Kanchanaburi is one of the most beautiful
provinces of Thailand, with a very delightful
landscape. It is already well-known among
War-historians and movie-buffs as the site
of the notorious "Death Railway"
and the "Bridge over the River Kwai"
and among archaeologists for its Neolithic
burial grounds. Yet, the province also has
numerous other places of interest for the
nature loving visitor who wants to spend longer
Kanchanaburi is about 128 kilometers west of Bangkok approximately
2 1/2 hours ride by car over a good road. The town of Kanchanaburi
is located at the point where two tributaries, the Kwai Noi and
Kwai Yai (which have their source in the Ta-Nao-Si Range) meet
and form the Mae-Klong River. The present provincial capital is
a relatively new town built by King Rama III in 1833.
The old town was 18 kilometers away. On reaching
Kanchanaburi a visitor first stop at the "TOURISM
AUTHORITY OF THAILAND" local office on
Saeng-Chuto Road near the Bus Station to collect
maps, folders and any other useful information
before starting out on a program of sight-seeing.