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Bridge Over the River Kwai

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From Bangkok: Erawan National Park & Kanchanaburi Group Tour

1. From Bangkok: Erawan National Park & Kanchanaburi 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 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.  Continue to 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.  Finally, visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai. 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 at approximately at night. 

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

2. 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.

Kanchanaburi: Erawan Waterfall & Train Full-Day Tour

3. Kanchanaburi: Erawan Waterfall & Train Full-Day Tour

You’ll start bright and early and head to Srinakarin Lake, built as a result of the Srinakarin Dam on the Kwai Yai River. The peaceful lake offers fantastic views of the reservoir and the surrounding mountains and forests. Admire the lakeside views and get your photos in before heading to your next destination.  Erawan National Park is named after the three-headed white elephant in Hindu mythology. The park is most famous for housing the Erawan Waterfall, a cascade that tumbles down seven tiers – said to resemble the god Erawan. Take a quick dip in the emerald green pools, scout the nearby caves, and take in the lush surrounding forest of the park before digging in to a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. Up next is the infamous Siam-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway. Ccatch a train and chug past stunning views of the Tham Krasae Bridge and River Kwai. You’ll end the day with a stop at the Bridge On The River Kwai, where you’ll learn about its cultural and historical significance while admiring fantastic views.

Bangkok: Kanchanaburi and Erawan Waterfall Private Tour

4. 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.

Bangkok: Kanchanaburi, River Kwai & Death Railway Tour

5. Bangkok: Kanchanaburi, River Kwai & Death Railway Tour

Make the most of your day of adventure and start early with a smooth pickup from Bangkok. Catch up on sleep in the comfy air-conditioned van on the way to your first stop, the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Walk along the perfectly kept grounds as you honor the fallen soldiers and prisoners of war and civilians who died while working on the infamous Death Railway (Siam-Burma Railway) under the Japanese Empire. Head to the JEATH Museum, built to commemorate those who lost their lives while working on the railway during World War II. The JEATH War Museum was named after the nationalities of those that worked on the railway: Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai, and Hollander. Examine exhibits from the war such as weapons, tools, uniforms, medals, and replicas of the living conditions the prisoners of war lived in. Make a quick stop at the Bridge over the River Kwai, where you’ll experience the subject of your earlier history lessons. At Tham Krasae Station, a picturesque railway section that snakes around a cliff, admire the views, see the trains pass by, and fill up on some tasty lunch. Enjoy a quick coffee break before stopping at Wat Tham Suea, otherwise known as the Tiger Cave Temple. Don’t miss the tiger paw prints on its cave walls and the large, gleaming, 18-meter-tall Buddha statue at the top. Make the steep hike and be rewarded with a close-up view of the statue as well as the impressive scenery of the surrounding landscape. After exploring and taking photos at Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple), begin your journey back to Bangkok, with some of Thailand’s unforgettable history engraved in your mind.

From Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Kanchanaburi Province

6. 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.

3-Day River Kwai, Floating Market and Erawan Waterfalls

7. 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.

Kanchanaburi: Sightseeing Tour with Amphawa Market

8. 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.

Bangkok: Kanchanaburi & Erawan Waterfalls Spanish Tour

9. Bangkok: Kanchanaburi & Erawan Waterfalls Spanish Tour

Discover Kanchanaburia and hear the WW2 stories behind this historical place, explore the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, and walk through the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls National Park on a private tour led by a Spanish-speaking guide. Get picked up from your hotel lobby by your knowledgeable Spanish-speaking guide and make your way to Kanchanaburi in a comfortable air-conditioned van.  Hear more about Thailand and its history on your way to visit the background sites from WW2. Your first stop will be the War Cemetery and Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. Learn how this cemetery contains the remains of 6,982 allies prisoners of war who perished during the construction of "The Dead Railway". Next, visit the landmark of Kanchanaburi, the Bridge of the River Kwai, where you can admire the views of the picturesque river. This is " Death Railway Train", created by Japanese soldiers during World War 2. Afterward, eat lunch at a local restaurant. Lastly, head over to the Erawan Waterfalls National Park where you can enjoy walking trails, running water, and undisturbed wildlife characterizes this peaceful area. Forget all about the busy streets of Bangkok for a while. This natural paradise is the perfect place to breathe in the fresh country air and enjoy the sound of nature. You will depart from Erawan Waterfalls around 3.15 pm and head back to Bangkok. You will be dropped off at your hotel around 18:00 - 19:00.

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My tour guide was Tick Tack and my driver was Eddie. I can not be more grateful to both, without a doubt they make an excellent team. Tick Tack was in charge of keeping us all entertained for more than 3 hours on the road and making a stop to use the bathroom in which he helped me choose my breakfast, explaining every detail of the available meals. Tick Tack undoubtedly loves and enjoys his work. His English is excellent, in fact one of the best I've heard on all my tours. It allowed us to enjoy almost 3 hours of the Waterfalls without rushing us, he also gave us our space and the rest was taken care of by the Erawan Waterfalls, it is a magical place that will leave everyone who visit it breathless when they see the wonders of this splendid place. This has been the best tour in all my week in Bangkok. Thanks Tick Tack, Eddie and Trip Guru for providing such an excellent service to all of us.

We had a fully packed day to Kanchanaburi with a super friendly and helpful driver. We visited the Cemetery (including. Museum), the bridge, the cave and the Hellfire pass. Our driver was super patient and let us explore at our own pace. It was a long long drive and even longer day but it was worth it. Unfortunately we were stuck in many traffic jams but that is beyond everyone's control. We highly recommend this.

It was a great tour - and I would recommend taking 3 days tour, to extend this amazing experience. We had a great guide with personal touch who really cares to make it a memorable experience . The jungle rafts hotel is really cool - just be prepared for no internet, and electricity - unplug and enjoy the nature. We highly recommend this tour.

It was so fun with Mr Run….. he speaks good English and has a good sense of humor … pretty long drive tho

The guide Mook wa really good, You have to go is a good experience