Good morning from The Bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. I’m here to attend the VJ-Day service at the war cemetery. Also, the guys at Safarine Tours have offered to show me around their province. I’m looking forward to doing something new and sharing it with you.
This is Pat my tour guide from Safarine. She will be showing me around for the next two days. I’m apparently her first customer since the Covid-19 pandemic started. So I’m happy to help promote her and tourism in Kanchanaburi. It’s a difficult year for all tour companies.
MEENA Cafe, Tha Muang District, Kanchanaburi
One of the most picturesque places to have lunch or a coffee in Kanchanaburi is at MEENA Cafe in Tha Muang District. It’s built on the edge of a rice field with Wat Tham Suea on a hill in the background. Very beautiful.
For lunch today I had Tom Yum spicy noodle soup with egg. Very delicious. Nice view from MEENA Cafe. A great place to relax and take a few selfies.
Wat Tham Suea, Kanchanaburi
This is Wat Tham Suea, or Tiger Cave Temple, in Tha Muang District of Kanchanaburi. The original temple was in a cave where locals found some tigers. Hence the name. The main temple is now on top of the hill and so can be seen from miles around.
The main temple is now on top of the hill and so can be seen from miles around. The highlight is the 18 meter high Seated Buddha. But don’t forget to also climb to the top of the pagoda for some fantastic views of the countryside.
Sai Yok National Park, Kanchanaburi
Tonight I’m staying in Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi. This is actually the first time that I’ve visited this national park. It’s also the first time that I’ve stayed the night on a raft on the Kwae Noi River.
It’s been on my bucket list for a while now. So it’s quite exciting for me to experience this. So far so good. Activities include bamboo rafting or boat trips along the river. I would say 99.99% of the people staying here are Thais. There are 3 or 4 resorts on the river here and it looks like every room is fully booked this weekend. For the record, we are staying in Krit Raft House. But other rafts available.
Good morning from Sai Yok in Kanchanaburi province. This is the view from my houseboat on the Kwae Noi River. I slept well last night. It’s great to wake up to such natural surroundings. Certainly it beats living in a city. It would be nice to relax here for a few days.
There are two waterfalls Sai Yok National Park that empty into the Kwae River. Sai Yok Yai Waterfall and Sai Yok Lek Waterfall. King Rama V visited this area in Kanchanaburi twice by boat in 1877 and 1888.
Some photos from this morning from around Sai Yok National Park. Very peaceful as there aren’t that many tourists. You have a choice to either sleep in a tent or bungalows near the park office, or sleep in one of the floating houses belonging to different resorts.
The railway in Kanchanaburi only goes as far as Nam Tok station. Beyond that very little remains. In Sai Yok National Park, there is some evidence of the Death Railway in the form of these sleepers. There is also a bomb crater.
Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi
Sai Yok Noi Waterfall in Sai Yok District of Kanchanaburi is now open again to the public though you are still not allowed to swim in the waterfall. However kids can splash in the water further down. This waterfall is free to visit.
This is another place where you can see evidence of the Death Railway. This is outside of the national park and so is free to visit. The line used to run in front of the waterfall.
Elephants’ Home and Nature, Sai Yok district, Kanchanaburi
This morning I visited Elephants’ Home and Nature (บ้านช้าง และธรรมชาติ) in Sai Yok district of Kanchanaburi. This home for elephants was set up by well known tour guide Tong. She was upset with how the elephants were treated at the camps she took her customers to and so she decided to rescue some elephants from zoos and elsewhere and then take care of them in her home by the Kwae Noi River.
Tourists these days don’t want to ride elephants or watch them do unnatural things in shows. They want to interact with them in natural surroundings. This is exactly what Tong does with them here. Tourists are allowed to walk with them to the river and then help bathe them.
This morning I bathed an elephant which was a fantastic experience. I think 15 year old Duk Dik also enjoyed it. It is obvious that they care about the animals here very much as they treat them very well. Like members of their own family.
Wat Metta Thammaphotiyan, Kanchanaburi
Wat Metta Thammaphotiyan in Kanchanaburi is a Chinese temple with many wooden sculptures. Really worth stopping here if you are in the area.
Wat Tham Pu Wa, Kanchanaburi
Wat Tham Pu Wa is another unique temple in Kanchanaburi that is worth visiting. The highlight is the cave behind one of the buildings.
E-Scooter Tour with Safarine
This afternoon I’m doing an e-scooter tour through the rice fields in Kanchanaburi with Safarine. I have my own e-scooter at home but these ones are very powerful and have a suspension that makes the ride along rough tracks very smooth. I want one of these now!
Rabiangna Cafe, Kanchanaburi
Lunch today was at Rabiangna Cafe in Kanchanaburi. This started life as a coffee shop and is now a successful restaurant with a rice field view. Very scenic and good food too.
An automatic rice planter in Kanchanaburi.
I had a really great time on the e-scooter this afternoon with Safarine. We did a mixture of two tours. One off-road down dirt tracks and through the countryside, and the other through Kanchanaburi town. We went to many new places for me, and I’ve been here many times. Good fun.
That’s a wrap on my two day tour of Kanchanaburi with Safarine. I hope you enjoyed my photos & I’ve inspired you to either join one of their tours, visit one of the places we went to, or just explore this province. There’s a lot to see & do here.
More information about the tours: https://www.safarine.com/?lang=en