The Best Things To Do In Niagara Falls With Kids

Niagara Falls in autumn colors from above

This post was updated in July 2020.

Niagara Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world and is often cited as ‘the Honeymoon Capital of the World‘. While it’s definitely a wonderful spot to celebrate a special occasion, the falls are an excellent family destination as well.

There are many things to do in Niagara Falls with kids, whether making a quick weekend trip or planning a longer stay, there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained!

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Things to do in Niagara Falls with kids

Niagara Falls by dusk

This is a post by Kim of Being An Adult Is Hard. Kim was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. When she’s not writing about the trials and tribulations of adult responsibilities on her blog, she loves to discover cool places to write about and show them off whenever she can. 

Why you should plan a family trip to the Niagara Falls

We have lots of long-distance family and friends who come to visit us. They usually fly into Toronto and our first stop when showing them around is Niagara Falls, as it is only 1 ½ hours away and has so much to offer.

Having visited countless times with many different children, we wanted to share the family friendly attractions that are a hit with all of our visitors!

The best family activities in Niagara Falls

  • Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour
  • Skylon Tower
  • Niagara Skywheel
  • Dinosaur Adventure Golf
  • Zipline to the Falls
  • Niagara Glen Nature Area

Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour

The Best Things To Do In Drumheller: A Day Trip Itinerary

Horsethief Canyon Drumheller

This post was updated in July 2020.

Have you heard of Drumheller? To be honest, I had not before visiting this spectacular area in Alberta. The Canadian Rockies tend to get all the attention (granted, they are magnificient), but I really like Drumheller as well.

We had never seen Badlands before and Drumheller is Badlands XXL. The rock formations are absolutely amazing, plus, it’s nowhere near as busy as Banff and Jasper in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

What’s more, Drumheller is famous for all the dinosaur bones that have been found in the area (it’s called the dinosaur capital of the world!). The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller is one of the most important paleontology museums on the planet. And that’s just one of the many things to do in Drumheller!

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The best things to do in Drumheller

We spent a couple of days in the Drumheller area, but if you are short on time you can manage to see everything on this list on a day trip from Calgary (provided you get an early start). However, I highly recommend spending at least 2 days in Drumheller.

Map of Drumheller attractions

Drumheller things to do map

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What to do in Drumheller

  • Visit Horseshoe Canyon
  • Climb the World’s Largest Dinosaur
  • Explore the Royal Tyrrell Museum
  • Drive the North & South Dinosaur Trail: the Little Church, Horsethief Canyon, Bleriot Ferry, Orkney Viewpoint
  • Drive the Hoodoos Trail: Wayne, Star Mine Suspension Bridge, Hoodoos, East Coulee School Museum and Atlas coal mine (National Historic site)
Yellow field Drumheller Alberta Canada

Drumheller tourist attractions part I: Drumheller city center and around

Horseshoe Canyon

Horseshoe Canyon Drumheller

I already mentioned Drumheller is a great place to explore because of the beautiful Badlands landscape. One of the best places to see the Badlands is at the Horseshoe Canyon, which was shaped by a glacier.

There is a trail leading into the Canyon, unfortunately is was closed during the time of our visit (July 2017).

Visiting Horseshoe Canyon is free.

World’s Largest Dinosaur

The World's Largest Dinosaur in Drumheller Alberta Canada

Besides the Badlands, Drumheller is Dinosaur galore, thousands and thousands of bones have been found in the region and dinosaur statues are everywhere.

Climb on the World's Largest Dinosaur in Drumheller - view through the teeth of a T-Rex

The biggest of them all is the 25 meters tall T-Rex located in Drumheller Center. You can climb to the top of the dino and look through its teeth for a great view.

The entrance fee for the World’s Largest Dinosaur is $4 CAD per person.

Pro tip: reader Carrie sent me this piece of insider info => if you want a great breakfast then stop at WHIFS, on North Dinosaur Trail on your way out to the museum.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum

Cheap Hotels In Sri Lanka: 13 Great Hotels Under €25 A Night

Palm trees lining road in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

This post was updated in July 2020.

Sri Lanka is a colorful country with friendly people, delicious food, beautiful nature, ancient history, and splendid beaches. An island located in the Indian Ocean that, despite its compact size, has everything you wish for in a perfect holiday destination.

And the good news is that Sri Lanka is an excellent budget destination, as such you will find lots of comfortable but cheap hotels in Sri Lanka. During our 1 month trip around Sri Lanka, the price we paid for accommodation varied between €6 and €25 per night.

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Cheap hotels in Sri Lanka

Accommodation in Sri Lanka: tips and tricks

When you are traveling around Sri Lanka, you learn a thing or two about Sri Lanka budget accommodation. Here are some important things to know before your trip.

Finding the exact location of your accommodation

I have never had so much trouble finding the accommodation we booked online as in Sri Lanka. In my experience, the locations listed in Agoda and Booking are usually pretty accurate. However, for several accommodations listed below this wasn’t the case.

Luckily, the helpful locals pointed us in the right direction. I have included directions for many of the places we stayed at as well as I could. But if you’re unable to find a place, just ask for help!

The kind people of Sri Lanka are more than happy to point you in the right direction (or walk with you until you have arrived at your desired destination).

Home-stays instead of hotels

Most places we stayed at were home-stays, with only 1-3 rooms. I really enjoyed the small-scale setup of the accommodation in Sri Lanka. In Southeast Asia, we spent most nights in hotels (10-15 rooms). Also very nice, just different.

Agoda versus Booking

I often book with Agoda because most of the time their price is slightly lower than Booking and you can pay online with your credit card (thereby reducing your need for cash).

This can be very convenient in countries with hefty ATM fees or a limit on how much cash you can withdraw per transaction. However, in Sri Lanka, I found Booking often had better offers.

