Things to Do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

By Polyglot Petra 3/5/24

Only 3 hours away from Bangkok and packed with just as much history as any other place is Kanchanaburi.  Although it’s not talked about nearly as much as Bangkok and Thailand’s past capitals like Sukhothai or Ayutthaya, I really think this place deserves more credit.

Mallika City

A mock-up town where visitors are transported back to the 18th-century

As soon as you step inside the city gate, you’ll be taken back to 18th-century Bangkok, the early days of the capital city.

There are vintage floating houses, rice fields and processing barns, an old-school wooden bridge, and a market you can shop from.

Hellfire Pass

A portion of the WWII Japanese Death Railway

Hellfire Pass is the longest cutting on the Thailand-Burma Death Railway of World War II.  The pass was mostly excavated by hand by Allied prisoners of war and forced local labor

The walking trail accessible to the public is about 2.5 km long and will take about 2 – 2.5 hours.  Definitely make more time to explore the museum at the visitor center as well.

River Kwai Bridge

The most famous portion of the Death Railway

It is just a metal bridge, sure… but if you’re intrigued by history, this bridge has a vibe just like the Hellfire Pass.  And since trains don’t run through here anymore, you can walk on it and take pictures.

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