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RV River Kwai Frequently Asked Questions

  • Bridge over the River Kwai

How often does the river cruise operate?

Vessel operates on a 4 day / 3 night year round program. Departures on Monday go upstream and departures on Thursday go downstream. Seven day trips are also available. 

Is there sightseeing during the cruise?

Yes. Every day there are excursions to visit some of the fascinating sights Thailand has to offer, such as temples, waterfalls, Caves, Khmer Ruins, Hot Springs, Hell Fire Pass, War Museum, Burma Railway, and the Tigers. Tours are escorted by local English speaking guides, or you may prefer to do your own thing.

What currency do I need on board the RV River Cruise Journey?

The local currency in Thailand is Baht (THB). US Dollar bills are widely used and accepted almost everywhere. We recommend that passengers carry US dollars in small denominations for miscellaneous spending. Vendors who do accept credit cards usually add a handling commission and also currency exchange charges. On the RV River Cruise, major international credit cards are accepted for on board costs including MasterCard and Visa (10% commission on cash withdrawals).

Will I require visas for my journey?

Advice on up-to-date requirements should be sought from the consulate office in your country of residence, or from your local travel agent. At present, a Visa is required for both US and Canadian travelers. A 30-day visa can be obtained upon arrival in Thailand. For general guidance: Your passport must be valid for ten years and have at least six months remaining at the time of entry into your country of residence. 

What do I take to wear on board the RV River Cruise?

The atmosphere on board is relaxed. For dinner, appropriate dress is smart casual, e.g. open-neck shirt and jacket for men. Formal wear is not required. Between September and February it is advisable to pack a light sweater for the evenings. Shoes, which can be easily slipped on and off for visits to temples are also recommended.

How many people are on board?

The ship is very intimate and holds only 10 cabins.

Is the River Cruise wheelchair accessible?

Wheelchairs are not allowed. With steep and sometimes slippery riverbanks. Elderly clients should consult their doctor to ensure that they are fit for travel.  

Is it safe to travel down the river in this part of Thailand?

Daowadung is as far as we can penetrate safely, which is where we will visit the predominant ethnic group of Mons.

Do I need to be concerned about Malaria?

Clients should seek advice from their doctor regarding relevant inoculations and prophylactics for travel in Thailand. On a cruise, the risk of malaria will be very low if you remain on the ship between dusk and dawn.

How far in advance should we book?

This is a popular cruise, with very limited cabins, so the earlier the better! 

Do we need a pre and post night?

It is recommended that your book a pre and post-night in Bangkok coordinate with your international flight.

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