Kanchanaburi may not be as visited as Bangkok, Phuket or Chiang Mai – but this little region is one hidden gem showcasing a blend of authentic culture and unexpectedly dark history.
The culinary scene here may not be as cosmopolitan as what you’ll get in Bangkok, but the authentic Thai tastes are well worth the visit.
These 9 waterfront restaurants will be sure to give you something to remember – so wade deeper into Kanchanaburi for cuisine as sublime as the views!
1. Dangle your feet, or hang out on a net over the river – Dejtosapak Restaurant
Serene, calm and relaxing ambience are some of the words to describe Dejtosapak Restaurant.
This open-air restaurant with river, mountains and green vistas is exactly what you need to have a memorable dining experience in Kanchanaburi. Head indoors and the rustic wooden décor is perfectly placed to provide the right amount of privacy for diners.
Outdoors, the scene takes a different turn. Right below your dining table, the space is open for you to hang your feet through the platform (there are no chairs!) as you indulge in authentic Thai food.
Dejtosapak restaurant vows to not accept money if the food served is not fresh. Now, that’s called a deal!
There’s a net mesh at the edge of the outdoor platform, right above the water to accommodate 3. So, roll back, relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. As the sun starts setting, the restaurant will be lit up which makes an undoubtedly charming sight.
After dinner, why not hire a raft service offered by the restaurant to spend some more quality time with your beau/family/friends?
Nothing takes a fancy feast to the next level like scenes out over the water and Keeree Tara perfectly fits the bill.
Expect to find fresh seafood, great service, picturesque views of the iconic bridge over the famous river against mountains, live music humming from the upper terrace, Balinese-Thai décor, lanterns, and then some more lanterns. Add in a pleasant company and there you go!
Choose either to sit indoors, or in the open-air raft, you’ll be amazed with the quick and admirable service they’ve got.
Bringing children along? Ask the staff for some pellets to feed the fish in the river. Your kids will totally love this new activity!
If you can’t get an Instagram-worthy picture here, you probably need a new smartphone!
3. Plunge into large sofas and watch people kayak in the river – The Bridge Bar & Bistro
If upscale restaurants are your groove, then let us introduce you to the Bridge Bar and Bistro.
Built inside the urban-hip X2 River Kwai Resort (pronounced cross two), this modern structured restaurant has floor-to-ceiling glass walls allowing you to take in the unobstructed beauty of river amid nature.
Walk outside to the outdoor deck which offers large sofas and huge cushions for riverside-seating, and watch people kayak while you sip champagne from afar. This chic spot also serves as a communal lounging room for all guests staying at the resort. So expect people in cool summer pyjamas and shorts at odd hours here.
Surrounded by nothing but sugarcane fields, rice paddies and small villages, you’ll be amazed with the vast and (yummy!) Thai and Western menu the bistro offers.
Head over here on Saturday nights and witness live jazz bands perform for you. A perfect place for a more lively time, we’re sure!
4. Dine on an open-air floating raft – Taraburee Restaurant
Kanchanaburi scores some major cool points – thanks to Taraburee Restaurant. Overlooking the famous bridge over River Kwai, this intimate open-air floating spot extends right out over the river.
The restaurant sums up what sundowners really wants in summer – a spectacular view and a refreshing drink to go along with it.
Located right in the heart of Kanchanaburi, in its main pier, Taraburee restaurant offers panoramic views of the river. Border mountains of Thailand and Burma comes together to form a beautiful backdrop for the sunset, that is sure to leave you and your company mesmerised.
Taraburee restaurant offers 3 exclusive styles to suit your seating tastes – a field raft to dine in under the stars, a raft area with a roof and 2 air-conditioned rafts.
Whether it’s a table for 2 or table for 20, Taraburee has got you covered! The menu also has a wide variety of Thai options so you’ll be kick back satisfied at the end of the meal. Imported to local, name a beer and you’ll have it on your table in about 80 seconds.
Live contemporary bands will accompany your dinner from 5.30pm onwards. An ideal place to have that romantic date you’ve been waiting for, we heard!
5. Dine in a storybook on the river’s edge – Peppers Restaurant Kanchanaburi
Located inside U Inchantree Hotel, Peppers Restaurant is famous for its impeccable service. Add in a spectacular view, a zestful meal, mixed thoroughly with great company – and you have all the ingredients to make a magical evening.
Set in a beautiful garden on the river’s edge, this semi-open restaurant is accessible via superb walkways winding through natural gardens. The River Kwai bridge and foothills of Burma makes this place as scenic as can be!
Sit, relax, watch the sunset and listen to tour boats pass by. Hungry?
This elegant dining place serves traditional Thai dishes passed down from generations with modern culinary skills – a meal you’ll remember fondly (and hungrily!) for days later. The perfect place to impress that special one!
6. If you’re lucky, you just might catch elephants here! – Rim Nam Café
If you love your coffee but need an offbeat café joint, then head to Rim Nam Cafe.
Overlooking the beautiful Kwai Nok River against a mountainous backdrop, Rim Nam café feels a little like a gem lost in a vast jungle! The décor fool you into thinking that the café is instead a cute lil’ boutique fashion store! It’s THAT cool!
Nestled in Sai Yok district, the café is determined to keep you relaxed in its natural ambiance along with the delicious aroma of roasted coffee and caramel.
Walk over the mini train track to the counter, place your order, and chill outdoors. If you’re lucky, you may watch elephants walk over to drink water at the peaceful river right in front of you. How cool!
PS: You may also choose to spend a night at the café, in its rental guest house which is has been converted from a shipping container!
7. Dine with a view at the very stylish – Loft Restaurant & Bar Kanchanaburi
As fancy as the name sounds, the Loft Restaurant and Bar in Kanchanaburi has become a local favourite ever since it opened in 2012.
Walk into the resort-like entrance, and grab a seat at the stylish riverside deck just north of the WW2 bridge.
A beautifully laid out terrace is available (if the weather permits), complete with a view! Diners can enjoy the cool breeze, while the twilight reflected in the river makes this place remarkably scenic – gifting you a night to remember.
If you really wish to have a spellbound time, select your favourite wine from thewine cellar and indulge in a incredible dinner over live music here!
Going out with friends? There’s a karaoke machine to for more funky tunes.