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From 12Go Makkasan Station to Kanchanaburi by van

08:45
12Go Makkasan Station, Bangkok
11:45
River Kwai bridge, Kanchanaburi
3h
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From Khao San Tara Travel to Kanchanaburi by bus

08:30
Khao San Tara Travel, Bangkok
12:00
Kanchanaburi
3h 30m
10:30
Khao San Tara Travel, Bangkok
14:00
Kanchanaburi
3h 30m

From Southern Terminal to Kanchanaburi by van

07:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
10:00
Kanchanaburi
3h
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Southern Terminal, Bangkok
10:00
Kanchanaburi
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Southern Terminal, Bangkok
12:00
Kanchanaburi
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Southern Terminal, Bangkok
14:00
Kanchanaburi
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12:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
15:00
Kanchanaburi
3h
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13:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
16:00
Kanchanaburi
3h
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14:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
17:00
Kanchanaburi
3h
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15:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
18:00
Kanchanaburi
3h
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Southern Terminal, Bangkok
19:00
Kanchanaburi
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18:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
21:00
Kanchanaburi
3h
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From Mochit New Van Terminal to Kanchanaburi by van

06:00
Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
09:20
Kanchanaburi Bus Station
3h 20m
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11:00
Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
14:20
Kanchanaburi Bus Station
3h 20m
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17:00
Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
20:20
Kanchanaburi Bus Station
3h 20m
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From Mochit New Van Terminal to Erawan by van

08:00
Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
12:10
Erawan National Park
4h 10m
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10:00
Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
14:10
Erawan National Park
4h 10m
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From Khao San Mama Travel to Kanchanaburi by van

07:10
Khao San Mama Travel, Bangkok
10:40
Kanchanaburi Bus Station
3h 30m
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12:30
Khao San Mama Travel, Bangkok
16:00
Kanchanaburi Bus Station
3h 30m
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15:30
Khao San Mama Travel, Bangkok
19:00
Kanchanaburi Bus Station
3h 30m
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From Sai Tai Kao Old Terminal South to Kanchanaburi by van

07:00
Sai Tai Kao Old Terminal South, Bangkok
10:00
Kanchanaburi North
3h
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11:00
Sai Tai Kao Old Terminal South, Bangkok
14:00
Kanchanaburi North
3h
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17:00
Sai Tai Kao Old Terminal South, Bangkok
20:00
Kanchanaburi North
3h
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From Bangkok Hotel Transfer to Erawan by taxi

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Erawan National Park
4h
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3h 30m
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3h 30m
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From Bangkok Hotel Transfer to Kanchanaburi by taxi

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River Kwai Village any hotel, Kanchanaburi
3h 30m
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River Kwai Village any hotel, Kanchanaburi
3h 30m
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River Kwai Village any hotel, Kanchanaburi
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River Kwai Village any hotel, Kanchanaburi
3h 30m
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3h 30m
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Kanchanaburi
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3h 30m
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Kanchanaburi
3h 30m
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Kanchanaburi
3h 30m
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Kanchanaburi
3h
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Kanchanaburi
3h
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Bangkok Hotel Transfer
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Kanchanaburi
3h 30m
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Bangkok Hotel Transfer
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Kanchanaburi
3h 30m
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Bangkok Hotel Transfer
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River Kwai Village any hotel, Kanchanaburi
3h 30m
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Bangkok to Kanchanaburi Schedule

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
MCC VAN Van 9pax 00:00 – 04:00฿ 4,290
Win Happy Regional 07:00 – 10:00฿ 150
Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi Regional 06:00 – 09:20฿ 160
Mama Travel and Tour Regional 07:10 – 10:40฿ 290
Hanuman Tour Siam Regional 07:00 – 10:00฿ 190
12Go Transport AYU Van VIP 9pax 08:45 – 11:45฿ 290
Tara Tour and Travel Express 10:30 – 14:00฿ 250
Win Happy Regional 12:00 – 15:00฿ 150
Win Happy Regional 18:00 – 21:00฿ 150

How to get from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Say ‘Kanchanaburi’, and inevitably the first thing to come to your mind is the bridge over the River Kwai. There are WWII memorable places all over the province, true, but Kanchanaburi is not at all just about the horrors of the war. It is arguably the greenest province of Thailand with lush jungles covering the greater part of it. Kanchanaburi is home to one of the most beautiful – though extremely touristy – waterfalls in the country, the Erawan waterfall, and Prasat Mueang Singh, now a historical park and an important monument of Khmer architecture in Thailand, is found there, too. The idyllic area along the River Kwai banks is dotted with luxury and boutique resorts but the budget digs do not lack, either. And if you venture further west to the little town of Sangkhlaburi sitting by the Thai-Myanmar border, you will be rewarded with unspoiled natural beauty, authentic Mon curries and that special otherworldly feeling which is getting a rare bird nowadays.

