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2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafting

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Bangkok, Thailand
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icon2 days  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore Kanchanaburi’s harrowing past on 2-day, joint or private guided tour to Hellfire Pass and the Death Railway. Visit the region’s most important World War II sites: walk among the War Cemetery’s allied graves, then learn their stories at the Thailand-Burma Railway Center and the famous bridge across the River Kwai. Board a riverboat for Hellfire Pass, where POWs died in miserable conditions, then return to Thailand’s vivid, thriving present with an evening traditional dance presentation and a visit to a rural Mon tribal village.
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • All entrance fees included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during 2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafting?
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This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Need small notes in cash as only cash once at rafts and they seemed to struggle with big notes for change." See review
  • "As others have noted, it is good to take plenty of small Thai Baht bills for tips and small purchases." See review
  • "This is a must take tour, especially if you have or know of someone who worked on this railroad as a Prisoner of War." See review

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So Glad We Did This
stevenparker01
, Jan 2020
This tour was well organized and used newer, air conditioned vehicles. The guides were knowledgeable and good representatives of their homeland cultures. Given that English is their second language there were inevitably some moments when communication was limited, but overall understanding was sufficient. We felt rushed at the Death Railway Museum, as there is much to view and understand there. Jungle Rafts Hotel is a terrific experience and we highly recommend it, with the caveat that there is no electricity. This means no lights (The staff prepares kerosene lights for each cabin and the room key comes with a small flashlight.), no air conditioning, no WiFi and no place to charge devices. The upside is a beautiful location, tasty and plentiful food and a once in a lifetime chance to swim in the River Kwai. The included visit to Hellfire Pass Interpretive Center was a highlight for us, a beautiful but emotional review of a terrible wartime event. As others have noted, it is good to take plenty of small Thai Baht bills for tips and small purchases. We chose to travel light, having stored our larger suitcases at our Bangkok hotel, and we were glad we did, as it made transferring between vehicles and the small boats much easier. Finally, we would recommend planning your visit during cooler months, as the heat and humidity can be severe in the hot seasons.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Stevenp The success formula of the River Kwai Jungle Rafts, complemented by the historical importance of the Kanchanaburi province, is one that exceeds expectations. It is the simplicity, the fabulous location, and the whole atmosphere along the Kwai Noi River that has seen raving reviews from the moment, the Mon people set this up. We simply cannot say anything else to your extensive review, with valuable comments, matching your unforgettable experience during this 2-day exploration of the Kanchanaburi province. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
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gbshep
, Oct 2019
Was a fantastic 2day trip. Would highly recommend, accom as per itinerary, food great and local guide fantastic. Guide on bus had very poor English and was difficult to understand when giving history on bus. Need small notes in cash as only cash once at rafts and they seemed to struggle with big notes for change.
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This tour was outstanding. The...
Sam O Ting
, Apr 2018
This tour was outstanding. The coordination by the different entities to get us from our hotel to the different locations and venues and back was remarkably efficient and timely. Both guides that took us into Kanchanaburi from Bangkok were well versed in history and spoke very good English, which really helped us understand all the information they provided. I booked this tour because of the visit to the War Cemeterys allied graves, and the Thailand-Burma Railway Center and the bridge across the River Kwai. My father was a prisoner of war POW of the Japanese Imperial Army from 1942 to 1945 and he worked on the railroad that led to the bridge. While growing up, he never really talked much about his experience in the POW camps, but from the few stories he did tell, and from general World War II history, I knew that all those prisoners suffered major hardships. The cemetery was impressive and awoke strong emotions while walking among the thousands of gravestones. The Railway Center museum depicted numerous images and a stage model of the rail cars the prisoners were packed into to be transported to the POW camps, as well as numerous photographs and written texts which told the story of the hard labor the POWs were subjected to to build the railroad in less than 18 months, when the initial estimates to complete the 450 km rail line was 6 years. One fortunate event was the ability to do a record search of the POWs kept in captivity during the years 1942 -1945. I submitted my father's name to the records clerk at the