Kanchanaburi is more well known with our local boys as an army training site and thus not very ideal for a holiday spot. But it’s actually surprisingly idyllic!
If you’re planning a trip to Kanchanaburi, the first thing you need to do is to really plan properly. It’s definitely much easier to rent a car – each attraction is quite a distance from the next, and you wouldn’t be at the mercy of public transport or a big group of tourists. Apparently you can also catch a taxi from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi for the day for about 2000 baht (about 80 SGD).
Bob and I drove about 2 hours from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi Town (for lunch), and another 1 hour from Kanchanaburi Town to Sai Yok. Wikitravel and TripAdvisor would suggest visiting a Tiger Temple and Elephant Camp but I’m really not a fan of seeing animals in captivity (although, apparently they have good intentions) and we didn’t exactly have the luxury of time after spending half a day at the Erawan Falls (which I would totally recommend visiting). As mentioned, we were there with a car and navigated with Google Maps, so I don’t really have the exact addresses or directions to things. (Google Maps will suffice, but remember to get a local SIM card before hand)
- Hike and swim at the Erawan Falls
There are seven levels of waterfalls at Erawan, which are all pretty spectacular. Something about the minerals in the water make it seem really blue with sunlight hits. I’d suggest going early, about 9 or 10 in the morning if you’re planning to complete the hike (about 2km up), because we started down at about noon and it was teeming with tourists! Also, wear good hiking shoes that have good grip and you’re willing to get dirty / wet. Oh yes a bathing suit and a small towel too, because you can swim wherever you fancy! Continue reading