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Impressive Waterfall Tours, Erawan & Huay Mae Khamin
Although Kanchanaburi is quite a long ride from Bangkok, many travelers are drawn to the province by the impressive natural beauty the province offer. Located in the West of Thailand, Kanchanaburi is home to national parks and waterfalls which can be reached from Bangkok as a one-day trip by car or by bus. The most popular one is the Erawan National Park with charming 7 tiers limestone waterfalls and emerald green ponds. Discovered in 1975, the park covers Saiyoke and Sisawat district with an area of 550 km².
If you prefer to avoid the mass, Huay Mae Khamin Waterfalls is the perfect althernative. Located in Sri Nakarin Dam National Park, 40 km away from Erawan National Park and 108 km from Kanchanaburi Town. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the province with a landscape of limestone mountain and emerald ponds where visitors can enjoy swimming and exploring the 7-tiered falls. The most beautiful tier is the 4th tier, called Chat Kaew, which is about 100 meters away from the park office. Along the broad walking trail are mixed forest including thick bamboo, banyan trees, ferns, moss and wild mushrooms.
Elephant Care Experience by the River Kwai
Besides enjoying the natural beauties of Kanchanaburi, you may have beautiful moments interacting and having personal touches with the domestic elephants. Kanchanaburi is home to ethical elephant sanctuaries where you can take care of elephants, bathe them and swim with them in the River Kwai. You will learn about their lives, behaviors and how to communicate with these big guys who consume 200-400 Kilograms of food or 10% of their weight. Some of them, especially, at the Elephant Home and Nature, have been rescued from the animal circus and non-ethical elephant camps where they were abused or over-used for commercial purposes. With love and care at their new home, you can see how playful they are. Riding on an elephant’s bareback or neck does not hurt an elephant due to its heavyweight. Feel free to try climbing on its back for a life-time experience. You will simply fall in love with them.
Get surrounded by nature on your floating hotel
River Kwai is one of the most beautiful rivers in Thailand due to its scenery of green forest and limestone mountains. A ride on a long-tailed boat on the river is awesome. It is lots of fun to jump into the cool river to refresh yourself during a hot sunny day or kayaking downstream of the river. Therefore staying at least one overnight at one of the floatels locating along the river is a “must do” activity for your trip to Kanchanaburi. There are wide choices from a very basic floatel in the jungle without electricity to a luxury floatel with air-conditioning. Fill your energy tank with fun and real relaxation amidst nature in Kanchanaburi at a floatel.
Deep dive to the History of World War II
Kanchanaburi becomes well-known worldwide not only for its national parks and beautiful waterfalls but also for the history of Thailand during WWII through the film “The Bridge on the River Kwai”. The bridge and the death railways are the main attractions to be included in all guided day trips from Bangkok. It is exciting to ride on the historic wooden viaducts built by the Allied prisoners of war from Krasae Cave to Takilen station. One could not imagine how hard the construction was until you also visit the war museum, war cemetery and the Memorial Museum of the Hellfire Pass. 90,000 civilian laborers and more than 12,000 Allied prisoners died during the construction of the 415 Km long railways from Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbyuzayat, Burma. Not to mention the cruelty of Japanese soldiers, the forced laborers suffered the Malaria, lacking food and clean water, and proper medical treatment.
Local Experience at Maneewong Dessert Home
Other than sightseeing of cultural attractions and beautiful natural landscapes, you can also explore the local life and enjoy the authentic local cuisine. Ban Maneewong is a great place to include in your one day trip from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi and visit a local family at Tamuang district. Learn about traditional Thai sweets and join the cooking. Navigate the local market of this old town which was once an important commercial port on Maeklong River before the town was accessible by road. Nowadays Tamuang is a quiet old town for slow travelers to enjoy delicious Thai food and make new friends with local people.
Going off the beaten path in Kanchanaburi
Looking for something different in Kanchanaburi? You will not be disappointed with what this vast province has to offer. Go beyond the highlights in the city and leave town to the border of Myanmar at Sangkhla Buri. Sight the spiritual Mon bridge that pave-way between two cultures at the place where the River Kwai began. Or find a cozy stay in the remote village of I-tong in Pilok, the ancient mining town that has become the best spot for a retreat. Visit the Salak Phra Wildlife Sanctuary to see the animals in their natural habitat. Take on traditional thai martial arts of Buddhai Sawan or go on a tour to explore Than Lod Caves. Read more about Kanchanaburi Off the Beaten Paths