It’s a bit confusing that Agoda does include tax in their price while Booking does not, this makes it more difficult to compare. Anyway, I always check both and book the cheapest option!

Sri Lanka Pidurangala rock view from the top

The best budget hotels in Sri Lanka

In the map below you can find the names and location of the cheap accommodation in Sri Lanka included in this post.

I’ve also added directions for our Sri Lanka accommodation where the map from Agoda/Booking wasn’t accurate.

Sri Lanka best budget hotels map

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Sri Lanka budget accommodation: important facts and figures

  • I traveled around Sri Lanka with my husband, we spent 26 nights in the country and stayed at 16 different accommodations.
  • Our trip was in February 2017, the exchange rate was approximately 160 Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR) for €1 and 150 LKR for $1.
  • Our average, our accommodation costs were 2500LKR/€16/$17 per night.

1. Negombo, Erandi Holiday Home – 1 night

Apakah Sri Lanka Murah: Detail Anggaran Perjalanan Sri Lanka

Pemandangan dari Little Adam's Peak di Ella, Sri Lanka

Posting ini diperbarui pada Juli 2020.

Setelah menghabiskan satu bulan di Sri Lanka menjelajahi bagian Barat, Selatan, Tengah, dan Utara, saya melakukan pengumpulan anggaran perjalanan Sri Lanka kami dan terkejut mengetahui bahwa Sri Lanka adalah negara termurah yang pernah saya kunjungi sejauh ini!

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Anggaran perjalanan Sri Lanka

Pabrik Teh Dambatenne di Haputale, Sri Lanka

Perjalanan hemat Sri Lanka

Ketika Frank dan saya berkeliling Asia Tenggara, anggaran harian kami biasanya sekitar € 60 per hari (€ 30 per orang). Di Selandia Baru dan Jepang, harganya sekitar € 100 per hari (€ 50 per orang). Namun, oAnggaran harian Sri Lanka Anda hanya € 44 per hari (€ 22 per orang)!

Jadi apakah Sri Lanka murah? Ya itu!

Periksa infografis di bawah ini untuk informasi terperinci tentang biaya perjalanan kami di Sri Lanka dan cari tahu persis berapa banyak yang kami habiskan untuk akomodasi, transportasi, makanan, kegiatan, dan visa kami.

Bepergian ke Sri Lanka dengan anggaran terbatas!  Anggaran harian Sri Lanka kami adalah € 44 per hari untuk kami sebagai pasangan (€ 22 per orang).  Lihat pos dan infografis untuk detail lebih lanjut (info tentang akomodasi, transportasi, makanan, kegiatan, visa, dan lainnya).  #SriLanka #Ceylon #Travel

Sri Lanka dengan anggaran: fakta dan angka penting

  • Saya bepergian ke Sri Lanka dengan suami saya, semua biaya yang disebutkan dalam anggaran perjalanan Sri Lanka ini untuk kita berdua bersama.
  • Saya mengutip harga Rupee Sri Lanka (LKR) serta € dan $. Ketika kami berada di Sri Lanka (Februari 2017), € 1 adalah sekitar 160LKR dan $ 1 sekitar 150LKR. Karena nilai tukar bervariasi, ini mungkin berbeda sekarang.
  • Saya menghabiskan hampir sebulan penuh di Sri Lanka, 26 hari tepatnya. Secara total, kami menghabiskan 182.000LKR / € 1144 / $ 1.222, yang turun menjadi rata-rata 7000LKR / € 44 / $ 47 per hari untuk kami sebagai pasangan.
  • Rincian anggaran termasuk semua pengeluaran kami di Sri Lanka, tetapi tidak termasuk tiket pesawat kami ke Sri Lanka.
  • Saya juga tidak termasuk biaya penyelaman kami melakukannya di Sri Lanka, karena ini bukan kegiatan yang semua orang akan lakukan dan itu relatif mahal. Saya telah menambahkan info lebih lanjut tentang menyelam di bagian aktivitas lebih lanjut di pos ini.
  • Perjalanan saya dimulai dan berakhir di Kolombo (Bandara Negombo tepatnya).

Biaya untuk bepergian ke Sri Lanka: anggaran harian rata-rata kami

Anggaran harian Sri Lanka - biaya per kategori - bepergian dengan anggaran terbatas

Anggaran backpacking kami di Sri Lanka

  1. Akomodasi: 36% dari biaya perjalanan harian
  2. Angkutan: 6% dari biaya perjalanan harian
  3. Makanan: 36% dari biaya perjalanan harian
  4. Aktivitas berbayar: 13% dari biaya perjalanan harian
  5. Visa: 6% dari biaya perjalanan harian
  6. Lain-lain: 4% dari biaya perjalanan harian

1. Biaya akomodasi di Sri Lanka

Gunung Breezevilla Ella Sri Lanka

Selama perjalanan kami, kami tinggal di rumah-tinggal dan hotel yang saya pesan melalui Agoda dan Pemesanan. Harga bervariasi antara 1000LKR / (€ 6 / $ 7) dan 4000LKR (€ 25 / $ 27) tetapi malam rata-rata adalah 2500LKR / € 16 / $ 17.

Pada tabel di bawah ini Anda dapat menemukan tempat kami menginap (hanya yang saya rekomendasikan!), Tetapi saya juga menulis posting terpisah tentang akomodasi kami di Sri Lanka.

2. Biaya transportasi di Sri Lanka

Nine Arch Bridge, kereta Ella Sri Lanka

Di sinilah Sri Lanka jauh lebih murah daripada negara lain yang pernah saya kunjungi, biaya transportasi hampir tidak ada! Salah satu yang paling indah melatih wahana di dunia berjalan dari Badulla ke Haputale dan biaya hanya 80LKR / € 0,50 / $ 0,50 per orang.

