Kanchanaburi attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Kanchanaburi

Death Railway Bridge

Constructed by imprisoned POW labor, this 300m-long bridge is heavy with the history of the Thailand–Burma Railway. Its centre was destroyed by Allied bombs in 1945, so only the curved spans are original. You're fre…
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 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, in part because you walk up steps and into a dragon's mou…
Buddhist Temple in Kanchanaburi

Wat Tham Seua

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

Wat Tham Khao Pun

The nearest cave temple to Kanchanaburi town is a fun labyrinth of illuminated passageways. The marked trail is a bit of a squeeze in some places (and can be slippery), but ducking beneath limestone protrusions to d…
Museum in Kanchanaburi

JEATH War Museum

This small museum, opened in 1977, mostly focuses on the terrible ordeals of the POWs who built the Death Railway. Their harsh living conditions are shown in many original photos, letters and drawings from that time…
Cemetery in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

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

Heritage Walking Street

A stroll along this city centre street offers a glimpse of a bygone Kanchanaburi. Many buildings date to 1920s and 30s and their Sino-Portuguese, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese styles have been preserved; faded yellow…
Cemetery in Kanchanaburi

Chungkai War Cemetery

The site of one of the biggest Allied POW camps, Chungkai honours 1426 Commonwealth and 313 Dutch soldiers. Prisoners built their own hospital and church close by and the majority of those buried here died at the ho…
Museum in Kanchanaburi

WWII Museum

Close to the Death Railway Bridge, at this eclectic museum you'll see trains, Japanese motorcycles, anchors and old helmets, plus a great view of the bridge: the tower in the northwest corner is the best viewpoint. …