Meet the beautiful nature and rich history of Kanchanaburi. You start with a visit to one of the most special markets in Thailand. You also go to the “Bridge over the River Kwai” and the impressive Hell Fire Pass. Here you can learn more about the illustrious past of this area. At the Erawan waterfalls you can take a dive in the crystal clear water. This waterfall flows down through 7 plateaus, which promises some beautiful pictures. You will also sleep in one of the most unique locations in Thailand: the River Kwai Jungle Rafts. This floating hotel is located in a beautiful valley and is attractively illuminated at night with oil lamps. Definitely a tour that you should not miss!
Day 1: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi
In the early morning you will depart to the Damnuern Saduak floating market. As soon as you are close to the floating market, you’ll exchange the minivan for a longtail boat. With this boat you’ll sail through a beautiful green oasis to the floating market. Along the way, monks sail past those trays of food donated by the locals. Once you have arrived at the floating market you will enter a different world. The Thai sail their boats with all kinds of merchandise. There are even boats on which noodles are prepared. These so-called boat noodles are a true delicacy. Also try a sweet yellow mango, they are really irresistible. Walk around while there is busy negotiating everywhere to find the right price. Optionally it is possible to make a extra boat trip through the market itself, so that you can view the boats closer.
Then you go to Kanchanaburi, where lunch will take place in a local restaurant. The Burma Railway was laid at record speed in Kanchanaburi during 1942-1943. Under the leadership of the Japanese, many forced laborers and prisoners of war had to work for hours every day. The working conditions were terrible and many of them did not survive this. The Burma Railway is therefore also called the Dead Railway. During a visit to the Hell Fire Pass Memorial you will learn more about the construction of this notorious railway line. In the afternoon you travel by longtail boat to a unique accommodation: the River Kwai Jungle Rafts. This floating hotel, or floatel, is made of rafts with bamboo houses on it. There is no electricity, so the resort is attractively illuminated at night with oil lamps. Take a dip in the river and float slowly on the river. Or simply lie in your hammock and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the sound of cheerfully chattering birds. In the evening there is an optional singing and dancing performance of the Mon tribe. This tribe lives in the village next to the Jungle Rafts. Then you slowly fall asleep to the rhythm of the swell of the water.
Day 2: Kanchanaburi
Today we’ll wake up early, because in the early morning the elephants are treated to a wonderful bath in the river. It is also possible to feed them yourself with pineapple and watermelon peels. After breakfast you go to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand: the Erawan waterfalls. Here the water finds its way down through 7 plateaus over a distance of 1500 meters. The further you walk up, the harder it gets. In any case, try to reach plateau 5, which we personally find most beautiful. Do not forget your swimwear, because it is wonderful to cool down in the clear water after the climb. Then it’s time for a well-deserved lunch, after which you’ll be taken to your hotel in Kanchanaburi. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Take a wonderful spa treatment at the hotel, for example. Optionally it is possible to make a ride by local train on the Burma Railway. Try to get a spot on the left side of the train and keep your camera ready, because the view is phenomenal.
Day 3: Kanchanaburi – Bangkok
You won’t leave Kanchanaburi without visiting perhaps the highlight of this province: the “Bridge over the River Kwai”. This bridge is still used every day and with a bit of luck you can see how the train moves slowly over the bridge. Then you visit the Allied Cemetery, where many brave soldiers are buried. Then you go to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand. After lunch you will get to know some temples and ruins, to get an impression of what the city looked like in its glorious years. At the end of the day you return to Bangkok by transfer or you can be dropped off in Ayutthaya.
|Private tour||Price per person|
|Hotels||1 night in the River Kwai Jungle Rafts and 1 night in Pung Waan Resort & Spa.|
All transfers by minivan
|Titel||3Days/2Nights River Kwai – Kanchanaburi|
|Subtitle||Multiple day tour|