Bis-bis berjalan di mana-mana dan sama-sama murah. Bus naik adalah urusan yang cukup kacau tetapi sangat menyenangkan, dengan musik Sri Lanka yang keras booming dari speaker dan bis membunyikan klakson dengan keras di setiap sudut.

Tuk-tuk sedikit lebih mahal dan membutuhkan keterampilan tawar-menawar. Tetapi masih sangat terjangkau dibandingkan dengan biaya taksi di mana pun di dunia.

Rata-rata, biaya transportasi kami adalah 400LKR / € 2,50 / $ 2,75 per hari. Anda dapat menemukan informasi terperinci tentang cara bepergian dari A ke B di Sri Lanka di pos ini.

3. Biaya makanan di Sri Lanka

Hidangan khas Kotthu Sri Lanka

Makanan juga sangat murah di Sri Lanka, kami jarang menghabiskan lebih dari 500LKR / € 3 / $ 3,50 per orang untuk makan, lebih sering hanya 100-250LKR per orang!

Ada banyak hidangan untuk dicoba: roti (telur, sayur, kelapa, polos), gerbong, nasi & kari, dan banyak lagi. Jus buah juga banyak tersedia (favorit saya adalah nanas), biasanya dihargai antara 100-200LKR.

Rata-rata kami habiskan 2500LKR / € 16 / $ 17 per hari. Ini juga termasuk biaya air, botol 1,5 liter berharga 70-80LKR.

4. Biaya kegiatan di Sri Lanka

Rata-rata kami menghabiskan 900LKR / € 5,50 / $ 6) per hari untuk kegiatan. Di Kolombo, Galle, dan Kandy kami melakukan tamasya kota. Di pantai selatan, kami pergi menyelam, snorkeling, dan berselancar.

Di Ella dan Haputale kami melakukan beberapa pendakian dan di Utara, kami menjelajahi Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, dan Jaffna. Di bawah ini Anda dapat menemukan detail semua aktivitas berbayar kami:

Bepergian ke Sri Lanka dengan anggaran terbatas!  Anggaran harian Sri Lanka kami adalah € 44 per hari untuk kami sebagai pasangan (€ 22 per orang).  Lihat pos dan infografis untuk detail lebih lanjut (info tentang akomodasi, transportasi, makanan, kegiatan, visa, dan lainnya).  #SriLanka #Ceylon #travel

Kami jelas melakukan lebih banyak selama perjalanan 1 bulan kami ke Sri Lanka, tetapi kegiatan lainnya gratis!

catatan: Saya tidak termasuk biaya untuk menyelam. Kami pergi menyelam di Weligama di Weligama Bay Dive Center. Kami membayar $ 60 per orang untuk 2 kali menyelam (termasuk peralatan, air, dan buah segar).

5. Biaya visa untuk Sri Lanka

Kami mendaftar online untuk e-visa untuk Sri Lanka. Bagi kami visa adalah $ 35, kami membayar online dengan kartu kredit, proses semilir yang mudah. Seperti telah melewati bea cukai di Sri Lanka. Karena kami menghabiskan 26 hari di negara ini, biaya harian rata-rata untuk visa adalah 400LKR / € 2,50 / $ 2,75.

Pemandangan Lion Rock Sigariya dari Pidurangala Rock

6. Biaya lain-lain di Sri Lanka

Beberapa biaya acak dalam anggaran backpacking kami di Sri Lanka adalah laundry, semprotan nyamuk, pasta gigi dan (sangat penting ketika Anda mencoba menjalankan blog saat bepergian) SIM lokal dengan banyak data.

Kami membeli SIM dari Dialog, mereka memiliki beberapa paket tetapi penting untuk mengetahui bahwa semua paket adalah paket siang / malam. Ini berarti Anda akan mendapatkan bagian dari data untuk penggunaan antara jam 8 pagi – 12 tengah malam dan bagian lain dari data hanya dapat digunakan antara jam 12 tengah malam dan jam 8 pagi.

Lagi pula, rata-rata kami habiskan 300LKR / € 2 / $ 2 per hari pada item lain-lain.

Matahari terbit yang indah di atas hutan di Sri Lanka

Anggaran Sri Lanka: sebagai kesimpulan

Jadi untuk semua orang bertanya-tanya: berapa biaya perjalanan ke Sri Lanka, Anda sekarang punya jawabannya! Saya harap posting ini meyakinkan Anda untuk melakukan perjalanan ke Sri Lanka, ini adalah negara yang indah dan sangat terjangkau.

Anda dapat mengunduh infografis anggaran di bawah ini. Jangan ragu untuk bertanya apa pun dengan meninggalkan komentar atau mengirim saya email.

The Perfect 1 Month Sri Lanka Itinerary And Travel Guide

Udawalawe sunrise safari Sri Lanka

This post was updated in July 2020.

Sri Lanka may be a small country, but this beautiful island in the Indian Ocean has a whole lot to offer! There are beautiful beaches, green mountains, even greener tea plantations, ancient and impressive Buddhist temples, colorful and detailed Hindu temples, and much more.

This 1 month Sri Lanka itinerary will help you make the most of your Sri Lanka trip. Even if you don’t have time to spend a month in Sri Lanka, I hope this post will give you plenty of inspiration which places to visit in Sri Lanka.

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1 month Sri Lanka itinerary


Thing is, I seek history whenever I travel, it is pretty essential in helping me understand why the destination I am visiting is what it is today. It helps me understand how places and people change overtime, it teaches me about continuities, it encourages me to gain new insights, and more importantly, it helps me understand and appreciate the cultural values of a place. After all, the future is in the past.


