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Beautiful Kanchanaburi and Exciting Hua Hin
Beautiful Kanchanaburi and Exciting Hua Hin

Duration : 5 days

Starting from : Bangkok

Ending at : Market village

Duration : First time travelers, Luxury, Woman

Overview :

Visit WWII sites, a tiger temple, and national parks, and experience trekking and rafting in Kanchanaburi before unwinding at the beach and shooting a round of golf in beautiful Hua Hin.

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Day by Day Itinerary : Day 1 (Kanchanaburi ) - Day 2 (Kanchanaburi ) - Day 3 (Kanchanaburi ) - Day 4 (Hua Hin) - Day 5 (Hua Hin)

Kanchanaburi

Day 1 : Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi

Arriving Kanchanaburi

The Bridge on the River Khwae (the Death Railway Bridge)

The Bridge on the River Khwae has become notoriously famous and attracted both Thais and foreigners to the site, through different films and books. If an ordinary black iron bridge can tell a story, you can be sure it's a dramatic one.

The bridge spans across Maenam Khwae Yai which is a branch of Maenam Mae Klong. During the Japanese occupation of Thailand in World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army brought the iron bridge from Java. It was then resembled by Allied Prisoners of War (POW) under Japanese supervision. The bridge was part of a strategic railway route to Myanmar in which the Japanese aimed to secure supplies with which to conquer other western Asian countries. It was 415 kilometers long (about 303 kilometers in Thailand and about 112 kilometers in Burma) and passed through the Three Pagoda Pass in Sangkhlaburi District, the northern most part of Kanchanaburi province.

The railway currently ends at Ban Tha Sao or Namtok Station, a distance of around 77 km. from Kanchanaburi Station. A special train running from Bangkok to Namtok Station is available on weekends and national holidays.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

This is the place where the remains of 6,982 POWs died during the construction of the Death Railway are buried. The cemetery, which is located on Saengchuto Road, opposite the Railway Station is just 1.5 kilometers from the TAT office.

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Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yanasampanno

A tiger conservation area where various kinds of wild as well as domestic animals live together freely in the nature such as barking deer, hog, gibbon, peafowl, red jungle fowl, horse, water buffalo, goat, etc. Wildlife of different species will be seen living together in peace and being friendly to the monks and visitors.

Kanchanaburi

Day 2 : Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi

Trekking

Home to a large ethnic population, including the Mon, Karen and Burmese, who have long settled in the border towns of Sangkhlaburi and Thong Pha Phum. Most tour operators in Kanchanaburi offer trips to these areas that combine culture and adventure in one easily accessible package. Some of the best hiking trails are in three national parks: Saiyok in Saiyok District and Erawan and Chalerm Rattanakosin in Srisawat District.

Sai Yok National Park

The park covers approximately 300-square-kilometers and contains several interesting caves and the nation's famous Sai Yok Yai waterfall. The park has dense forests, including majestic teak trees and an abundance of small mammals such as squirrels, bats and deer, as well as numerous bird species.

In addition, the park is home to what is probably the smallest mammal in the world, the two-grammed Kittis Hog-nosed Bat, which was first discovered in 1973 by a Thai naturalist. The park is 104 kilometers from Kanchanaburi via Highway No. 323 and can also be reached by chartered boat from the Pak Saeng Pier. The park is very popular during the weekends. Bungalow accommodations, river rafts, camping facilities, and a daytime food market are available.

Sai Yok Yai Waterfall (Namtok Sai Yok Yai)

The waterfall is located 104 kilometers from the town, flows directly into Khwae Noi River. Its idyllic beauty has been repeatedly celebrated in Thai poetry and songs. A rope bridge enables people to cross the river to view the waterfall. Rafts are available for a river trip along the riverbank.

Kanchanaburi

Day 3 : Kanchanaburi - Hua Hin

Kanchanaburi

Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall

A major attraction in Sri Nakarin National Park is this lovely seven-tiered waterfall, which is conveniently accessible by foot via a trial near the parks headquarters. The reservoir is well known for its scenic beauty. Trekking through forests and bamboo groves offers unrivaled opportunities to admire a rich variety of butterflies and bird species.

You are even allowed to stay there as bungalow accommodations are also available.

Rafting

On the western border, Kanchanaburi is a popular adventure destination thanks to its mountainous terrain, covered with forests and crisscrossed with a network of rivers. Jungle rafting can be arranged from 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.

Hua Hin

Day 4 : Hua Hin

Hua Hin

Pran Buri

Pran Buri is situated around 30 kilometers south of Hua Hin. There are several beach resorts in peaceful atmosphere. The Pran Buri Forest Park occupies a large area with 1 kilometer pine-fringed beach and mangrove nature trails.

Klai Kangwon Palace

Klai Kangwon Palace in Thai literally means far from worries. This summer palace consisting of 3 Spanish style mansions facing the sea was constructed to the north of Hua Hin under the royal command of King Rama Vll. This is now the permanent residence of the King.

Hua Hin Night Market

This opens daily from around 6pm till late and offers all manner of hawker food, some clothing, and a few tourist items such as wooden elephants, trinkets etc. This market is a little touristy and therefore prices are a bit higher that other local markets. The night market is where endless choices of food can be enjoyed until dawn.

Hua Hin

Day 5 : Hua Hin

Hua Hin

Golfing

Golf is one of the most popular sports in Thailand. The game arrived in the county a century ago and was quickly taken up by the elite and the fashion. Among the first sponsors of the game were the armed forces and government institutions, which built and continue to own some of the finest courses in the county.

There are over 200 high standard golf courses nation wide, many of them are the championship standards. The world's top designers have made a significant contribution. Jack Nicklaus, Roboert Trent Jones Jr, Pete De Gar Player and many others have perfected modern layouts, using the best grasses and latest techniques.

The best time to plan a golfing trip is the cool season, from November to March. From April to October, is hot and wet, but even in the rainy months the downfall usually comes in the afternoon, and for only a few minutes. Most courses have good drainage systems, and the rains should not interrupt your game for long. At some facilities you may need to book ahead, through your club or your hotel, and advance booking is recommended for weekends. Greens fees continue to be very reasonable, as are the fees for caddies.

Market village

Hua Hin Market Village is the towns' first large scale shopping and entertainment complex. It was opened in February 2006 and since then it has grown in popularity amongst residents and visitors.

The three major outlets in Market Village are Tesco Lotus, Home Pro and Major Cineplex consisting of a food court, a number of restaurants, a bowling alley and plenty of small shops with popular clothing brands such as Levi, Lee, Lacoste, Bata, Body Glove and more.

A number of bank branches, mobile phone and camera shops can be found in the Hua Hin Market Village area.