to Sangkhla Buri District. Take a left turns and follow the road for 40 km. to the Park Headquarters.
Administered by Thong Pha Phum National Park, Thong Pha Phum District
Contact Tel. 0 3453 2114

9 The Hindad Hot Spring

Location : Thong Pha Phum District The Hindad Hot Spring The Hindad Hot Spring is set alongside a tree shaded, cool river. Built to contain plentiful quantities of hot water during World War 2 by the Japanese forces, the Hindad 3 pools are large enough for swimming and relaxing. With the cool stream of a natural river running just a few feet away, a quick dip from the hot to the cold waters completely relaxes every muscle in your body. Thai massage is also available on site for a minimal fee.

The hot spring was once known as Kuimang Hot Spring. It is a natural hot spring with temperatures of 45 to 55 degrees Celsius. The spring was discovered by a Japanese soldier during World War II. Later 2 pools where built for swimming and relaxing. It is believed that the mineral water here can cure many kinds of diseases, including beriberi and rheumatism. Curiously, there is a cold stream running past the pools where you can cool off from the hot bath to stimulate the blood circulation.
Opening Hours Daily from 06:00 am. - 10:00 pm.
Admission 10 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1200 and 0 3451 2500 (TAT)

10 Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park

Location : Sai Yok District Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park Muang Sing is an ancient Khmer settlement which was probably built in the 12th Century as a border post at the banks of the Kwai Noi River. The 736,000 square meter site was surrounded by a 5 m high laterite wall where the southern part follows the course of the Kwai Noi River. In the center of the site you will find the remains of the only religious building of the settlement, the Prasat Muang Singh. The ruins of three other buildings are also found on the premises. A museum displays artifacts which where found in the area, such as tools, sculptures, human remains, vessels and jewelry, which date back to the Neolithic period. The site is tidy and attractive and a couple of restaurants and stalls provide food and refreshments.

How to get there
You can get to the site by train. The journey takes an hour and the fare is 10 Baht. Trains leave at 06:10 am., 10:54 am. and 02:25 pm. and you should head to Tha Kilen. You will probably be best taking a Tuk-Tuk from the station to the site.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission 100 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 3452 8456-7

11 Don Chedi Archaeological Site

Location : Phanom Thuan District Don Chedi Archaeological Site Situated in Ban Don Chedi, the site was found by the Fine Arts Department when an excavation revealed important remains such as ancient swords, elephant jaw bones, human skeletons and an Ayutthaya-style Chedi. From the findings, most historians believe that the site was the killing field where a Yutthatthi battle took place.

How to get there
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 323 to the intersection of Tha Muang district, turn right 2 Kilometers have to The signs of Don Chedi about 11 kilometers and then have to drive into the area behind Wat Thung Samo School.

12 Wat Wang Wiwekaram

Location : Sangkhla Buri District Wat Wang Wiwekaram Wat Wang Wiwekaram is the home of Luangpho Uttama, a monk much revered by the Thanis and Mons, including the Karen people and the Burmese living in the region. On the riverbank, within the Buddhist assembly hall there is an elegant marble image of the Buddha called Luangpho Khao. Under a mile from the temple itself is the Buddha Gaya Chedi, which contains relics of the Lord Buddha’s right thumb. The Burmese influence is keenly felt here, and near the pagoda there are many shops selling native Burmese products, including furniture and clothing.

How to get there
Wat Wang Wiwekaram is around 2 kilometers from the centre of town if you go via the wooden bridge or 5 kilometers if you go via the concrete bridge. By the wooden bridge, follow the road after the bridge until you reach a T junction. Turn left then continue until the intersection where you turn right for the wat and left for the chedi. From the centre of town a motorbike taxi.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1200 and 0 3451 2500 (TAT)

13 Prommitr Film Studio

Location : Mueang District Prommitr Film Studio Located at Surasi Military Camp, Mueang District, this studio was the location of the great historic film "The Legend of King Naresuan". This epic trilogy of historical movies reflects the relationship between the Siamese Kingdom of Ayutthaya and the Hongsawadi Kingdoms, which are located in present-day Burma. The events in the films lead up to the declaration of Ayutthaya's independence from the Burmese, by King Naresuan the Great, in 1584. Lavish and expensive, this production represents the pinnacle of Thai film-making.Within the 700-acre compound of wild land, magnificent buildings were created through meticulous historical research.

