Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

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08:45
12Go Makkasan Station, Bangkok
3h 15m van ride in Van VIP 9pax
4.7
12:00
River Kwai Park Market, Kanchanaburi
Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration sertified
฿250 per adult
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07:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
3h van ride in Minibus
4.7
10:00
Kanchanaburi
฿150 per adult
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10:30
Khao San Tara Travel, Bangkok
3h 30m bus ride in Express
3.9
14:00
Kanchanaburi
฿250 per adult

From Khao San Tara Travel to Kanchanaburi by Bus

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10:30
Khao San Tara Travel, Bangkok
3h 30m bus ride in Express
3.9
14:00
Kanchanaburi
฿250 per adult

From 12Go Makkasan Station to Kanchanaburi by van

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08:45
12Go Makkasan Station, Bangkok
3h 15m van ride in Van VIP 9pax
4.7
12:00
River Kwai Park Market, Kanchanaburi
Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration sertified
฿250 per adult

From Southern Terminal to Kanchanaburi by van

Instant Refundable Cheapest Fastest
07:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
3h van ride in Minibus
4.7
10:00
Kanchanaburi
฿150 per adult

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.

Transportation from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi destination reviews

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van Minibus, Win Happy, Oct 22, 2020
Driver was nice and other staff. Bus left a little early as soon as ticketed customers boarded. They did a head count. Quick and uneventful... perfect !
van Minibus, Win Happy, Sep 1, 2020
Your persons give me for good everything about travel trips to Kanjanaburi province.
KM
van Minibus, Win Happy, Mar 27, 2020
Fine
MD
taxi Van 9pax, MCC VAN, Mar 26, 2020
The minivan arrived on time, very friendly Driver, the ride went well and one of our participants forgot his mobile in the car, but Driver returned to the hotel with it. Super great. Regards Mogens Dalsgaard Copenhagen
AD
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Mar 23, 2020
Perfect, Thanks
RV
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Mar 12, 2020
Le bus (un van) était vraiment "tape-cul". Je ne sais pas si c'est dû au bus (je pense que oui) ou à l'état de la route.
NA
van Minibus, Win Happy, Mar 4, 2020
We arrived early for the bus and they let us leave early no problems. We paid for 3 tickets for 2 people and all our luggage which was also no problem. It wad pretty quick and the driver let us know when we arrived at our stop. The bus smelled a little and there seemed to be alot of mosquitoes on the bus that came from no where. Other than that it was pretty decent.
MM
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour, Feb 28, 2020
Very clean and modern van. They leave on time so do not be late. Not much space between seats but the driver ensures that everyone is comfortable. Not much room for big luggages.
GR
Bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Feb 28, 2020
Very pleasant
CP
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Feb 27, 2020
The minivan was confortable and the driver very nice. I recommend this company with no doubt.
JS
van Minibus, Win Happy, Feb 26, 2020
Got at the busterminal an hour early, so in the bus and off we go. Earlier at Kanchanaburi. Nice minivan, safe and clean.
EA
Bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Feb 26, 2020
The journey from Bangkok was allright, in 2,5 hours we were in Kanchanaburi already!
YO
Bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Feb 24, 2020
On time but the seats are not comfortable, especially for tall people.
AV
van Regional 14pax, Hanuman Tour Siam, Feb 23, 2020
The seats are a bit uncomfortable but everything else was ok.
VB
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Feb 17, 2020
Very good and simple browsing experience to find the right transportations to Kanchanaburi.
JV
van Minibus, Win Happy, Feb 17, 2020
Leuke tocht met de van, airco.
GN
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Feb 16, 2020
We were the only 2 people in this 9person minibus from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Lots of space, aircon, stopped once along the way for 10 mins, took around 3 hours.
IG
van Minibus, Win Happy, Feb 15, 2020
Good minibus, nice service, friendly staff
MP
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Feb 15, 2020
Met expectations for cheapish van ride from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Directions to reach the departure point at Makassan turned out to be clear, and the return departure point in Kanchanaburi was easy enough (where we were dropped off!). This was my first Thailand van ride and I was concerned about the stories of speeding, lunatic drivers. Our driver was safe enough - by Thailand stands, sorry Thailand, but your driving is truly terrible - and arrival time at both ends of the journey was as projected, with a brief toilet stop on the way.
AN
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Feb 14, 2020
The company called us to make sure we knew where to go to catch the van. The van was comfortable, ac, a great way to get to kanchanaburi!! Would definitely recommend
TK
taxi Comfort, BangkokTaxi24, Feb 14, 2020
A great service, the driver arrived 15 minutes before time. We felt very comfortable with his driving and was very friendly. We will use this service again.
HH
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour, Feb 8, 2020
Travelling on this bus is travelling in true Thai fashion! Buses have air con which is handy but if you have big bags you may have to have them on your lap the whole way! Staff very friendly.
