Level of Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging (hot session)
Season: All Seasons
The charm and attraction of this trip is to get the feel of four different provinces
– from simple lifestyles dependent on the river to treasured historic sites. Explore
the true spirit of the “Venice of the East” and Thai life in depth along waterways
through local communities in which cultural heritage has been well preserved.
Discover the grandeur of the UNESCO World Heritage site full of palaces and monasteries
indicating the prosperity of a kingdom of the past, and the ancient city’s walls
and pagodas. Feel the atmosphere of the place that was once the capital city of Thailand
and absorb its history through direct experience.
Take in the history and the legendary World War II’s Death Railway, which commemorates
the many soldiers who suffered and lost their lives during their forced participation
in the construction of the the “Death Railway”. No trip to Thailand would be complete
without seeing the Bridge over the River Kwai.
1st Day: Bangkok Arrival (D)
Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport you will be welcomed and escorted you
to your hotel. Check-in at the hotel and relax before afternoon refreshments then
experience a slice of Thai life along the Chao Phraya River by a long tail speed
boat and pass various canals or “Klongs” and temples. Here you can observe the daily
lives of Thai people who live along the canals. We will visit Klong Morn, Klong Bangkhunsri,
Klong Chukpra, Klong Bangkok Noi and then move to rice barge boat and travel along
the Chao Phraya River. While cruising past the Royal Barge Museum, the Royal Grand
Palace, Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) and then back to the River City Pier. The
rice barge serves seasonal fruits and soft drinks. In the evening you can enjoy your
first delicious Thai Dinner and watch elegant classical Thai dancers.
2nd Day: Ayutthaya One Day Trip by River Sun Cruise (B, L)
Start with an early morning pick up depart for Ayutthaya province. Experience the
former capital city of Thailand by cruise the canals and walk through the wonderfully
kept gardens at the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace of Thai royals. The palace has a long
history dating back to King Prasatthong in the 17th century. It is set amid a magnificent
shady surroundings. The harmonious mixture of diverse architectural styles derived
from Thailand, China, and European countries is astonishing and don’t miss the art
on show in the buildings around the palace. Continue to visit some of the outstanding
historical sites, such as Wat Phra Mahathat, Wat Na Phra Mane, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol,
Wat Panan Choeng, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Phra Si Sanpeth and Wat Lokayasutharam.
We will then leave the Ancient City for a buffet lunch. On the return journey along
the Chao Phraya River view the scenery either up on deck or from the air-conditioned
passenger room where coffee and tea is available. Pass by the Royal Grand Palace,
Wat Arun (The Temple of Down). This temple was the former palace when the Thai capital
was located in Ayutthaya then later moved to Thonburi. On arrive at the pier you
will be transferred to your hotel.
Optional Tour: Buffet Dinner with Calypso cabaret show. If pre-booked & prepaid
THB 1,500 / if paid on the day THB 1,700.
Leaving Bangkok early we drive to Kanchanaburi province (approx. 120 km). Some of
the best preserved sites and fascinating history of this riverside city and its surrounding
area it is still sparsely populated. Situated alongside the River Kwai Yai amongst
limestone hills, Kanchanaburi (Golden city) is most famous for the “Death Railway”
that was constructed during World War II using Allied prisoners of war and Asian
conscripts. The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,
River Kwai Bridge all make up the major attractions of this town. Many veterans and
descendants of the POW’s return here to honour those who died during the construction
of the railway. Around 16,000 POW’s and 100,000 Asian labourers died during its construction
with the track only running for 16 months. Take a long-tailed boat up river to the
River Kwai Jungle Rafts, passing by unspoiled mountainous jungle scenery to the nearby
ethnic Mon Tribal Village. On arrival, lunch will be served. The evening dinner
will be followed by a presentation of Mon Dances.
Take an exciting boat ride downstream to visit the Hell Fire Pass Memorial, another
part of the Death Railway 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 dangerous work in terrible conditions at the aptly
named pass. You can then walk the 4.5 km trail along the embankment of the former
railway that will provide you a better understanding of the the conditions endured
by the POW’s who cut this trail with only hand held tools. After lunch you will
have the afternoon at leisure to explore the local area on your own.
After breakfast you will have time to relax and enjoy the facilities at your leisure.
Check-out and depart for lunch at a local restaurant before you take the historic
ride on the Death Railway Train. Afterwards transfer to your hotel in Bangkok.