Kanchanaburi is a province in Thailand located about 130km west of Bangkok
and extending until the border to Myanmar. The province extends from the central plains until the Tenasserim Hills mountain range and covers an area of almost 20000km. Being along the invasion route of the Burmese armies, Kanchanaburi was the site of several battles between Burma and Siam in the 18th and 19th centuries.
From a tourist perspective Kanchanaburi has a number of historical (mainly World War II) sites and some national parks in the western mountain range. The Bridge over the River Kwai near Kanchanaburi city was built by British prisoners during World War II along the railway from Thailand to Myanmar. It attracts a large number of tourists today.
The Erawan national park lies in the Tenasserim Hills along the border to Myanmar and covers an area of 550 km². It has some nice rainforest and some wildlife, which includes large mammals. The highlight are the Erawan waterfalls, where visitors can swim in a series of large water pools.
How to get to Kanchanaburi province
The simplest way to travel overland, either by car or bus, starting in Bangkok.
There are many hotels, mostly bookable via the international booking portals.