The Sangkhla Buri area of northwest Thailand is located close to the Myanmar border. And is part of the scenic and historical Kanchanaburi Province.
When people visit Thailand, they generally stay in the main tourist places such as Phuket, Pattaya, Bangkok, Koh Samui. If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path holiday destination, visiting Sangkhla Buri is an inspired choice.
Here are some of the most interesting places of interest in the Sangkhla Buri region for your holiday experience.
Sangkhla Buri: Saphan Mon (Mon Bridge)
Saphan Mon, is more famously known as Mon Bridge in English. It’s a 400-meter long wooden bridge that is the longest bridge made by hand in Thailand. This is a beautiful place to sit with a drink in hand and absorb the stunning surrounding nature. There is even a small café near the bridge.
If you decide to cross the bridge, be careful because the bridge has been repaired numerous times and is hardly the steadiest! Make a donation if possible to help with the upkeep of the bridge. And if you do, you will receive a free photo.
Khao Laem Reservoir
Khao Laem Reservoir is located in the Khao Laem National Park in the northern part of Sangkhla Buri district. The main attraction in the park is the reservoir where you can camp or do a spot of fishing. This is a great place for taking in the surrounding flora and fauna. The reservoir enjoys raised wooden platforms where you can relax and enjoy the views across the water along the Myanmar border.
Golden Mon Chedi Buddhakhaya
If you cross the Mon Bridge, you will find the village of Wangka, which is home to the Mon people. The Mon people of the Sangkhla Buri district originally came from over the border in Myanmar. They set up an entire village with the help of their leader, Luang Phor Uttama in 1949. 60 families fled Myanmar to set up the village. The area is home to the golden Mon Chedi Buddhakhaya, which is located at Wat Wang Wiwekaram.
Here you will find a gargantuan golden (painted) chedi that was designed and built by Phara Uttama, who is considered as one of the most revered monks in Thailand. This golden chedi is one of the most unearthed sites in the entire region.
Three Pagoda Pass @ Sangkhla Buri
The Three Pagoda Pass is situated directly on the Myanmar-Thai border at Tenasserim Hills, Sangkhla Buri, and is a very popular place with tourists in the region. You can actually obtain a one-day visa there to nip into Burma. On the Thai side of the border, you can enjoy visiting Payathonsu, which is a great place to visit during the Songkran New Year Festival in April.
On the Burmese side of the border, take your time to visit one of the cool handicraft establishments to purchase very affordable wooden furnishings, carvings, and textiles.