Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak)

Before recently going to Thailand an elderly lady asked us if we were going anywhere near Kanchanaburi or more specifically the Kanchanaburi war cemetery. The lady said she wanted one day to locate the grave of a loved one. I asked for all the details and said we were going to Hua Hin and might well be able to call in on Kanchanaburi.

Whilst in Thailand and on route from Hua Hin to Nakhon Sawan we stopped off for a couple of days in Kanchanaburi and visited the cemetery, war museum and the bridge itself.

Don Rak War Cemetery

The cemetery and grounds are immaculately kept and we located the grave in no time at all. We gave all the information to an assistant in the cemetery and he led us straight to the spot. Walking around the grounds certainly leaves you with reflecting that’s for sure. On return to the UK the lady was delighted that we found the grave and we forwarded all of the photos to her.

You can read a lot more here about the bridge, museum, cemetery and the Kanchanaburi area on the site below.


Convenient Hotel

If you happen to be visiting Kanchanaburi in Thailand the home of the ” bridge over the river kwai” and are looking for an excellent little hotel that is very conveniently located then I suggest you take a good look at  the Luxury Hotel. The place is not riddled with technology in regards that it does not have a website to look at or email as such, but does have a lot of other things going for it.

The rooms cost approximately 600 baht per night without a fridge and 700 baht per night if a fridge is something you just can’t do without. All in all you are looking at about 12 – 14 Great British Pounds per night. Take the 600 baht rooms for instance and these are equipped showers with running hot and cold water, television, a big king size bed, 2 big armchairs, a writing-table and a very spacious room at that. For me its all about finding a place comfortable enough to lay my head, I mean I only want to sleep there and not live in the place. However if living here is your goal then it is more than adequate to do so.

The hotel is very nicely located with plenty of things to do nearby. Come out of the hotel, turn left and walk about 15 minutes and this brings you to a big intersection, turn left there and you will find yourself  in the town centre and market area. The main Kanchanaburi bus station is also situated here. Besides the main bus stations there is also the option to take mini-bus to where ever you want to go. Mini bus stops are situated near the main bus station.

Food In Kanchanaburi

Many a treats and delights can be found down here and as per usual in Thailand good food is never in short supply. Two of us sat down for some good roadside eating and chose food from three roadside vendors. The first vendor was selling Chicken Satay with a combination of cucumber dip and the peanut dip, the second vendor was selling Hoy Thot fried muscles, egg and beansprouts… just simply delicious and the last one was selling Gai Phat Grapow with a fried egg on top, rice and finally all washed down with bottled ice-cold water. The bill came to under 300 baht which was approximately 5 British Pounds and fifty pence… fantastic.

A Must Have Treat

One of my favourite vendors in Kanchanaburi literally just outside the main bus station is the ” Nam Da Huu” vendor or warm soya bean milk and Chinese doughnuts stop. I love this stuff it is absolutely delicious, but the doughnuts are very much an in moderation thing for me. Besides the soya bean milk you can also have ” Nam Da Huay” a very healthy Ginger drink great for the aid of digestion. One of these treats will set you back about 12 baht about 25 pence and you can even sit at a roadside table to have it.

The Bridge Over The River Kwai

If you come out of the luxury hotel and turn right instead of left then you are literally within a 5 minute walk of the Kanchanaburi war cemetery which contains the remains of 66,982 allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the death railway. Further on from here about a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi journey costing between 50 – 80 baht is the ” bridge over the river kwai itself and the museum.

Contact The Luxury Hotel, Kanchanaburi

The Luxury Hotel can be located at

284/1 Sangchutoe Road, Kanchanaburi, 71000, Thailand

Telephone Number: 034-511168, 516805

Other Things To Do In And Around Kanchanaburi

There are plenty of things to do in and around Kanchanaburi to keep you occupied besides the bridge over the river kwai. There is elephant riding in the forest at Kwai Noi river , bathing with elephants, a monkey school and the Safari park.

Just outside of Kanchanaburi is ” The Tiger Temple”, don’t wear red, pink, orange or yellow and ladies must wear a shirt to cover shoulders and also wear long trousers in order to visit the temple.


For more information, articles and stories about Thailand please visithttp://www.engagingthailand.com/


6 thoughts on “Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak)

  1. My favorite part of my trips to Kanchanaburi was taking the slow train from the station in town, over the bridge, and about 2 hours north to the waterfall in Namtok. Beautiful province. Thanks for the hotel recommendation–looks nice!

  2. Thanks for the comment Alyssa and I know exactly where you mean. I agree with you about Kanchanaburi being a nice province I like the area a lot. The hotel is of good value and very conveniently located. Enjoy your travel.

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