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Kanchanaburi is Thailand's third largest province. It is located 130 kilometers to the west of Bangkok, close to the border with Myanmar. It covers an area of 19,486 square kilometers, most of which is rainforest blanketed mountains. Kanchanaburi town in located at the point where Kwai Noi and Kwai Yairivers meet. To the west, Kanchanaburi shares a border with Myanmar and has the Tanaowasimountain range as its borderline.

Kanchanaburi province is famous for its natural beauty, national parks, waterfalls, caves and peaceful settings. There are seven national parks in this province, many are relatively unexplored, making it an absolute must for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Adventure seekers can make treks, rafting, kayaking,spend time with elephants, discover waterfalls.

Many of its major attractions are connected with the World War II.During the war 17 000 allied POVs and over 80000 Asian laborers lost their lives building the infamous 415 km Death Railway which runs from Kanchanaburi to the Burmese border. The famous Bridge over River Kwai is located right in Kanchanaburi town. Some 30 km to the north of the town is ThamKrasaebridge. It is the longest railway bridge in Thailand. Its wooden structure blends with astonishingly beautiful scenery. You should visit the Hellfire Pass – a 400 m long cutting build by the prisoners in 1943. It has been recently restored and a small museum was built on the site. It lays out the history of the site and memorializes the victims with interviews from people who were there.

There are also other important historical sites, like MuangPrasat Singh –one of the best known Khmer-style temples in Thailand.It was built between 857 and 1157 as a religious temple of the Khmer empire.

In the far north of the province, rightnext to the Burmese border, there is a quiet town of Sangkhlaburi. It is famous for its rich and diverse atmosphere, as the town’s inhabitants originate from many different ethnic groups. The locals are mostly Mon, but there also numerous Karen, Thais, Chinese and some other minority ethnic groups. With such a diverse population, Sangkhlaburi is a unique district. Visitors like to wander through the colorful markets and trek out to the remote surrounding villages.Sangkhlaburi is mostly known for the Mon Bridge which is made from teak wood and spans 400 meters across Khao Laem Reservoir connecting the Mon Village of Wang Kha to the Thai and Karen parts of the town.

Fantastic, unique accommodation is available throughout the province alongside the famous River Kwai in the form of floating bamboo huts. There are several floating hotels providing a unique stay in one of the most naturally beautiful places in Thailand.

thai village hiking (half day)

  • 09.00 - Pick up from Kanchanaburi to Nong Khao Village by local truck.
  • 09.20 - Upon arrival, start a village tour (by bicycle or local truck), visitting the village shrine, then a fan palm orchard in the rice paddy field to observe how the locals collect the palm products (though the palm season is from Dec to June, nowadays the palm products are likely to be available almost all year round). Try some local products and a variety of tropical fruits regarded the best in the world. Then the demonstration of a ritual to strengthen and comfort the spirit of the Rice Goddess will enhance your understanding of the role the rice plantation has played in Thai farming society.
  • 10.30 - Return to the village along the dirt track cutting through the fields. En route, observe some seasonal activities and pleasant sights of cattle, patches of lotus, sugar cane and corn farms. Enjoy learning how to make sticky-rice crisps with the local villagers. Glimpse a cluster of Thai styled houses then earthen pots reflecting the local belief in their ancestral spirit.
  • 11.30 Enjoy coffee served with fan palm cake, then visit the village weaving centre. Hand-woven clothes, bamboo handicrafts and sticky rice or palm clear whisky and wine are available for direct shopping from the local producers.
  • 12.00 - Return to the temple and transfer to the town of Kanchanaburi.

nature & culture (3 days / 2 nights)

The scenery of two border towns in the in the mountainous border areas marks one of the most charming characteristics of Kanchanaburi. Riding on the elephant back in the woodlands, bamboo rafting on the mighty River Kwai and bullock-cart ride can be a wonderful adventure experience that you may never forget. Boat trip on the lake also offers you a dramatic view of the exotic hilly borderland – home to Three Pagodas Pass and Thailand’s longestwooden bridge. Discover some cultural practices and traditional beliefs during a welcome ceremony at ethnic Karen village. Added to this nature and culture oriented trip is a remarkable site visit to WWII related Hellfire Pass and the POW’s discovered natural hot spa. Come explore the land where mountains and forests are still alive.

    Day 1

  • 08.30 - Pick up from hotel in Kanchanaburi town & depart for Elephant camp.
  • 09.15 - Upon arrival, start an adventure day with elephant riding near the river side and enjoy a river journey by bamboo rafting long the River Kwai.
  • 10.30 - Proceed to the word famous Hellfire Pass.
  • 11.00 - Visit Hellfire Pass Memorial. Take a walk downhill for a site visit to glimpse the Death Railway remnants and the infamous ‘cutting site’, the namesake of Hellfire Pass, hidden in the bamboo dominant mountain of the River Kwai valley.
  • 12.30 - Continue further north to the uniquely scenic borderland of Sangklaburi. En route, lunch at restaurant.
  • 14.30 - Enjoy coffee break at GroengGrawia Waterfall. Continue to Three Pagodas Pass.
  • 15.30 Reach the Pass. Time for photos. Some may find wooden items from Burma are attractive.Proceed to Sangklaburi town. Then enjoy a nice walk along the Wooden Bridge on Khao Laem Lake that provides a terrific view of Sangklaburi town and its landscape.
  • 18.00 - Check in at Ponnatee Resort. Leisure.
  • 19.00 - Enjoy Thai dinner and overnight stay.

