Kanchanaburi is easy to get to.
Located only 144 km from Bangkok, you can either get there by Train (Thonburi Station) or by bus.
We went by train and came back by bus. As I tend to get travel sickness I much prefer the train journey, but if you're looking for a more flexible timetable, the bus is more suitable.
For nature lovers, there is plenty to do, with Erawan Waterfall and Sai Yok National Park featuring as the main attractions you will have to consider at least a couple of days just to visit these places.
If you fancy adding a learning experience to the list, the town has paid tribute to the soldiers who died during the World war II when Japan occupied the region with war Museums such as the Death Railway Museum, Jeath War Museum and infamous landmarks such as Hell Fire Pass and Kwae River Bridge.
The town has a laid-back atmosphere with the Kwae River featuring as one of the best spots to hang out and watch the sunset. With several restaurants dotted along the river, you can also watch floating houses being moved about.
And for those willing to keep up with their weekly dose of exercise while traveling there is Thetsaban public park next to the river. There you get to see locals exercising and we both enjoyed doing yoga and going for a run.
It is not as touristy as other destinations in Thailand which means you can easily avoid the crowds and have a more authentic experience. We discovered a night market, with live music and traditional thai food which happens every Friday night located in Tambon Ban Tai and we seemed to be the only foreigners around!
And if you haven’t explored the religious side of the country yet, there are few wats to choose from or you can opt to give alms to the monks at
Chaichumphon Chanasongkhram Temple for example.
One of the highlights of our stay was visiting Wat Tham Khao Pun by bicycle. There you can visit a cave and further along have great views from Khwae river either from the golden stupa or the view point.