Your three-day tour of Thailand includes two nights accommodation in 4-star resort hotels on the River Kwai plus seven delicious meals. Relax in beautiful surroundings at your river camp as you take day trips to cultural, historical and natural attractions like Lawa Cave and Sai Yok Yai Waterfall!
Enjoy round-trip transport from your hotel in Bangkok by air-conditioned minivan, transfers between locations, and all-inclusive rides by long-tailed boat, mountain bike and railway.
Day 1: Bangkok – River Kwai (L, D)
After early morning pickup at your downtown hotel, depart for Kanchanaburi Province, 80 miles (128 km) west of Bangkok. Your guide will take you to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum displaying the history of the railway – a 260-mile (415-km) stretch built by allied prisoners of war and Asian laborers during WWII.
Enter the air-conditioned museum under a wooden bridge mockup and explore eight main galleries. See panel exhibits that describe the Japanese capture of prisoners in Southeast Asia and the planning of the railway route, and pass through a model railway boxcar used to transport prisoners.
Next, head to the Allied War Cemetery, a memorial to some 6,000 allied POWs who died along the death railway line and were moved post-war to this eternal resting place. See the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai, part of the Death Railway constructed by the prisoners.
Arriving at the Hintok River Camp around noon, check in and enjoy a delicious lunch. Spend a couple hours unwinding at your accommodation before heading to Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, dedicated to allied POWs and Asian laborers who suffered or perished here. From Hellfire Pass, your guide will accompany you along an easy to moderate walking trail to Hintok Station, where you’ll be picked up my minivan and transferred back to your camp.
In the late afternoon, hop on a mountain bike for an easy 0.6-mile (1-km) ride to Wang Kamen village or a nearby farm, accompanied by your guide. You can choose to ride your bicycle or be driven back to camp afterward. In the evening, enjoy a leisurely buffet dinner at Hintok River Camp.
Overnight: Hintok River Camp in River Kwai
Day 2: River Kwai (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast and then take a long-tailed boat ride upstream to Sai Yok National Park. Your guide will point out flora and fauna amid the forested hills, and take you to the park’s main attraction – Sai Yok Yai Waterfall. Admire the waterfall, flowing from the limestone cliffs into Kwai Noi River, where King Rama V used to bathe.
After returning to the camp briefly for lunch, head to Lawa Cave for approximately one hour. Admire the stalactite and stalagmite formations while you explore the huge cavern with your guide, who will offer commentary about its natural features along the way.
You’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to spend however you wish before joining a Thai cooking class in the evening. With all of your ingredients provided, learn to make specialties such as tom yam goong (spicy soup with shrimp) or phad Thai (Thai-style fried noodles), topped off with gluay buad shi (banana in coconut milk) for dessert.
Afterward, enjoy your Thai feast for dinner and relax at the camp!
Overnight: Hintok River Camp in River Kwai
Day 3: River Kwai – Bangkok (B, L)
Before breakfast, set out for an early morning bike ride along easy village trail, and cross a hanging bridge to the temple. If you’d like, participate in a Buddhist tradition of ‘merit making’ by offering food to the monks who reside there. (On the way to the temple, you can purchase food from a villager; your guide will help you with translation.) You’ll arrive back in time for a 7am breakfast followed by checkout from your accommodation around 9am.
Next, take a long-tailed boat to get to River Kwai Jungle Rafts and visit a nearby ethnic Mon tribal village. As you explore the village with your guide, learn about the traditional way of life of the Mons of Sangkhalaburi, a displaced hill tribe. See the quaint souvenir shops in Mon Market, tour the Mon temple to discover its importance to the locals and visit a Mon preschool.
After your visit, depart from the village and enjoy lunch at a local Thai restaurant. Then, take a historical 45-minute ride on the Death Railway Train, passing over the original wooden viaduct constructed by allied POWs of WWII as you listen to guided commentary along the way.
Complete your tour with an approximate 3.5-hour drive back to Bangkok, where your driver will return you to your hotel around 6pm.