Embark on a 4-day adventure from Bangkok, delving into the haunting history of the Thai-Burma Railway Centre and paying respects at the Allied War Cemetery. Enjoy serene long-tailed boat rides, immerse in the culture of the Mon Tribal village, and experience the poignant Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, all culminating with a journey on the Death Railway, making this tour an unforgettable exploration of Thailand's past and cultural heritage.
Welcome to Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok, the bustling capital city of Thailand! A world-renowned tourist destination, this vibrant city offers an eclectic mix of lively street life, cultural landmarks, and busy shopping areas.
Arriving at Suvarnabhumi or Donmuang Airport, transfer to your hotel for check in. Time permitting, spend the day at leisure exploring Bangkok. While you're here, why not try some tasty street food or take a thrilling tuk tuk ride?
Thailand's Wartime History
Bangkok - Hintok River Camp. Today begins with a historical exploration tour to the Kanchanaburi province, where we will learn about the region's wartime history.
Our first destination is the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum that commemorates the infamous 'death railway.' Continuing our journey, we pay our respects at the Allied War Cemetery, a solemn resting place for over 6,000 prisoners who sacrificed their lives during the railway's construction.
The next stop is the world-famous Bridge on the River Kwai. After lunch, we visit the chilling Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. Exhibits and audio displays within the museum pay homage to the workers and their sacrifices.
Then, we walk along Hellfire Pass itself, a challenging section of rock cutting that stands as a symbol of peace amidst the jungle. As the day winds down, enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at Hintok River Camp, in Safari-style tents.
Overnight: Kanchanaburi | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Boat Ride on the River Kwai
Hintok River Camp - River Kwai Jungle Rafts. This morning, we enjoy a long-tail boat ride to the River Kwai Jungle Rafts, where we will spend the night in unique floating hotel rooms. After checking in, we visit an ethnic Mon Tribal village where we can immerse ourselves in their culture and traditions.
The afternoon is at leisure to relax and explore. At night, enjoy dinner at the hotel, followed by a 45-minute traditional and colourful Mon dance display.
Overnight: Kanchanaburi | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
River Kwai Jungle Rafts - Bangkok. After a morning at leisure, we will take another long-tail boat ride down the River Kwai.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we will take a journey on the infamous 'death railway,' - the actual train link built by the Allied prisoners during World War II. The train ride along this historic route gives us a unique perspective on the challenges faced by those who built it.
As the day draws to a close, we bid farewell to the River Kwai and make our way back to Bangkok arriving around 7pm depending on the busy Bangkok traffic. We reccommend booking a post night accommodation.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All departure dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room. We also offer a triple share option on this tour, please contact us for details.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Mandarin Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok
The Mandarin Hotel Bangkok is recognized by its iconic white Mandarin building and has evolved into a renowned luxury destination for global travelers seeking both leisure and business comforts. Boasting two wings—the original Mandarin wing and the Princess wing added after refurbishments in 1981—the hotel's 367 modern and tastefully furnished rooms and suites, including Deluxe, Premier, Executive, and Grand Suite options, offer a comfortable and contemporary experience. There is an outdoor pool, fitness center, spa and restaurant on site.
Novotel Bangkok Silom Road, Bangkok
Novotel Bangkok Silom Road Hotel is a well-situated and versatile hotel in the heart of Silom, Bangkok. The hotel boasts an array of amenities, including an outdoor pool, two dining options, 24-hour room service, and complimentary WiFi. Its proximity to key attractions like the Jewelry Trade Center and Patpong Night Market, along with business facilities and a fitness center, makes it suitable for both leisure and business guests. With spacious, well-equipped rooms and various services, Novotel Bangkok Silom Road Hotel caters to a diverse range of traveler needs.
Hintok River Camp, Kanchanaburi
Nestled overlooking the historic River Kwai and Hintok Mountain, the unique Hintok River Camp offers a nature retreat in luxurious canvas tents with free WiFi. The spacious tents feature wooden furnishings, en suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and private verandas. The camp includes a restaurant set amidst tropical trees, a natural spring-water pool, and daily campfires. The camp pays homage to its history as a British PoW camp, with a museum and artifacts on display. The camp's cave is home to the world's smallest bat. Glamping at Hintok River Camp balances nature and comfort, providing a serene escape.
River Kwai Jungle Rafts, Kanchanaburi
River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort offers a unique accommodation experience right on the flowing Kwai Noi River. All floating rooms are tucked into a floating bamboo lodge moored along the historical River Kwai Noi surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle. The walls are weaved from local bamboo decorated with wooden furniture reflecting Mon living style. Each is appointed with en-suite private bathroom, balcony and a hammock. To work in harmony with the natural surroundings, the property does not use electricity and kerosene lamps are provided to light the rooms and evoke a romantic atmosphere.
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