How to get from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi lies only 150 km to the west of Bangkok, but expect that your trip – by bus, by van, by taxi or by train – would take no less than 2½ hours. Private taxis offer the fastest and the most convenient ride; vans are great as far as a price-vs-quality ratio is concerned; and trains are cheap and not traffic-dependent.

From Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by bus or van

The overwhelming majority of Kanchanaburi bound buses leave from the Southern bus terminal in Bangkok, Sai Tai Mai. Some private companies, including Kwan Chee Vee Tour, operate vans from the Northern bus terminal, Morchit. The trip from Morchit is a bit longer and can take about three hours. Van tickets cost THB150, but note that the luggage space is rather limited – consider buying a separate ticket for your luggage unless you are travelling with a 20l backpack. There are hourly vans from Morchit to Kanchanaburi with the first one leaving Bangkok at 4am and arriving to Kanchanaburi at 7am and the last one departing at 6pm and reaching its destination at 9pm.

Morchit bus terminal is located in the northern part of the city and is an ideal starting point if you arrive to Don Mueang airport and intend to proceed immediately to Kanchanaburi (and vice versa – if you leave Kanchanaburi and are going to the airport next). To get there from the centre, get off at Morchit BTS stop and then take a taxi for a short ride to the bus terminal.

In Kanchanaburi, Kwan Chee Vee Tour vans bring passengers to Kanchanaburi bus terminal located between U-Thong Soi 4 and Soi 6 in the southern part of the city, about 2.5 km from the main guesthouse area. To get to your accommodation, take a songthaew (THB10 per person), or opt for a motorbike taxi (THB40).

Vans of Hanuman Tour Siam pick up passengers at Victory Monument in Bangkok. It is very handy if you stay in the central parts of Bangkok, in Sukhumvit Road, close to any of the BTS stations, or just arriving to Bangkok by van from any of the many destinations served by vans based in the Victory Monument area. Hanuman Tour Siam sells tickets at THB180 and goes to Kanchanaburi North at the intersection of Route 3199 (Lad Ya–Bo Ploy) and 3086 (Thanon Phra Kru Son) but pass through Kanchanaburi – tell the driver where you would like to get off. Vans leave every 40 minutes from 5am till 6.20pm.

There is direct service to Kanchanaburi from Khao San Road area in Bangkok, too, which is a sensible choice if you stay anywhere in the area as it saves you a trip to the bus station. Thai Sriram have four vans a day leaving from their office off Chakrabongse Road, close to Mayom junction, one block to the southwest of Khao San Road. In Kanchanaburi, vans disembark at Kanchanaburi bus station U-Thong Soi 4 and Soi 6. Tickets cost THB250.

Tip: If you have not booked your accommodation in Kanchanaburi in advance, try to arrive around noon the latest: rooms fill up quickly even in the low season, and during weekend it is always a full house. That said, you are unlikely to stay in the street for the night, but you may end up paying more than you expected to.

From Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by train

The Nam Tok branch of the Southern line of Thai railways (aka Western line) runs through Kanchanaburi, so technically you can get from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by train. The line starts in Thonburi (you cannot catch a direct train to Kanchanaburi in Hua Lamphong!) and terminates in Nam Tok. The advantage of a train journey is that the train station in Kanchanaburi is located within walking distance (about 500 m) from the guesthouse area. The disadvantage is the third class fan only seats. Buy tickets on the spot.

From Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by taxi

PGS company offers private door-to-door transfer from any location in Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Transit time is two and a half hours only, and you can choose between Toyota Camry for 3 passengers maximum (THB3,000) or Toyota Commuter which accommodates up to 9 travellers (THB3,400). The rates are ill-inclusive meaning no extra toll charges or additional fees for pickup or drop-off at specific locations.

