The tour combines two of best natural trails northwest of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi and
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, both with legends and memories of their own. The
provincial capital of Kanchanaburi occupies a strategic and scenic spot at the point
where the River Kwai Noi merges with the River Kwai Yai to become the Mae Khlong
River. This town is most famous for its World War II role as a POW camp and base
for construction work on the Thailand-Burma Railway. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
in Rachaburi province is located on the bank of the Mae Khlong River. The provincial
area abounds in Thai culture sites and natural attraction.
Highlight of this trip include: DEATH War Museum, Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum,
War Museum, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery , the infamous Bridge over River Kwai and Erawan
National Park. This trip would be ideal for visitors who like to enjoy the rugged
scenery while gaining an insight into the area’s World War II history. But you must
bear in mind that you will be on the road for the trip, which takes approx. 120 km
or 3–4 hours since streets leading to Kanchanaburi are narrow. Jump in with both
feet and experience Thailand’s countryside for yourself.
1st Day: Bangkok Arrival (D)
Either upon arrival at the Bangkok International Airport and after clearing immigration
and customs, or direct from your hotel, meet your guide with a sign with your name
and be accompanied to Kanchanaburi (approx. 120 km from Bangkok). Check-in hotel
and spend the rest of the day relaxing after your journey. Dinner and stay overnight
at the hotel.
After breakfast you will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel by a local guide
at approximately 9:00 am, heading south to the JEATH War Museum. JEATH is an acronym
of six the countries involved in the railway: Japan, England, Australia, America,
Thailand and Holland. This museum was the town’s first public repository for the
photographs and memories of Prisoner of War (POW) who perished during the construction
of the “Death Railway”. A realistic depiction of a POW’s camp with bamboo huts which
give you some understanding of the grim living conditions and atrocities endured.
On display are tools, bombs, photographs, original sketches, testimonies, pictorials
and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.
Next is the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, which commemorates the many soldiers who suffered
and lost their lives during their forced participation in the construction of the
railway line. Nearly 7,000 soldiers have been moved to this cemetery to be interred
Next the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum, an interactive museum which provides
a remarkable research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of
the Thailand-Burma Railway.
A journey here would never be complete without a visit to the Bridge over the River
Kwai, a part of the Death Railway. The black iron and concrete bridge also constructed
by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts become a infamous though movies and
still bears the scars of war.
Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, another part of the Death Railway is hand cut through
the mountain stone. Trails lead to Hin Tok Bridge and Konyu Cutting where a plaque
commemorates the ordeal of Australian and British POW’s who undertook the hazardous
work in precarious conditions at the aptly named pass. Walking the 4.5km trail along
the embankment of the former railway provides a deep insight into the plight of the
workers along the trail.
Lunch will be at the restaurant near the bridge along the River Kwai.
We will then return to the hotel where you can spend the rest of the evening as you
3rd Day: Erawan and Srinakarin National Parks (B, L)
In the morning, enjoy breakfast and relax by the swimming pool or enjoy a traditional
Thai massage. Later in the day, visit Erawan National Park (Erawan waterfall). This
site consists of a seven-tiered waterfall, topped by a triple cascade and is etched
into the national psychic not just for its beauty but also for its alleged resemblance
to a three-headed elephant – the elephant (Erawan in Thai) is the former nations
symbol and the usual mount of the Hindu god Indra. It make a lovely setting for a
picnic lunch, you can either swim in one of the lower falls or climb up to the the
step path to the top: be sure to wear strong shoes, not flip-flops.
We will then travel a short distance to visit Srinakarin Dam. This impressive hydro-electric
power plant project is situated on River Kwai Yai. Above the dam site, there is a
beautiful wide lake with natural surrounding good for fishing and relaxing.
We then return back to the hotel where you may enjoy Kanchanaburi city by night (optional
with no extra charge).
Optional Tour: Thai Massage & Meditation, A visit to Thailand is not complete without
a traditional Thai massage and basic meditation tips. Aroma Oil Massage, Thai Spa,
Elephant Ridding, Fishing are available at your leisure (price not included).
Check-out and leave hotel early morning to observe and take part in the delightful
water-born bazaar at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, then board a canal boat and
view native life along the canal banks and arrive at the market, where boats of various
shapes and size, carry goods for trading. You’ll also make a stop at the coconut
farm, a place where palm sugar is made. Lunch will be at the local restaurant.
After lunch we will transfer you to your hotel or to Bangkok International Airport
for your connecting flight back to your country.
PRICE: per person in Thai Baht
Restriction: Minimum 2 persons.
Separate rooms at extra cost.
Child Policy: Reduced rate for children under 12 years old, if accompanied by two
full paying passengers.
· Roundtrip transfers by air-conditioned car / coach with English speaking tour guide.
· All accommodation based on deluxe room in 5 star hotel (or similar) with breakfast.
· All meals, admission fees, boat fees as program mentioned.
· Travel insurance.
· Service charges, baggage handling, room tax and 7% vat.
· Domestic airfares and airport tax. Domestic air tickets will be issued by our tour
operator and charged for separately.
· Other service not mentioned on this program such as optional tours.
· Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, gratuities, laundry etc.
· Additional charge for photo & video (if any).
· Any surcharge due to the festival, high season, holidays and or any special events.
· In case of full bookings during the festival, high season, holidays and any special
events, we reserve the right to book a similar class of
hotels or higher instead.
· Minor program changes are sometimes necessary, depending on traffic conditions
and room availability.
· The hotel check in time and check out time are at 12:00 hrs. Late check out will
incur additional charges.