5 Things to do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

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)

  1. Hike and swim at the Erawan Falls
    20130806_093940There 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
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Casa Lapin x49 – Bangkok

Because we love cafes, Bob and I couldn’t miss out on visiting at least one in Bangkok. Of all the cafes we looked to visit, this one was really hard to find! It didn’t help that it was set in a little unnamed road across from Samitivej Hospital, somewhere near Sukhumvit Soi 49. Try looking for these signs:

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Casa Lapin x49’s is the wooden one. Walk right in and you’d find yourself in a residential looking area, that houses an eclectic mix of a tapas bar and an upmarket pet accessories store. This is Casa Lapin x49. Complete with a hipster foldie bike.

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This is the 2nd cafe set up by owner Surapan Tanta (an architect turned barista) – the first being Casa Lapin, which can also be found a little nook at Thonglor Art Village. It’s very tastefully done, I’ll let pictures do the talking. Reminds me of a greenhouse, and even has a little attic like space on the 2nd floor.

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There’s a huge shelf of some of my favourite magazines – like Smith, Kinfolk and even our very own Encounters.

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It was a tad too hot to sit outside, but the external seating area is also lovely. To the left of the photo you can see that there are little tables perfect for an intimate conversation between two, or if someone might prefer to have more privacy to read / do work.

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More one seaters, with little metallic drawers that double up as tables. (we found some stickers from Papa Palheta in one of those drawers!)

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Go upstairs if you’re coming in a bigger group of 4-5

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Plants everywhere! Lends the cafe a very nice touch.

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Even the toilet is brilliantly done up.

Coffee was not bad – I didn’t really study the menu, but they serve cakes and pasta too.

Oh there are power plugs everywhere + WIFI, so I think it’s a perfect place just to sit around, chillax, check your emails or get some work done. Wish we had more pretty little enclaves like this in Singapore!

Casa Lapin x49
Sukhumvit 49, across from Samitivej Hospital, between Thonglor 13 and Sukhumvit 49/7

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri.: 7:30am – 8:30pm
Sat-Sun.: 10:30am – 8:30pm