Explore the shores of the River Kwai on a journey through this beautiful and historic part of Thailand. Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, see the poignant Hell Fire Pass Memorial and take a ride on the iconic Death Railway during this experience.
Offering a cultural and historical insight into the area surrounding the infamous River Kwai and Kanchanaburi, this two-night/three-day experience is easily combined with a stay in Bangkok.
• Hellfire Pass: 1 night
• River Kwai: 1 night
Day 1: Kanchanaburi to Hellfire Pass Depart Bangkok for Kanchanaburi – close to the site of the iconic Bridge on the River Kwai that was made famous by David Lean’s 1957 film adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s fictitious World War II novel of the same name. Marking the beginning of the infamous Death Railway, the bridge is arguably one of the most iconic and poignant landmarks in Thailand. Built by POW and slave labourers during World War II, the railway provided a direct route between Bangkok in Thailand and Rangoon (Yangon) in Burma (Myanmar) to enable the mobilisation of Japanese troops across Asia by aiding the movement of supplies.
On arrival in Kanchanaburi, you’ll head to the small yet evocative Thailand-Burma Railway Centre – a museum that commemorates those who built the famous bridge, before visiting the war cemetery. Later, you’ll have time to walk over the famous bridge itself. Still a working railway bridge, you can hop off to the side of the tracks on one of the platforms and watch as the train rolls by.
After enjoying some time to explore, you’ll transfer to the Hin Tok River Camp – your accommodation for the night. Enjoy lunch before travelling on to Hell Fire Pass and the Trails of Death – two of the most well-known sections of the notorious Burma-Thailand Railway. This memorial museum is dedicated to those Australians and other allied prisoners of war and Asian labourers who suffered at Hellfire Pass in World War II.
Take some time to trek along the Hellfire Pass Walking Trail before travelling to the Hin Tok River Camp, where you can enjoy some free time to refresh and relax or join one of the camp’s optional activities. Later, you may like to visit a local village or farm by mountain bike before dinner. Stay: Hin Tok River Camp. L, D.
Day 2: Hellfire Pass to River Kwai Enjoy an early morning walk or cycle across a hanging bridge to the local temple where you will see local villagers giving morning alms to the monks. Return to camp for breakfast before enjoying a cruise aboard a long-tail boat through stunning scenery. Hop aboard a jungle raft to visit the nearby ethnic Mon Tribal Village. Native to Thailand and Burma, the Mon people were one of the earliest to settle in South-East Asia, introducing Theravada Buddhism in Indochina. Here, you can experience this traditional tribe’s intriguing way of life. You can even join in their dancing and try local delicacies.
Travel to The Float House River Kwai, your home for the evening. Floating on the river itself and not too far from Kanchanaburi, this unique place presents a tour highlight that is accessible only by longboat. Head to the open-air restaurant for dinner and enjoy a drink at the bar. Later, you’ll get the opportunity to see a traditional Mon dance. Stay: The Floathouse River Kwai. B, L, D.
Day 3: River Kwai After breakfast, enjoy time at leisure and perhaps head out on a canoe or mountain bike to explore the local area. After lunch on the pier, take a journey through the lush forest on the Death Railway Train before transferring back to Bangkok to enjoy an additional night or two of exploring. B, L.
Good to know
• This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 2 years
• Early morning daily departures from Bangkok (pre-night in Bangkok is recommended)
• The tour does not arrive back in Bangkok until after 6pm (post-night in Bangkok is recommended)
• The order of the itinerary is subject to change.
Included in price
• 3 Star accommodation including a luxury camp and a floating hotel
• Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Transport including high-speed train
• English-speaking guide.