Searching for the best private day tours from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi?
In this guide we have listed the very best private day tours from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi.
Experience an unforgettable journey along the serene landscapes of this province nestled in jungle. Discover enchanted cascades, interact with elephants and uncover the infamous history of the bridge over the River kwai while riding the legendary train along the death railway.
These 7 exclusive Private Day Tours to Kanchanaburi throw you straight into all that this province has to offer. We’ve included a broad selection of the best and highly rated private tours to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok.
Some of these day excursions focus on one place. While other tours include visits to 2 or 3 places.
‘Our favorite tour is a 2 day Kanchanaburi adventure. We did this tour and we got explore this amazing region and the highlight was spending a night in a Floating Raft Hotel!!’
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi Private Tours
Kanchanaburi is well known for the legendary Bridge over the River Kwai. Built during World War II by prisoner’s of war and laborers, the bridge holds harrowing history because of all the suffering and high mortality rate these forced laborers endured.
The bridge and the tracks, now known as the ‘Death Railway’ serve as a solemn reminder of the human cost of war.
Knowing the story behind these tracks as you ride the route and your guide unfolds the story is one of the highlights and why so many tourists visit Kanchanaburi.
But….Kanchanaburi has lots more to offer!
While riding the train and learning the history of the Death Railway is one of the highlights and something you shouldn’t miss, the lush landscapes of Kanchanaburi offer a lot more.
Erawan Falls is rated the most beautiful waterfall in Thailand. It’s a cascade spilling into 7 turquoise pools surrounded in jungle. And an elephant sanctuary where you get to bathe, play and feed elephants.
And if you plan spending a night or 2 in Kanchanaburi, then you can book a floating raft bungalow where you’ll spend the night on the river. Or read here to find the best places to stay around Kanchanaburi province.
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Best Kanchanaburi Private Tours – Overview
The list below is an overview of the BEST RATED Private Kanchanaburi day trips from Bangkok featured in this list. The list includes Kanchanaburi tour prices and the duration of each tour.
This table will give you a quick overview of all the private Kanchanaburi tours and help you narrow down which tour best suites your travel itinerary.
|1. Death Railway & River Kwai Bridge (Private Tour)
|2. River Kwai & Hellfire Pass (Private Tour)
|3. Erawan Park & Elephant Feeding (Private Tour)
|4. Kanchanaburi Tour with Floating Market Visit (Private Tour)
|5. Erawan Waterfall & Kanchanaburi (Private Tour)
|6. River Kwai and Death Railway (Private Tour from Kanchanaburi)
|$185 x4 pax
|7. 2-Day River Kwai Highlights & Jungle Rafts Floating Hotel
7 Best Private Day Tours from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
Here are the 7 best private day trips and tours from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. If you book any of these tours you have the option to cancel up to 24 hours in advance.
Note: some of the tours in this list include visits to waterfalls. Make sure to pack a swimsuit, towel, and fresh clothes if you intend swimming.
⭐️ RATING: 4.4 out of 5 Stars | ⏳ DURATION: 2 Days | PRICE: $225 ↳ BOOK NOW
Spend the night in a bungalow floating on the River Kwai but before getting here you’ll get to experience the ride along the tracks of the death railway.
‘While this isn’t a private tour, it is definitely a unique Kanchanaburi experience which you may want to consider’
We did this Kanchanaburi 2 day tour and can personally say it was amazing. You see, getting from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi takes around 3 hours. So it makes sense to spend a night there if you have the time.
As the sun goes down, lamps are lit up and you get to enjoy an amazing and tasty dinner.
Make sure to wake up early the next day. You’ll get to see an elephant that comes to bathe in the river. And the day follows with a visit to Erawan, an enchanted waterfall with 7 levels of emerald pools.
Only want the floating bungalows? No problem. You can book a stay in this amazing accommodation without doing the tour. The price also includes free breakfast and free dinner!!
Death Railway & River Kwai Bridge (Private Tour)
⭐️ RATING: 4.8 out of 5 Stars | ⏳ DURATION: 8 Hours | PRICE: $155 ↳ BOOK NOW
Experience the history of Kanchanaburi and learn the story behind the construction of the bridge over the River Kwai on this private tour.
With an almost perfect review score, this Kanchanaburi tour from Bangkok combines the best historic activities in an informative 8 hour tour. You’ll get to ride the infamous train along the tracks that were built by prisoners of war by forced labour and horrific conditions.
Lunch is included in the price of this tour. And on your way to Bangkok from Kanchanaburi, stop for a guided 20 minute tour offering exceptional views.
River Kwai & Hellfire Pass (Private Tour)
⭐️ RATING: 4.4 out of 5 Stars | ⏳ DURATION: 11 Hours | PRICE: $157 ↳ BOOK NOW
Explore Kanchanaburi’s main attractions in a day. Walk across the River Kwai bridge, take a train ride on the Death Railway, hike through Hellfire Pass, and visit the Hellfire Memorial. Don’t forget to enjoy the scenic Saiyoke Noi waterfalls on your way back.
