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

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

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Overview

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
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Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off
2-nights' accommodation
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
English-speaking local guide
Tricycle rickshaw tour
Breakfast (2)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your short break adventure will start with pick up from your hotel on day one between 8:00am and 9:00am. If you require pick up from another hotel please inform your agent at least 14 days prior to departure.
You do not need to reconfirm your pick up details if you have advised your hotel details in advance or if you have booked pre accommodation with us. Please check your Intrepid travel itinerary for your booking details.

Should you need to contact our local office for any last minute hotel pick up changes,

We can organise pre and post accommodation at the following hotel:

Nouvo City Hotel
2 Samsen Rd, Banglumphu
Bangkok

Alternative hotels:

Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel
269 Larn Luang Road, Pomprab
Bangkok

Siam Champs Elyseesi Hotel
160 Ratchadamnoen Klang Tai Road, Wat Borworn
Pranakorn, Bangkok

Intrepid can assist with pre-booking an arrival transfer from the airport - enquire with your agent. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure.

If you have pre-booked an arrival transfer you will be met after exiting the Customs Hall. A transfer representative holding an Intrepid sign will meet you at Exit Door 4. If you cannot find your transfer representative, please go to the ATTA Counter (Association of Thai Travel Agents) near Exit Door 6. Ask them to call our transfer provider, World Travel Idea,

Metered taxis are available outside the airport entrance on the 1st floor. Exit the Customs Hall, go down to the 1st floor and leave the airport at Gate 3, 4, 7 or 8. You will find a table with a “metred taxis” sign. The taxi fare will be the metred fare plus a surcharge of THB50-THB75 (depending on the driver’s use of toll roads). The total fare will be approx. THB400. Pre-paid taxis are also available, where you will be given a docket to pay the driver a set price of THB700. Please avoid taxi touts who tell you that they have a metered taxi parked outside the airport.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
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).
Itinerary
Bang Pa In Palace
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Around 8 am-9 am this morning you’ll be picked up from the joining point hotel, along with other travellers in your group. If you prefer to be picked up from a different, centrally located hotel in Bangkok, please advise your booking agent at least 14 days before your departure date. Your first stop is the Bang Pa Inn Palace, a former summer retreat of Thai kings on the Chao Phraya River 65 kilometres north of the capital (approximately 1.5 hours). Admire the magnificent grounds, which are a combination of European and Thai designed buildings and gardens.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Ayutthaya
dmire the magnificent grounds, which are a combination of European and Thai designed buildings and gardens. Next, visit Ayutthaya, one of the ancient capitals of Siam and a World Heritage site. Here, explore Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, a temple that might offer a glimpse into the future, as it’s home to a fortune teller. Continue to Wat Phanan Cheoeng, Ayutthaya's answer to the Taj Mahal (approximately 40 minutes). It’s one of Ayutthaya's oldest temples and home to a 19-metre-high Buddha image. Behind the temple is a small 18th-century shrine built to honour a Chinese Princess, who drowned herself because of the king's infidelity. After lunch, move on to the 13th century ruins of Wat Phra Mahathat. The rows of Burmese beheaded Buddhas are very atmospheric, and a Buddha head surrounded by Banyan tree roots is perhaps the most photographed site in all of Ayutthaya.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Kanchanaburi
Head west to Kanchanaburi (approximately 3 hours) and check in to your resort, located on the famous River Kwai.
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Resort
Meals:
 Lunch  
Erawan National Park
In the morning, set off to visit to Erawan National Park (approximately 1.5 hours) where you can explore the famous seven-level waterfall or simply swim and relax. The falls are considered the most beautiful in the whole country, with glacial blue waters rushing through the forest into bamboo-shaded pools perfect for a refreshing dip. If you want to make the climb all the way from level one to level seven it’s about a ninety-minute hike, with the uppermost level usually quiet and with a stunning view over the jungle below. Be sure to pack your swimming gear, but also appropriate footwear if you’re going to make the walk. After lunch, travel (approximately 1 hour) back towards Kanchanaburi, where you'll learn about a tragic part of the area's history.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail
Hellfire Pass memorial was built to honour the Allied POWs and Asian conscripts who died while constructing some of the most difficult stretches of the Thai-Burma Death Railway – the eponymous pass, cut through rock 18 metres deep, got its name from the hellish fires used to light the work at night.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Bridge Over the River Kwai
hen you'll travel a short distance (approximately 20 minutes) to Nam Tok Train Station - The end of the original death railway station during the second world war which was constructed by the allied POWs. Take a ride along the historic tracks alongside the Kwai Noi River, passing through Tham Krasae station which is one of the most beautiful panoramic scenes of the Kwai Noi river from the curves of the wooden railway line close to the mountainside. After arriving at Kilen Train Station, transfer back to the hotel (approximately 30 minutes). Tonight there's an option to head into Kanchanaburi's famous night markets and try a variety of Western Thai dishes.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Resort
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Bridge Over the River Kwai
After breakfast, head out on an orientation of the sights surrounding the town on board a traditional saamlaw (tricycle). This will include the WWII War Museum, the Allied War Cemetery, and the Bridge over the River Kwai itself. Travel through magnificent scenery and back to a dark time in the area’s history, and spend a moment reflecting on those who were forced to give their lives in the process of bending this environment to man’s will. You will then end this short adventure with a return to Bangkok (approximately 2 hours), where your trip ends in the afternoon at approximately 2 pm.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Accommodation is based on the amount of people on the one booking. Solo traveller will pay single price and companions travelling togethr will pay twin share price.
  • Travel insurance that covers medical expenses, including emergency repatriation, is required to participate on this tour; proof of insurance must be shown to tour leader on the first day
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Please note that you MUST include the details of your Bangkok hotel at the time of booking; if this has not been settled prior to booking your trip, you must contact the local tour operator at least 48 hours in advance with this information (contact info will be provided on your confirmation voucher)
  • The following information is required upon booking:
  • Full name and date of birth
  • Passport number and country of issue
  • Passport issue date and expiry date
  • Existing medical conditions and/or dietary requirements
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Group
  • If you cancel less than 30 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 30 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 55 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 31–55 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 3-Day River Kwai: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day River Kwai: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day River Kwai: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day River Kwai: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day River Kwai: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day River Kwai: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day River Kwai: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day River Kwai: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway.

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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.
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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
star-5
Great tour! I would highly recommend...
Ross
, 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!
star-5
WELL worth the price. My wife and I...
PETER M
, 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.!!
star-5
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.
star-5
This was a GREAT tour! My fiancée...
STEPHEN M
, 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.
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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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-5
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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