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Cultural & Historical Lands of the Central Plains [TCHR 5101]


Route: Bangkok – Ayutthaya - Kanchanaburi - Bangkok

Route Overview: By Land

Tour Duration 5 Days 4 Nights

Tour Style: Cultural & History.  Adventure & fun

Level of Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging (hot session)

Season: All Seasons

Tour Briefing:


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.


Route Detail:

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.


Overnight: Baiyoke Sky Hotel or Similar Class.


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.


Overnight: Baiyoke Sky Hotel or Similar Class.


3rd Day: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi (B, L, D)


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.


Overnight: The River Kwai Jungle Rafts or River Kwai Resotel or Similar Class.


4th Day: Kanchanaburi (B, L, D)


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.


Overnight: The River Kwai Jungle Rafts or River Kwai Resotel or Similar Class.


5th Day: Kanchanaburi - Bangkok (B, L)


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.


Overnight: Baiyoke Sky Hotel or Similar Class.


Optional Tour: Royal Thai Traditional Massage, Herbal Pad & Herbal Steam Bath, Elephant ridding through the bamboo forest are available at your leisure (price not included).


Daily Departures


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 with breakfast or similar class.

· All meals, admission fees, boat & train fairs 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 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 times are at 12:00 hrs.  Late check out will incur additional charges.


Cultural & Historical Lands of the Central Plains 5 Days 4 Nights

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