Visitors can enjoy magnificent palace replicas and gleamingly gilded halls, pagodas, temples and ancient villages of both the Ayutthaya and Hongsawadi Kingdoms. One of the highlights from past Ayutthaya is Sanphet Prasat Palace, which has been left as a ruin due to Ayutthaya’s 2nd loss to Burma when everything was totally razed and burnt; at present only the brick foundations of this palace can be seen.

The Palace showcases the incomparable magnificence of the Ayutthaya Court. Other interesting highlights are the Weapons Storage Room, Hongsawadi Wall, the Lion Throne, the Dungeon, the Portuguese Gun Exhibit, Ayutthaya Wall, and the Props Storage Room. Visitors tired out by a long day of sightseeing may want to relax with a traditional Thai massage, which is available on-site. Furthermore, visitors can also enjoy various activities such as dressing in traditional historic costumes (a unique souvenir photo opportunity!), as well as horse, elephant and cart riding.

The studio compound also includes souvenir shops. A pair of huge Singha statues (mythical lions mixed with other creatures) welcomes visitors at the entrance to the compound. A brochure and map, as well as a brief introductory lecture about the Studio are provided at the Information Centre where visitors pay the entrance fee. There are also guide lecturers stationed at various spots, and plasma screens giving historical background and describing scenes from the Naresuan films. The guided sightseeing walk takes approximately 2 hours.

How to get there
Prommitr Film Studio is about 24 kilometers away from Kanchanaburi Town. Take Route 3199 Kanchanaburi – Srinakarin Dam for 18 kilometers to Lat Ya Intersection. From there, take the right turn and continue past Surasi Military Camp for another 3 kilometers till you reach the studio entrance. Follow the signs for another 2 kilometers. Or take a song thaew (a pickup truck with two rows of bench seats down the sides) from Kanchanaburi Town to Lat Ya Intersection. From this intersection, visitors will have to set an appointment with a driver and negotiate the price.
Opening Hours Daily from 10:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Admission 200 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 3453 2057 and 0 3453 2058

14 Art Gallery & War Museum

Location : Mueang District Art Gallery & War Museum The private sector Museum that collects lots of World War II Stories, such as war instruments, photographs, uniforms, etc. It is located on the bank of Kwai River nearby the Bridge on the River Kwai. Inside the building is also an Art Gallery on 2nd and 3rd floor. The paintings on the second floor relate ancient battles between the Thais and Burmese, while third-floor murals tell Thai history and provide portraits of prime ministers and other important political figures. This private museum also features Khmer-style woodcarvings, a pair of elaborate Burmese Buddhas, and excellent paintings of Chinese deities.

How to get there
This well-signposted complex is located about 100 meters from the The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Opening Hours Daily from 07:00 am. - 06:30 pm.
Admission 40 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 3451 2596 and 0 3451 3478

15 The JEATH War Museum

Location : Mueang District The JEATH War Museum The name JEATH is derived from countries which engaged in the WWII death railway construction from 1942 to 1945, which included Japan, England, America, Australia, Thailand and Holland. Located in the area of Wat Chai Chumphon, the museum is a reconstruction of the POWs thatched detention hut with cramped, elevated bamboo bunks. On the wall of the huts, photographs and illustrations of the POWs living conditions are on display. POWs who survived from the camp have donated items to enhance the museums atmosphere and authenticity.

How to get there
The museum is inside Wat Chai Chumphon near the TAT office on Saeng Chuto Road and is accessible by Songtaew and Tuk-Tuk from the centre of town.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:30 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission 10 - 30 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1263

16 Srinagarindra Dam

Location : Si Sawat District Srinagarindra Dam Srinagarindra Dam It is the largest rock fill dam with a clay core in Thailand, situated on the Kwai Yai River, approximately 4 km. from Namtok Erawan in the north of the Kwai Yai River. We can take advantage of this multi-purpose dam in irrigation, flood damage relief in the Mae Klong Basin, electricity generation, and fishery. The place above the dam ridge is suitable for relaxation, as it has some attractive sights.

