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Rent a car to go to Kanchanaburi

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Rent a car to go to Kanchanaburi

Hi,

Just wanted to know if it makes sense to rent a car to travel from BKK to Kanchanaburi (Erawan waterfalls plus death railway) and do a day trip? Are the places easy to find? Is the ride easy and convenient?

Thinking of this mainly because we are getting outrageous quotes from tour guides. We basically need just a car and a driver but all companies include a guide as well which amost doubles the cost. If you have any leads here, we would appreciate them as well.

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1. Re: Rent a car to go to Kanchanaburi

Prateek,

Just hire an Cab (the green / white one) and go on a fixed rate of Baht 1500 to 2000. Entrance charges to TT is only Baht 600 pp.

You may find more information here (Day 3 of my JBR)

tripadvisor.in/ShowTopic-g293916-i3687-k5699…

Edited: 19 August 2013, 02:56
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2. Re: Rent a car to go to Kanchanaburi

Have a look at Tong tours. We did this last year and was worth it.Better to get a driver as it is a long way.

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4. Re: Rent a car to go to Kanchanaburi

There are quite a few places which might be worth your visiting, where having your own wheels would be helpful. Many can also be visited via local transport from Kanchanaburi, but this is a rural area so a vehicle going where you want, when you want, can be an advantage.

However, there is another option, which might be better for you than renting the wheels in Bangkok. Look for the Websites of the guest houses listed for Kanchanaburi on TA. Not just the TA review pages - but the actual Websites of the guest houses (sometimes mentioned on the TA review page, sometimes found via your favourite search engine). Several of them run tours. You could take one of their regular tour packages, or design your own tour with them (with them providing vehicle and guide). Vehicles range from pickup trucks with benches in the back, to Corollas-Camrys, to SUVs, to mini buses. Tours could be half a day, a full day, or overnight. Those tours by local operators appear quite reasonable in cost (though I cannot comment - as I haven't taken any of those - though I am planning to try one in the future).

In addition, the State Railway of Thailand runs day tours based on their weekend special excursion train to Kanchanaburi. If you check the "book" linked to below:

…dropbox.com/u/…20Timetable.pdf

Check the bottom three tour options on page 90, and the 2nd, 3rd and last options on page 91. They all use special weekend tour trains which leave Hualampong Station (note that other Kanchanaburi trains don't use this convenient station) on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. We have taken the basic tour (#3 on p90), and hopped off when the train passed back through Kanchanaburi, and catching a lift to the hotel that we had pre-booked for several days. You could consider something like this, getting down on the return stop in Kanchanaburi, and moving to a hotel or guest-house - and maybe taking another tour which you have arranged for with a local operator. BTW, book the train excursions in advance at Hualampong station.

If you take the train, please consider: The "fan" cars may be slightly dusty - but they have open windows for the best views, photos and video. The aircon car may be cooler (or frigid!), but the windows may be dirty and difficult to see through. Take your choice. We take the "fan" cars for the views.

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