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Exploring Dark Tourism Sites and Attractions in Kanchanaburi

Places of Interest

Published on 30 Nov 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Exploring Dark Tourism Sites and Attractions in Kanchanaburi

Places of Interest

Published on 30 Nov 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Known not just for its temples and nature, Kanchanaburi is also famous for its dark tourism sites, therefore making it a must-visit destination for explorers.

Need a kick? Go close to death or hellfire at Kanchanaburi. Its exciting attractions will satisfy your daredevil urges.

Unlike Khao Yai or Hua Hin, people flock over to Kanchanburi mainly for its history with World War II. A day trip here would suffice if that’s the main purpose of your excursion. However, it’s good to note that the best months to visit would be from November to February.

WHAT TO SEE

Set the mood for the day by starting at the Kanchanburi War Cemetery, the main burial ground for the POWs during the Japanese occupation. After which you can educate yourself with the background by visiting the JEATH War Museum. Stories behind the construction of the infamous railway will make your experience more valuable. You would want to make sure you get a shot of the Bridge over the River Kwai, the reconstructed iron-rail bridge symbolic of the Death Railway. The railway, a standing testimony to the deaths of over 100,000 people, stretches 414km, so the bridge would be the best point to be at. It cuts through limestone cliffs and craggy mountains. You can go on a train journey by hopping on at Tha Kilen Station, remembering how thousands of souls made that journey possible. The whole ride will take two hours and you will end up at Nam Tok. The scenic ride will have you capture the countryside and nature in photos. For a deeper understanding, visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, which is also known as Museum of Chong Khao Kad. A 500-metre-long pass was completed within six months in 1943 for the train to pass. Now it becomes a museum that exhibits tools and photographs of the historic event. Since the other places close early, it would be good to consider what you’d prefer to do for a day trip. The Erawan Waterall is gorgeous to behold, but that alone would take half a day to cover. If your list contains just the historical landmarks, you are good for the day. Otherwise, you’ll need another day!

Military Cemetery in Kanchanaburi

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Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Address: Saeng Chuto Road, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 8:00am to 5:00pm; Sat, 8:00pm to 12:00pm
Tel: +66 3451 1500
Website: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Hell Fire Pass Memorial Museum
Address: Tha Sao, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm daily
Admission Fee: Free
Tel: +66 8 1733 0328, +66 3491 9605
Website: Hell Fire Pass Memorial Museum

Muang Sing Historical Park
Address: Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand
Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm daily
Admission Fee: 40THB
Tel: +66 3458 5052 to 3, +66 3451 1200, +66 6451 2500
Website: Muang Sing Historical Park

Ban Kao National Museum
Address: Sing, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm daily
Admission Fee: 30THB
Tel: +66 34 654 058
Website: Ban Kao National Museum

PICK N' CHOOSE

Kachanburi is not all about a nasty history and gloom. There are temples and beautiful landscapes to behold. Many come to see tigers in their (almost) natural habitat, and one thing that should be a huge draw (if it’s not already) is the resplendent Erawan Waterfall, which should be high on your waterfall list if you have one.

Sai Yok National Park
Address: Sai Yok, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand
Opening Hours: 7:00am to 5:00pm daily
Admission Fee: Free
Tel: +66 34 686 024
Website: Sai Yok National Park

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Erawan Waterfall
Address: Erawan National Park Tha Kradan, Erawan National Park, Thailand
Opening Hours: 7:00am to 4:30pm daily
Admission Fee: Foreigners 300THB (adults) 200 (children) Locals 100THB 50THB (children)
Tel: +66 34 574 222
Website: Erawan Waterfall

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Wat Tham Khao Noi
Address: 99/9 หนองสะแก ซอย 2 Tambon Wang Sala, Amphoe Tha Muang, Chang Wat Kanchanaburi 71110, Thailand
Opening Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm daily
Admission Fee: Free
Tel: +66 34 655 233
Website: Wat Tham Khao Noi

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Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave Temple)
Address: Krabi Noi, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 8:30am to 4:30pm daily; Sat to Sun, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Admission Fee: Free

HOW TO GET TO KANCHANABURI

By car, Kachanburi is just 1 hour and 45 minutes away, so you can hire a cab or rent a car for the ride. If you want a more ‘indigenous’ method, you can take the train from Thon Buri in Bangkok to Kachanburi, which takes about 2 and a half hours for a cheaper fare. Multiple bus operators also service a route that takes the same time for an even cheaper fare.

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