Kanchanaburi city, the capital of Kanchanaburi Province,
is a popular resort town; picturesque and worthy of a visit
in its own right, it is frequently visited as base of operations
for exploring the many cultural, natural, and historical attractions
in the surrounding countryside. Located at the confluence of the Kwai
Noi and Kwai Yai Rivers, Kanchanaburi lies at the source of the Mae
Klong River, and these majestic bodies of water are defining characteristics
of the town. The original town of Kanchanaburi was established by King Rama
I as a first line of defense against the Burmese, whom he believed might use
the old invasion route through the Three Pagodas Pass at the Siam-Myanmar border.
According to most historians, the old town of Kanchanaburi was
located near Ban Lat Ya, a small village situated approximately
16 kilometers north of the present town. The present provincial
capital is a relatively newer town built by King Rama III in 1833.
The town itself is a place to relax, watching the water from the banks
of the river, inside a raft house, or from a riverside restaurant.
Many visitors like to rest along the river with a cold drink and a
good book. Many of them come here just for a couple days but stay for
weeks in order to explore all of the attractions in the surrounding
countryside. Along with visiting spectacular waterfalls, lush forests,
and three of Thailand’s largest reservoirs, white water rafting, elephant
trekking, and golfing are popular activities for visitors. Kanchanaburi is
an excellent tourist destination for nature lovers.
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|Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts
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