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Bangkok: Kanchanaburi and Erawan Waterfall Private Tour

1. Bangkok: Kanchanaburi and Erawan Waterfall Private Tour

Explore western Thailand on a private tour from Bangkok. Starting with pickup at 7:00 AM, travel 2.5 hours to Kanchanaburi, learning about the history of this area and life under Japanese occupation in WWII from your English-speaking guide as you go.   The first stop will be at the Allied Cemetery and the JEATH (Japanese-English-American-Australian-Thai-Holland) War Museum. Learn about the poor circumstances of the Asian convicts and European POWs during the construction of the Myanmar railway. Next, you will visit the iconic bridge over the River Kwai, the main landmark of Kanchanaburi. Wait until the local train passes and enjoy the view of the picturesque river. After a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, you will proceed to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand, the Erawan Waterfalls. The waterfall consists of 7 plateaus and has many caves hidden behind the walls of water. If you wish, you can take a dip in the crystal-clear pools.  At the end of the tour, hotel drop-off will be provided. You will reach your hotel in Bangkok at around 6:00 PM.

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From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Highlights 1-Day Small Group Tour

2. From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Highlights 1-Day Small Group Tour

Learn about the construction of the Burma Railway, also known as the “Death Railway,” on this 10-hour historical tour to Kanchanaburi, approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will tour the well-kept War Cemetery, where the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers are tended. They perished while constructing the notorious "Death Railway,” which the Japanese had hoped would stretch all the way to the Burmese border. Uncover the terrible history of the railway at the JEATH Museum, which takes its name from the first letters of the words Japan, England, America/Australia, Thailand and Holland. See the past recreated and relived with pictures and artefacts. You will also ride a train along the original Death Railway track, with a sumptuous lunch awaiting at the disembarkation station. Return to Bangkok in the late afternoon for your hotel drop-off.

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Bangkok: 2-Day River Kwai & Erawan National Park Tour

3. Bangkok: 2-Day River Kwai & Erawan National Park Tour

Day 1: In the early morning at 7:30AM, your personal guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby in Bangkok. You will begin with a visit to the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. Close to the market you will board a fast long-tail boat, which will bring you through the narrow "khlongs" to the market. At the market you will enjoy watching farmers selling fruit and many kinds of local products in their boats. If you want, you can take one of the paddle boats to cruise through the market (optional). Following this great experience, you will continue your trip to the bridge over the River Kwai, the Allied Forces Cemetery, and the JEATH war museum. You will then travel once more by long-tail boat to the Jungle Raft, a unique, floating hotel in the middle of the jungle, made from wood and bamboo. The resort offers a unique accommodation experience right on the flowing Kwai Noi River. All floating rooms are tucked into a floating bamboo lodge moored along the historic River Kwai Noi and surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle. At this "floatel", the historic River Kwai Noi flows underneath your bed. The walls are weaved from local bamboo decorated with wooden furniture reflecting the Mon living style (hotel subject to availability). Day 2: Following breakfast, your guide will take you by long-tail boat back to your private vehicle. After another 45 minutes to 1 hour of travel will take you to Erawan National Park, where you will find the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand: the Erawan Waterfalls. The waterfall consists of 7 plateaus, and you can hike to the highest level through a small jungle path. After reaching the top, you will still have plenty of time to discover the natural fish spas, see the natural shaped slides, and go for a swim. Following lunch, you will be taken back to your hotel in Bangkok.

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2-Day River Kwai Highlights & Jungle Rafts Floating Hotel

4. 2-Day River Kwai Highlights & Jungle Rafts Floating Hotel

Begin your adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Bangkok and head to the west of Thailand, Kanchanaburi Province.  Start with a visit to the Thailand–Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand– Burma Railway. Next, visit the Allied War Cemetery which is commemorates the 6,000 allied prisoners of war who perished along the railway line and were moved after the war to this eternal resting place. Continue to the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of the Death Railway, constructed by Allied POWs. Afterward, take a long-tailed boat on the River Kwai to the floating hotel at River Kwai Jungle Rafts to have lunch. After lunch, journey downstream to Phu Takian Pier and visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. Then return to the rafts to enjoy your dinner, followed by a 45–minute presentation of traditional Mon Dance. Begin your second day with a visit to a Mon tribal village to learn about local traditions and customs. Trek through the jungle and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Take a ride on a historic train on the Death Railway, passing over an original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied prisoners of war. Transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok in the evening to conclude your two-day journey.

