Sai Yok Travel Guide

Sai Yok is a pretty district to the north of Kanchanaburi town and is best known for Sai Yok National Park and the nearby Hellfire Pass railway cutting, which was built by POWs during WWII.

Tourists heading to Sai Yok are generally of the discerning type in search of beautiful landscapes rich in forests and mountains. Sai Yok National Park is the main attraction and comes with many miles of excellent trekking along with some stunning waterfalls. Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, which flows into the Kwai Noi River, is one of the main highlights.

Sai Yok also contains an abundance of wildlife including bats, squirrels and deer, along with many species of birds. A little farther afield is Hellfire Pass; the deep railway cutting that was sliced out by weary WWII Allied POWs. You can stay in resorts and raft-houses in Sai Yok district and have a game of golf.

Getting There & Away

Sai Yok district is accessible from Kanchanaburi by bus, train or hire car. Trains stop at Nam Tok Train Station, not far from Sai Yok Noi Waterfall. Kanchanaburi town itself is 3 hours by road from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, the main Thai air gateway.

Things to Do

Sai Yok Attractions

Sai Yok Noi Waterfall

Located not far from route 323, this cascading waterfall is best visited during, or just after, the rainy season and is accessible by train.

Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park

You can see the tower of the city of lions (khmer prasat muang sing) in this 700-year-old park, which is on route 323 not far from kanchanaburi.

Hellfire Pass

Known as the konyu cutting, this stretch of railway was part of the infamous wwii death railway which was hewn out of rock by hand.