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A province in the Central Plains, Kanchanaburi is frequented by tourists who have been

attracted by its long history and ancient



Thai Term Glossary

Amphoe : District

Ban : Village

Chedi : Stupa or Pagoda

Hat : Beach

Khao : Mountain

Khlong : Canal

Ko : Island

Mueang : Town or City

Namtok : Waterfall

Tambon : Sub-district

Tham : Cave

Ubosot or Bot : Ordination hall in a temple

Viharn : Image hall in a temple

Wat : Temple

Note: English spelling here given tries to approximate 

Thai pronunciation. Posted signs may be

spelled differently. When seeking help from a

Thai for directions, point to the Thai spellings

given after each place name.

A province in the Central Plains, Kanchanaburi is frequented by tourists who have been

attracted by its long history and ancient

civilizations, a location of the bridge over the

River Khwae- ‘Kwai’ as it is known internationally and scene of the historic World War

II. The province is also famous for its natural

attractions such as forests, mountains, caves

and waterfalls. Kanchanaburi is located 129

kilometres. from Bangkok and covers a total

area of approximately 19,483 square kilometres., Being the country’s third largest province

next to Nakhon Ratchasima and Chiang Mai.

Topographically, it is covered with timber and

evergreen forests, with 2 main rivers; namely,

the Khwae Yai and Khwae Noi Rivers which

meet and become the Mae Klong River at

Amphoe Mueang Kanchanaburi is divided into

13 districts: Amphoe Mueang Kanchanaburi,

Amphoe Bo Phloi, Amphoe Lao Khwan, Amphoe Phanom Thuan, Amphoe Sai Yok, Amphoe

Sangkhla Buri, Amphoe Si Sawat, Amphoe Tha

Maka, Amphoe Tha Muang, Amphoe Thong

Pha Phum, Amphoe Dan Makham Tia, Amphoe

Nong Prue and Amphoe Huai Krachao.


North borders Uthai Thani, Tak and Union of


South borders Ratchaburi and Nakhon


East borders Suphan Buri.

West borders Union of Myanmar.


By Car: Take Phetchakasem Road or Borommarat

chachonnani Road via Nakhon Chai Si, Nakhon

Pathom, Ban Pong, Tha Maka, Tha Muang to

Kanchanaburi, a total distance of 129 kilometres, taking about 1.30 hours.

By Air-conditioned Bus: From the Southern

Bus Terminal, 1st-class buses leave every 20

minutes during 5.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m. 2ndclass buses leave every 20 minutes during

4.30 a.m.-5.00 p.m., running on the old route:

Phetchakasem Road-Om Yai-Nakhon Chai Si,

taking approximately 3 hours. For more infomation, please contact Kanchanaburi Tour Co.,

Ltd., Tel. 0 2894 6134 or

By Train: There are trains leaving Bangkok Noi

Railway Station twice daily at 7.50 a.m. and 1.45

p.m., and stopping at Kanchanaburi Station,

River Khwae Bridge, Tha Kilen Station and Namtok Station. The journey takes approximately

4-5 hours. For more infomation, please contact

Bangkok Noi Railway Station, Tel. 0 2411 3102.

A one-day return trip by a tourist train is

available on Saturdays, Sundays and national

holidays. For more infomation, please contact

the State Railway of Thailand, Tel. 1690, 0 2220

4334, 0 2621 7801 or

Local Transportation

Local buses are available at Kanchanaburi

Bus Station on Saeng Chu To Road to various

districts such as Amphoe Bo Phloi, Amphoe

Nong Prue, Amphoe Si Sawat, Amphoe Sai Yok,

Amphoe Thong Pha Phum and Amphoe Sangkhla Buri, or the several attractions like Namtok

Erawan, Namtok Sai Yok, Sangkhla Buri. For

more information, please contact Kanchanaburi

Bus Station Tel. 0 3451 1182.

Getting to Nearby Provinces

From Kanchanaburi Bus Station, there are

buses to Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri and Nakhon

Pathom. and there are 2nd-class buses to

Chiang Mai, Nong Khai and Rayong. For more

information, please contact Kanchanaburi Bus

Station Tel. 0 3451 5907.

Distances from Amphoe Mueang to

Neighbouring Districts

Tha Muang 13 kilometres

Phanom Thuan 24 kilometres

Tha Maka 30 kilometres

Dan Makham Tia 30 kilometres

Bo Phloi 48 kilometres

Sai Yok 50 kilometres

Huai Krachao 60 kilometres

Nong Prue 75 kilometres

Lao Khwan 98 kilometres

Si Sawat 130 kilometres

Thong Pha Phum 145 kilometres

Sangkhla Buri 215 kilometres

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