Best Places to Eat in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
We’ve traveled to Kanchanaburi Province in Thailand numerous times. People always ask us for travel advice, especially about where to eat. Kanchanaburi is more than just the River Kwai and the bridge, in my opinion it has some of the best food in Thailand.
So where are the best places to eat in Kanchanaburi Thailand? We always stay at the same place, the VN Guesthouse. The VN is a small, family-run guesthouse, with an amazing restaurant. Sitting directly on the River Kwai (you may have heard of the movie, “Bridge Over the River Kwai”, about the building of the bridge during WWII by prisoners of war), they offer cheap rooms, some of which are located on a raft floating on the river.
The VN restaurant offers authentic Thai food, as well as a few Burmese dishes, at a very affordable price. My favorite dishes here include but are not limited to, the Burmese Bean Salad, Panang Curry, Fried Vegetables with Ginger, Massaman Curry, and the Burmese Curry. They can adjust all dishes to your desired spice level, as well as make any dish vegetarian.
Apple and Noi’s Restaurant, located across the river from the main street running through town, is one of the more famous restaurants in Kanchanaburi. They offer a cooking school and a select menu. Sitting with a view of the river, you can enjoy some of Thailand’s best dishes made to perfection here. Again, a must here is the Massaman Curry. They offer unique dishes such as Leaf Wraps with toasted Coconut Meat, Peanuts, Chilies, Ginger, Cucumbers, etc. Other popular dishes include the Banana Flower Salad, Tofu Summer Rolls with Fresh Herbs, and a Pumpkin Yum Salad with fresh Vegetables and Herbs. Don’t forget to try the Blue Pea Flower Rice (seen below).
There are a few vegetarian restaurants on the main street in town, which offer all the popular Thai dishes and more. As with most restaurants in Thailand, a selection of delicious fruit smoothies is always guaranteed. Some of my favorite dishes can be seen below.
Don’t forget to try local restaurants that are not located on the main tourist stretch of town. Usually you can find cheaper and more authentic meals at these places. A stop at a local restaurant on our way back from visiting some of the local temples, offered some of the best Gang Pa, or “Jungle Curry”, I’ve had yet. Careful how you order this dish, it’s incredible spicy to begin with!!
After you’ve stuffed yourself with the local Thai cuisine, rent a motorbike and drive around to see all that Kanchanaburi has to offer, including Erawan Waterfalls, Neolithic Park, Angkor Era Ruins, Chinese cemetery, night markets, and incredible temples such as Dragon Temple, Cave Temple, and Chinese Temples. My favorite thing to do in Kanchanaburi is to get on a motorbike and just get lost in the back roads – you never know what you might find!
Have dinner at the VN Guesthouse and watch the sunset, its truly beautiful.
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