The journey by bus from Kanchanaburi to Bangkok is scheduled to take from 3 hours 00 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes depending upon which company you travel with.
Bus Timetable: Kanchanaburi to Bangkoki
Click on the Kanchanaburi – Bangkok link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Kanchanaburi - Bangkok ฿ 150–320 3h – 3h 30m|
Departure from Kanchanaburi
Bus services to Bangkok depart from Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal, U-Thong Soi 6 Road, Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand.
Arrival in Bangkok
Bus services from Kanchanaburi to Bangkok terminate at Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal, 8 Borommaratchachonnani Rd, Chim Phli, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170.
Wat Traimit In Bangkok
Less well known than other temples in Bangkok such as Wat Po and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Traimit houses the world’s largest solid gold Buddha statue weighing 5,500 kg and 3 metres in height. Wat Traimit is a small and, until the mid 1950s, relatively unimportant Buddhist temple in the back streets of China Town not far from Bangkok Railway Station. There is a amazing story of how the massive and immensely valuable gold Buddha statue came to be in a small temple near the city’s busiest markets. The statue is believed to have been cast during the era of the Sukhothai Kingdom (1238 to 1438) and then moved to Ayutthaya at a time when Ayutthaya was the most important city in Thailand. Ayutthaya was invaded in 1767 by a Burmese army and the legend is that the gold statue was covered in clay to protect it from being taken away by the invading army. 15 years later a new capital city was established in Bangkok, and the new King (Rama I) set about bringing Buddha statues and holy relics from Ayutthaya to Bangkok to protect them from future invaders. The massive gold statue, still covered in clay, was brought to Bangkok and stayed at a number of different temples in Bangkok before ending up at Wat Traimit. One day in 1955, so the legend goes, the statue was being moved by crane and was accidentally dropped cracking the clay and revealing that it was in fact made of sold gold. Since then the old and dilapidated temple has been torn down and replaced by a magnificent new pyramid shaped building with the enormous gold Buddha statue displayed on the top floor.
Wat Traimit is open to visitors every day from 08:00 to 17:00 and admission to see the gold Buddha statue costs 40 THB per person.