How to Get to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok

The city of Kanchanaburi is a microcosm of what makes Thailand such an interesting country. There is a blend of historical sightseeing opportunities as well as natural spots to take in the unique beauty of the Land of Smiles. Located only a 2- to 3-hour drive from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is easily accessible via bus or train.


Kanchanaburi was once the site of Neolithic civilizations, evidenced by artifacts of ancient societies and burial sites that have been excavated here. In the mid-20th century, the city became notorious as the home of the Bridge on the River Kwai, the controversial structure built to support the Thai-Burmese railway by prisoners of war during WWII. There are also several national parks in the surrounding area, with opportunities to see stunning waterfalls and get close to Thai wildlife.


As there is no airplane to Kanchanaburi, so visitors have to visit Bangkok first, and then take one of the following ways to the Kanchanaburi.


Public Bus

In the case of public air conditioned bus from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, the most popular and recommended one is the first class one from Southern Bus Terminal. The bus here departs every 20 minutes.


Mini Bus (Van)

Not only is it fastest choice from Bangkok to the city of Kanchannaburi, its fare is also not too expensive. Currently, mini bus is easy to be found at several places in Bangkok, so visitors can take one anywhere that they feel most convenient.


Railway (Train)

To travel from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by train can be seen as more interesting choice than public bus. Visitors can look at the view on their journey and the train also passes through River Kwai Bridge and Death Railway Bridge, which are major attractions in Kanchanaburi. Don’t forget to take your camera in order to capture beautiful view at these spots.


Take a train to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok at Thonburi Station which is located at Sala Namron Market area, behind Siriratch Hospital.


On weekend, there is a special train, which stop over a few places, such as Phra Pathom Chedi and The Death Railway Bridge, before arriving Kanchanaburi, and visitors can also enjoy the places for about 20-30 minutes. On Sunday, Saturday and public holidays, this special train departs from 6.30 am, at Hua Lumphong Railway Station.


Travel Around Kanchanaburi

The province of Kanachanaburi is quite large, compared to other provinces in Thailand. Take a guided tour of a local travel agency or explore the province yourself by motorcycle. You can easily hire a motorbike taxi or a ricksha to get around in town.


The Night Market and the Food Market are worth a visit.

The Food Market is located at the bus station and starts daily at 6:00 PM. You will find there various local Thai specialties and self-made Thai sweets. The choice is huge and often unexpected delicious.


The Night Market is on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays located at the train station. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays it is located at the bus station.