Getting from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

When we were planning our trip, we had one unknown, which was how to get to Kanchanaburi. There’s quite a bit of advice on sites like Tripadvisor, but I thought I’d tell you what we did, which worked quite well.

Our chariot to Kanchanaburi

Our chariot to Kanchanaburi

Our first choice was getting the train, because who doesn’t love a good train ride? After doing a bit of research, it turns out that this particular line isn’t fantastically reliable and the journey could sometimes take up to 6 hours, or not happen at all.

Being that we were being picked up from out hotel in Kanchanaburi the next morning to be taken to Elephant’s World, and because we didn’t have that much time in Kanchanaburi itself, we decided the bus was the better option purely based on the fact that it was the most likely way to get there, without spending too much money on a private car or van.

We also decided to get a taxi to the bus terminal, as we would have had to change buses a number of times to get out to the main bus terminal. With all our baggage, it all seemed too hard.

So this is what we did:
– caught a taxi from Sukhumvit to the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai). Interestingly, this was the only taxi we caught in Bangkok where the meter was on and we didn’t prearrange a price. It was also the longest one by a considerable margin (45 minutes). It was also the cheapest at 300 baht (around $AU10).
Go figure.

Bankkok to kanchanaburiFrom the bus terminal, we caught the bus from platform 9. The ride took around 2 hours and was comfortable enough. There were many local stops along the way, especially for the last hour where we stopped a fair bit before being dropped at the bus terminal in Kanchanaburi.

The Kanchanaburi bus terminal was about 3km from our guest house. Initially we decided to walk after sitting in the bus for so long, but that idea quickly vapourised as the sweat streamed off us, and a tuk-tuk was hailed.

After checking in at Ploy, we found ourselves some refreshments.

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