Well for all the fans that love the North of Thailand I want to show you something! Let’s head off to see what Kanchanaburi has for a RIPper wanting a little more peace and quiet than what a city like Chiang Mai offers but wants to be closer to Central Thailand. Chiang Mai with its growth and being a major tourist destination is quickly losing some of its charm.
So what are some more options? What does it cost and what is it like to live in Kanchanaburi? Can living only a little more than two hours from Bangkok really give us the quality of life we want? Can a category 1 RIPper (Retiree In Paradise) live well in Kanchanaburi? Well I am off to find out. We will see what the upsides and downsides are to living in a smaller Thai town in the Central area of Thailand are. Here is a little intro about Kanchanaburi and its history and some things that have put Kanchanaburi on my radar screen as a great place to retire to. So join with me as we dig in and explore what Kanchanaburi has to offer!
The name Kanchanaburi is actually pronounced gaan jà ná bù rii and is located in Central Thailand where the rivers Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai meet. For most visitors coming to Kanchanaburi the main sight of interest is what became famous in the movie The Bridge over the River Kwai which is pronounced khwaae as in air, which was part of the World War II Death Railway to Burma (now Myanmar).
There is an ever increasing number of people coming to Kanchanaburi and taking advantage of the laid back riverside vibe for those people who want to be close to the city of Bangkok but without the hectic pace found there. More foreigners now are discovering why Thais know it as one of the most beautiful provinces in Thailand with its beautiful waterfalls and national parks.
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