Discover the beauty of rural Thailand through the picturesque landscapes of Kanchanaburi and visit the legendary River Kwai, made famous by the iconic bridge built by Allied POW’s


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This short exploration whisks you away from the bustle of Bangkok and out into the open spaces and clean air of Kanchanaburi, a place made famous by the legend of the ’Death Railway’ and the POW’s that died during its construction.

Well-known for dramatic, sweeping landscapes and abundance of activities to pick from, the area is a marvelous example of how scenic Thailand’s rural regions can be.

A short yet powerful experience, this tour can be effortlessly combined with any of our other Thailand tours. Just a two-hour drive from Bangkok you’ll discover sublime vistas and lush greenery as well as one of the most iconic bridges in the world built across the legendary River Kwai.

The discovery of rural Thailand begins in Samut Songkhram where you’ll find the confluence of the River Kwai and Gulf of Thailand. Here you’ll experience the fascinating Tha Kha floating markets and an unusual market erected over a working train line which moves each time a train passes through.

Once in Kanchanaburi you’ll be able to choose what style of exploration into history suits you best, with the choice of a river canoe and biking trip; walking trip along the Hellfire Pass; or a visit to the scenic seven-tier Erawan Waterfall.


Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

The Backyard Travel Team,


Investigate the inconic ’Death Railway Bridge’ and trainline and learn of the tragic history and how it was built
Take your pick of activities and plan a trip that’s perfect for you
Learn about the relationship between elephants and their mahouts and relish the opportunity to bathe one of the gentle giants

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Bangkok - Samut Songkhram - Kanchanaburi

    Our Backyard Travel guide and private driver will collect you this morning and take you on a 2-hour drive (depending on traffic) to the picturesque Samut Songkhram Province which rests 80km from Bangkok.

    Also known as Mae Klong by locals, the province is the smallest of all the provinces in the Land of Smiles and provides a mouth for the Kwai River to join the Gulf of Thailand

    Upon arrival in the quaint garden province your guide will take you on an exploration of a unique local train market set upon the railway tracks and moves aside when each train approaches - a fascinating sight!You’ll then be led by your local Backyard Travel guide to Tha Kha, one of the area’s many interesting floating markets where boating marketers gather to sell their homegrown and homemade produce. The market is only held on weekends but can sometimes fall between Monday and Friday depending on the lunar calendar. Next you’ll take a journey aboard a traditional paddle boat to weave your way through the local waterways to a family home that doubles as a coconut sugar syrup factory. Here you can taste a fresh glass of the sweet nectar before moving on to see the beautiful local temples and a 400-year-old banyan tree and Muay Thai (boxing) statues, or perhaps take a walk aroud the Rama II Park museum to see some local arts and culture.

    Your next stop with be Kanchanaburi, sometimes simply called ‘Kanchan’ by locals, where you’ll take a leisurely lunch at a delightful local restaurant located near to the famous ‘Death Railway Bridge’ on the River Kwai.

    In fact, the river was once known as the Mae Klong until the 1960s when the name was changed due to the popularity of the novel and film ‘The Bridge over the River Kwai’.

    The famous story depicts a fictional prisoner of war tale which borrowed it’s motivation from the construction of the ‘Death Railway Bridge’ over the Mae Klong by the occupying Imperial Japanese Army who forced Allied prisoners to build the line, resulting in thousands of deaths.

    After lunch you’ll have the opportunity to take a stroll along the iconic bridge to muse over the structure that remains a symbol and reminder of the tragedy of war.

    You’ll then take a guided tour with your local guide around the JEATH War Museum and then visit a historical region containing charming shops and houses built during the reign of King Rama V before returning to your hotel to enjoy an authentic dinner service.

    Overnight in Kanchanaburi

    Meals included on this day: Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 2: Kanchanaburi

    After breakfast on the second day of your Kanchanaburi tour, you’ll be provided with three options for you to tailor the ideal trip depending on your preferences.Option 1: Take a one-hour drive 80km northwest of Kanchan to discover the Hellfire Pass Canyon where you can take a trek after exploring the related museum. Your light trek will take you along the Memorial Walking Trail which looks out across neighboring Myanmar. Along the way you will have a personal audio guide to help set the scene relating true experiences narrated by POW’s that worked on the line.

    Your local Backyard Travel guide will then take you to enjoy an authentic local lunch at a nearby restaurant.Option 2: If you’re craving some activity and gentle exercise, you can enjoy a canoeing and mountain bike excursion. This activity will enable you to enjoy the peaceful serenity of the River Kwai under the instruction of a qualified instructor during a two-hour canoe trip.

    You’ll then park up the canoe and take to the saddle on a 10km leisurely bike ride through the atmospheric rainforest, making a stop at a local villages to visit temples and schools to observe every day life in rural Thailand. A picnic lunch is included and can be taken wherever you feel would be the perfect spot!Option 3: If you’re keen to see some spectacular natural beauty, you can visit the beautiful seven-tier Erawan Waterfall located in Erawan National Park. The best time to visit the falls is during the rainy season (May - September).

    Good walking shoes are required for anyone wanting to walk up each level of the picturesque falls, and be sure to bring your swimming costume if you intend to take a dip!You’ll then move on to Phra That Cave, a large cave in the mountainside filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites.

    No matter which option you take, in the afternoon you’ll have the chance to take a short train ride along the famous ‘Death Railway Line’ through Kwai Noi gorge to better understand the task the POW’s faced.

    Later in the afternoon you’ll come face to face with an icon of Thailand - the elephant. You’ll meet a friendly elephant and their mahout who will demonstrate and teach you how to command the gentle pachyderms before you help bathe the giant in the river.

    You’ll then be treated to a special dinner at the camp nearby before your expert guide escorts you back to your hotel.

    Overnight in Kanchanaburi

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 3: Bangkok

    After breakfast you’ll will have one last morning to absorb as much of the local lifestyle as possible before being transferred back to Bangkok to make your onward journey.

    You’ll have the chance to visit Wat Prasat Maung Singh, a Khmer temple complex which dates back to Angkorian times. On your way back to the Thai capital you’ll also have the opportunity to stop at Nakhon Pathom to visit Phra Pathom Chedi, the world’s tallest Buddhist Chedi.

    If you would like to combine this Backyard Travel tour with any other tailored tour, please inform our Thailand-based Travel Specialists for more details.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast


All of our Tours can be Tailored, Just Ask!

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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

Why Backyard Travel?

Our experienced travel specialists possess years of local insider knowledge, because they live here.

We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.

With backyard travel you are booking direct, allowing you to save and benefit local residents.

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