After lunch and a 45-minute drive, visit Hell Fire Pass and Memorial. Finish the day at the scenic Saiyoke Noi waterfalls before returning to your Bangkok accommodation.
Erawan Park & Elephant Feeding (Private Tour)
⭐️ RATING: 4.8 out of 5 Stars | ⏳ DURATION: 11 Hours | PRICE: $165 ↳ BOOK NOW
If hiking 7 cascades and swimming in waterfalls, interacting with elephants, visiting legendary train tracks and a bit of WW2 history sounds good to you, then consider this tourist favorite Kanchanaburi full day tour.
This private tour combines the very best highlights and not to be missed things to do in Kanchanaburi.
After pick up, this full day tour start by hiking the 7 waterfalls at Erawan falls. It’s a magical place where you can relax and swim in the beautiful pools. After a tasty lunch, you’ll get to interact with Elephants at an ethical sanctuary. Followed by a stop at the bridge over the River Kwai.
Remember to bring your swimwear and a change of clothes in case you swim at Erawan Falls.
Kanchanaburi Tour with Floating Market Visit (Private Tour)
⭐️ RATING: 4.9 out of 5 Stars | ⏳ DURATION: 11 Hours | PRICE: $173 ↳ BOOK NOW
Experience the Maeklong train market as it unfolds when the train passes through. And ride a longtail boat at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
But before this you’ll get to witness the iconic train at river Kwai and travel along an iconic part of these infamous train tracks.
Erawan Waterfall & Kanchanaburi (Private Tour)
⭐️ RATING: 4.9 out of 5 Stars | ⏳ DURATION: 12 Hours | PRICE: $175 ↳ BOOK NOW
Discover Kanchanaburi highlights with this 12 hour tour. It’s the best rated Kanchanaburi tour with an almost perfect review score.
Tour starts with an organized pick up at your hotel in Bangkok and you’ll first experience the train passing over the famous river Kwai. After the historic activity, you’ll get to visit Erawan, Thailand’s most beautiful cascade.
There’s the option to hike (1500 meters) up to the top of the waterfall. We highly suggest going to the top cause its pretty amazing up there!!
After an optional lunch break, there’s visit to Krasae Buddha cave and you’ll board the train to ride along the former railway for about 30 minutes.
River Kwai and Death Railway (Private Tour from Kanchanaburi)
⭐️ RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars | ⏳ DURATION: 8 Hours | PRICE: $185 (X4 Pax) ↳ BOOK NOW
If you’re already in Kanchanaburi, or have a means of transport to get there from Bangkok. then this is a tour you should consider.
It’s a private tour and the price shown is for 4 people so you can share the cost and works out quite cheap that way.
This tour includes visits to all the important historic sites in Kanchanaburi:
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
- River Kwai
- Tham Krasae Bridge railway station
- Tiger Cave Temple, Kanchanaburi
⭐️ RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars | ⏳ DURATION: 4 Hours | ↳ BOOK NOW
Slightly off topic because this isn’t a Bangkok to Kanchanaburi tour. However it is a unique culinary experience and is a great way to end the day.
Note: this tour starts at 7:00pm not midnight.
This evening tour throws you straight into Bangkok’s legendary street-food scene as you ride the colorful city’s backstreets and hidden spots. And what better way than do this on fun Tuk-Tuk.
Your Tuk-Tuk driver whizzes through the traffic and stops you at some incredible local restaurants to sample some of the best Thai cuisine. This tour is a complete package including all food and Tuk-Tuk transport. And the evening ends at a secret roof-top bar.
Want to Know Where to Stay in Kanchanaburi?
Spending a night or 2 in Kanchanaburi is the best way to experience all that this region has to offer. And there are some really great places to stay in Kanchanaburi which make the trip worthwhile just to spend a night in them.
Below are 3 recommendations from budget places to stay to unique stays that cost a bit more.
BUDGET OPTION: Home of River Kwai: It’s the best budget option with an impressive rating score.
MID RANGE OPTION: Inchantreedoopool: Luxury at a great price. Complete with jungle views infinity pool.
The Float House River Kwai Resort:
Worth the trip from Bangkok just to stay here.
How we efficiently plan our trips.
Planning a holiday can be overwhelming, especially for those hands-on in the process. Thankfully, technology has simplified the task, making it easier to organize trips to destinations like Thailand. Here are the resources we swear by:
BOOKING.COM: Our go-to for booking accommodation. It’s user-friendly, offers the best prices*, and boasts the largest selection of online properties.
GET YOUR GUIDE: Our go-to resource for tour booking in Thailand and around the world is Get Your Guide. Here you’ll find a wide range of tours at great prices and most often have free cancellation up to 24 hours before the tour.
It’s almost like shopping for something on Amazon and the prices are also really competitive.
KLOOK: Another resource for planning activities is KLOOK. Here we also find loads of interesting activities for the destinations we’re visiting.
HEY, just so you know…