Out and about
Discover the gems of Kanchanaburi
Outside of the resort, there is much to discover. Kanchanaburi is still one of Thailand’s hidden gems, and a treasure trove for travellers wanting to see a different side of the country. Whether your interests lie in finding exquisite natural sites or learning more about the history and culture of the area, you will be spoilt with the unique sights that are waiting to be discovered.
- Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
- Death Railway museum
- WWII Cemetery
- JEATH War Museum
- Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park and temples
- Mallika R.E.124 – The living Siamese heritage city in the period of King Rama V
- Cave Dao Wadung and Lawa Cave
- Hiking in the national parks
- Sai Yok Yoi Waterfall and Erawan Waterfall
- Cave Dao Wadung and Lawa Cave
- Mountain biking
- Tree Top Adventure Park Kanchanaburi
- Boat tours
- Stand up paddle boarding
- Bamboo rafting trips
- Sai Yok and Erawan Waterfalls
- West Wonder Waterpark
- Elephant land
- Tiger temples
- Traditional thai dance performances
- Wat Tham Sua (temple)
- Bird watching
- Sawadi Saiyok Jungle Adventure
- Visit Pu Fa Valley Hot Springs
- Enjoy Baanpufa’s own river pool and sun deck
- Take a traditional Thai cooking class
Trekking and Caving
As a mountainous province, it won’t surprise you to find many wonderful trekking and caving spots in Kanchanaburi. You can hike up trails in the national parks, beside waterfalls, and on the way to the main caves of the area. Lawa Cave is the one we recommend, as it has many beautiful untouched chambers to explore.
Reconstructed Villages and Local Markets
Culture seekers are in for a fascinating day at the reconstructed Siam village, Mallika. Here you can experience local life as it was in the 1800s. Everything from the clothing, food, and architecture to the money used and activities on display resembles this throwback world. It is a great way for visitors to gain a deeper understanding of life in ancient Siam, and have fun while taking part in it.
Not too far from the resort there is a great local produce market. You will also be able to find some crafts and local snacks to enjoy. Mondays and Fridays are the best days to go, as the market is much bigger and livelier on these days, offering clothing and electronic stalls too. Just chat to our staff and ask to arrange a market trip with them.
Train and Long Boat Rides
One of the easiest ways to get to Baanpufa from Bangkok is using the railway line. This picturesque train ride takes you from the city all the way through the layers of countryside that make up this leafy province. You’ll pass over the famous bridge over the River Kwai, as well as the historical ‘Death Railway’. Sights of the limestone mountains and scattered temples will fly past your window as you enjoy commuting just like a local.
If you love a good boat ride, you should spend a late afternoon taking in the scenery along the river in a traditional Long Boat. These trips can take you anywhere close to the riverbed, making it a great way to get to one of the area’s famous caves.
Waterfalls and Hot Springs
Just a 5 minute car ride or 15 minute motorbike from the resort you can find the Saiyok Noi Waterfall and National Park. It is a popular place for locals and tourists alike to take a dip in the pools, grab some snacks and picnic beside the falls.
A must-see is Erawan National Park and its impressive 7 tiered waterfall. It is 50 km from Baanpufa, but well worth the trip.
When winter rolls around and you need to heat up rather than cool off, take a short ride to the Phu Fa Valley Hot Springs. Enjoy the health benefits of the mineral-rich waters while you unwind in the presence of nature.
Museums and Temples
Those interested in history can spend some time at the Jeath War Museum, not far from the resort. It is centred around World War II, and is closely linked with the Hellfire Pass museum – another good one to visit. For a more fun and interactive museum, you can check out the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. It is also quite near to the resort.
Of course there are also many spectacular temples to see as well. Wat Tham Khao Pun is a temple inside a cave, and houses various Buddha carvings and natural formations. Wat Tham Khao Noi is another one well worth a visit, offering panoramic views beside its gilded statues.
A part of Thailand just waiting for you to explore
We recommend you some unmissable activities in the surrounding area of Kanchanaburi.