Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Kanchanaburi

Death Railway Bridge

This 300m-long bridge is heavy with the history of the Thailand–Burma Railway, the construction of which cost thousands of imprisoned labourers their lives. Its centre was destroyed by Allied bombs in 1945; only the…
Top Choice Museum in Kanchanaburi

Thailand–Burma Railway Centre

This excellent museum balances statistics and historical context with personal accounts of the conditions endured by POWs and other imprisoned labourers forced to build the Thailand–Burma Railway. Kanchanaburi's rol…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kanchanaburi

Wat Tham Seua

The centrepiece of this hilltop temple is a striking 18m-high Buddha covered in golden mosaics. One of the merit-making ceremonies for devotees is to place coins in small trays on a conveyor belt that drops donation…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kanchanaburi

Wat Tham Khao Pun

The nearest cave temple to Kanchanaburi town is a spellbinding labyrinth of stone passageways. The marked trail can be slippery (and a bit of a squeeze) in places, but ducking beneath limestone protrusions to discov…
Top Choice Cemetery in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Immaculately maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, this, the largest of Kanchanaburi's two war cemeteries, is right in town. Of the 6982 soldiers buried here, nearly half were British; the rest came …
Museum in Kanchanaburi

JEATH War Museum

This small, open-air museum displays correspondence and artwork from former POWs involved in the building of the Death Railway. Their harsh living conditions are evident in the many photos on display alongside perso…
Buddhist Temple in Kanchanaburi

Wat Ban Tham

In the countryside around Kanchanaburi, cave temples are almost as common as convenience stores are inside the city, but this is one of the most interesting. Walk up the steps and into the dragon's mouth to reach th…
Area in Kanchanaburi

Heritage Walking Street

A stroll along this enchanting street offers a glimpse of a bygone Kanchanaburi. Many buildings date to the interwar period. Though worn by the passage of time, their Sino-Portuguese, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese st…
Museum in Kanchanaburi

WWII Museum

Though it's close to the Death Railway Bridge, this eclectic museum shouldn't be your first stop for understanding Kanchanaburi's wartime history. It's well-intentioned, but the museum's dispersed (and usually conte…
Cemetery in Kanchanaburi

Chung Kai War Cemetery

Smaller and less visited than the war cemetery in town (but just as well maintained), Chung Kai Cemetery honours 1400 Commonwealth and 300 Dutch soldiers. This was the site of one of the biggest Allied POW camps. Pr…