    Day 2

  • 08.30 - After breakfast, set off a journey to Karen village.
  • 09.00 - Experience an ox-cart ride to a local village for a traditional welcome ceremony.
  • 10.30 - A visit to WatWangwiwekaram (Mon Temple). Lunch at local restaurant.
  • 13.00 - Return to Ponnatee Resort, time for showers. Check out and enjoy a leisure boat trip on The magnificent Khao Laem lake to the floating villages in a scenic location, 15 kms from the town. On the way, make a brief stop at the sunken temple (if the water level is not so high that the temple remnants get entirely flooded).
  • 14.00 - Pick up by car and continue further down to Thong Papoom district.
  • 15.30 - Stop at local market in Thong Papoom for shopping of some fruits and stuff if desired. Continue to Treehouse Home Treesort in Thong Papoom district.
  • 16.30 - Depart for Treehouse Home Treesort.
  • 17.00 - Reach the accommodation in a very nice setting. Relax and leisure.
  • 19.00 - Have dinner & overnight stay.

    Day 3

  • 09.00 - After breakfast start trekking into the jungle. Enjoy walking along the non-touristy trail and the wilderness of the area. Gain some Local knowledge on native plants and tree species. The trekking route is considerably easy and suitable for those of all ages .
  • 11.30 - Return to accommodation and have lunch.
  • 13.00 - Check out and depart for Hindad Hot Spring.
  • 13.30 - Arrive at Hindad Mineral Hot Spring enjoy a natural spa while bathing in a mineral water.
  • 15.00 - Arrive at Kao Pang Waterfall & enjoy swimming in its turquoise –colored pool.
  • 16.00 - Return to Kanchanaburi town.
  • 17.00 - Reach hotel. End of the services

rainforest trekking (3 days / 2 nights)

    Day 1

  • 08.00 - Pick up by car from Kanchanaburi to Hellfire Pass Memorial.
  • 08.45 - Upon arrival, visit the memorial’s museum featuring the history of the Great Pacific War and the Death Railway construction. Then 2.30 hours walking from the memorial along the original Death Railway to other dramatic places in relation to the railway construction. The uneven walking trail runs through the fertile forest with its charming limestone hills
  • 11.30 - Pick up by car, continue further north to Tong Papoom. Lunch on route.
  • 13.30 - Stop at a local market. Shopping of fruits and snacks can be done. 45 minutes beautiful drive from here will then lead up to the highland of Pilok in the beautiful west end of Thailand. On route, enjoy a fascinating view at a scenic view point overlooking the mountainous area.
  • 15.30 - Then set off an off-road journey (30 minutes) along the stony road into magnificent Pilok valley that provides a dramatic view of the former mining area.
  • 16.00 - Warm welcome by afternoon tea and different kinds of cakes. Then check in and leisure (or enjoy a nice chat with the owner about her extraordinary experience and the legend ofPilok village in its glorious period).
  • 19.00 - Thai dinner in the warm atmosphere and soothing sound of nature. Overnight stay (2 nights): a basic but nice family-run bamboo lodge with twin bedrooms, hot shower and western styled restrooms, overlooking a little creek.

    Day 2

  • 09.00 - After breakfast, start a walking trip passing the former mining area with magnificently open mountain landscape. 6 kms walking trail (approx. 3 hours walk, single leg) in the splendid valley along the mountain edge will lead to a fascinating limestone waterfall in the open mountain landscape. Enjoy swimming and relaxing by the fall. Then return on foot back to the accommodation.
  • Note - Generally, the routes are stony snaking up and down the forested mountain and open landscape with terrific views. Walking sticks may be considered for some walkers. Those who want to have an easy day can enjoy a beautiful drive on the mountain ridge into the most stunning waterfall and all over the area.
  • 16.00 - Enjoy afternoon tea and cakes at the bamboo lodge. Then leisure..
  • 19.00 - Thai dinner and BBQ. Overnight.

    Day 3

  • 09.30 - Check out and set off a journey (30 minutes) out of the valley by 4x4 car. Visit the legendary former mining Pilok village, then the west end of Thailand. If the sky is clear, Andaman sea can be glimpsed from a far distance. Then continue by car down to Tong Papoom (1 hour drive).
  • 12.00 - Thai lunch at a local restaurant in Tong Papoom area.
  • 13.30 - Enjoy self-treatment at a natural Hindad Hot Spring.
  • 15.30 - Catch a train from Nam Tok station. Experience one of the world’s great rail journeys along the historical Death Railway that provides a beautiful view of the river stretch with limestone mountains as its stunning backdrop.
  • 16.30 - Get off at Ta Kilen, pick up by car, then continue to Kanchanaburi town.
  • 17.00 - Upon arrival, visit the Bridge on the River Kwai & war cemetery. Then transfer to the accommodation in Kanchanaburi town.