How to get there
Srinagarindra Dam is 70 km. from the provincial city on Highway 3199 (Kanchanaburi-Si Sawat).
Administered by Khuean Srinagarindra National Park, Si Sawat District
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 2436 6046-8 (EGAT)

17 Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum

Location : Mueang District Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre is an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway. This ran 415 km from Ban Pong in Thailand to Thanbuyuzayat in Burma, and was built by the Imperial Japanese Army during the second World War using Allied prisoners of war and impressed Asian laborers. The Centre is fully air-conditioned and offers the visitor an educational and moving experience.
Opening Hours Daily from 09:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Admission 100 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1721

18 The Chong Kai War Cemetery

Location : Mueang District The Chong Kai War Cemetery Situated only 2 kilometers south of town on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, the cemetery occupies the site of the Chong Kai which once was the prisoner of war camp. Smaller in size, the cemetery attracts visitors to see its peaceful, well-designed landscape where 1,740 POWs rest in eternal peace.

How to get there
To get there, hire a tuk-tuk or moto-taxi
Opening Hours Daily from 09:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1200 and 0 3451 2500 (TAT)

19 The Nine-Army Battle Historical Park

Location : Mueang District The Nine-Army Battle Historical Park Established by the Royal Thai Army, the park is located at tambon Chong Sadao, approximately 40 kilometers from town on Highway No. 3199. It was built to commemorate the great battle under the command of King Rama I to defend the kingdom against the invasion by King Bodawpaya of Burma in 1795. Thais know this event under the name of the Nine-Army Battle. The park is a center for historical research and conservative tourism that also provides information on the great battle. A sand table displaying battlefields and diagrams depicting the battle strategy are on display.

How to get there
The park is located at Chong Sadao Sub-district, approximately 40 kilometers from town on Highway No. 3199.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 3458 9233-5 ext. 51015

20 Giant Rain Tree

Location : Mueang District Giant Rain Tree The giant rain tree is more than 100 years old with a trunk large enough to be encircled by 10 people. The average radius of its crown is 25.87 meters and the diameter of its shadow is approximately 51.75 meters while the height of its canopy is 20 meters and the large shady crown covers a total area of approximately 2,416 sq.m.

How to get there
Grown on the way to Dan Makham Tia District at Ban Kasikam, Mu 5 Tambon Ko Samrong, some 3 km. from Wat Tham Mangkon Thong. Enter the Royal Thai Army’s Division of Veterinary and Agriculture 1 via Wat Tham Muni Nat and turn right.
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1200 and 0 3451 2500 (TAT)

21 Ban Kao National Museum

Location : Mueang District Ban Kao National Museum Ban Kao National Museum A small Tambon (sub-district) located on the bank of the Kwai Noi River approximately 35 kilometers from the city is a site where some ancient Stone Age tools were found. In addition, a Neolithic burial site was discovered by the Dutch Allied POW, Dr. Van Hickderen who was forced to build the Death Railway. The consequences of findings revealed that tambon Ban Kao was once a dwelling of prehistoric men. Some critical discoveries included skeletons of prehistoric men, tools made from gravel stone and axes. The Ban Kao Museum houses skeletal remains, pots, axe heads, jewelry made from animal bones, and other artifacts dating from that period.

How to get there
Approximately 35 km. from Kanchanaburi along Highway 323, turn left into Highway 3229 and turn right into Highway 3455 for about 3 km. Another 1 km. from the entrance at Wat Tha Po will lead to the first prehistoric site museum in Thailand.
Opening Hours Wed - Sun 09:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission 30 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 3465 4058

22 Wat Tham Suea

Location : Tha Muang District Wat Tham Suea The temple is built in a mixed, splendid Thai-Chinese style and enshrines a huge Buddha image. Visible from far away, the temple features an impressive Buddha statue and chedi on the top of a hill. The Buddha statue, seated in the posture of giving blessings, is covered with gold mosaic and protected by an unusual shell-like structure. The huge chedi, 69 meters high and 29 meters wide, is hollow. A staircase inside the building leads up to the top. Each level has rows of Buddha statues and multiple windows from which photos can be taken of the statue below set against a backdrop of rice paddies and mountains.

There are also footprints of the Buddha and an ancient pond on the hill. Behind the chedi is the Chinese pagoda of the adjacent Wat Khao Noi.

How to get there
From Kanchanaburi city, take Highway no.3429. 200 meters after the bridge turn left. After about 10 km you will see the temple on the hill.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.

23 Wat Tham Khao Pun

Location : Mueang District Wat Tham Khao Pun The temple, which stands on the site of a former prisoner of war camp, is about 1 kilometer away from Chai Chon cemetery. It is a cave temple with many Buddha statues surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites.

