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Kanchanaburi - help and opinions please...

  • kriskeogh

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    We set off on the morning train on the Wednesday from Bangkok Noi and our plan is to do the full length of the line to Nam Tok in one go, then spend some time at the waterfalls and either pick up the mid afternoon train back or taxi it back to Kanchanaburi. Thats the DVR out of the way then but we then have the evening of the first day there and all day Thursday. What is worth doing the next day, love to get out into the countryside, visit caves, waterfalls etc, don't mind doing some walking too. Would love some suggestions for a full day out whilst there.

    On Friday we need to be back in Bangkok airport for lunchtime for a flight to Trat so is there a scheduled minivan that does that run as we are then going onto Ko Chang.

    #1 Posted: 16/2/2012 - 05:31

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  • mikethediver

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    Hi,
    A great day out in K'buri is to hire a push bike (about 100b).
    Cycle towards the old market & you go through 2 wats; 1 is Thai, the other Vietnamese (Vietnamese monks wear trousers!!).
    The old market is worth a stop & then go on to the old city walls.
    Came back & cross the river and visit the 2nd war cemetery; there is also a cave a mile or so further on.
    You can then follow the river and come back across 'The Bridge'.
    It's a nice trip and on a push bike you get to see a lot more & met local people.
    Of course you could just book a trip with the local tour agent & join the masses!!!
    Mike

    #2 Posted: 16/2/2012 - 17:07

  • captainbkk

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    that train arr in Nam TOK about 12.30/13.00 and returns immediately to BKK-in 15 mins. No time to see the falls. Only on the weekend there is the tourist train that lets you have enough time. You need special prebooked tickets for that one.
    Plenty of buses though from the village to Kan-town, also much quicker as the train. I have never seen taxi's around there.
    BTW why fly at all to Chang-well its likely paid and booked-simply take a minibus from the Vict. Monuemnt in BKK to there, that is also 1 of the places where the minivans from Kan set you down. Your assumed time savings are about 30 mins. at a cost of well over 2000 bt.
    As I guess you travel with the tipical oversized backapckers gear: go only to Kan day 1-drop off your load, see city/bridge/museum that day and make it a day out to the falls+park next day-much more toime and its getting really hot here now.

    #3 Posted: 17/2/2012 - 02:01

  • kriskeogh

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    I'm liking the bike idea actually.

    Regards Nam Tok is there not a mid afternoon train coming back, if not then a bus is fine we not that fussy.

    We not taking that much, only enough for 4 days at a time and then that gets washed etc its travel as light as possible.

    The flights are already booked so does anyone know if we can get a minivan from Kanchanaburi to BKK airport.

    #4 Posted: 17/2/2012 - 06:19

  • mikethediver

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    Hi,
    Yes you an get a minibus from K'buri directly to the airport.
    I think it is about 400/500 Baht, which is not cheap as you can get into Bangkok Southern bus terminal for 110 Baht.
    Mike

    #5 Posted: 25/2/2012 - 17:07

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