The Erawan waterfall in Kanchanaburi.

The Erawan waterfall in Kanchanaburi.

The Erawan waterfall in Kanchanaburi.


Taken on: 15th January, 2014. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Chris.E's page of Flickr

Read more about Kanchanaburi

For history, natural beauty, activities and accessibility, Kanchanaburi province is tough to beat. Located just 128 kilometres from Bangkok, Kan (as it's known to locals) is home to pristine national parks, cavernous caves, majestic rivers, lakes, waterfalls and temples. For many though, all this takes a backseat to the area's World War II history. Thousands of allied prisoners of war (POWs) and forced labourers lost their lives while building a Japanese military supply line known as the Death Railway, which cut through the province and linked Bangkok to Burma by way of a precarious and heavily bombed track.

Home to some 35,000 people, the provincial capital town of Kanchanaburi sits alongside the River Kwai (pronounced ‘khwae'), surrounded by sugarcane fields and dramatic mountains to the west. The town's signature landmark is a rail bridge built by POWs and made famous by the 1957 film, Bridge ... Read our complete Kanchanaburi travel guide

More images

A steam locomotive in Kanchanaburi. The bridge on the River Kwai. Buddha Statues in a cave in Kanchanaburi. Sunrise on the River Kwai. Street food stall in Kanchanaburi. Street food. The Erawan National Park. Waterfall at the Erawan National Park. Moonrise Kingdom Death Railway ... Young Thai woman at No2 step Thais enjoying No1 step. First step Kanchanaburi Station Food #5 Kanchanaburi Station Food #2 Bridge over the River Kwai Kanchanaburi Station Food #4 Don't Clambing Up Kingfisher on the lookout #2 Kanchanaburi-Nam-Tok-3841 Kanchanaburi-Nam-Tok-3880 Kanchanaburi-Nam-Tok-3936 CSC_5578 CSC_5575 Kwai-joen silta Kayaking on the River Kwai, Thailand Tiger Temple 4 17-5-10-014-FP4 Wat Saam Prasob Death Railway. Monk & Tiger Sound and light show, Kanchanaburi Krasae cave, Kanchanaburi Sai Yok Yai national park, Kanchanaburi Light on the river, Kanchanaburi Flower, Kanchanaburi Muang Singh, Kanchanaburi Muang Singh, Kanchanaburi Mountain scenery, Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple, Kanchanaburi Hellfire Pass, Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple, Kanchanaburi Sai Yok Noi waterfall, Kanchanaburi River light, Kanchanaburi War cemetary, Kanchanaburi Sai Yok Noi waterfall Bridge festival Bridge festival Bridge festival and light show