Nearby Attractions

The province of Kanchanaburi has plenty of attractions. Some attractions are located quite near and may be easily visited  from River Kwai Jungle View. While you are here in the tranquil atmosphere of River Kwai, you can visit and enjoy the following historical local attractions!!!

Sai Yok National Park

sai yok waterfalls The Sai Yok National Park is a 500-sq-km area and is considered as the most accessible wilderness of Kanchanaburi, offering luscious mountainous backdrop teaming with wildlife. Here, you’ll find limestones caves, remains of the bridge on the Death Railway and also of the Japanese-looking piles of brick cooking stoves. Notable wildlife in the park are Kitti’s hog nosed bats, regal crabs, wreathed hornbills, blue pitas, gibbons, slow loris, serow as well as barking deers.

Details: The entrance to the park is about 100 km northwest of Kanchanaburi and 5 km from Highway 323.

Fast Fact! It was in this park that the famous Russian Roulette scenes in the the movie “The Deer Hunter” was filmed in the year 1978!

 


Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls

Sai Yok Yai waterfalls is deemed as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Thailand especially in the rainy season as the water flow is extremely fast and furious. Its crystal clear waters fall from the high cliffs to the yellow limestone ridges and flows through the Kwai Noi Riverand about 100 km away from Kanchanaburi. During national holidays the site is very busy with local and foreign visitors alike.

Fast Fact! King Rama V has once bathed in the stream of this falls! It is such an amazing piece of history not only for the local people but also for the foreigners.

Sai Yok Noi Waterfalls (Khao Pung)

Sai Yok Noi is considered as the smaller version of the two waterfalls located in Kanchanaburi. It may be small but it is no less impressive as it offers beautiful landscapes in the surrounding areas.  

Details: It is located just 2 kilometers away from Nam Tok Train Station and on theThong Pha Phum Road.

 


Erewan Waterfalls

erawan waterfall The Erawan waterfalls is considered as one of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia, with an impressive series of seven-tiered waterfall, each with a shape and character of its own. The entire limestone waterfalls are one and a half kilometers long and the water falls down the yellow limestone and into the lush green pool below. It is located in the Namtok Erawan National Park and borders Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Si Sawat and Amphoe Sai Yok.

Details: Open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am until 3:30 pm.

Fast Fact! This magnificent waterfall gained its name after the beautiful and unique Erawan elephant, which has three heads.

Tiger Temple (Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua)

tiger temple  This historical Buddhist temple was founded in 1994 as a sanctuary for wild animals and as a forest temple. The temple monks and staff keep and care for a number of animals, mostly tigers, which can be stroked by visitors. More often, a monk will bring one of the tamest tigers where visitors can engage in activities with the animals such as bathing, feeding or taking photos! Though the tigers may appear tamed, they are still naturally wild animals that should be taken cautiously. Animals in the temple also include deers, camels, water buffalo and monkeys. The children are not allowed into the area where the tigers roam free.

Details: Open daily from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. It is located approximately 38 km northwest of Kanchanaburi along Highway 323.

Fast Fact! It was in the year 1999 that the temple received the first tiger cub, the one that had been found by villagers but then died soon after.

Hellfire Pass

hellfire pass Hellfire pass is considered as the largest rock cutting on the railway in the Tenasserim Hills, also known as “Death Railway”. It is built with forced labor during the Second World War and is mostly noted in history for the harsh conditions and mass loss of life suffered by laborers during its construction.

Fast Fact: It is named as Hellfire Pass by the Prisoners of War due to the hellish-like appearance of emaciated laborers in the night which resembles a scene from Hell.

Hellfire Pass Memorial

Along the Hellfire Pass is the Memorial Museum where interactive displays of the construction of the Railway tell us the story of the time. The memorial is funded by Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce to commemorate all those POW laborers who passed away during the construction. 

Details: Open daily from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The site is located in a thick forest close to Km. 66 of the Sai Yok-Thong Pha Phum Road (Highway No. 323).

Fast Fact! A time capsule was buried by surviving ex-POW’s in the year 1992 and it will be opened after 50 years!!!

 


Kanchanaburi War Cemetery(Don Rak)

This site is the final resting place of approximately 7000 Commonwealth and Dutch Prisoners of War. It is relatively a short distance away from the site of former “Kanburi”, the POW base camp through which most of the prisoners passed on their way to other camps. This site was created by the Army Graves Service.

Details: Open Daily from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. The site is situated onSaengchuto Rd. (Highway 323), Amphoe Muang, opposite the railway station. 

Fast Fact! Every April 25 is celebrated as the ANZAC Day in Don Rak as well as in many cemeteries and memorials around the world. It is celebrated to commemorate the memory of the Prisoners of War.

Lawa Cave

Lawa Cave is one of the most famous caves in the world known for its enormous stalagtites and stalagmites in full display. It is a 500 meter long cave with five large caverns, having different chambers which house the Music Chamber, Throne Chamber and the Curtain Chamber. The entrance to the cave is narrow but the interior is spacious.

Details: Open daily from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. It is on the side of Kwai Noi River and can be reached by boat or by car.