Kanchanaburi is one of those places in Thailand that is steeped in history. It was founded by King Rama I  as a stronghold for likely Burmese intrusions during the 18th century, and it was moved to its current location during the rule of King Rama III.  Kanchanaburi has a pretty dark past and some of its traces are still evident today.  It is best known for its World War II history and the key tourist spots associated with it, such as the Death Railway, the River Kwai Bridge (made famous by the movie River Kwai Bridge), and the Allied War Cemetery.


Though Kanchanaburi is well-known for its dark  tourism sites, there are more places to see here for everyone, such as the sprawling Erawan National Park that is home to the seven-tiered Erawan Falls, the Instagram-worthy temples of Wat Tham Sua and  Wat Than Kao Noi, the cave temple where Buddhist monks pray and congregate, the Elephants World, the retro city of Mallika that recreates the golden era of Siamese lifestyle during the reign of King Rama V, and the ancient Khmer temples at Mueang Singh Historical Park.  It’s also a relief that Kanchanaburi has kept its relaxed atmosphere despite the crowd it brings. You can stay at a hotel by the River Kwai and enjoy the river that runs through magnificent scenery and funnel into the sea.  Anyway, whatever you prefer to see and do, I hope this Kanchanaburi Travel Guide with detailed itinerary and sample budget helps you plan your much-awaited trip soon.



Kanchanaburi town



 Kanchanaburi is a year-round tourist destination, but if you’re looking for the best months to visit, I’d recommend November, December, January, and February since the weather is cooler and the place has lesser crowd. Kanchanaburi is relatively humid especially during summer season which falls on March, April, and May, which is also the peak season. Prices of flights and hotels are higher during this season.



 Kanchanaburi like the rest of Thailand uses Thai Baht as currency.  Some tourist establishments may  accept US dollars, best to have Thai baht in handy.  Almost everything is on cash basis, but major hotels and restaurants may accept credit card.  The best rates are the bank’s rate. Best to withdraw from ATMs concentrated around the town center. You can find the ATM locations HERE.  


Stay connected online while traveling in Kanchanaburi and the rest of Thailand. You can rent a pocket wi-fi or buy a sim card through the link below.




 Spending 2 or 3 days should cover the top tourist attractions in Kanchanaburi particularly the World War II destinations.  But if you want to explore other note-worthy attractions, you could spend 4 days, 5 days, or 6 days in Kanchanaburi.  Check-out my detailed Kanchanaburi itinerary below that is good for 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, and 6 days. Feel free to modify them depending on your budget, schedule, and preferences.



 Kanchanaburi is pretty safe for tourists, even for solo female travelers. I traveled to Kanchanaburi alone and rented a bike to explore the main town. I never encountered any problems and the locals especially the monks I met inside the cave temple were super helpful and friendly.







Tourists can take the historic train route along the Bangkok Noi-Nam Tok rail line from Thonburi Station, Bangkok to Kanchanaburi train station or River Kwai Bridge. Travel time is roughly 2.5 – 3 hours and Kanchanaburi train fare is approximately ฿100 – ₱159 ($3, SGD 4.46, MYR 13, € 3, AUD 4.79, ₩K 3.8k).  There are 2 scheduled train trips  between Kanchanaburi from Thonburi Station (Bangkok) daily:



Bangkok to Kanchanaburi 07:50 AM 10:25 AM
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi 10:42 AM 12:35 AM
Kanchanaburi to Bangkok 01:55 PM 04:24 PM
Kanchanaburi to Bangkok 04:32 PM 06:30 PM


*Schedule may change without prior notice.



kanchanaburi trip



There are buses that run to Kanchanaburi daily from  either the South Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) and the North Bus Terminal (Mo Chit)  in Bangkok. Transit time to Kanchanaburi is roughly  2.5 hours and bus fare starts at  ฿120 – ₱191 ($ 3.75, SGD 5, MYR 16, € 3.44 , AUD 6, ₩K 4.6k)  per person.  You can buy tickets at the bus station or book a ticket online in advance to secure a seat.






Alternatively, from Victory Monument in Bangkok or from Khao San Road, you can ride a minibus directly to Kanchanaburi. But fare is more expensive. Fare starts at ฿150 – ₱240 ($5, SGD 7, MYR 21, € 4, AUD 7, ₩K 5,833k)  per person and it’ll take about 2.5 hours to reach Kanchanaburi.  These minibus are usually run by local travel agencies.






If you are traveling in a group, a hassle-free way to visit Kanchanaburi from Bangkok is by private car or van, you can rent a car or van that is good for 3-10 persons and divide the rental cost.  Best to book a reliable car rental company through the link below:





It’s quite easy to reach the major tourist spots in Kanchanaburi town, you can do that by bicycle, motorcycle, or tuktuk.


kanchanaburi downtown


A convenient and reliable way to tour Kanchanaburi is by joining group tours or booking a private tour.  This will help you maximize your time and ensure that you have a tour guide to explain the details and history of each tourist attraction.


Tuktuk short rides from the hotel in downtown Kanchanaburi to the River Kwai Bridge  will cost roughly ฿40 – ₱64 ($ 1.25,SGD 1.78, MYR 5.46, € 1.15, AUD 1.91, ₩1,555) per person.


You can explore the tourist attractions in Kanchanaburi town, however, the other tourist destinations listed below can only be reached by public transport or car/motorcycle rental.

Bike rentals in Kanchanaburi starts at ฿50 – ₱79 ($ 1.56, SGD 2.23, MYR 7, €1.44 , AUD 2.39, ₩K 1.9k per day. However, take note that Kanchanaburi is pretty humid, so make sure to use a cap/hat and keep yourself hydrated to avoid heat stroke. If you have a heart condition or you aren’t fit enough to cycle, do not force yourself to go biking to avoid untoward incidents.


Kanchanaburi can be explored by motorcycle, but make sure you have an international driver’s license.  Usually, motorcycle rental companies will also ask for your passport aside from driver’s license.  Motorcycle can be rented for ฿200 – ₱79 ($ 1.56, SGD 2.23, MYR 7, €1.44 , AUD 2.39, ₩K 1.9k per day, gas not included.


