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Kanchanaburi Travel Guide

Arrival to Kanchanaburi



Kanchanaburi is connected by daily road and rail services with Bangkok and other neighboring provinces.

BY CAR

Traveling by car is the fastest (travel time will take about 2 hours) but more expensive way to get Kanchanaburi. From Bangkok drive along Highway N° 4 to Nakhon Pathom, then follow highway N° 323 to Kanchnabury City.

BY BUS

Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai), located at Phutthamonthon Soi 1. 1st class buses leave Bangkok’s terminal every 15 minutes from 05:00 am to 22:30 pm, the journey takes about 2 hours. 2nd class buses leave Bangkok every 20 minutes from 03:30 am to 19:00 pm; the journey takes about 3 hours. You can also take a mini bus from/to Thanon Khao San to go Kanchanaburi within 2 hours.

There are also direct buses leaving Nakhon Pathom to Kanchanaburi, 2nd class only, trip takes about 1.5 hours. From Ratchaburi and Suphan Buri Bus Stations, there are several buses leaving directly to Kanchanaburi, the journey takes up to 3 hours-

The Kanchanaburi bus terminal is located just to the east of the central commercial district. From there, buses to Bangkok’s Southern Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) leave every 20 minutes for first class and every 15 minutes for second class air-con. There are also regular buses to Bangkok’s Northern Terminal (Moh Chit). The journey can take from 2 to 4 hours.

Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal
Telephone: (034) 511 182

BY TRAIN

There are services two times a day to and from Bangkok’s Thon Buri Train Station (Bangkok Noi Station) via Nakhon Pathom. Only 3rd class seats are available, it is an adventure in itself; you will have to sit on a hard wooden seat. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and almost always runs late. The section between the Nam Tok Station to Kanchanaburi, a part of the historic railway to Myanmar is the more exciting part of the trip.

There are special 2nd class air-con trains arranged for tourists from Bangkok on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays. These depart from Hua Lamphong railway station at 6:30 am. The trip includes several stop-overs at Nakhon Pathom, Death Railway Bridge and more, you will receive a certificate of having ridden the Death Railway.

There are also special steam trains operating between Kanchanaburi and Wang Pho.

Thon Buri Railway Station
Telephone: (02) 411-3102

Kanchanaburi Railway Station
Address: Thanon Saeng Chuto
Telephone: (034) 511-285

GETTING AROUND

You can take a guided tour of one travel agency or explore the town yourself. The best way to discover Kanchanaburi is by hiring a bicycle. Many guesthouses now offers bikes and motorbikes, it is a brilliant way to explore the town and its nearby attractions, but, only rent one if you can a secure helmet and you have some experience riding motorbikes. There are abundance of songthaews and samlors connecting bus station, train station and the bridge. Kanchanaburi is comfortably walk-able, you can explore the city on foot.

You can take a local bus service to nearby attractions such as Erawan Waterfall and National Park, Sai Yok Noi/Yai Falls, Wat Tham Mungkornthong






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