IL
Bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Feb 7, 2020
Normally we’ve booked the tourbus for this trip, but we were placed in a mini van instead. The reason that we got: ‘because this is shorter’. And indeed, it only took us 2,5 hours to reach Kanchanaburi! The drive itself was fine, no negative comments on that.
ZS
van Regional 14pax, Hanuman Tour Siam, Feb 6, 2020
It was all good :) Left earlier, arrived earlier :)
DA
van Regional 14pax, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi, Feb 5, 2020
Helpful staff. Smooth trip.
NA
van Minibus, Win Happy, Feb 4, 2020
Easy booking, cheap rates, great service
AP
Bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Jan 30, 2020
Bus was late. The driver was a bit unpleasant. Lady from travel agency too.
GV
van Regional 14pax, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi, Jan 27, 2020
Trip was good, bus made a lot of noise
RL
Bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Jan 19, 2020
Very serious and good driver /woman.
ZK
Bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Jan 18, 2020
Trip was faster than expected for a good price.
AA
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour, Jan 16, 2020
They did the job but. Khao San mama travel is not easy to find. Then a man from the agency comes and bring you with a couple of other people that are going in other destination to different places with no explanation. They take you to a pretty inconfortable van that takes you to the bus station.... The travel to kanchanaburi itself was fine. But they should explain that you are not leaving directly to kanchanaburi from mama travel...
AP
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Jan 16, 2020
The best
OS
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour, Jan 12, 2020
Bus was nice with ac. No problems what so ever.
SW
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Jan 11, 2020
Very helpful
TM
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour, Jan 11, 2020
Trip was overbooked so two people had to get off and wait for the next minivan they take you somewhere then you have to get out into another minivan. I suggest getting there early or you could be squashed in a seat with luggage under your feet and to your side trip went smoothly we arrived earlier than expected which was nice
MR
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Jan 9, 2020
Our departure was delayed by 20 minutes by a passenger, but I've just read his apology to his fellow passengers and it is appreciated. I would also like to confirm that whilst driving, the driver spoke for the "entire" duration on his Bluetooth headset. When we stopped for a toilet break, he hung up only to start a new call once he started driving again. This can't be safe, you are most definitely distracted whilst making a phone call, for hours. Other than that the trip was comfortable and fast
AW
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Jan 7, 2020
Bus was very nice and comfy, it’s tricky to get to the station so be earlier! Trip took 3hrs
JH
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Jan 6, 2020
Als je het uiteindelijk weet te vinden is het prima vervoer
TM
van Minibus, Win Happy, Jan 3, 2020
Excellent service, we arrived an hour early and they boarded us , definitely use again
VS
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Dec 31, 2019
Great trip, vehicle was clean, cold and very comfortable..! Driver stopped for comfort break too..! Will recommend..! Thank you..
MT
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Dec 31, 2019
We left on time and arrived 40 mins after our scheduled arrival time; I think the arrival time is wrong on your website as the driver drove quickly.
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taxi Comfort, BangkokTaxi24, Dec 29, 2019
The Driver was very nice and even bought back our power bank after we forgot it in his car! Booking through 12GoAsia was also very easy and if I travel in asia again I would definitely use their services.
EB
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Dec 28, 2019
Longer that expected but van in good conditions and air conditioning.
MK
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Dec 26, 2019
Mini Bus ok service ok Aber 2stunden ist nicht zu schaffen 21/2 - 3 Std ist realistisch
YK
van Minibus, Win Happy, Dec 26, 2019
Great convenience with peace of mind with insurance. Super local fee! Just great!
HM
Bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Dec 26, 2019
Bit cold, but furthermore very ok
MK
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Dec 25, 2019
Very nice and friendly staff, quick check-in, smooth process. The only thing is that we got there with 50 minutes delay. So I was wondering if taking another bus/van wouldn’t have been the same...
AS
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Dec 23, 2019
Very good drive. The driver could be a little more friendly though. He was in a bad mood throughout the journey. A smile or two goes a long way with customers. :)
KB
van Minibus, Win Happy, Dec 22, 2019
I got there half an hour before departure time, and we could leave immediately. Also we arrived one hour earlier, which was great. Great service, big enough seats and gentle airco!
CG
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport, Dec 22, 2019
Very quick service from Bangkok to Kanchanburi. Stopped about half way for a toilet break and to 7 eleven. It drops you off at the market near the infamous bridge over the river Kwai so be prepared for people offering you a taxi and selling you things. Limited space for luggage so be first or book an extra seat although our minivan had 4 spare seats.
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