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Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Hellfire Pass Private Tour

5. Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Hellfire Pass Private Tour

Meet and greet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Bangkok at 7 AM. Start your full day private tour to the highlights of Kanchanaburi province and the most important WW2 memorial sites. The drive to Kanchanaburi province will take about 2 hours. First, visit the JEATH war museum, war cemetery and the Bridge over the River Kwai. Learn about how the notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. Discover all of the bridge's history at the museum. Afterward, take a train ride on the Death Railway. After lunch and another 45min drive, see and learn more about the history at the Hell Fire Pass and Memorial. End the day with a visit to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the country, Saiyoke Noi. Enjoy time to relax and take in the beautiful environment. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bangkok.

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3-Day River Kwai, Floating Market and Erawan Waterfalls

6. 3-Day River Kwai, Floating Market and Erawan Waterfalls

In the early morning on day one at 7:30 am, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby in Bangkok. First, you will visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. Close to the market, you will board a fast longtail boat which will bring you through the narrow khlongs to the market for about half an hour. You will enjoy watching the farmers selling fruit and many kinds of local products in their boats. If you want you can take one of the paddle boats to cruise through the market (optional). After this great experience, continue your trip to the Hellfire Pass where you will see and learn more about the history at the Hell Fire Pass Memorial and hike through the pass. Then you will travel by longtail boat to the Jungle Raft, a unique, floating hotel in the middle of the jungle, made from wood and bamboo. River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort offers a unique accommodation experience right on the flowing Kwai Noi River. All floating rooms are tucked into a floating bamboo lodge moored along the historic River Kwai Noi surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle. At your floatel, the historic River Kwai Noi flows underneath your bed. The walls are weaved from local bamboo decorated with wooden furniture reflecting Mon living style. After breakfast on day two, your guide will take you by longtail boat back to your private vehicle. After another 45min to 1 hour you will reach Erawan National Park, these are the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand: the Erawan Falls. The waterfall consists of 7 plateaus and you can hike to the highest level through a small jungle path. After reaching the top you still have plenty of time to discover the natural fish spas, see the naturally shaped slides and go for a swim. After lunch, you will be taken to Pungwaan Resort and Spa and you will have free time for the rest of the afternoon to explore Kanchanaburi city or just lounge at your hotel's swimming pool with an excellent view over the river. On day three after checking out from the hotel, you will visit one of the highlights of this area: the Bridge over the River Kwai, the Allied Forces cemetery and the JEATH war museum. In the early afternoon a transfer back to Bangkok, this will take approximately 2 hours.

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Kanchanaburi and Death Railway Private Tour from Bangkok

7. Kanchanaburi and Death Railway Private Tour from Bangkok

Benefit from very early morning pickup at your hotel in Bangkok, and then travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle to Kanchanaburi, established in the late 18th century by King Rama I as a defensive outpost against attack from Burma. Visit the interactive Burmese Railway Museum, dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway built by the Empire of Japan in 1943. See period photos and models to get a better understanding about the background of what happened during World War II. Pay your respects at the War Cemetery and visit the memorial to some 6,000 Allied prisoners of war. Then, take a scenic train ride on the notorious Death Railway, constructed by prisoners of war on the orders of the Japanese. Break for a local lunch at a restaurant before exploring the local community of Pak Preak. Visit the house of a former member of the underground V Organization from the days of Japanese occupation before traveling back to Bangkok.

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Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary Visit & SUP on the River Kwai

8. Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary Visit & SUP on the River Kwai

After pickup at your accommodation or greeting the guide at the meeting point, you’ll begin your journey to ElephantsWorld. Situated just outside Kanchanaburi, the environmental conservation organization provides the best care possible to the 30+ elephants in their elephant sanctuary, making sure that they work for the elephants and not the other way around. Once you arrive, you’ll have an introduction and safety briefing before tucking into a buffet lunch. After you’ve filled up on some tasty Thai dishes, you’ll prepare food for the elephants to eat before meeting them and giving taking a mud bath together. You’ll then lead them to the river to rinse off the mud before showering and feeding time. After saying goodbye to your newfound friends, you’ll head to the River Kwai, where you’ll hop on a paddle board and cruise through the water while waiting for the sun to set over the horizon.