There is a VIP transfer from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi offered by Bell Transport. Go to the River Kwai in style in a Mercedes S-Class (THB8,800 per vehicle) or Mercedes Vito Van (THB11,000 per vehicle). Well... There are people who appreciate German comfort and safety, right?

Getting around

All the main attractions of Kanchanaburi are located out of town, so the best way to explore them independently is to rent a bicycle, a motorbike or a car. Tour agencies along Mae Man Kwae Street offer a wide choice of tours at reasonable prices, so it may prove easier to go on a package. To cross Mae Khlong, board a river ferry which costs THB5.

Where to stay

The best choice of budget accommodation is found along Mae Nam Kwai Street, from Rong Hee Baoy 3 Road in the south to France Street in the north. The majority of riverfront options are raft houses right over the water. The setting in unbeatable, but be ready to fight with mosquitoes which are plentiful there. There are many services geared towards travellers in Mae Nam Kwai Street – from rent-a-bike shops (from about THB200 per day) and tour agencies to ATMs and 7/Eleven. If you are looking for a more up class choices, consider resorts in the Death Railway Bridge area.

Activities

Kanchanaburi province has something to offer to every traveller, and it is not an exaggeration. WWII related sights including Hellfire Pass or the notorious Death Railway are a must-see for history buffs; elephant trekking and bamboo rafting will appeal to adventurous types; astonishing waterfalls with crystal clear pools for swimming and hiking trails in Erawan national park are a great pastime for a whole family. Visit a floating market or meditate in a tranquil retreat; go fishing or canoeing; explore caves inhabited by rare animals in Sai Yok National Park or opt for bird-watching in Kroeng Kravia Swamp – whether you spend a couple of days or a month in Kanchanaburi, you are sure not to get bored.

Onward travel from Kanchanaburi: Find your Thai Myanmar in Sangkhlaburi

An elegant silhouette of a wooden Mon bridge is hardly visible behind a transparent veil of the morning mist. Young barefooted girls hurry from Wang Kha to the other side of the Khuean Khao Laem with piles of metal bowls balancing on their heads. The rattle of longtail boats over the water ushers the day in, and a golden chedi of Wat Mon glitters in the distance, surrounded by the sea of lush greenery.

The two things any visitor to Sangkhlaburi should do is to walk along the Mon bridge to Wang Khla to experience ‘Thai little Burma’ with men wearing traditional longyies, women and children with tanaka powder on their cheeks, flavoursome Mon curries in street cafes and a postcard perfect view of the bridge which will inevitably make you think of Amarapura – well, if you have ever ventured up there.

The second thing is a boat trip to the sunken temple which used to be the main wat of the Mon settlement before the dam was constructed in 1982. Even though the most part of the year you can walk inside the temple as the water level in Khao Laem reservoir remains relatively low, the whole place oozes tons of atmosphere. It is even more fun in summer when it often rains the whole day through, as both the bridge and the temple look especially mysterious. The boats are wonderfully affordable, too, and cost THB300 for the trip up to the temple.

For even a greater experience invest in a suit room at P Guesthouse on the Thai side of the bridge (THB900). Their suits are located on the second floor of the main building, are perfectly appointed and have balconies with jaw-dropping view over the bridge and Chedi Buddakhaya in Wang Khla. If you choose to stay on the Mon side, come to the restaurant in P Guesthouse for an affordable and tasty dinner at sunset.

Tip: There are local buses travelling between Kanchanaburi and Sangkhlaburi, but the route 323 which leads to the border town is best done on your own wheels. If you go by bus, you miss half the charm of your journey: you will be unable to make a stop at Thong Pha Phum and to go up the hill to Wat Tha Kha Nun for a picturesque view; you will not enjoy a cup of the best Thai coffee grown locally in one of those no-name coffee shops along the way; and you will not detour to Hin Tat hot springs, either.

