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3-Day River Kwai Tour from Bangkok: Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway

Bangkok, Thailand
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See the ancient temples of UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, the royal summer palace at Bang Pa-In, and the terraced waterfalls of Erawan National Park — all on this 3-day small-group tour from Bangkok. Stay overnight in Kanchanaburi on the River Kwai, where your guide highlights the region’s World War II history. You’ll visit the War Museum, the Allied War Cemetery and the Thailand–Burma 'Death Railway’ Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. With numbers limited to 12 people, you’ll receive undivided attention from the guide.
  • 3-day tour of western Thailand, round-trip from Bangkok by minivan
  • Cross the famous bridge over the River Kwai
  • Take a saamlaw (tricycle rickshaw) tour around Kanchanaburi
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures personal attention from your guide
This comprehensive journey into western Thailand covers three fascinating days with a knowledgeable guide. Step into Thailand’s ancient past at Ayutthaya Historical Park, a temple-strewn World Heritage site, and witness the remnants of WWII along the River Kwai’s Thailand–Burma Death Railway.

You’ll travel with a small group by minivan, round-trip from Bangkok, and stay two nights in Kanchanaburi with 2–3-star accommodation (including two breakfasts and two lunches).


Day 1: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi (L)

After pickup from your hotel in the morning, travel by minibus with your small group to Bang Pa-In, just 37 miles (60 kms) north of Bangkok. The royal summer palace, a former residence for Thai kings, is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Your knowledgeable local guide will conduct a tour of the magnificent grounds and lovely gardens set around an ornamental pond. Admire the combination of European and Thai architecture and the topiary shaped into elephants.

Next, head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya, an ancient capital of Siam, to see impressive ruins once destroyed by the Burmese. At Ayutthaya Historical Park, explore several temples such as Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, where you may be told your fortune by a fortuneteller.

Then, visit Wat Phanan Cheoeng, one of Ayutthaya's oldest temples — often compared to the Taj Mahal — where a 62-foot-high (19-meter-high) Buddha image resides. Your guide will point out an 18th-century shrine and tell you about the Chinese princess in whose honor it was built.

After a delicious Thai lunch, visit the ruins of the 13th-century Wat Phra Mahathat, which includes an ancient Buddha head statue surrounded by Banyan tree roots. You’ll enjoy many photo opportunities before heading west to Kanchanaburi — an approximate four-hour drive — and checking in to your hotel. For your dinner, your guide will happily provide suggestions of local restaurants.

Overnight: 2-3-star rated hotel in Kanchanaburi

Day 2: Kanchanaburi – River Kwai (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide will take your small group by minivan to the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. As you read the inscriptions and tour the exhibit, learn about the allied POWs and Asian laborers who perished at Hellfire Pass while they constructed the Thailand-Burma Death Railway during WWII.

Next, head to nearby Erawan National Park, home to seven gorgeous waterfalls — including the terraced Erawan Falls — and a series of turquoise rock pools. Your guide will recommend the best pools for swimming, where you can take a refreshing dip. Or, embark on one-hour hike to the seventh and highest story of one waterfall for amazing views.

At the park, enjoy a Thai-style picnic lunch before returning to Kanchanaburi in the late afternoon to relax. Don’t miss a sunset stroll across the famous bridge over the River Kwai, part of the Death Railway constructed by allied prisoners of war. In the evening, you’ll have the option to visit Kanchanaburi's night market to try a variety of Thai dishes for dinner.

Overnight: 2-3-star rated hotel in Kanchanaburi

Day 3: Kanchanaburi – Bangkok (B)

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour around Kanchanaburi aboard a traditional saamlaw (tricycle rickshaw), visiting several historical sites along the way. See the WWII War Museum and the Allied War Cemetery, and cross the bridge over the River Kwai before returning by minivan to your Bangkok hotel, where your trip ends in the late afternoon.
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What is the maximum group size during 3-Day River Kwai Tour from Bangkok: Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Away from the maddening crowd of the...
Muthaian V
, Sep 2016
Away from the maddening crowd of the city Really enjoyed the trip.we were only three members.Jane the local guide and driver were experienced people.It was a great experience to see the great historical places .Hellfirepass and walking on the bridge of riverKwaiwas entirely different experience.we enjoyed the tour.Hotel arrangement was good.
Enjoyed the the tour very much - it...
David W
, Jul 2016
Enjoyed the the tour very much - it enabled us to visit places it would have difficult to organise on our own. Our guide Rahd was just lovely. 2 minor -ve points however: 1 why take us off the train trip BEFORE we cross the River Kwai? 2 Dropped off at hotel at 1.30pm on the third day - too short
Great tour! I would highly recommend...
, Apr 2016
Great tour! I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to leave Bangkok for a few days and see some different sites!
WELL worth the price. My wife and I...
, Mar 2016
WELL worth the price. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Our guide went out of his way to make sure we got to see authentic Thailand. He was very knowledgable in Thai history and world history and Thai culture. This tour was one of the big highlights of our trip. Dont miss it.!!
Excellent I was the only person on...
Kenneth L
, Feb 2016
Excellent I was the only person on the trip yet the tour went ahead as booked. The guide and driver were superb.
This was a GREAT tour! My fiancée...
, Sep 2015
This was a GREAT tour! My fiancée and I were the only members of the tour group, and the tour guide and driver were very professional and accommodating in our desires to emphasize certain areas of the trip. We never felt rushed to get moving from one destination to the next. The accommodations were also GREAT. I most highly recommend this trip for those interested in learning the history and culture of this area in Thailand.
I recommend this tour if you are...
Mirjam S
, Sep 2015
I recommend this tour if you are really interested in the history and culture of Thailand. The guide was very knowledgeable about everything and told me so much about the country, in fact almost too much. The first day felt a bit stressed with the summer palace and Ayutthaya, in fact we did not spend enough time in Ayutthaya and just saw a fraction of the ruins. The itinerary required us to explore the area in the middle of the day, so it was also just too hot and I think it should be planned differently. I loved the second day, though: The walk at Erawan National Park was fantastic and we also spend a lot of time at the memorial in Kanchanaburi and on the railway. The last day was bit too short, we left Kanchanaburi for Bangkok at around 11.30am and I think that is too early for an advertised three day tour. However, the hotel we stayed at was fantastic it was the Royal River Kwai Resort and altogether, I enjoyed the tour.
The tour was great staff were...
Terence R
, Feb 2015
The tour was great staff were friendly, competent very helpful and knowledgable, had a great time would recommend any time.
This 3 day tour was the highlight of...
Dianne R
, Jul 2013
This 3 day tour was the highlight of my trip to Thailand. I was amazed that as a single traveller, i was the only person on the tour as generally a tour won't accept the booking if there is only one person. The tour guide was exceptional and very attentive. I know that is easy to say when you are the only person on the tour in saying that after spending a little time together he was very clued in to my ideosyncrasies such as photos of my travelling stubby holder and a beer with lunch. The accomodation was good as it was out of the husltle and bustle of the main town. The food at the accomodation was reasonably priced and very yummy. The nearby Mini Mart had cheap beer. Although it didn't have a gym it was safe to run down the road in the morning with a big verge thus limiting the risk of
Great guide, driver and excellent...
Lindsay R
, Jun 2013
Great guide, driver and excellent itinerary- a must if you have a few free days in bangkok

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