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Kanchanaburi: Sightseeing Tour with Amphawa Market

9. Kanchanaburi: Sightseeing Tour with Amphawa Market

After pickup, the first stop is the Bridge On The River Kwai, part of the Siam-Burma Railway built by WWII prisoners of war. Walk along the “Death Railway” bridge of Hollywood fame, learning about its historical and cultural significance. Next, head to Wat Tham Seua, a Buddhist temple perched atop a mountain. Known as the Tiger Cave Temple, it was named after the tiger paw prints found on the cave walls. Climb to the top and take in the gorgeous scenery, marvel at the large gleaming statue of Buddha, and explore the main temple area. The next stop is Wat Bang Kung. Built during the Ayutthaya period, this Buddhist temple is covered in the roots and branches of nearby Banyan trees, making it seem like a hidden ruin in the forest. Take a peek at the golden Buddha statue inside and snap photos of the iconic entrance. Finally, make your way to the Amphawa Floating Market. Board a boat and cruise down the river as you interact with vendors paddling on their small boats loaded with produce. Soak up the sights of the river, shop for some souvenirs, or buy passing street food to eat on the trip back to Kanchanaburi.

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Kanchanaburi: 3-Day Highlights Tour from Bangkok with Meals

10. Kanchanaburi: 3-Day Highlights Tour from Bangkok with Meals

Day 1 Begin your 3-day getaway early with pickup from your hotel in Bangkok at 6.00 AM and set off for Kanchanaburi. Once you arrive in Kanchanaburi, visit the Thailand–Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum where you can learn about the history of this famous railway. Your next visit is the Allied War Cemetery, which is a memorial to the 6000 allied prisoners of war who perished building the death railway. Then, Kanchanaburi's most conic landmark, the The Bridge over the River Kwai. Take a long-tailed boat on the River Kwai to the River Kwai Jungle Rafts Hotel. Check in and have lunch upon arrival. In the afternoon, take a long-tailed boat downstream to Phu Takian Pier and continue on road to visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. In the evening, enjoy dinner back at the hotel followed by a 45–minute presentation of traditional Mon Dance. Day 2 Wake up to sounds of nature surrounding your room and enjoy breakfast served. You will then visit the nearby Mon Tribal Village. Learn the way of life of the Mon villagers, originally from Myanmar, who were granted permission to build this village by the Thai authorities after they fled from their homeland. Feast on an authentic Thai lunch and enjoy an easy jungle walk in the afternoon. After a day of exploring the rainforest, you will return to the hotel for dinner.  Day 3 Wake up feeling recharged after spending 2 days in the jungle and enjoy a final berakfast and a leisurely morning. Check out of your room and and have lunch at a local restaurant. Finally, take a historic ride on the Death Railway, passing over the original wooden viaduct. You will then return to Bangkok and will be dropped off at your hotel around 6.00 PM.

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What people are saying about River Kwai

The path started with an extremely unfriendly, downright outrageous guide. Fortunately, the very large group soon split up, in the end fewer than eight people remained who opted for the same accommodation. This is beautiful, really something special. A warning that there is no electricity would have been nice (only found out from the comments here), as I don't like camping myself, I found this off-putting, but it turned out to be no problem but gave the thing a special charm. The food surprised with perhaps the best Thai food I've had to date, the guide Bligh was friendly and knowledgeable. A highlight was Mon's own elephant, which was taken to the river for breakfast. The history and culture of this area can hardly be experienced more intensively in such a short time. At the same time it has something of “adventure” and fun. Are very happy to have done this tour

We had a full and fantastic day. Would recommend the “A team” to any and everyone! They were knowledgeable, attentive and added a bonus elephant encounter. The tour of the historic River Kwai bridge, cemetery and museum were informative and interesting. Seeing the train made it come full circle. The Erawan national park was unbelievable! Each of the 7 layers were unique and beautiful- but the hike to the top was more than moderate! The lunch was fantastic with such variety and was delicious. Finally we fed and rode an elephant- which was over and above! Cannot say how much loved our guides for making such a memorable day- hope you will too!

The van team were excellent, kept us informed on where we were going, what we would see and timings to expect. Knew all the info at the various sites we visited and treated us as friends. Although the Kwai Bridge is very commercial, there was no pestering from sellers. Would heavily recommend but watch it is a long journey there and back from Bangkok

Due to concerns over coronavirus my wife and I were the only two people on the trip. We were however still given the full tour and received excellent treatment.

Very nice and lots of room for adapting to our needs