The province of Kanchanaburi is a hour and forty nine minutes drive from busy Bangkok city. The easiest way to visit all the sites is actually to drive there. Leave Bangkok city from Petchaburi Road to Route 323 heading towards Asia Road No.2 and then towards Authong Road for 47.4km. Next turn right to Sangshuto Road,continue till 69km and turn right onto Authong Road and you will arrive at Kanchanaburi. Total mileage is 123kms.
first place of interest is the JEATH War Museum. Here you can see some war memorabilia from the World War Two Japanese invasion of Siam and the famous Prisioner of War camp mock ups. Then walk a sort distance from the museum to the Wat Chai Choom Phon.
This temple has a relic of the old wooden ship found intact in the Kwai River that dates back several centuries. A sculpture of what the ship would have looked like has been meticulously reconstructed.
The entire sculpture stands at least four persons tall. The entire sculpture is quite a sight to behold and depicts a sailing barge with a Perugia and mast of a God riding a majestic white stallion.
From Wat Chai Choom Phon, you can take a five minutes drive to the war cemetery. This is a quite peaceful place where the known Prisioners of War from five different nations are buried. Once a year during Anzac Day, surviving families of the soldiers will make their way here and to other sites such as He’ll Fire Pass to pay their respect.
The entrance way to the cemetery has a large white marble cross to mark the final resting place of these poor souls.
from the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery you can make your way to the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai. This steel bridge was part of the Sino Burma Railway line that was to supply Japanese troops from North to South Asia during the war campaign years.
the bridge was also the source of the Hollywood movie A Bridge Over the River Kwai. In reality many POWs died in the construction and bombings of the bridge by allies. Known British, Australian, New Zealand, American and other European nations as well as those from Malaya and Singapore perished in the construction of the bridge.
You can take a short train ride over the bridge or walk across it when you visit this place. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kanchanaburi.
the entrance to the bridge has a number of odd trains on display as well as street stalls and a souvenir shopping place. Try the grilled corn and refreshing coconut water while you are here. Not far from the bridge along the river is a beautiful budget resort called Camelia Resort. The rooms are basic with air conditioning, TV and hot water but the attraction is the Orel surroundings. They have a swimming pool, restaurant, pool bar and a jetty where you can catch a boat ride to cruise down the river.
take a walk along the water edge at the resort or explore the vast garden. In the evening you can enjoy the pool bar or take a short drive to the night spots with several bars , cafes, pubs and restaurants of which some are run by expats who have settled here in Kanchanaburi.