Backpackers, who are looking for a slow-paced yet chilled-out journey other than Bangkok can slide their way into Kanchanaburi, taking advantage of its waterfalls and national parks. The most interesting sight for the visitors is the iron bridge over River Kwai, get one inexpensive ticket for yourself on one of those train journeys over the bridge and enjoy the scenic view along the along. If you are into some water sports, kayaking is an option in the River Kwai which merges with the Khwae Yai River to form the Mae Klong River, which empties into the Gulf of Thailand at Samut Songkhram. You can enjoy kayaking from a few kilometres upstream and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. Another must-do activity in Kanchanaburi is to visit Erawan National Park.
The key attraction would be the Erawan Falls which is a 7 tiered waterfall which is named after the three-headed elephant in Hindu mythology. It is advisable to watch this spectacle in the rainy season (May to October) and it is also perfect to visit the falls for cooling off after hot summer day. For the visitors' convenience, they provide changing/restrooms as well.
Care for some smooth skin care during the travel? Well if yes, Hin Dat Hot Springs is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kanchanaburi. The water is jam-packed with minerals that it will give you smooth skin after soaking in it. Traditional Thai body and foot massages are also available for those who don’t want to get wet.
If you feel like indulging in some of the cultural experiences of Kanchanaburi, the best would be Kuang Im Chapel, a Buddhist temple which is will go unnoticeable if you had strolled through the bridge on River Kwai because of the sheer attractiveness of the temple.
The colourful sculptures of dragons in different hues. After all, the admission fee is free of cost, so just enjoy the smiling Buddha, meditate a bit and pamper cater some retrospect into your life. It will be worth it.
Dine in the Kanchanaburi night market located right next to the railway station for enjoying scrumptious local savouries. This small market caters to all those traditional Thai food. Visit this nice little market during the evenings to relax and to grab a quick bite. Most of the tourist in Kanchanaburi stays in Maenamkwai road which is one of the busiest streets in Kanchanaburi. There are hundreds of options available in this area on any budget.
So, the only thing left is to rent a scooter, turn on your GPS and go exploring.