 Touring Kanchanaburi by car is a convenient way to explore the province.  This is recommended if you are traveling by group, just hire car for a day to reach the tourist spots outside Kanchanaburi center and share the cost. You can book a reliable car company through the link below.






When choosing a hotel in Kanchanaburi, tourists usually prefer these 2 locations:  hotels in Kanchanaburi near the River Kwai Bridge, or hotels in Kanchanaburi town center.

kanchanaburi river kwai


Location: River Kwai, Kanchanaburi




Location: River Kwai, Kanchanaburi




Location: River Kwai, Kanchanaburi



Location: River Kwai, Kanchanaburi







The most popular tourist attraction in Kanchanaburi is the Death Railway Bridge or the Bridge on the River Kwai, which is featured in the Academy Award-winning movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai”. It is part of the Thai-Burma Railway built by coercing hundred thousand British, Dutch, Australians, and Americans soldier prisoners  and Southeast Asian laborers to build the said rail. This was because, after already invading Thailand, the Japanese during the World War II also wanted to invade Burma (Myanmar).  So, they planned to deliver weapons and soldiers to Burma via a railway connecting Thailand and Burma. The said construction led to hundred thousand death, and many of the prisoners of war (POW) are now buried at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.

kanchanaburi travel guide: River Kwai Bridge

  • Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Entrance Fee: FREE
  • Open Hours: 24/7
  • How to get to the River Kwai Bridge: Hire a tuk-tuk from your hotel/guesthouse for about ฿40 – ₱64 ($ 1.25,SGD 1.78, MYR 5.46, € 1.15, AUD 1.91, ₩1,555) to take you to the Bridge on the River Kwai. Or rent a bicycle or motorbike from your guesthouse/hotel.


For a hassle-free tour, you may book a Kanchanaburi tour package:






kanchanaburi JEATWar museum

From the River Kwai Bridge you can walk to the JEATHWar Museum (Japan, England, Australia/USA, Thailand, and Holland War Museum), located in  the grounds of a temple named Wat Chai Chumphon.  The museum displays war relics, letters and artworks from POWs (Prisoners of War), their family members, including interviews of POWs.  Interestingly, one gallery here was designed a bamboo shelter called attap where the prisoners of war lived during the war.  Beside the JEATHWar Museum is a majestic Buddhist Temple that houses stunning wall paintings.

kanchanaburi war museum temple

  • JEATHWAR Museum
  • Entrance Fee: ฿50 – ₱79 ($1.53, SGD 2, MYR 7, € 1.41, AUD 2.43, ₩1.8K)
  • Open Hours:  Daily 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • How to get to the JEATHWar Museum: You can rent a tuk-tuk for about ฿40 to take you to JEATH War Museum. Alternatively, you may also rent a bike or motorcycle from your guesthouse/hotel. If coming from the River Kwai Bridge, the museum is walkable




Chui Kai War Cemetery is the exact site of the Allied prisoner-of-war camp during the World War II, located about 3 km south of the River Kwai Bridge  at the bank of Kwai Noi River. During the World War II, prisoners even built their hospital and church nearby. This beautifully-manicured cemetery houses the graves of 1,400 Commonwealth soldiers and 300 Dutch soldiers. I cycled here during my trip to Kanchanaburi because it’s quite easy to reach from my guesthouse. The place though peaceful and full of greenery and flowers now, still evokes a disheartening atmosphere because of its tragic history.

Kanchanaburi itinerary: Chung Kai War Cemetery

  • Chui Kai War Cemetery
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Open Hours:  Daily 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • How to get to the Chui Kai War Cemetery:  Rent a bicycle from your guesthouse/hotel and cycle to the Chui Kai War Cemetery. It is roughly 3 km south of the River Kwai Bridge. Alternatively, you may hire a tuk-tuk to take you there for about ฿40 – ₱64 ($ 1.25,SGD 1.78, MYR 5.46, € 1.15, AUD 1.91, ₩1,555).






kanchanaburi itinerary: KAOPOON CAVE TEMPLE


Kanchanaburi has some of the most stunning temples I’ve seen in Thailand, and interestingly, it is home to a handful of cave temples. I originally planned to visit Kaopoon Cave Temple that is said to have been visited by King Rama V (King Churalongorn the Great) via waterway. Today, several boats in Kanchanaburi near the River Kwai Bridge can be rented to get here. I cycled to this place from my hotel near the River Kwai, and unfortunately, I didn’t have enough information at that time of my visit. I thought upon entering the first cave temple, I was already at Kaopoon Cave Temple. Turns out, I only entered the Phra Mae Guan Im Pho Thi Sat Chao shrine, the first shrine with a large Buddha sitting on a summit of a hill overlooking a scenic river, which is pretty popular among locals, as they usually come here to pray. Despite not reaching Kapoon Caves, I enjoyed my visit at Phra Mae Guan Im Pho Thi Sat Chao because a helpful Buddhist monk toured me around the place. I met his other Buddhist  friends as well and we had a quick chat and photo op.  If your keen to reach the Kaopoon Caves, there’s a wagon for roughly THB50 per person that can take you farther to Kaopoon Cave Temple, about 2,000 meters farther.

