A Weekend in Kanchanaburi.
What we did in Kanchanaburi
The River Kwai Bridge
The River Kwai Bridge was no.1 of our list of things to do during this trip. It was just 10 mins from our hotel, so it was the first thing we did on the second day. We arrived there at 11am, and there were not many tourists during that time. We soon realised that being there at noon wasn’t such a good idea because it was getting hot. We spent around 40 mins on the bridge. The train track is built with walkways platforms on each side, allowing people to walk across the bridge. You can use those side platforms as viewpoint and also avoid the train. We were lucky to see a small tourist train running across the bridge before we left.
Erawan Waterfall was our next stop after River Kwai Bridge. It took us around 1 hour drive to reach the Erawan Waterfall, which is a part of Erawan National Park. The Erawan Waterfall has 7 upper tiers with a total distance of 1.7 km. When we started, we thought 1.7 km shouldn’t be that hard, but in fact, we could only make it up to the fourth tier because of the trail was getting steeper. Actually, we all agreed that we liked the second tier the most. One important thing to remember is that food is forbidden from the third tier and beyond. Visitors have to pay THB 20 per bottle of water, which can be refunded when returning the bottle. This is to ensure that nobody throws away the bottles behind, it helps to save nature.
What to Eat in Kanchanaburi
Keeree Mantra Restaurant
We picked Keeree Mantra Restaurant for our first dinner. It’s a beautiful open-air restaurant with great scenery and a farm concept. Food and service were excellent, and we enjoyed the beautiful view during our meal.
Where We Stayed
We stayed 2 nights at the Natee the Riverfront Hotel Kanchanaburi, a 6 floors Thai-contemporary style hotel located along the River Kwai. The hotel sits in a very convenient area, in the centre of Kanchanaburi. We booked a ‘Jacuzzi Riverfront – Scenic’ on the 4th floor. The room is 40-50 SQM with a large open style Jacuzzi, and we even got a free mini bar!
How to Get from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
There are few options to get from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, but we chose to travel by car. We left Bangkok at noon and arrived in Kanchanaburi at 3.00 pm. So on average, it takes around 2.5-3 hours on regular traffic. By Train: The train to Kanchanaburi leave from Thonburi station every day at 7.50 am and 1.55pm. It takes about 2.5 hours. The ticket price is THB100 per person By Bus: There are 2 Bus Terminals for the route ‘Bangkok – Kanchanaburi’. You can choose between The Southern Sai Tai Mai Terminal or The Northern Mo Chit Terminal.