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Tourist Attractions in Kanchanaburi

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Kanchanaburi, a beautiful city peppered with a wealth of natural and historical attractions, is famous for host of sightseeing opportunities – no matter where you go. Not to mention the famous World War II memories that have a prominent presence in the city area with a number of museums and war memorials that are dedicated to many lives lost during the Japanese occupation.

While this city holds historical importance, the main Tourist Attractions in Kanchanaburi are listed below

River Kwai Bridge

Kanchanaburi located on the Myanmar border, is famous as home to the ancient and prominent River Kwai Bridge. It has a rich history as it was constructed by Japan as the meter-gauge railway line from Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbyuzayat, Burma during the World War II. The line passing through the scenic Three Pagodas Pass runs for 250 miles that is also called as the Death Railway. This is perhaps the best known attraction of Kanchanaburi that has been featuring in world’s famous book and films. This amazing man-made attraction together with the Death Railway is considered as the significant symbol of peace, portraying that war is the great misapprehension that bring no benefit to anyone. It is a must see destination and attraction at the time of your Kanchanaburi tour in Thailand.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Refreshing your old memories and to know about the results of World War II, the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is the ideal place. It is the main prisoner of War Cemetery for victims of Japanese imprisonment at the same time of building the Burma Railway. It is at a short distance from the site of the former Kanburi – the priosoner of war base camp through which most of the prisoners passed on their way to other camps. It was created by the Army Graves Service to transfer the graves along the southern half of railway from Bangkok to Nieke. Here, you will find that more than 5000 commonwealth and 1800 Dutch Casualties are buried or commemorated in the cemetery. It is also a must see attraction during your tour to Kanchanaburi in Thailand.

JEATH War Museum

The JEATH War Museum, being one of the two war museums in Thailand about the Death Railway built from 1942 to 1943 by Allied POWs under the direction of the Japanese, is a part of the famous Thai-Burma railways that has become the most popular and a must see attraction in Kanchanaburi in Thailand. This wonderful museum contains correspondence and artwork from former POWs that detail their harsh living conditions, plus various personal effects and war relics. This museum is situated inside the Wat Chai Chumphon temple close to the famous River Kwai Bridge. Here, you will see a lot more and get a chance to know about the real picture of World War II and its affect on world. Don’t miss to enter the museum to learn about the brave history of Thailand.

Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

The Thailand–Burma Railway Museum, a must see attraction during your holidays in Kanchanaburi in Thailand, is a railway museum in Kanchanaburi. Counted as the most beautiful and an interactive museum, iIt was privately funded and is run by Rod Beattie, an Australian who is an expert in the history of the Thailand–Burma Railway. Now, the beautiful museum in a modern building that will provide you the view of modern Thailand. Here, you will see the artifacts that are presenting rich history of railway in Thailand. It has been presenting the memories of Second World War. Don’t miss the see this museum to know about the Southern-East Asia railway.


Wat Pha Luang or Tiger Temple or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno is one of the most beautiful and a different kind of tourist attraction in Kanchanaburi in Thailand. It was a Theravada Buddhist temple in the Sai Yok District of Thailand's Kanchanaburi Province in the west of the country. Here, you will see tigers roaming freely and friendly to people. It was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals, among them tigers, mostly Indochinese tigers. Another fact about the Wat Pha Luang is that it has been in controversies from the beginning for keeping tigers with mistreating and for animal trafficking.

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