How to get there
The temple is about 4 kilometers from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (Kanchanaburi) office and 1 kilometer southwest of the Chung Kai cemetery across the railroad tracks and midway up the hill.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.

24 Pilok Mine

Location : Thong Pha Phum District Pilok Mine There used to be tin and wolfram mines on the Tanao Si Range which forms a natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar. On the way, visitors can stop at "Pilok Hill", about 32 km. from Thong Pha Phum where fruiting and decorative plants of the temperate zone are grown. There are numerous picturesque waterfalls nearby which are accessible by foot such as Namtok Chokkadin and Namtok Chet Mit. Visitors need to be careful because most of the routes are steep and winding.

How to get there
Located in Tambon Pilok some 70 km. to the west of Thong Pha Phum District along Highway 3272.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1200 and 0 3462 3691

25 Vajiralongkorn Dam

Location : Thong Pha Phum District Vajiralongkorn Dam Vajiralongkorn Dam was formerly known as Khao Laem Dam. It is a rock fill dam with a reinforced concrete surface measuring 92 meters high. Its crest is 10 meters wide and 1,019 meters long stretching across the Khwae Noi River. It is a multi–purpose hydro–electric plant with natural beauty and a scenic lake where rafting boats for rent are available. There is also floating accommodation and cruising boats available 3 km. beyond the entrance to the dam. A boat trip on the lake with a stop at a coconut grove (Maphrao Kathi – a fleshy variety of coconut) on an island in the lake takes 1 hour from the dam. Advance bookings with the Thong Pha Phum District Office is required. Accommodation and boat (for group visitors) is provided.

How to get there
From Kanchanaburi city, take Highway No. 323 to Tha Kha-nun and then road No. 3272 to the dam.
Administered by Khao Laem National Park, Thong Pha Phum District
Contact Tel. 0 3459 9077 ext. 2502 & 2506 (EGAT)

26 Phong Tuk Archaeological Site

Location : Tha Maka District Phong Tuk Archaeological Site Phong Tuk Archaeological Site It is believed that this site was the location of an ancient city of the Dvaravati Period with an influence of the Gupta School of Indian Art dating around the 6th - 7th century A.D. From the Fine Arts Department’s discovery, they found lots of Dvaravati antiques at Phong Tuek in 1927 such as Roman bronze lamp, Buddhist terra-cotta plaques, Naraya or Visnu image carved from stone, and other Buddha images. Later in 1934, Dr. Wales, a representative of the Antique Studies Association from India, came to explore and excavate more at Phong Tuek and proved that a civilized ancient city used to be placed here around a thousand years ago. Nowadays, some pieces of the found artifacts are kept in Wat Dong Sak and others are kept at the National Museum in Bangkok. To get there, the site is about 37 km. south from Kanchanaburi.

How to get there
From Bangkok, take Highway 323 until you notice the direction sign on the left at Km. 92 - 93 leading the way to Boran Sathan Phong Tuek. After crossing Chantharubeksa Bridge, pass Wat Dong Sak on your left then go straight on until you get to the Phong Tuek police kiosk on the right. The Boran Sathan Phong Tuek is next to the police kiosk.
Opening Hours Daily from 09:00 am. - 05:00 pm.

27 Ancient Town of Kanchanaburi

Location : Mueang District Ancient Town of Kanchanaburi Located in Tambon Lat Ya between Km. 2 – 3 on Highway 3199 off Highway 323. It used to be a border outpost confronting Burmese armies arriving through the Three Pagodas Pass since the Ayutthaya through Rattanakosin Periods (ca. 1548 – 1784). Mounds of the rectangular earthen wall measuring 167 x 355 sq.m. and four corner fortresses still remain to be seen. Ancient monuments within its vicinity include: Wat Pa Lelai, known locally as Wat Pha Ok and built in the Ayutthaya Period. The Mondop – a square building – once enshrined a seated Buddha image in the gesture of subduing Mara, which was drilled through the chest – "Pha Ok" in Thai.

An image of the Buddha receiving offerings from a monkey and an elephant known as "Palilayaka" - Pa Lelai - was later constructed to replace the former one. Remains of architecture within the temple include Mondop, Wihan and round brick Chedi with clay mortar and cement coating. Wat Khun Phaen, from the side entrance of Wat Pa Lelai toward the training camp of the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, this is an abandoned temple built in the Ayutthaya Period. The complex included Phra Prang, which was the principal building of the temple, remains of which are still to be seen, Phra Ubosot, directional and satellite Chedis, and Wihan.

