KANCHANABURI AND THE LEGENDARY RIVER KWAI

Journey to one of Thailand’s most poignant sites of modern history on a brief Kanchanaburi and River Kwai tour.

TOUR INTRODUCTION

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Home to lush surroundings, ancient temple ruins and harrowing events in modern history, Kanachanaburi and the River Kwai along the Thai-Myanmar border are important pilgrimage sites for any WWII history buff. As you travel from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi via Samut Songkhram, the “garden province,” you’ll gain deeper insights into Thai history and the country’s role in the making of modern Asia.

This brief tour of Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai takes you on visits to charming country markets, floating markets and the bustling waterways of the Mae Klong Delta. A short paddleboat ride will introduce you to local forms of trade, worship and daily life, while a visit to the Thai-Burma Railway Center Museum will reveal the massive scale of human labor that went into building the railway. Stroll down the alleyways of the historic Pak Phreak neighborhood for a glance at old-world Kanchanaburi, then opt to trek through the beautiful canyon of Hellfire Pass or to go for a swim at Erawan Waterfalls before you embark on a short train journey on the famed Death Railway itself.

 

“This is a great trip for lovers of history, or anybody interested in Southern Thai culture. It’s an insightful tour and convenient if you’re already in Bangkok.”

May Sawansawang, Backyard Travel Thailand Specialist

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Enjoy a paddleboat ride through the waterways of the Mekong Delta to see temples, markets and local life
Taste fresh-made coconut palm sugar at the traditional teak house of a local family
Take a guided walk through the historical and beautiful canyon of Hellfire Pass
Have lunch near the famed “Bridge Over the River Kwai”



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Bangkok - Samut Songkhram - River Kwai

    Welcome to your tour of Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai! This historical region rich in nature is one of Thailand’s southern gems.

    Early this morning, drive one hour south of Bangkok to Samut Songkhram, known colloquially as the “garden province,” located in the Mae Klong Delta. Along the way, we’ll stop at a lively country market that locals have set up along the railway tracks. From here, we’ll continue to the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. The market has become quite touristy over the ages, however, it remains a great showcase for how floating markets used to look decades ago. (On weekends, you have the option of visiting Damnoen Saduak or the smaller and less touristy Tha Kha Floating Market.)

    A short paddleboat ride through the waterways will bring us to a family that makes coconut sugar syrup at their traditional teak house. We’ll also visit some beautiful local temples, see a 400 year-old banyan tree and gaze at statues depicting muay Thai, traditional Thai boxing. Then we’ll make our way to Rama II Park and visit a museum showcasing local artifacts.

    We’ll continue driving another 1.5 hours to Kanchanaburi, where we’ll stop for a satisfying lunch at a local restaurant located near the famed “Bridge on the River Kwai.” Built by Allied prisoners of war during World War II, this bridge is a relic from a dark yet seminal time in history.

    Next, we’ll visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum, followed by a walk down the historical lanes of the Pak Phreak neighborhood. This warren of quaint shophouses and alleyways was built during the reign of King Rama V. At the end of the day, we’ll bring you to your hotel.

    Overnight in Kanchanaburi

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

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  • Day 2: River Kwai – Kanchanaburi

    Today you’ll have two options for how to spend the day:

    Option A
    After breakfast, drive one hour northwest to Kanchanaburi to visit the Hellfire Pass Museum, which is named for a section of the Death Railway built during World War II. The museum and memorial is dedicated to the prisoners of war and laborers who suffered here and elsewhere during WWII. Next, embark on a trek along the Memorial Walking Trail, set in a canyon that overlooks the hills of Myanmar. A free audio guide narrated by former POWs will help you understand the conditions endured by workers as you walk through this historical landscape. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

    Option B
    After breakfast, venture out to the beautiful, seven-tiered cascades of Erawan Waterfall in Erawan National Park. The best time of year for this option is the wet season from May until September. Wear good walking shoes so you can walk up to each tier of the picturesque falls. And if you fancy a dip in the falls’ natural swimming holes, make sure you bring along your swimwear. Afterwards, we’ll drive through the national park to Phra That Cave, which is filled with stalactites and stalagmites. (Please note: Your guide will let you know if conditions are safe enough to swim under the falls. Please kindly respect your guide’s instruction.)

    After lunch, board a train on the Death Railway for a short ride through Kwai Noi Gorge. We’ll return to the resort, where dinner is served.

    Overnight in Kanchanaburi

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 3: Kanchanaburi – Bangkok

    On the last day of your Kanchanaburi and River Kwai tour, we’ll head out after breakfast to pay a visit to the Khmer temple complex of Prasat Muang Singh, a mighty relic of the Angkorian period. Take your time exploring the ruins and getting a glimpse at the culture and history of the area. Afterwards, we’ll drive back to Bangkok (approximately a 2.5-hour drive with stops) via Nakhon Pathom to visit the impressive Phra Pathom Chedi, famed as the world’s tallest Buddhist chedi.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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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

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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)

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