Kanchanaburi is a province located in western Thailand (3 hrs drive from Bangkok) and offers a rich diversity of green nature sites and historical remnants. The lush jungle is fed by the river Kwai, surrounded by beautiful mountain cliffs. The area is known for its stunning caves, waterfalls, national parks and local Mon culture but contains also a intriguing history whereas POW’s had to construct a railway during WOII, under dreadful circumstances.
Kanchanaburi is facing three seasons: the cool, hot and rainy season, mainly determined by the temperatures and monsoons. Through the beneficial location on the edge of the mountain range, temperatures in Kanchanaburi are slightly cooler compared to other centrally located provinces. The average daily temperatures are somewhere between the 25 and 30 degrees with a minimum temperature of 20 degrees at night and 40 degrees in summertime. The monsoon is active from the months May to October peaking in September. The heavy rainfalls don’t last for too long although they are rather intense. The green sceneries are beautiful during this period.
There are huge national parks to explore – with the mountain bike or on foot – featuring an impressive tropical nature including limestone caves and waterfalls. Well-known sights are i.e. the Lawa Cave and the Erawan waterfall. Nature lovers are at the right place to start exploring several types of tropical birds, ride through the jungle on an elephant’s back or canoe through the overwhelming mountain cliffs.
Culture is another aspect of the region, the local, old Mon culture is still living in small communities. Therefore definitely a special experience to visit these Mon villages or attend one of the cultural Mon dances.
Moreover, contains the area an intriguing history of the WOII. It was when the Japanese army was in charge of the POW (Prisoner of war) workforces who had to built a railway between Thailand and Burma, also referred to as: the Death Railway. Many war museums and cemeteries refer to the events (such as the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, JEATH War Museum, World War II Museum and Art gallery).
Starting in Bangkok, there are several ways to reach the Kanchanaburi, in total it will take guests more or less three hours, depending on the mode of transport. This can either be the car, train, air-conditioned VIP bus or van and of course it’s also possible to order a taxi.
Along the River Kwai are five resorts established, all unique in its kind.
- The Hintok River Camp @ hellfire Pass
Glamping in a safari tented camp next to the legendary Hellfire Pass.
Read More on www.hintokrivercamp.com
- Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort
Adventure resort with modern facilities in a peaceful environment.
Read More on www.HomePhutoeyRiverKwai.com
- River Kwai Jungle Rafts
Stay with the locals at the floating bamboo rafts on the River Kwai.
Read More on www.RiverkwaiJungleRafts.com
- River Kwai Resotel
Jungle chalets surrounded by green lush vegetation.
Read More on www.RiverKwaiResotel.net
- RV River Kwai (cruise)
Explore the river and its hidden secrets differently on a cruise.
- The FloatHouse River Kwai
Luxurious villa’s floating on the river Kwai, close to the precious Lawa Cave.
Read More on www.thefloathouseriverkwai.com
Recommended: Difficult to choose? Tours are leaving every day from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi combining several resorts in the region with great activities. See for more information: http://www.serenatahotels.com/special-offers-en.html#