 Phra Mae Guan Im Pho Thi Sat Chao with Buddhist monks



Initially, Erawan National Park was the reason why I was drawn to Kanchanaburi, I wanted to see the famed tourist spot here – the 7-tiered Erawan Falls, located inside the confines of the Erawan National Park on Tenassirim Hills.  Erawan Waterfalls boasts of 7 levels of falls, which thankfully, are quite manageable to reach.  The 1st level of Erawan Falls called Hlai Khuen Rung, is usually jampacked with local tourists since this is the perfect spot for picnic.  Visitors can have lunch or snack here as there are food stalls nearby.  The 1st level waterfall in Erawan Falls has pleasing, sapphire-colored water that flows into the pool with little fishes that can nibble your feet’s dead skin like those found on fish spa.  Wang Macha, the 2nd level of Erawan Waterfalls also has an arctic-colored water bucketing into natural pools and rock formations.  This is a good place for swimming as the water here is refreshing and there are comfort rooms, shower rooms, and changing rooms. The 3rd level of Erawan Falls called Pha Namtok plummets into a huge natural pool surrounded by trees and plants. The 4th level of Erawan Falls called Oke Nang Peesu is another crowd-pleaser because of its natural waterpark, where visitors can slide and bathe. Buea Mai Long, the 5th level of Erawan Falls is another Instagram-worthy tourist spot in Kanchanaburi with teal-colored water pouring into travertine pools. The 6th level of Erawan Waterfalls called Dong Prucsa is worth visiting despite its distance from the other waterfalls in the area. It  tumbles down colossal rock formations before plunging into the  natural pool.  Meanwhile, the Phu Pha Erawan is the 7th level of Erawan Waterfalls is shaped like “erawan” – the 3-tiered white elephant in the Hindu mythology.




  • Erawan National Park
  • Entrance Fee: Adult (foreigner) ฿300 – ₱487 ($10, SGD 13 , MYR 41, €9, AUD 14, ₩K 12K), child (foreigner) ฿200 – ₱324 ($6.45, SGD 9, MYR 28, €6, AUD 9.45, ₩8K), Adult (local) ฿100 – ₱159 ($3, SGD 4.46, MYR 13, € 3, AUD 4.79, ₩K 3.8k), Child (local) ฿50 – ₱79 ($ 1.56, SGD 2.23, MYR 7, €1.44 , AUD 2.39, ₩K 1.9k),
  • Parking fee: Car ฿30 – ₱48 ($ 0.94, SGD 1.34 , MYR4 , € 0.86, AUD0.96 , ₩1,166), motorbike ฿20 – ₱32 ($0.63, SGD 0.89, MYR 2.73, € 0.57, AUD 0.96, ₩K 777)
  • Open Hours: Daily, Park Gate 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, waterfall 1- 3 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, waterfall 4-7 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • How to get to the Erawan Waterfalls: From Kanchanaburi Bus Station  hop on the bus to Erawan National Park that leaves every hour from 8:00 AM  to 5:30 PM. Remember that the last bus from Erawan to Kanchanaburi leaves at 5:00 PM. Don’t miss it. Bus fare is around ฿40 – ₱64 ($ 1.25,SGD 1.78, MYR 5.46, € 1.15, AUD 1.91, ₩1,555) per person, one way. Transit time is roughly 1.5 hours.




 Kanchanaburi is sprinkled with jaw-dropping temples, and my personal favorites are Wat Tham Sua (Thai-styled temple) and Wat Than Kao Noi (Chinese-inspired temple) because of their intricate design and scenic surroundings. The temples are proudly standing on top of a limestone hill near the Mae Khlong River.


kanchanaburi itinerary: Wat Tham Sua


After entering the temple gates, I took an old-looking cable car going up the temple for ฿20 – ₱32 ($0.63, SGD 0.89, MYR 2.73, € 0.57, AUD 0.96, ₩K 777).  You can also opt to climb for free the 157 steps stairs.  The giant golden Buddha made of golden mosaics and surrounded by stupas greets the visitors here.  The largest stupa here houses murals that are mostly about the war with Burma and the Buddha images in different postures.  During my trip to Wat Tham Sua and Wat Than Kao Noi in Kanchanaburi, there was no crowd, except for some locals and monks sporting their orange robes happily taking photos at the temple.



Wat Tham Suea (also Wat Tham Sua) is said to be called Tiger Temple because there’s a cavern here where tigers used to live, but now, only a small tiger shrine can be seen inside the cave.  Adjacent to Wat Tham Suea is the equally charming temple named What Than Kao Noi reminiscent of Chinese temples.  Wat Than Kao Noi is a Buddhist temple flanked with intricate tiled Buddha images, bells, and Buddha statues.  Climbing this temple offers the best view of  Wat Tham Suea and the surrounding farmland.

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  • Wat Tham Sua and  Wat Than Kao Noi
  • Open Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • *Entrance Fee: FREE, cable car going up the temple is ฿20 – ₱32 ($0.63, SGD 0.89, MYR 2.73, € 0.57, AUD 0.96, ₩K 777)
  •  How to get to Wat Tham Sua:  There are group tours in Kanchanaburi that includes a visit to Wat Tham Sua and Wat Than Kao Noi. Alternatively, if you want a DIY Travel here, from Kanchanaburi, you can take a bus to Ratchaburi. Alight at the bus stop fronting Tha Mueang Hospital. From there, you can hire a motor taxi to take you to Wat Tham Sua.  Or you can hire a tuk-tuk to take you to Wat Tham Sua from downtown Kanchanaburi.




From an estimated 100,000  elephants in Thailand in the 19th century, there are only about 3,000 domestic and 2,000 elephants in the wild now, according to Elephants World Kanchanburi.  The elephants in Thailand were used to carry logs for the logging industry back in the days. But after a devastating flood in 1989, logging activity was totally banned by the government to prevent further deforestation.  Since then,  the elephant owners needed to find other ways to finance the food and upkeep of the elephant.

elephant thailand


The Elephants World Kanchanaburi is a brainchild of veterinarian Dr.Samart and his wife Khun Fon. It started as a small home for the injured and elderly elephants in Kanchanaburi province. Later on, they started a fund-raising activity for the upkeep the said elephants and finally decided to switch the conservation program to an eco-tourism activity so they can self- finance the growing community of domestic elephants, mahouts, and staff.  Nowadays, the Elephants World provides home to over 30 domestic elephants. They offer 3 kinds of programs – the Day Program, the Overnight Program, and the Forest Program so visitors can experience up-close and personal encounters with these elephants.