Wat Mae Mai, built in the Ayutthaya Period and located some 300 meters to the east of Wat Khun Phaen. There are 2 groups of architectural remains. The remains in the north include a large round Chedi situated on a plinth and rectangular west-facing Wihan. The remains in the south include a medium-scale east-facing Wihan, satellite Chedis and rectangular boundary wall, with a so-called "Sa Lang Kraduk" or "bone-washing" pond in between. Ruins of Wat Nang Phim or Wat Kanchanaburi Kao are located nearby.

How to get there
Located in Lat Ya Sub-district between Km. 2 – 3 on Highway 3199 off Highway 323
Administered by Thong Pha Phum National Park, Thong Pha Phum District
Contact Tel. 0 3451 1200 and 0 3451 2500 (TAT)

28 Km. 15 View Point

Location : Thong Pha Phum District Km. 15 View Point Located at Km. 15, Baanrai-Etong Road, the viewpoint is very near to the road, and has nicely cold air. Traveler can enjoy sceneries, for example, Khao Lam Reservoir, the very interesting scenery which is impressed by many visitors.

Administered by Thong Pha Phum National Park, Thong Pha Phum District
Contact Tel. 0 3453 2114

29 Safari Park Open Zoo & Camp

Location : Bo Phloi District Safari Park Open Zoo & Camp The Safari Park is about 25 kilometers from the town along the Kanchanaburi - Bo Phloi road. It is home to many African and Asian mammals such as giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers and bears, which are housed in a beautifully landscaped environment. Visitors can explore the park with their private car or the bus service provided by the park.

At the zoo you’ll get really close to a wide variety of animals. At the zoo they say "The only one site in the world", where most notably with the giraffes you can clasp affectionately around the neck .The up-close-and-personal encounters with the giraffes, as well as with the equally friendly zebras, make for great photos.

After you‘ve enjoyed feeding the animals, You can walk to see the animal show, highlighting the intelligence of our elephants, and crocodiles. As a tourist you can feel the atmosphere of excitement. In addition, we provide places to give you excellent photo opportunities, as well as getting "up close and personal" with several animals for example, to sit on the elephant swing, to lie down and to hug a Bengal Tiger, to feed milk to a with young leopard – lion, and to feed the Macaw.

How to get there
Safari Park Open Zoo is just 28 away from town. There are 3 ways to travel.
  1. By car - Drive along Highway No. 323 from Kanchanaburi city. Turn right at junction to the Highway No.3398. Then turn right again to the Highway No.3098 (about 21 kilometres.) The sign of SAFARI PARK OPEN ZOO will be found on the left.
  2. By Bus - From Bangkok, take non air-conditioned buses line no. 325 (Kanchanaburi - Danchang), leave Kanchanaburi bus station directly to Safari Park Open Zoo.
  3. By Bus - From the river kwai bridge, take the bus service provided by the park, at the bridge over the river kwai - Safari Park Open Zoo. There are 2 round trips per day from 09:00 am. to 01:00 pm. .
Opening Hours Daily from 09:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Admission Adult 450 Baht and Child 250 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 3453 1999 and 08 6300 0667

30 Nern Sao Thong

Location : Thong Pha Phum District Nern Sao Thong Nern Sao Thong is a mountain peak bordered Thailand and Burma which Thai Military stake a big flagstaff including a big Thai National Flag to show that this area is a border between Thailand and Burma. Therefore, this area is named Nern Sao Thong after the flagstaff (Sao thong means flagstaff). There are Thai Army and Border Police Officer giving security 24 hours a day, and allowed people to travel for enjoying the scenery and refreshing with nicely cold air. When standing there, traveler can see beautiful sceneries of both Thailand and Burma, and even Andaman Sea if the sky is clear.

How to get there
If you want to get to Thong Pha Phum and Khao Laem National Park you have to use the highway 323 (Kanchanaburi - Thong Pha Phum), before arrive Thong Pha Phum District, there is an intersection to Sangkhla Buri District. Take a left turns and follow the road for 40 km. to the Park Headquarters. To get to Thong Pha Phum National Park use the highway 3272 (Thong Pha Phum - Muang Bilog) for 30 km. You will arive Thong Pha Phum National Park.
Administered by Thong Pha Phum National Park, Thong Pha Phum District
Contact Tel. 0 3453 2114