Hostels in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

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Get to know Kanchanaburi (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kanchanaburi. To help you make friends with Kanchanaburi before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Kanchanaburi, the province capital, is famous for its World War II history in general and the bridge over the River Kwai in particular, and it also attracts tourists and travelers pining for the surrounding wonders of nature. Most budget accommodation, including hostels in Kanchanaburi, is lined up in an area from the bridge in the north, south along the river for about two kilometers. The backpacker places can be reached in fifteen minutes by foot from the train station, by walking southwest toward the river. Some places are right on the river shore or even floating on the river, and some are further back. Prices tend to be higher closer to the old railway bridge in the north-west. Mae Nam Kwai Road is full of hostels, bars, restaurants, tour agencies, and the odd convenience store -- everything an independent traveler might need except the sights themselves.

From here you can go on day trips or longer adventures into the national parks or up along the old death railway toward the Myanmar (Burmese) border. Kanchanaburi is also an entry point for the biggest wilderness area in Thailand -- the Western Forest Complex. Popular day-trip destinations include Erawan Waterfall and Hellfire Pass. The bridge and the war museums and cemeteries are the main sights within the city itself. Watch the 1957 movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai" for inspiration!

FAQ about Kanchanaburi Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Kanchanaburi. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Kanchanaburi. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 12 Hostels in Kanchanaburi. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 12 hostels in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Kanchanaburi such as
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Your Packing List for Kanchanaburi

Your Packing List for Kanchanaburi

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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Kanchanaburi and Thailand.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Kanchanaburi Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Kanchanaburi, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
12 Total number of hostels
$15 Average dorm price
$5 Cheapest hostel in Kanchanaburi
Asleep Hostel is the cheapest
3 Party hostels in Kanchanaburi
No.25 Cafe & Hostel is the best rated
5.3 Average rating of all hostels

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Bangkok (107 Km / 66 mi.)
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Travel Tips for Kanchanaburi - from the Community

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