The massive Mallika City in Kanchanaburi is a retro-city of the former Siamese lifestyle in the Chao Phraya River basin. Mallika City remakes the Golden Age era in Thailand during the reign of King Chulalungkorn (Rama V) from 1873 to1910 A.D., best known for abolishing slavery in Thailand.  At Mallika City, tourists can rent and wear Thai traditional clothes as they tour around,  But first, every visitor has to change their Thai Baht to ancient money called Satang at the ticket office, which can be used to buy food, drinks and handmade local crafts at Mallika village.


Some of the most famous Mallika City tourist spots includes (1.)Saphan Han, the bridge that can be moved to allow boats to pass through and believed to be King Rama’s favorite bridge, the (2.) City Tower, originally a  prison tower but now used as an observation deck of Mallika City, (3.) the Ancient Market Zone  (Prange Nara, Prange Phuthorn, and Prange Sappasart neighborhood) where various ancients products are on display such as candles, perfumes, dessert, etc. and visitors are highly encouraged to participate in making these products (4.) Thai traditional houses and structures like Reuan Diew – the house for commoner,  Reuan Khaha Bodi – the house for the rich and ruling class, Reun Pae Floating House – shophouse or café by the river banks, and Reuan Hmoo – used by the rich people as a visitor reception area, this is where tourists can watch Thai traditional dance and show during dinner, (5.) Jasmine Garden – a garden sprinkled with various kinds of jasmine plants, which inspired the named Mallika.

  • Mallika Kanchanaburi
  • Open Hours: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Entrance Fee:


Admission Fee ฿250 – ₱397 ฿100 – ₱158
Admission Fee + Thai Costume ฿400 – ₱635 ฿300- ₱477
Admission Fee + Lunch ฿500 – ₱795 ฿250 – ₱397
Admission Fee + Thai Costume + Lunch ฿650 – ₱1,033 ฿450 – ₱715
Admission Fee + Thai Dance Show + Dinner ฿700 – ₱1,112 ฿350 – ₱556
Admission Fee + Thai Dance Show + Dinner + Thai Costume ฿900 – ₱1,430 ฿500 – ₱794


  • How to get to Mallika City by public transport:To get to Mallika City by public bus, from Kanchanaburi Bus Station, a bus to Sangkhlaburi and tell the driver you are getting off at Mallika City.  Fare is roughly ฿80 – ₱130 and travel time is about 3 hours. Buses run daily every 40 to 50 minutes from 07:00 AM to 5:00 PM.




When the Khmers abandoned Kanchanaburi, they left behind Several Bayon-style temples (similar to the temples in Cambodia) are sprinkled around the western side of Sai Yok District.  These temples where abandoned by the Khmers who constructed the said structures during the rule of King Jayavarman during the Khmer Empire era.  Some of these temples can now be visited by tourists traveling to Kanchanaburi at the stunning Mueang Singh Historical Park, surrounded by verdant forest and crowned by the main shrine – Prasat Muang Singh Temple, proudly standing at the heart of the domain.  The ancient Buddhist temples at  Mueang Singh are made of laterite, which explains their orange color. Apart from religious reasons, it is believed that these Buddhist temples were built to serve as a military post and transit of trade along the Mae Nam Khwae Noi.  While you are at it, don’t miss the prehistoric burial site with pottery, jewelry, and 2 human skeletons on display, which is said to date back 2,000 years ago before Mueang Singh was founded.



Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park

Entrance Fee: ฿100 – ₱159 ($3, SGD 4.46, MYR 13, € 3, AUD 4.79, ₩K 3.8k)

Parking fee: Car ฿50 – ₱79 ($ 1.56, SGD 2.23, MYR 7, €1.44 , AUD 2.39, ₩K 1.9k), Motorcycle – ฿20 – ₱32 ($0.63, SGD 0.89, MYR 2.73, € 0.57, AUD 0.96, ₩K 777),

Open Hours: Daily 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

How to get to the Muang Sing Historical Park: Take a train ( ordinary train #257 or #259) from Kanchanburi to Tha Kilen or Nam Tok Sa Yok Noi. Get off at Tha Kilen Station, travel time is about 1 hour.  Then at Kilen Station, take a tuktuk to Mueang Singh Historical Park. The train departs around 10:35 AM and 4:26 PM. The train going back to Kanchanaburi leaves at 6:14 AM and 1:54 PM. Make sure not to miss the last trip going back to Kanchanaburi at 1:54 PM, be at the station at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure.  If you miss it, your next option is to take a taxi to Kanchanaburi. Foreigners are typically charged a higher fare of ฿100 – ₱159 ($3, SGD 4.46, MYR 13, € 3, AUD 4.79, ₩K 3.8k) per person one-way.





If you are the adventurous type, don’t fret because Kanchanaburi is home to Tree Top Adventures.  This massive nature park is packed with 40 game stations where you can try extreme and exciting adventures!






