Kanchanaburi Province is situated some 129km west of Bangkok and is the third largest province of Thailand. Bordering Myanmar/Burma on its western side, it is still a pretty wild area with mountains, hills and evergreen forests ever-present – in fact, the region houses no less than six national parks (Erawan, Chaloem Rattanakosin, Sai Yok, Khuean Srinagarindra, ... More>Khao Laem and Thong Pha Phum). What’s more Kanchanaburi is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary and historical sites such as Prasat Muang Singh, dating back to the fourth century, show the Khmer influence in the region. More recently, Kanchanaburi Province became famous as the place where ‘the Bridge over the River Kwai’ was built by World War II POWs during the Japanese occupation of Thailand. Many museums and memorial sites like the Death Railway, Mueang Sing Historical Park and Hell Fire Pass Memorial Museum also attract a fair amount of visitors. A wide range of activities are also available in Kanchanaburi from forest hiking, elephant trekking and mountain biking to bird watching, canoeing and white water rafting. You are sure to find something exciting to do while visiting this splendid region of Thailand: there is even an original activity available at the Kirdkao Observatory – star watching!