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From Bangkok: Erawan Park & Kanchanaburi Small-Group Tour

1. From Bangkok: Erawan Park & Kanchanaburi Small-Group Tour

Tour the region of Kanchanaburi in West Thailand and uncover local history on this guided day trip. During this memorable day trip from Bangkok, visit the Death Railway which was put on the map by the 1957 movie, 'Bridge Over the River Kwai.' Begin at one the JEATH Museum, dedicated to the Allied Prisoners of War who died building the Burmese railway. This museum is a sad yet important reminder of Thailand’s history. It’s thought that over 100,000 lives were lost during this period.  Visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai for your next stop. Have the chance to walk over the bridge, admire the impressive scenery, and take a moment to remember the past, before returning to your accommodations/meeting point in the evening. Continue to one of the country’s best-loved national parks, Erawan National Park. Connect with pristine nature at the Erawan Waterfall which has seven tiers, turquoise pools, and a set of limestone caves at its base. Have the chance to admire the impressive scenery and take a moment to remember the past, before returning to your accommodations/meeting point in the evening. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

2. Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

This full-day tour begins when you meet with the group and drive to ElephantsWorld. Learn about this sanctuary for old and rescued elephants, who will spend their remaining years well cared for in a natural environment. Help care for the animals by feeding them, gathering food and bathing them. Around noon, enjoy a buffet lunch before heading out to see the major attractions of Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, which is part of the infamous Death Railway, built by prisoners during World War II. Continue your tour with a stop at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the final resting place of 6,982 allied prisoners who died during the construction of the railway.

From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

3. From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

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 Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum, research, and information center dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway built during World War II. See the past recreated and relived with pictures and artifacts. 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.

Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

4. Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

You’ll start your adventure with an early pickup before heading to the elephant sanctuary. ElephantsWorld is a conservation organization dedicated to helping these intelligent and proud creatures. Once there, you’ll listen to an introduction and safety briefing before preparing food for the elephants. Get down and dirty and give the elephants a mud bath before heading to the river to rinse them off. There will be some time to shower before you tuck in to a delicious buffet lunch. After helping yourself to delicious Thai dishes, feed the elephants the food you prepared earlier. At Erawan National Park, you’ll trek through the lush forests and caves before arriving at Erawan Waterfall. This famous seven-tiered beauty with its emerald pools is a great place to take a dip or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Bangkok Airports: Transfer Pattaya, Hua Hin, and More

5. Bangkok Airports: Transfer Pattaya, Hua Hin, and More

Travel between the Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport. Enjoy a private transfer in a comfortable van or car. Journey from the airport to major vacation destinations such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Koh Samet, Koh Chang or Laem Chabang. Avoid the inconvenience of navigating public transit with heavy bags. Instead, travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle straight to your desired destination. Once you arrive at the airport you’ll be greeted by a professional driver who will help you with your luggage. This service includes expressway fees, insurance, and free on-board bottled water.

From Bangkok: Death Railway & River Kwai Bridge Private Tour

6. From Bangkok: Death Railway & River Kwai Bridge Private Tour

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 of 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 travelling back to Bangkok.

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

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

Day 1: In the early morning betwwen 07:00 and 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.

From Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Kanchanaburi Province

8. From Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Kanchanaburi Province

Leave the busy city of Bangkok for a day to explore Kanchanaburi, a city full of beautiful nature and historical sites from the period of the Second World War. Enjoy a private tour with the flexibility to design your visit based on 3 itineraries. After a long day of sightseeing, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok at night. Program 1: Car Hire to Kanchanaburi City Sights Only With this program, visit the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the main cemetery for victims of Japanese imprisonment during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway, and the real Bridge on the River Kwai. Find out more about the infamous railway at the Death Railway Museum and JEATH War Museum. Program 2: Car Hire to Kanchanaburi City Sights & Erawan Waterfalls As well as the sights visited in program 1, this program also allows you to explore Erawan Waterfalls and spend some free time swimming in them. Program 3 - Car Hire to Kanchanaburi City Sights & Hellfire Pass As well as the sights visited in program 1, this program also takes you to the Hellfire Pass, a railway cutting on the former Burma Railway, also commonly called the Death Railway, in Thailand.

Bangkok: Kanchanaburi, 2-Days Glamping in Jungle & Erawan

9. Bangkok: Kanchanaburi, 2-Days Glamping in Jungle & Erawan

Day 1: The adventure begins Departing from Bangkok, we will travel a distance of 90 kilometers to our first stop. Discover the wonders of the famous railway market: We will see the exciting moment in which the vendors hurriedly pack up their stalls moments before the train passes. Enjoy a ride on a typical long tile boat through the floating market: We will take the typical long tile boat to go to the market along the canals (klongs in Thai) Explore the vibrant floating market: free time to walk through the narrow streets, taste the typical products, browse the surroundings and enjoy at your leisure from this fantastic place. Visit the bridge over the River Kwai: From the hand of our guide we will learn about the interesting historical events that took place in this territory. We will have time for photos and videos. Take a great lunch in a traditional restaurant in Kanchanaburi: We will taste authentic and delicious Thai cuisine in a cozy riverside restaurant. Sleep in the jungle of Kanchanaburi. Glamping experience. Upon arrival at our jungle lodge, you will be welcomed to your luxury glamping camp. Imagine staying in a spacious tent equipped with a comfortable bed, electricity, running water, a cozy seating area and a private bathroom. The stores are beautifully decorated, providing a serene and calm atmosphere, a unique experience that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Nestled in the heart of the Kanchanaburi jungle, surrounded by towering trees and the tranquil sounds of nature, in the morning, you will wake up to the melodious chirping of birds and the rustling of leaves in the breeze. When you step out of your tent, you'll be greeted by stunning views of lush greenery stretching as far as the eye can see. Enjoy a delicious typical Thai barbecue: Experience a Feast of Flavors One of the highlights of glamping in Kanchanaburi is the exciting barbecue dinner experience. Delight your palate with a wide variety of exquisite grilled products prepared by local Thai experts in local cuisine. From tasty meats to delicious local vegetables. Day 2 Discover the beauty of the waterfalls in Erawan National Park After the wonder breakfast served in a natural and beauty enviroment, get ready to be mesmerized by the beautiful Erawan Falls, a series of impressive waterfalls nestled in the jungle. Take a refreshing dip in the emerald green pools, walk along lush trails and marvel at the crystal clear water flowing through the limestone formations. It is the perfect place for nature lovers and adventurers. Visit Asitique, a bustling and iconic Bangkok night market, and embark on a Chao Phraya River cruise, buffet dinner, and open bar of Thai beer and soft drinks. End up at Samsen Street Hotel.

2-Day River Kwai Highlights & Jungle Rafts Floating Hotel

10. 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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The activities were fantastic! It was an excellent tour and we loved every second of it! Our guide was called Jimmy and he was great and we would definitely recommend. He kept us moving so we were able to see lots! He even took us to a Japanese Bargain Shop and to an outdoor hot spring in the morning which really helped to wake us up! The waterfall was beautiful and the hotel was so worth the money for the location and facilities!

Really enjoyed the experience. Gogo, the guide at Elephant World was brilliant. He took a lot of photos for us. Mud bath experience was the best part. Big highlight of our Thailand trip.

Very interesting trip, you can really learn a lot. Highly recommended for people who are interested in history. Of course a lot of great spots for pictures, tasty lunch. Water provided.

Wat was so lovely. He made sure that we had the best day

Everything was the best. Once in a lifetime experience.