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Getting there & away

Sangkhlaburi’s buses haphazardly assemble either at the informal bus station across from the market or at ticket counters nearby. If you’re looking for a particular bus, go and ask the motorcycle taxi drivers – they know everything.

Ordinary bus 8203 leaves Sangkhlaburi for Kanchanaburi (110B) at 6.45am, 8.15am, 10.15am and 1.15pm, and takes five to six hours, depending on how many mishaps occur on the Thong Pha Phum to Sangkhlaburi road. An air-con bus (200B) leaves every hour from 6.30am to 3.30pm and takes four hours. An air-con bus also trundles to Bangkok’s Northern and Northeastern bus terminal (Mo Chit, 2nd/1st class 228/295B, four times daily).

The distance between Kanchanaburi and Sangkhlaburi is about 230km. From Thong Pha Phum to Sangkhlaburi it’s 74km. The road between Thong Pha Phum and Sangkhlaburi is quite rough but it is one of the most beautiful in Thailand. It winds through mountains of limestone and through a major teak reforestation project.