museum, and after a short computerized search, they found my father's name and printed me a copy of his record. This alone made the trip so worthwhile. After the visit to the cemetery and Rail Way Center Museum we were transported to the actual bridge over the River Kwai. I went on a long tail boat on the actual river my wife stayed on the bus, and we met again at the bridge. From the bridge we were taken by long tail boat to our floating hotel where the rest of the two days activities took place. We loved the simplicity of the floating hotel, the food, and the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. We took an elephant ride, which is something that needs to be done when in Thailand. The Mon village was interesting, and the dance performance was different, but very pleasant. The visit to hellfire pass showed the ingenuity, perseverance, and suffering the POWs must have undergone to create this huge gorge out of granite with hand tools. It's indescribable what these allied POWs went through to create this pathway through the rock. We enjoyed the train ride on the death railway, realizing that the tracks my dad helped build are still in use today. All in all, please read some of the other reviews written here. I didn't want to repeat what others experienced. But this two day tour MADE our stay in Thailand. It was beyond excellent and a wonderful experience, and a great value for the price we paid. This is a must take tour, especially if you have or know of someone who worked on this railroad as a Prisoner of War.
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All in all this was an interesting...
KGRANT3740
, Mar 2018
All in all this was an interesting trip with Asian Trails. Our trip was confirmed the night before at our hotel. The included meals were good and lots of food. The Jungle Raft hotel was a good experience. The trip would have been 5 stars except for the guide we had for the first morning and 2nd afternoon by the name of Susan. Her way of speaking English and use of words was very hard to understand and she had the annoying habit of referring to herself in the third person as Susan. She never used Me. The guide we had for the first afternoon and 2nd morning was excellent. He took us to the hotel and the mon village. Another disappointment was that We were unable to see Hellfire Pass. Not the fault of the tour company as it was closed for the holiday and company didn't know at time of our reservation and did notify us in advance by email and we didn't have availability to change the date. I mention Hellfire Pass because I feel the substitute site was really not comparable. It was ok. The River Kwai and bridge were great to see and the museum is excellent too. Loved the visit through the Mon Village and the information provided by the guide was excellent as we love history and learning about different cultures. The Hotel without electricity was a unique experience that I would not have missed but I had my Kindle fire charged up, my mp3 charged up and downloaded songs and movies to watch. We upgraded the Death Railway train ride and really enjoyed it. Note that there are lots of rides in the long tailed boats on this tour and it is hard to get into and out of them. After two times I was very sore in my legs and knees. I am overweight and 63 years old. If you are in great shape no problems. There is lots of walking uphill and quite a few steps. !
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This was a really great activity! We...
Katya S
, Jan 2018
This was a really great activity! We learned a lot and had a great time on the river Kwai. We learned a lot and were able to have some downtime on the jungle rafts while also learning about the Mon tribe. This is a great tour for people wanting to learn more about some of the history of the area.
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We did this tour in Nov and would...
Radar
, Nov 2016
We did this tour in Nov and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in WWII history. We were picked up from our hotel at the arranged time and taken to a central point for our bus of the day. After a bit of a drive were taken to the Bridge over the River Kwai by long boat and then proceeded to the Death Railway Museum and one of the many cemeteries. Sam, our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history and provided an excellent commentary. We were then taken to another long boat where we were taken to our overnight accommodation. The accommodation was very comfortable and the food provided of good quality, however it must be pointed out that there is no power at this site, so it will be hot and humid. A quick swim in the river helped, but it was still very hot and humid. Bligh was our guide and he attended to all our needs as there was only 4 people in our group. His passion for the WWII history was evident and his knowledge of the history would be much better than most Australians of a similar age. The next day we were taken to the Hellfire Pass and Museum before being delivered back to our bus for the return journey to Bangkok via the Death Railway. The whole experience was well worth the discomfort of the heat and I would recommend an overnight stay as it would have otherwise been a very long day. The day tour also does not visit Hellfire Pass.. The only problem we had was that our return bus broke down, but the tour guide managed to organise suitable alternative transport in record time and even though our bus was not available, the tour went on regardless without a hitch and without delay. Well done.

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