Here’s a sample Kanchanaburi itinerary  for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 days. Feel free to tweak it depending on your budget, schedule, and preferences.  Note that the transportation to and from Thailand  from  and to your country or next destination, accommodation, drinks, shopping, and souvenirs aren’t included in the sample expenses.

kanchanaburi travel guide

08:30 PM Bangkok to Kanchanaburi  RESERVE HERE (฿250 – ₱406)
12:00 PM ETA Kanchanaburi
12:15 PM Tuktuk to hotel. (฿50 – ₱79)
12:30 PM Leave luggage at front desk.
01:00 PM Lunch (฿200 – ₱313)
02:00 PM Hotel check-in. Freshen up.
03:00 PM Bike rental.  (฿50 – ₱79)
  River Kwai Bridge. (FREE)
  JEATHWar Museum. (฿50 – ₱79)
  Buddhist Temple. (FREE)
  Chungkai War Cemetery.  (FREE)
06:00 PM Lunch. (฿200 – ₱313)
07:30 PM Back to hotel.
08:30 PM Lights out.
Day 1 Expenses ฿750 – ₱1,269 ($24, SGD34, MYR 103, €21, AUD35, ₩ 29.2K )
07:30 AM Tuktuk to Kanchanaburi Bus Station. (฿50 – ₱79)
08:00 AM Bus to Erawan National Park. (฿40 – ₱64)
09:30 AM Erawan National Park (฿300 – ₱487)
  Explore Erawan Falls (Level 1-7)
11:30 AM Lunch (฿200 – ₱313)
12:30 PM Bus back to Kanchanaburi (฿40 – ₱64)
02:00 PM Tuktuk to hotel. (฿50 – ₱79)
02:30 PM Freshen up. Rest.
03:00 PM Rent bike. (฿50 – ₱79)
03:00 PM Bike to Cave Temple
Cave Temple. (FREE)
05:00 PM Bike back to hotel.
Freshen up. Rest
07:00 PM Dinner (฿200 – ₱313)
08:30 PM Back to hotel. Pack luggage.
09:30 PM Lights out.
DAY 2  Expenses ฿930- ₱1,478 ($30, SGD42, MYR 128, €27, AUD44, ₩ 36K )
08:30 AM ETD Wat Tham Sua and  Wat Than Kao Noi
Tuktuk to Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal (฿50 – ₱79)
  Bus to Ratchaburi (฿100 – ₱159)
  Get off at the bus stop in front of Tha Mueang Hospital
  Hire a motorbike to Wat Tham Sua and  Wat Than Kao Noi. (฿100 – ₱159)
  Cable car. (฿20 – ₱32)
  Wat Tham Sua and  Wat Than Kao Noi. (FREE)
11:00 PM Motorbike back to Tha Mueang Hospital bus stop. (฿100 – ₱159)
Bus back to Kanchanburi (฿100 – ₱159)
12:00 PM Tuktuk back to hotel. (฿50 – ₱79)
Hotel check-out.
  Tuktuk to Kanchanaburi bus Station. (฿50 – ₱79)
  Bus to Bangkok or next destination. RESERVE HERE (฿250 – ₱406)
DAY 3 Expenses ฿ 820 – ₱1,311 ($26, SGD37, MYR 113 , € 24, AUD38 , ₩32K)
TOTAL EXPENSES ฿2,500 – ₱4,058 ($80, SGD 113, MYR 344, € 72, AUD 117, ₩97.2K)


If you have more time and budget, you can extend your trip and spend 4 days, 5 days, or 6 days in Kanchanaburi using the sample itinerary below. Feel free to tweak it depending on your preferences.

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  Elephant World Tour.  RESERVE HERE (฿1,800 – ₱3,733)
09:00 AM Hotel pick-up
10:00 AM Introduction and safety rules.
10:30 AM Meet and feed the elephants
11:00 AM Observe the elephants bathing
11:30 AM Prepare and cook fruits, vegetables, and sticky rice balls for elephants
12:00 AM Lunch
01:00 PM Observe the elephants enjoying mud bath
01:20 PM Plant banana trees and sugarcane (wet season) or prepare fruit basket
  For elephants afternoon meal (dry season)
02:00 PM Feed sticky rice ball for old elephants
02:30 PM Take part in elephant’s bathing activity
03:20 PM Feed fruits and vegetables to the elephants
04:00 PM Hotel drop-off.
05:00 PM Freshen up. Rest.
07:00 PM Dinner. (฿200 – ₱313)
08:30 PM Back to hotel. Lights out.
Day 4 Expenses ฿ 2,000 – ₱4,046 ($280, SGD 121, MYR 371, € 77, AUD 127, ₩105.3K)



06:30 AM Tuktuk to Kanchanaburi bus station.
07:00 AM Bus to Sangkhlaburi. (฿80 – ₱130)
10:00 AM Mallika City(Entrance, Costume, Lunch ( ฿650 – ₱1,033)
12:00 AM Lunch
04:00 PM Bus back to Kanchanaburi. (฿80 – ₱130)
07:00 PM ETA Kanchanaburi. Tuktuk to hotel. (฿50 – ₱79)
07:30 PM Dinner. (฿200 – ₱313)
08:30 PM Lights out.
Day 5 Expenses ฿410 – ₱1,685 ($13, SGD 18, MYR 56, €12, AUD19, ₩ 16K)



DAY 6 Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park
09:30 AM Hotel check-out. Leave luggage at front desk/concierge.
10:00 AM Tuktuk to Kanchanaburi Train Station. (฿50 – ₱79)
10:30 AM Train to Tha Kilen or Nam Tok Sa Yok Noi. (฿100 – ₱159)
11:30 AM Get off at Kilen Station
  Tuktuk to Muang Singh Historical Park(฿50 – ₱79)
12:00 PM Mueang Singh Historical Park. (฿100 – ₱159)
01:30 PM Tuktuk to Kilen Station (฿50 – ₱79)
01:54 PM Train back to Kanchanaburi
03:00 PM ETA Kanchanaburi. Tuktuk to hotel. (฿50 – ₱79)
03:15 PM Get luggage.
03:30 PM Tuktuk back to Kanchanaburi Bus Station. (฿50 – ₱79)
04:00 PM Bus to next destination.
Day 6 Expenses ฿450 – ₱713 ($14, SGD20, MYR 62, €13, AUD 21, 17.5K)


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