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Chiang Mai is the most wonderful place to visit when you want to envelop yourself in a crowd of festival goers. During the Thai New Year in April, the streets of Chiang Mai are packed to brim with Thai people cheering, and the night sky is sprinkled with glowing lanterns. The city is one that is exotic, and strongly traditional. Learn about the indigenous tribes of the area at the Tribal Museum, or visit the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep buddhist temple. If you want to get away from festival crowds and a unique moment, visit the Tiger Kingdom to see beautifully cared for kitties.

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About the ride from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

     When you’re ready to leave the bright lights, rooftop bars, and nightlife of Bangkok it’s a simple and relatively short journey to get to the historical city of Kanchanaburi. It takes about 3 hours to do the 140 kms/86 miles tripi, and you can go by minivan or private car, depending on your budget and the size of your group. 

     There are a variety of minivan and private car options, accommodating every budget and groups of up to 9 people to take you from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. 

     The cars and minivans are all comfortable, and come with A/C, with the larger minivans also having a W/C onboard. 

     If you hire a private car or minivan you will be picked up at your accommodation in Bangkok, and dropped off at your accommodation in Kanchanaburi, whilst the shared minivans have various pick up points around Bangkok and will take you to Kanchanaburi Bus Station. 

     Kanchanaburi is a beautiful and historic city, with World War 2 monuments, national parts, and fun markets to explore. Whether you’re traveling around, or just want to get out of Bangkok for a few days, it’s an easy journey to a beautiful part of Thailand. 


What to see when traveling from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

     Whilst the journey from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi is quite short, there’s still plenty to see! You’ll start in central Bangkok, surrounded by markets, stores, tourists, locals, and buzzing city life. 

     As you leave the city the beautiful chaos will turn into smaller roads, surrounded by lush, green nature, until you arrive at your destination, and are introduced to a slower pace of life, flowing rivers, and beautiful nature complete with waterfalls. 

     Kanchanaburi is a beautiful city, with a river, historical sites including the World War 2 Cemetery, plenty of nature, hikes, and waterfalls nearby, as well a night market, and plenty of restaurants to enjoy. 

     Depending on what time you travel, you could even catch the sunset, although where you see it will vary! Perhaps you’ll enjoy a Bangkok city sunset, or be treated to the sun setting over the beautiful green landscape of Kanchanaburi. 


What is the fastest way to get from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

     The fastest way to get to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok is to take a private car, which will get you there in just over 2 hours, and starts at $110. You can also hire a private minivan for up to 9 people if there is a large group of you. The journey duration is also about 2 hours, and the price starts at $119. This is a great choice for you if you are traveling in a group, or if you have a lot of luggage and need more space. 


What is the cheapest way to get from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

     The cheapest way to go from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi is to take the shared Standard Minivan operated by Monsiri Travel and Happy Company, which will take about 3 hours, and the price starts at $6 per person. The minivan has A/C, and you are allowed one piece of luggage, so if you require most space it is best to book an additional seat for your luggage. 

     The minivans are comfortable, and have various pick up points in central Bangkok, and all will take you to Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal. 


What is the most popular way to get from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

     The most popular way to get to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok is the shared Standard Minivan offered by Thai Sriram, which starts at $9 per person, and takes about 2 hours. The minivan is equipped with A/C, and allows 2 pieces of luggage (one backpack and one piece of hand luggage). 

How to get from Bangkok to Kachanaburi

Taking a minivan to Kachanaburi from Bangkok

     Booking a seat on a  minivan is a convenient and cost effective way to travel from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, and starts at $6 per person. There are various pick up points from central Bangkok, including Chatuchak Bus Terminal, Khao San Road, and Mochit New Van Terminal, and all will arrive at Kanchanaburi Bus Station. 

     Different minivan providers have different luggage allowances so be aware of that when booking, with different providers offering a higher luggage allowance, but being slightly more costly too. 

Minivan pickups in Bangkok from:

  • Chatuchak Bus Terminal
  • Khao San Road
  • Mochit New Van Terminal

Minivan drop-offs in Kanchanaburi at:

  • Kanchanaburi Bus Station


Taking a private car or private minivan from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

     If you want more privacy, or are traveling in a group you can book private travel, with the option of choosing a private car, which starts at $79 for up to 3 people, or a private minivan which starts at $117 for up to 8 passengers. 

     There are various providers, and all cars and minivans have A/C. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Bangkok, and taken to your accommodation in Kanchanaburi. 

     It’s a smooth and easy journey, taking you door-to-door, from the bright lights of Bangkok to the nature of Kanchanaburi in 2-3 hours. 

Departing from:

  • Hotel pickup 

Arriving at:

  • Hotel drop off


Which operators can I book with for a ride from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi minivan operators

  • Happy Company
  • Monsiri Travel
  • Khao San Tara Tour
  • Thai Sriram
  • Taxi Tour Service
  • Glassflower
  • Bangkok Taxi 24

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi private car operators

  • Team Holiday
  • Taxi Tour Service
  • Bangkok Taxi 24

How many departures from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi are there each day?

     You have a lot of choice when it comes to departure times! There are 32 standard minivan departures per day, from various pickup points in Bangkok, starting in the early morning until the evening. Something to suit everyone! The re are also private car and minivan options, which offer a 24 hour service, so you can decide when you would like to leave.