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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 to Kanchanaburi to River Kwai

An early pick up at 6:00am from your hotel in the Bangkok downtown area and you will head to the Kanchanaburi province which is 128 km west of Bangkok. On arrival around 9:00am, you will have the opportunity to visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre which is an interactive museum, plus information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway. The fully air-conditioned center offers the visitor an educational and moving experience. Thereafter you will visit Allied War Cemetery which is memorial to some 6000 allied prisoners of war (POWs) who perished along the death railway line and were moved post-war to this eternal resting place. Last stop for the morning is the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of Death Railway constructed by Allied POWs.

At noon, you will be transferred in a long tailed boat on River Kwai to your accommodation for the next 3 days, The FloatHouse River Kwai. Check in and lunch will be served upon arrival. After lunch, you will aboard the long tailed boat again and head upstream to visit nearby ethnic Mon Tribal Village & Temple and then return to the hotel to freshen up prior to dinner. After dinner there will be a 45 minute presentation of Mon Dance.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights

The Float House River Kwai

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    The Float House River Kwai

    Elegant in it's distinctive boutique style, The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort aims to be the world's best floating resort. The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort is a fancy boutique hideaway and can be found in very few places in the world. The only way to reach …

    Elegant in it's distinctive boutique style, The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort aims to be the world's best floating resort. The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort is a fancy boutique hideaway and can be found in very few places in the world. The only way to reach the resort is by boat as it actually floats on a flowing river surrounded by thick green jungle. Each luxurious and spacious floating villa is totally private and rich in custom tailored-made teakwood furniture with thatched roofing. The design is delightfully impressive with exotic decorations including natural materials and ropes. The design concept for the resort is known as "Contemporary Boutique Folk Style," for a smooth blend of local artistic traditions with the natural environment, yet different from anywhere else in its characteristic rope designs that convey an oriental air.


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Day 2

River Kwai

After breakfast at the floating hotel, you will board your long tailed boat upstream to Saiyoke Yai Waterfall & National Park and this will be followed by a lunch back at the Float House River Kwai. At around 1:00pm you will take a visit Lawa Cave to explore the fascinating stalactite. Thereafter, you will be transferred back to your hotel to have dinner and stay the rest of the night.

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Day 3

River Kwai to Bangkok

After breakfast at the floating hotel, check out will be at 9:00am. And then you board your long tailed boat downstream to Phutakien Pier (Resotel pier) and continue on road to visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and the preservation of the Hellfire Pass itself had its origins in 1983 when former Prisoner of War J.G. Tom Morris toured the area in Thailand and resolved to convince the Australian Government that portions of the Thai-Burma Death Railway should be preserved as an historical site. This is followed by an early lunch at 11:40am at a local restaurant.

At around 1:00pm you will take a historic ride on Death Railway Train passing over original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied POWs. Thereafter you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok to arrive early evening.

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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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