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KANCHANABURI Overview
 

KANCHANABURI


Because of its magnificent landscape and charming beauty, Kanchanaburi has become a major tourist destination, with attractions including several well-known waterfalls, caves that were once inhabited by Neolithic man, pristine national parks, tranquil rivers, virgin forests, and several large reservoirs. Together, these attractions offer an intriguing experience for both first-time and repeat visitors. Whether it’s fishing, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, bird-watching, star-gazing, golfing, elephant and jungle trekking, or even living in a bamboo raft, Kanchanaburi takes pride in offering them all.

The province which has mostly mountainous terrain covers an area of approximately 19,483.2 square kilometers and is the third largest province in Thailand, in the north and west of Bangkok.
The compact provincial capital, some 130 kilometres, and a comfortable two hour drive from Bangkok, is both the site of the world-famous Bridge over the River Kwae, immortalized in books and movies, and gateway to a region of rugged natural beauty.

Kanchanaburi is accessible by road or rail, the latter of which includes sightseeing day trips that run on weekends and public holidays; these weekend special trains are reasonably priced and make hassle free and enjoyable adventures. Even the climate of Kanchanaburi, cooled by the altitude, forests, and rivers, is a welcome respite from the heat and congestion of the nearby capital city.

Kanchanaburi, the terrain is comprised mainly of mountains and high plains, with the Thanon Thongchai Range acting as a natural border between Thailand and Myanmar.  The range is the source of Kanchanaburi’s two most important rivers Kwai Noi River and Kwai Yai River, which form the famous Maeklong River,and have inspired the development of hydro-electric power, and where labyrinthine dam reservoirs provide further scenic elements to the province’s natural beauty.
As a result, several of Thailand’s largest waterfalls and most extensive wildlife sanctuaries are found in this area.

The magnificent landscape and charming beauty of Kanchanaburi have resulted in major tourist attractions including several well-known waterfalls, caves which were once inhabited by Neolithic man, pristine national parks, tranquil rivers virgin forests and reservoir.  Together, they offer an intriguing experience for first time or repeat visitors. Whether it’s fishing, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, bird-watching, star-gazing, golfing, elephant and jungle trekking, or even the city of Kanchanaburi is located at the point where two tributaries, the Kwai Noi River and Kwai Yai River meet and form the Maeklong River.  This is the location of the notorious Death Railway and the Bridge over the River Kwai-one of the world’s famous World War II sites which have been immortalized in print and film. 
Residents of Kanchanaburi are engaged in agricultural activities.  Most of the locals are of Thai ancestry with notable Mon and Karen minorities.  Rural dwellers enjoy living simply and respecting nature.