Kanchanaburi is a metropolis municipality within the west of Thailand and a part of Kanchanaburi Province. In 2006 it had a population of 31,327. The town covers tambons Ban Nuea and Ban Tai and components of Pak Phraek and Tha Makham, all of Mueang Kanchanaburi District, and components of tambon Tha Lo of Tha Muang District. Kanchanaburi lies 123 km west of Bangkok. In the late-18th century, Kanchanaburi changed into mounted by way of King Rama I as a protective outpost against viable Burmese assaults in what is now Lat Ya Sub-district.
In 1833, the city changed into moved approximately sixteen km to the southeast along the river to its gift web page during the reign of King Rama III. Kanchanaburi is the birthplace of the Buddhist monk Phrabhavanaviriyakhun. It is five kilometres southeast of the Buddhist temple Wat Tham Phu Wa which capabilities a series of grotto shrines inside a large limestone cave machine. Each grotto features a statue of the Buddha at a one of a kind degree of his existence. It is the perfect get entry to point to the close by Tiger Temple and is likewise domestic to a Vipassana meditation center.