Kanchanaburi’s new shades are casting fresh light on the destination, mixing in sports fuelled activities with its abundant natural and historical attractions that appeal to younger travellers and families alike.
Traveling here, you will enjoy viewing locals’ working in rice paddy fields, sugar cane farms, fruit and vegetable plantations. Lots of local temples and villages which are the signature scenery of Kanchanaburi.
Where To Stay – Luxury Escape
X2 River Kwai is located on the most beautiful stretch of the Kwai Noi River with its spectacular view and backdrop of mountain ranges and blue sky.
The resort spreads across over 2 acres (6 Rai) of the prime riverside location, all guest rooms are facing the Kwai Noi River.
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This trip, I stayed in XFloat Luxe Cabin Suite – The panoramic view on the Flying Deck that reaches out to the vastness of nature.
The design inspirations – The architecture of X2 River Kwai takes “light structure” as a formal expression. The light structure can be found throughout the province such as houses, rafts, and local bridges which are mainly constructed with bamboos and natural friendly products.
Steel trusses of factories, mining equipment, and the most renowned landmark, The Bridge over the River Kwai, can also be considered as a light structure that possesses “slim but strong” philosophy.
The resort’s lobby and The Bridge Bar & Bistro are designed to mock an old railway station. The restaurant also has the outdoor deck or Fun Deck for guests to chill and enjoy the fresh breezy air.
The talented chef of X2 River Kwai was shining in the local Iron Chef Thailand show. I would recommend you to order his signature dishes from Spaghetti Thai Northern Style Sausage, X2 Pad Thai or Fried Som Tam. If you like western-style dishes, check out their Aussie Tenderloin Beef Bowl, Salmon Lemony Risotto, Pork Chop. A must order Banana Minions.
Sunrise breakfast here is one of a memorable one. You are able to try them all! See breakfast photos
The recreation activities: Pick a good book from the library, or iPads and go chill out, serving free wifi in all common areas or lay back beside the infinity riverfront pool with sun lounges and sunbeds. Getting good spa treatments could be a great option to end your lazy day in Kanchanaburi.
If you are an active person, you can do cycling, Kayak, or go to the game room, there are plenty of games await for you and your friends to have a happy day together. For golf lovers, there are several 18 holes championship golf courses (Evergreen Hill, Grand Prix, Mida) within 45 kilometers distance.
Address: 138 Moo. 4, Nongya, Muang District, Kanchanaburi 71000 Thailand
Tel: 66 34 552 124
The Local Experiences
For family travellers, I highly recommended to check out Safari Park. I personally enjoy visiting here. Whilst the history of Kanchanaburi is very much about the impact of the World War II era, there is a lot more to see and do in this picturesque province than just revisit war history.
When visitors take time to explore, they can find Thailand’s most impressive waterfalls, one seriously enormous tree, and a whole host of temples including one featuring a floating nun. All this and more makes it a perfect backdrop for one of the country’s best event destinations that features a bit of everything from the surreal to the sublime.
Erawan National Park
One of the most beautiful natural attractions in Kanchanaburi is the Erawan Waterfall that attracts thousands of Thai and foreign tourists. Its ease of access is a big plus given its location in the Erawan National Park, Si Sawat district and covers a total area of about 600 square kilometres off Highway 3199, which is the same route as the Srinakarin Dam.
Tham Kra Sae (Kra Sae Cave)
Tham Kra Sae is a famous and dangerous point in Kanchanaburi located in Saiyok district. This small cave is tucked into towering cliffs near the site of a former prisoner of war camp along the infamous Thai-Burma Death Railway. Visitors arriving by car can walk along the sleeper track and visit the Buddha statue enshrined in Kra Sae Cave. There are restaurants and souvenir shop catering to tourists in the area of the train station.
Giant Rain Tree
An enormous rain tree, which is part of the Fabaceae family native to Latin America, is situated on one rai of land in Ko Samrong, Mueang district. It is an awe-inspiring sight with a trunk measuring 7.83 metres in diameter and is said to be over 100 years old. This giant tree should be part of any pilgrimage to Kanchanaburi. There is no entrance fee and the site is open daily from 06.00 – 18.00 Hrs.
Pakprak Walking Street
Pakprak Walking Street is one of the oldest roads in Kanchanaburi that reflects the local lifestyle of Kanchanaburi’s residents with examples of unique period architecture that dates before World War II. Nowadays, Pakprak Walking Street is well established as a tourist point of interest with its many street stalls serving both traditional and modern Thai food in addition to shops selling local handicrafts and historical artifacts. Open every Sunday from 16.00 – 22.00 Hrs.
River Kwai Bridge Festival
Every year in late November and early December, Kanchanaburi comes alive during the celebrated River Kwai Bridge Festival. The highlight of this festival is its spectacular sound and light show, which recreates the history of the bridge over the River Kwai.
The River Kwai International Run and is the longest legendary long-distance event in Thailand, which was established by international runners; e.g. Europeans and Americans, who were inspired by the natural wonder and challenging running courses. The first River Kwai Half Marathon was held in 1982, which comprised approximately 400 international runners (the majority) and Thai counterparts. The River Kwai International Trophy is the fascinating participants who truly love wilderness and adventure racing. Over 200 teams (male, female and mixed) from around the world took part in the race, which claims to be the most popular and largest adventure race of its kind in Southeast Asia. The event consists of three to eight hours of running, mountain biking, kayaking, river swimming (with surprise obstacles) along challenging scenic trails traversing the mountains, farmlands, jungles and the historic Kwai Valley.