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi destination reviews

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ZV
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van Regional, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi, Jul 21, 2019
The drive was okay but the driver was talking on the phone a lot.
SS
5
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU, Jul 20, 2019
Easy to get to the station, seat belts, great driver, all good.
EL
5
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU, Jul 17, 2019
Very nice people were there when we arrived at the boarding spot. This gave us a nice feeling since we knew that we were on the right place the right time. They gave us some minor instructions and made a nice talk with us. Really enjoyed this way of traveling. The trip itself was fine. It is ofcourse long and there is never enough leg space. But you will probably need a private jet to fit those needs. Therefor especially for what we paid it was perfect.
AN
4
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Jul 12, 2019
We were 5 minutes late because of traffic and they waited for us. We arrived earlier than previous it was really Nice!
IB
4
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Jul 10, 2019
Total duration was 3:30 hours (as promised). Meeting point was located on khao San road. From there it took us 1 hour to get to the central bus station in bkk. There we were transferd to a local coachbus that brought us to Kanchanaburi. Eventhough, the bus ride was ok.
PT
3
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Jul 9, 2019
departure address was a bit unclear, the van was quite old and last seats didn't have a good view outside the window. but we were picked up and dropped off correctly and in time! so ok for us.
RN
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van Regional, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi, Jul 4, 2019
Booking process ran smoothly, but we were made to buy an extra ticket for our bags. After a 20min delay the bus ran pretty much on time, stopping a few times to pick up/drop off. Being a minibus it was very cramped and uncomfortable for most of the trip, but I'd do it again for short trips
AV
4
van Regional, Kwan Chee Vee Tour, Jul 2, 2019
Perfect on time, good driver. Airco on! But for my length; chairs to close to eachother, I could not sit straight.
VR
5
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU, Jul 2, 2019
Great van Super staff waited so long for us with a kid could nt make on time. No taxi, full, super crowded metro At last reached. The lady picked us on the station otherwise we couldn't be make it possible Thanks a lot
MW
5
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU, Jun 26, 2019
We were late for the bus because of a traffic jam, but when we got there they rang the driver and but he came back and got us! Amazing service. Really comfy bus too, even had a sleeping cushion for each passenger! Couldn't recommend enough.
RS
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van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU, Jun 25, 2019
12go asia rep Guido was very helpful and informative while we waited for driver to show up at appointed time. If you are being dropped off by a non-English speaking taxi driver, at one of the substations, be sure to go upstairs and purchase a ticket to ride the tram and get off at Makkasan substation. Go downstairs via escalator and go outside by green letter A area. The photo in their ad is just a bus stop type waiting area, and not a real office or a booth that you would expect to see and seems to be staffed by an employee standing next to their 12go Asia bus bench area only 20 minutes or so before your van arrives. DO NOT BE LATE, as the van does depart on time. Driver was very good and safe. Will do business with them again, now that I know how to find them quickly. By the way if you exit the Makkasan substation and find yourself walking on an overhead pedestrian walkway above many lanes of traffic, you are going the wrong way, like i did. Turn back and walk all the way to the other end of the substation, then go through glass doors, then down escalator or elevator to ground level, then go outside to their bus bench waiting area.
SD
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van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU, Jun 22, 2019
Nice van, airco, super friendly people... iT was just amazing
MA
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bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Jun 20, 2019
We hadden busje geboekt en uiteindelijk kwamen we in een oude bus terecht. We kwamen wel goed op onze bestemming aan, maar hier hadden we niet voor betaald.
LS
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van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU, Jun 18, 2019
The van with 9 seats was comfy. Trip was faster than scheduled at 11:45, but arrived at 11:20
MC
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charter VIP Van 9pax, Team Holiday, Jun 10, 2019
The driver was courteous and punctual. The van was comfortable and very clean. I would highly recommend this service and driver.
LE
5
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Jun 10, 2019
Cheap travel, air conditioned. Arrived at destination early
MK
4
van Regional, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi, Jun 9, 2019
Good journey, good air con, bit of picking up and dropping off without which could have been quicker. Monk had a soothing effect on driver's music.
DM
5
charter Van 9pax, MCC VAN, Jun 9, 2019
Comfortable vehicle, friendly and accommodating driver. Very punctual.
HS
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van Regional, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi, Jun 6, 2019
I think the driver had a death wish - swerving between lanes and speeding like crazy. I would’ve felt safer if there had been seatbelts, instead I had to resort to praying to God (and I’m not even religious). We did arrive in Kanchanaburi 30 min earlier than the expected arrival time, and we survived, so that was good. Otherwise the seats were okay, and sitting right beneath the big fan was good.
JR
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van Regional, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi, Jun 6, 2019
We booked 3 o’clock ride to Kanchanaburi and arrived the Mochit station at 1.15. Lady arranged us in 2 o’clock ride! Van was air conditioned and in time. No toilet stops.

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