Our Kanchanaburi Travel Essentials guide offers all the details and basics necessary to make the most out of your holiday to this Thai resort town. You'll learn all about the local climate, the currency, emergency phone numbers, electricity and plug styles as well as the most efficient ways to get into town and travel around inside.

To make your holiday unforgettable, you'll want to include some of the top attractions and events in Kanchanaburi in your itinerary. That's why we've detailed some of the most notable in our guide. With this guide in hand, you'll have everything you need to plan the ultimate holiday to Kanchanaburi.

  • When is the best time to travel to Kanchanaburi?

    When is the best time to travel to Kanchanaburi?
    • The climate in Kanchanaburi is fairly consistent throughout the year, with the warmest mean temperatures averaging around 30°C and the coolest mean temperatures averaging around 26°C.
    • There is a clear rainy season in Kanchanaburi that lasts from May to October, with September getting the most rainfall at 23.1 centimetres of precipitation throughout the month.
    • The warmest month in Kanchanaburi is April, in which average highs reach 37.5°C, and March and May are fairly warm as well.
    • The best time to visit Kanchanaburi is typically during late summer, thanks to lower rainfall and plenty of things to do. If you want to get away from the crowds, however, December offers comfortable weather with a very small amount of rain.
  • Kanchanaburi basics

    Kanchanaburi basics
    • Plug types: Kanchanaburi predominantly uses Type C and Type O plugs, but you'll still find a few A and B plugs. The latter are being slowly phased out, but the UK's Type G plugs will need an adapter regardless.
    • Electricity: The voltage here is 230 V at a frequency of 50 Hz.
    • Currency: The currency of Thailand is the Thai baht.
    • International dialling code: The international dialling code is +66.
    • Emergency telephone number: For police, dial 1155 for English-speaking responders. For fire or ambulance services, dial 191.
  • How to get to my hotel in Kanchanaburi?

    How to get to my hotel in Kanchanaburi?

    Kanchanaburi is well-connected to the rest of Thailand, but it doesn't have an airport of its own. If you're coming in from a different country, you'll have to fly somewhere else first, such as Bangkok. Once you're in Thailand, however, there are several options to get to Kanchanaburi through trains, buses and more.


    Kanchanaburi has no airport, and the closest one is in Bangkok. Bangkok has 2 international airports that you can fly into, including Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport. No matter which one you find yourself at, it takes nearly 5 hours to get to Kanchanaburi via train or about 2 hours driving.

    Major train stations

    The major train station in town is Kanchanaburi Station, which has connections to quite a few places in the country, including Bangkok.


    Kanchanaburi is accessible via boat if you take the river ferry to the city. It's quite a long distance, however, so be prepared for an extensive trip if you take that route.

  • How to get around Kanchanaburi?

    How to get around Kanchanaburi?

    Travel tips

    Many of the travel options for getting around town are different from what you might be used to in European cities. Tuktuks and songthaews are more common than standard taxis, and they tend to be cheaper as well. The ultimate price depends on you, though, because a lot of drivers are open to negotiation. Much of the city is compact, so you can easily get around on foot or with a bike.

    Underground system

    There is no underground system in Kanchanaburi. In fact, the local train station is typically used only for getting in and out of town rather than throughout the town itself.

    Taxi and ride-hail apps

    Taxis are among the most popular ways to get around the city. The most common kind of taxi here is a songthaew, which is a converted pickup truck typically coloured orange or yellow. Tuktuks are also widely used here, as are motorbike taxis. As for ride-hailing apps, Uber doesn't operate in Kanchanaburi. You may find some ride-hail opportunities with Grab, but it's typically more popular in cities like Bangkok.

    Bus network

    Kanchanaburi has just 1 bus station, located in the centre of town north of Sangchuto Road, and it's designed to get people in and out of town rather than throughout the town itself. If you come in by bus, you'll find plenty of taxis, tuktuks and songthaews waiting around the bus station to get you to your hotel.

    Car hire

    Car hire is available, but they typically aren't an efficient way to get around town. Parking is somewhat limited, and the streets can be very narrow. Still, they're a viable option if you don't like public transport or taxis. All you need is a current driving licence and an international driving permit.

    Bike hire

    Cycling is one of the best ways to get around town, and plenty of hire is available, including motorbikes, which are still far more efficient than a car. The city is very bike friendly, with many of the locals using their bikes as their primary means of transport.

  • What are the main annual festivals in Kanchanaburi?

    What are the main annual festivals in Kanchanaburi?

    Songkran Festival

    • When: 13-17 April
    • What: The Songkran Festival is a Thai New Year festival that's celebrated traditionally through the use of water in various applications. Historically, that meant offering water to temples, but these days, you'll find the celebration defined by people spraying each other with water pistols in the street. Everyone's invited to participate, so don't hesitate to get in on the fun.
    • Where: Throughout the city

    Loy Krathong Festival

    • When: November
    • What: The Loy Krathong Festival is a traditional celebration to give thanks for the rainy season. Participants visit the River Kwai to set little boats with candles on the water to give thanks to Buddha for the rain. After several boats are set, the river is positively illuminated with countless tiny flames, creating a truly majestic sight.
    • Where: Along the banks of the River Kwai

    River Kwai Bridge Week

    • When: End of November to the beginning of December
    • What: River Kwai Bridge Week celebrates and remembers those who suffered building the Death Railway, or the bridge over the River Kwai. While the overall theme here references a horrifically dark time, the actual festival features cultural performances, delicious food and fun markets to explore.
    • Where: The River Kwai Bridge
  • What are the main landmarks in Kanchanaburi?

    What are the main landmarks in Kanchanaburi?

    Wat Tham Suea

    Wat Tham Suea, or the Tiger Cave Temple, is a stunning Buddhist temple set on a sacred site defined by tiger paw prints in the cave and a massive Buddha statue at the summit. The summit is one of the most iconic aspects of the temple, offering a scenic viewpoint of Kanchanaburi. Just make sure your legs are prepared for all the steps to the top.

    Erawan National Park

    Erawan National Park is a scenic park known primarily for the Erawan Falls, which are waterfalls popular with families and adventurers. The pool at the bottom is safe enough to swim in, making it a scenic spot to splash around. The park also features trails and caves to explore.

    Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail

    At the Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail, you can explore the brutal history of the bridge's construction. This can be a fairly heavy experience, as the prison labour used to build this bridge took place in harsh conditions. The walk itself, however, isn't physically demanding, featuring an easily traversable path that's only a little over a half-mile long round-trip.

    River Kwai Bridge

    The River Kwai Bridge is a historic bridge that was constructed under the orders of Imperial Japan, which was occupying the area at the time. The labour was performed by civilians and prisoners of war, who worked under highly unfavourable conditions. This railway bridge is still operational today as part of the Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway. It's also the very bridge that's the subject of the famous Boulle novel 'The Bridge Over the River Kwai' and its 1957 film adaptation.