After our short time in Ayutthaya it was time for Kanchanburi. As written in our previous post we took the bus and arrived in Kanchanburi where we had booked a family raft house for 2 nights at Bamboo House.

The raft house is basically a hut from wood and bamboo with two matresses on the floor. Very basic but the girls loved it, especially when a boat came by and the raft house moved on the waves.

Toilet and shower are basic, but clean and shared.

The family raft house

Very basic, with two mattresses on the floor but perfect for us.

The Bamboo House is only a couple minutes from the Bridge over the River Kwai, you can actually see it from the raft house.

We spend our first afternoon relaxing at the raft house and we took a Thai taxi (a motorcycle with a side cart that holds 4 people) to the nightmarket where we had some delicious and cheap food.

The next day we walked to the Bridge over the River Kwai. We walked over the bridge and walked to the main road where we grabbed a songthaew to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre.


The Thailand Burma Railway Centre is a museum, research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the railway.

Entrance to the museum is  120 baht for adults and 60 for children and includes a free coffee, tea or water.

The museum was very interesting and well done, also for kids. It gave us all a broader understanding of the significance of that time.

After the museum we visited the Kanchanaburi War Cemetry, which is located right across from the museum.

It was impressive to walk over the cemetery and realize how many people have lost their lives.

The afternoon was spend at the Bamboo House and we walked back to the Bridge over the River Kwai at night. We were lucky enough to be in Kanchanburi during the Music and Love Festival. We were just in time to see the train arrive at the station. With us many others all waiting for the festival to start!

We enjoyed listening to some great bands and even got to see the winner of the Voice of Thailand ‘Noom’ perform. Thai people tend to be a lot quieter than Europeans or North-Americans but this was the first time we saw a bit of the wilder side! Not much but there was some screaming and some idol adoration involved! 

We had a great time dancing and listening to their performances.

The next morning we left for our trip to Erawan National Park.