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Kanchanaburi Iternary - What can you fit in?

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Kanchanaburi Iternary - What can you fit in?


We're coming to Kanchanaburi via the early morning train on Day 1 and have another 3 days in town.

We want to ride the rest of the railway - not fussy about the direction of travel but only one way, see Hellfire Pass the waterfall (Sai Yok?), the bridge and museums in town. We also want to go to Erawan Falls and maybe river raft or kayak on the river. Possible also the Hydro electric power station.

Not bothered about Elephants or Tigers.

Do we do all this in one day, as some tours are offering or split them up? What is near to what and the logical order?

Any help apreciated.

Maz (48 hrs to go!)

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I wouldn't attempt doing it all in one day. If you are travelling on a budget I suggest that one day you take the early morning train from Kanchanaburi which departs 06.07 and arrives Nam Tok 08.20. In taking the train to Nam Tok you will travel over the Wang Pho Viaduct, the most interesting part of the rail journey. Once you arrive at Nam Tok visit the Sai Yok Noi waterfall and then take a bus to the Hellfire Pass which is abut 20 kms away. You can return to Kanchanaburi by bus but do make sure you are waiting on the road by about 16.15 to be sure of catching the last bus

The Erawan Falls can also be visited by bus. SInce you would like to visit the Hydroelectric plant you could hire a car + driver for the day and go well beyond the plant and head north to the Huay Ka Min Falls. These are truly impressive ! Indeed, on the same day you will have enough time to stop off at the Phra Phat Caves.

If you are interested in joining tour groups take a look at these links:




Good luck with the planning.

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Too much to do all in one day. We went with tois tours to see hellfire pass, erawan waterfall and the death railway. A full day out for 890 baht, we booked one day and went the next. Recommended.

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I would definitely recommend a visit to Hellfire Pass, it's extremely memorable.

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If you have three days, definitely split it up to enjoy yourself. Erawan and Hellfire Pass are both far from the city of Kanchanaburi and in different directions. So if you are going by public transport, then you will need two different days - one day for the journey to Hellfire Pass (Sai Yok way) and another for Erawan.

As AjarnAndy has said, you should go with a private car if you want to go to the hydroelectric plant as well.

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We took the public bus to the Erawan Fall one day and took the Death Railway to Nam Tuk and the small waterfall another day (with the bus back). On our third day we mostly hung out by our pool and then checked out the WWII history in town.

That area of Thailand is also really hot, so plan for some downtime.

Full trip report and photos here: erohisms.com/wwii-and-waterfalls-in-kanchana…

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