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According to most historians, the ancient town of Kanchanaburi waslocated near Ban Lat Ya, a small village situated approximately 16kilometers north of the present town. The site was repeatedly recordedin Thai history as an invasion route which the Burmese used to enterThai Kingdoms.
Kanchanaburi, which has mostly mountainous terrain, covers an area ofapproximately 19,473 square kilometers and is the third largestprovince in Thailand after Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima. Situatedapproximately 129 kilometres west of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi shares aborder with Myanmar to the west, Tak and Uthai Thani Provinces to thenorth, Suphan Buri and Nakhon Pathom Provinces to the east, andRatchaburi Province to the south.
Thai Airways has daily flights connecting Bangkok with Chiang Rai. For more information, contact their Bangkok office at tel. 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000, the Chiang Rai Office tel. 0 5371 1179, 0 5371 5207, or view their website at www.thaiairways.com.
One-Two-Go offers daily flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. Call 1126 or book online at http://www.fly12go.com
SGA offers flights to Chiang Rai. Call 0 2664 6099 or visit: www.sga.co.th
The coach ride from Bangkok to Chiang Rai is probably best made overnight since passengers can avail themselves of sleep prior to an early morning arrival. There are both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned bus services from Bangkok\'s Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) on Kamphaengphet 2 Road. The journey may take approximately 9-11 hours.
Take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road), turn to route No. 32 passing Ayutthaya, Angthong and Singburi Provinces and change to route No. 11 passing Phitsanulok, Uttaradit and Phrae Provinces then turn left to Highway No. 103, drive through to Ngao District and turn right onto Highway No. 1 which takes you to Phayao and Chiang Rai Provinces. The total distance is 785 km.
There is no direct train to Chiang Rai. You have to take a train to Lampang
(9 hrs. from Bangkok) or Chiang Mai (11 hrs.) and then take a bus to Chiang Rai. (2 hrs. from Lampang and 1.30 hrs. from Chiang Mai) For more details, call the State Railway of Thailand, 1690 (hotline), or 0 2223 7010 or 0 2223 7020.
Legacy River Kwai Resort
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Start: 1,300 THB .
Royal Riverkwai Resort & Spa
Start: 1,500 THB .
River Kwai Botanic Garden
Start: 1,200 THB .
River Kwai Road
Start: 1,000 THB .
River Kwai Resotel
Start: 1,050 THB .
River Kwai Village Hotel
Start: 1,100 THB .
Start: 1,400 THB .
Kasalong River Kwai Resort
Start: 1,150 THB .
Hometo a large ethnic population, including the Mon, Karen and Burmese, whohave long settled in the border towns of Sangkhlaburi and Thong PhaPhum. Most tour operators in Kanchanaburi offer trips to these areasthat combine culture and adventure in one easily accessible package.Some of the best hiking trails are in three national parks: Saiyok inSaiyok District and Erawan and Chalerm Rattanakosin in SrisawatDistrict.
Onthe western border, Kanchanaburi is a popular adventure destinationthanks to its mountainous terrain, covered with forests andcrisscrossed with a network of rivers. Jungle rafting can be arrangedfrom a mountain pass to the stunning Lawa Cave, a two-hour journey. Bamboo and inflatable rafts are also available for a trip down the Songkalia in Sangkhlaburi.