West of Bangkok and abutting the mountains which divide Thailand from Myanmar, Kanchanaburi combines historical interest with some of the most picturesque scenery in the whole country. The landscape is dominated by forested hills and the valleys of the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai rivers, where waterfalls and caves are additional elements of natural wonder. Historically Kanchanaburi is best known as the site of the infamous “Death Railway” has a long past, with evidence of settlement during Neolithic times, while in recorded history, the area was occupied by the ancient khmer prior to the rise of the Thai.
Kanchanaburi is the site of the world-famous Bridge Over The River Kwai, immortalized in books and movies, and is noted for rugged natural beauty where mountains and river valleys have inspired development of hydro-electric power and where labyrinthine reservoirs provide further scenic elements to the province's natural beauty.
Beyond the compact provincial capital, some 130 kilometers, and a comfortable 2-hour drive from Bangkok, where the Kwae Yai and the Kwae Noi rivers unite to form the Mae Klong River, Kanchanaburi unfolds in progressively arresting scenic beauty in a landscape characterized by several waterfalls, caves once inhabited by Neolithic man, national parks and tranquil riverside and reservoir settings.
Opportunities abound for rustic living aboard rafts on dazzling rivers and reservoirs, and provide the focal point for memorable holidays for nature lovers who delight in natural surroundings and pleasures without sacrificing basic comforts.