From the start of our trip we knew we wanted to have a slow trip and in the end not only we decided to go with the flow. We haven’t been even sure how many days we gonna spend in Kanchanaburi. And in the end, we spend almost a week wandering around this incredible province. One day, in particular, was very productive and full of unexpected findings.
What could you possibly see in Kanchanaburi in one day? We actually had no idea till recently, jump in the car with us and see yourself. Let’s go!
We booked Ananzitra Hotel and it was just perfect! We liked it so much, we stayed two nights overall even, as we previously said, we weren’t planning anything more than a day trip.
Ananzitra Hotel is a new hotel, quite simple but we loved this minimalism. All rooms are equipped with a kettle, air conditioning, and a flat-screen TV. There is also spacious parking available for hotel guests as well as free-of-charge bike rent. We actually used bicycles every evening as there were not many cars around.
Ananzitra Hotel offers a daily à la carte breakfast in their own coffee shop. Coffee is not included, by the way, but we both had iced Americanos and it was decent.
Wat Chai Chumphon Chana Songkhram
We decided to start our day by visiting one of the most famous temples in Kanchanaburi – Wat Chai Chumphon Chana Songkhram. The highlight of the temple is the angel boat. This pagoda has been registered as a historical site under the name that can be translated into ‘Ancient Chedi of Wat Chai Chumphon Chana Songkhram’. In ancient times, the Thai army had gathered many soldiers who had joined the ceremony to set up a shrine. Worshiping the goddess Arak via superstition before going out to face the enemies. Therefore, this chedi was built as a vision of the victory celebration originally, Wat Chai Chumphon Chana Songkhram.
Wat Chai Chumphon Chana Songkhram (Wat Tai)
Location: Ban Tai Subdistrict, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000
Tel. 034 62 0926
While traveling, we make sure to get enough caffeine on the way, and, if we are lucky, a nice break with an aircon. This is why this stop for iced coffee at The Attic Cafe for a bit and it was just perfect after walking around the temple! Nowadays it’s easy to include Coffee Hopping as part of a road trip in Thailand.
Kanchanaburi Province has a lot of cute and modern coffee shops! Among The Attic (read review!), we also published a review of Kan Machi Cafe, which is a cute Japanese- style cafe.
Had Sai Tha Lo / Tha Lo Beach
Not many would consider Kanchanaburi Province as a beach destination and it is partly for a good reason. We still went to check the area called Had Sai Tha Lo / Tha Lo Beach. We would not really even try to swim (even though local kids enjoyed swimming here) but it is a reasonable spot to chill with a few drinks while laying on beach chairs and watching the waves. It was a perfect stop but we felt hungry and went to get some food.
Krua Khao Thong / Khao Thong Restaurant
We actually were driving to another restaurant but on the way, we saw a few local grannies in an empty restaurant and decided to stopped by. It was such a good decision as we get a lot of yummy dishes! We ordered mostly by pointing photos and got approval from local grany.
After such a slow but productive day, it was time for a refreshing shower. After giving our compliments to restaurant owners, we headed to our hotel.
River Kwai Bridge & Night Market
We had some relaxing time in the hotel room and recharged all our batteries.
Since Ananzitra Hotel was reasonably close to River Kwai Bridge, we decided to use their free bicycles to cycle there to check the historical sightseeing spot as well as grab something to eat. We parked and locked bicycles. From there, we walked through River Kwai Bridge to the other side of the river to visit a night market. It’s an amazing local spot with live music, some street food, and an open-air bar to drink beer by the river. When we came, there were not many people, but after 8 it became crowded. We did not stay too late since we had another day of no plans ahead.