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