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River Kwai Tour: 3 Days

3 Days
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Explore the historic region of the River Kwai on this 3-day journey to the west of Thailand. Staying on a floating raft hotel moored on the banks of the river, you’ll meet Mon villagers, venture to the Bridge on the River Kwai, and learn about the dark and fascinating history of this jungle region.

This 3-day Thailand vacation takes you to far western Thailand to visit hill tribes and see the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai.

Your trip to Thailand begins in Bangkok, where you’ll catch a bus travelling to Kanchanaburi and the Bridge on the River Kwai. This black iron bridge was part of Japan’s Death Railway in World War II, linking Thailand with Myanmar (then Burma). Still in use today, the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during World War II and was rebuilt after the war ended. Your first stop is the War Museum and the War Cemetery to learn about the effects of World War II on the region before boarding a long-tailed speedboat to reach the Jungle Rafts, a “float-el” with 17 bamboo rafts moored along the historical River Kwai. This incredible accommodation offers you the opportunity to step out of your everyday world into a life that’s at harmony with nature. You can bask in the sun and dive off your verandah to cool off in the river. After lunch, take a boat ride down the river to the Hell Fire Pass Memorial. This pass was one of the most difficult parts of the railroad and was built by forced labourers. Reflect on its dark history before returning to the hotel. After dinner, enjoy a dance performance from the local Mon people.

The next morning, enjoy another boat ride as you head to Saiyoke Yai Waterfall and National Park, where you’ll pass through dense forests and spot numerous birds and land animals. Return back to the hotel for lunch, after which you’ll explore the breathtaking limestone rock formations of the Lava Cave. On your final day on the River Kwai, you’ll visit a local Mon Tribe village to meet with the jungle’s inhabitants and learn about their traditions. Afterwards, you’ll board the Death Railway Train and ride along the infamous railway, following a part of the original track that forced labourers had to build during World War II. After your hour-long train ride, you’ll disembark and head back to Bangkok to continue your onward journey.


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3 Days
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Day 1

Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - River Kwai

Early this morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Bangkok and travel west to Kanchanaburi. This beautiful area contains some of the darkest parts of World War II history, including the infamous bridge on the River Kwai. Visit the Death Railway Museum and Research Centre, and the immaculately preserved Kanchanburi war cemetery. Continue by long tail boat to reach your boutique jungle rafts "floatel", passing through unspoiled mountainous jungle. After lunch, take a boat ride to visit Hellfire Pass, part of the Death Railway. This evening you will enjoy a presentation of Mon dances.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights

River Kwai Jungle Rafts

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    River Kwai Jungle Rafts

    River Kwai Jungle Rafts is an authentic getaway that gets you close to nature and immerses you in the Mon local culture. All guestrooms are actually floating right on the fast-flowing River Kwai, and rooms and furniture were designed and built by Mon villagers in …

    River Kwai Jungle Rafts is an authentic getaway that gets you close to nature and immerses you in the Mon local culture. All guestrooms are actually floating right on the fast-flowing River Kwai, and rooms and furniture were designed and built by Mon villagers in a traditional style. At night, instead of electricity, wick lamps are used for lighting which contributes to a wonderfully romantic ambience. The rafts are naturally cooled by the river running underneath. Every room has a standard hotel-style shower and toilet (using a septic tank for eco-sensitivity). The entire flotel does not use electricity. Please note that bedding is single, twin or triple (no double).


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Day 2

River Kwai

After breakfast, take an exciting boat ride upstream to visit Sai Yoke Yai Waterfall and National Park to experience the nature at its best. Then, you will have lunch at a local restaurant (food only). After that, you will visit to Lava Cave to explore the fascinating rock formations inside and have an afternoon relaxation in paradise. You will go back to your hotel to have dinner (food only) and stay the rest of the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

River Kwai - Bangkok

After breakfast at the rafts, visit a nearby Mon tribal village. Check out from the floatel and proceed to the pier for lunch. Then board the original Death Railway train for the ride back to Kanchanaburi (approximately 1 hour), passing through lush forest and over the original wooden viaducts. Finally, transfer by coach back to Bangkok, arriving in the downtown area between 6:00-6:30pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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  • 2 nights floating hotel rustic accommodation
  • Guided touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Boat ride and train ride as per itinerary
  • Transfers by air-conditioned coach to/from central Bangkok hotels
  • Meals as specified


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Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates will apply, Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request -- please inquire. 

18 Oct 2020
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