Sangkhlaburi is settled around the beautiful Khao Laem lake and provides a peaceful and scenic retreat. We found that the best activities were to swim in the cool waters of the lake or to do nothing more than enjoy the views by spreading a blanket in the shade.
What we did:
Other than relaxing, there were a few other things to keep us occupied for an hour or two at a time:
Sangkhlaburi sunken village boat trip: We hired a boat by the bridge for 400 baht and were taken on a 1 hour trip. It was a nice way to view the lake and the remains of the submerged village, we also hopped off to climb a short distance to see an old temple.
Mon Bridge/Village: An impressive 400m bridge spans the lake connecting the town to the Mon village. We enjoyed a coffee along with the view before walking across to the small market stalls on the other side. Unfortunately the night market on this side of the bridge was not running when we visited (there was some sort of festival that had something to do with this and music was often heard over the lake in the evenings), which was a shame as we had read good reviews about it. Early in the morning (approx 6am) monks collect alms here from local ladies.
Swimming/Canoeing: Our accommodation had a pier where they hired canoes and guests could cool off in the water.
- Sangkhlaburi Local night market: In the town centre a small market popped up at night selling a variety of local snacks and juices and it is worth a brief walk around.
- Three Pagodas Pass
- Chedi Phutthakhaya – the golden structure is best viewed at night over the black waters of the lake, however it is possible to visit it up close on the other side of the Mon bridge.
- Wat Wang Wiwekaram
- We caught a local bus to Sangkhlaburi from the station in Kanchanaburi, it cost 120 baht and took around 5 hours. We were able to get the roomier seats at the back by arriving earlier and although it was a hot and lengthy journey, we enjoyed the scenery and the opportunity to share food with the monks, to wave at the school children hopping on and off the bus, and to watch the informal delivery service the bus provided to the local villages along the way.
- It was possible to book transport to Sangkhlaburi through the hotels in Kanchanaburi but this was a more expensive option (though probably a shorter and cooler one!)
- It is also possible to take this journey from Bangkok though it takes 8 hours.
- To return to Kanchanaburi we caught a mini-bus by the local market in order to save time. It was much cheaper in this direction at 100 baht.
Where we stayed:
We wanted to take advantage of the lake and stayed at P’s Guesthouse for the beautiful views. It had a range of rooms for all budgets (we stayed in a small fan room for 500 baht), the food was delicious, and they had a small pier where we enjoyed swimming and canoeing in the lake.
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