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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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Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
15:20
Kanchanaburi Bus Station
3h 20m
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Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
16:20
Kanchanaburi Bus Station
3h 20m
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Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
17:20
Kanchanaburi Bus Station
3h 20m
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15:00
Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
18:20
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

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Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
12:10
Erawan National Park
4h 10m
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Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
13:10
Erawan National Park
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Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
14:10
Erawan National Park
4h 10m
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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.

Passenger reviews out of total 340 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jun 18, 2019
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU
The van with 9 seats was comfy. Trip was faster than scheduled at 11:45, but arrived at 11:20
Jun 10, 2019
charter VIP Van 9pax, Team Holiday
The driver was courteous and punctual. The van was comfortable and very clean. I would highly recommend this service and driver.
Jun 10, 2019
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel
Cheap travel, air conditioned. Arrived at destination early
Jun 9, 2019
van Regional, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi
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.
Jun 9, 2019
charter Van 9pax, MCC VAN
Comfortable vehicle, friendly and accommodating driver. Very punctual.
Jun 6, 2019
van Regional, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi
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.
Jun 6, 2019
van Regional, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi
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.
May 30, 2019
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU
Lots of helpful info, the bus dropped us off at the doorstep
May 24, 2019
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel
Quick, comfortable trip with a stop for toilet/refreshments.
May 20, 2019
van Regional, Monsiri Travel Kanchanaburi
When I booked online, I intended to book for 13 May. The ticket showed was for 14 May. When I arrived to take the minivan to Kanchanaburi, the clerk was able to help me out and put me on the very next minivan. I thought the customer service was excellent. One thing that needs to be corrected is Google Maps did not show a return form Mochit New Van Terminal. It is directly across the street from the Mochit Bus Station. It was easy enough to work out. From the Airport is was maybe a 20 minutes drive due to heavy traffic.
May 19, 2019
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU
Overall ride was comfortable and driver was professional.
May 18, 2019
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU
Perfect service. We had a problem with the taxi driver in Bangkok, he drove the wrong way so we were late for the bus but the nice lady of 12go solved it for is with the taxi driver so that we still could have our bus. Thank jou very much!! Great support and service.
May 14, 2019
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel
Bus was delayed but drove very fast. Bangkok - Kanchanaburi in 1,5hrs instead of 3,5hrs. Not very comfortable but doable for this money.
May 13, 2019
van Regional, Hanuman Tour Siam
No A/C, just fans going. Driver was in a real hurry. We were passing in front of oncoming traffic and forcing them to move onto the verge. It felt far more dangerous than the regular 12go drivers.
May 8, 2019
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU
It all went smoothly .. good driver and excellent support from 12go lady
May 7, 2019
van Regional, Win Happy
They have a new fleet of buses, which are quite comfy. BUT when booking you have to read carefully that they do not guarantee your place for the slot you booked. We actually arrived 1 hour earlier and were put on an earlier bus (about 30 mins earlier) as it works on a first-come-first-served basis. People can also buy tickets at the desk, which are cheaper than online. The staff at front desk was not very polite, but the driver was great and even stopped when asked for a toilet break. Overall, quite a positive experience.
May 4, 2019
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU
Me and my girlfriend were the only ones in the van. Lady who was taking us to the van was super nice. Driver was a real professional and didn't drive like a grandma but neither like a madman. Even took us a bit different location where he was supposed to, since we were the only customers and our destination was kind of on the way to the bus station. The van was really smooth and comfortable. Could've stayed there over night haha. Thank you! Highly recommended!
May 3, 2019
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport AYU
We had a perfectly wonderful experience with booking a van with 12go. The woman who helped us at check in ("Bamboo") was so friendly and helpful. The driver was safe and on time. The van didn't have many people. It was the best van travel experience I've had in Thailand. Thanks so much!
Apr 29, 2019
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel
all went well. We arrived on time, the lady from the agency always accompanied us while doing the transfer to other bus.
Apr 29, 2019
van Regional, Win Happy
Just the price for booking on internet more exemple than the trip (35 BTH more)

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