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Erawan National Park + Kanchanaburi 14-Hour Small Group Tour

1. Erawan National Park + Kanchanaburi 14-Hour Small Group Tour

History lovers visiting Thailand will value this opportunity to tour the region of Kanchanaburi in West Thailand. During this memorable day trip from Bangkok, you’ll visit the Death Railway which was put on the map by the 1957 movie, Bridge Over the River Kwai. You’ll begin the day by getting immersed in Thailand’s rich bounty at one of the country’s best-loved national parks, Erawan National Park. Walking trails, running water, and undisturbed wildlife characterize this peaceful area. Erawan Waterfall has seven tiers and a set of limestone caves at its base: you'll forget all about the busy streets of Bangkok. This natural paradise is the perfect place to breathe in the fresh country air. Continue to 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. JEATH is an acronym for the main nationalities involved in the building of the railway: Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai and Dutch. Finally, you’ll visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai. You’ll get the chance to walk over the bridge, soak up the impressive scenery, and take a moment to remember the past, before returning to your accommodations/meeting point at approximately 8:00 PM.

From Kanchanaburi: Elephants World Sanctuary Visit

2. From Kanchanaburi: Elephants World Sanctuary Visit

Elephant World is a self-supporting environmental conservation organization that cares for domestic elephants, situated just outside the town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Elephant World cares for the daily needs of over 30 elephants and staff by offering eco-travelers the experience of an up-close and personal encounter with these wonderful creatures. Choose from either a 1-day program or an overnight stay which includes accommodation in a traditional Thai-style cottage by the river and the mountains.  1-Day Experience The 1-day experience starts with pick up from your hotel or guesthouse in Kanchanaburi at 9 AM. Arrive at Elephant World, where you'll meet and feed the friendly elephants up close. Then observe the elephants bathing on a huge river. Have the opportunity to clean fruits and vegetables and prepare and cook sticky rice balls for your new friends. After lunch, gather plants and vegetables for elephants at the sanctuary's farm then plant banana trees and sugarcane. Feed sticky rice balls to the old elephants and take the elephants to the river for a bath where you can scrub them clean before feeding them with the fruits you prepared. The day program ends at 4 PM when you will head back to your hotel. Overnight Experience The overnight experience is the same but includes overnight accommodation in a traditional Thai-style cottage, equipped with a bathroom and hot shower, mosquito nets, and a comfortable terrace for relaxing. In the wet season, the elephants sleep and eat in the forest. Staying overnight will allow you to walk the elephants out into the forest at the end of the day with the mahouts. The next day, wake early up to the sounds of the wildlife. Bring the elephants back in from the forest before the day's activities begin. In the dry season, take a walk with the elephants in the morning. Choose to hike to the top of a mountain (for an extra fee of 100 THB) and enjoy the view or observe the beautiful birds next to the river. After that, return for a tasty Thai lunch and check out. Finally, enjoy a fun afternoon with the elephants and help them take a bath. Then, enjoy rafting down the River Kwai with life jackets provided. Relax and admire at the peaceful atmosphere of the surroundings as you float back to Elephant World. Finish the program at around 3 PM and return to your hotel in Kanchanaburi.

Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Private Tour

3. Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Private Tour

This full-day private tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a 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.

Kanchanaburi: Erawan Waterfall & Train Full-Day Tour

4. 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, 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.

Bangkok: Kanchanaburi & Erawan Waterfalls Spanish Tour

6. 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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What people are saying about Kanchanaburi

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 248 reviews

It was a perfect trip my guide Mr phayungsin 'Sam' was just wonderful friendly and helpful and very knowable about the bridge and it history he answered all my questions and even thought me things I never even knew the driver MrDenchai was professional and certious and made me feel safe and comfortable sitting in the back of the car , throughly recommended this trip if you have a liking for history especially ww2 and the bridge very y good value for money and lunch was delicious with stunning views of the river and rail way very happy with my day trip

Very kind and helpful tour guide, went out of his way to help with everything. Great driver and was on time. They were both very kind despite the fact that I misunderstood my pickup time. The trip was great, the waterfall is extremely beautiful (level 3), definitely do not miss out on taking a bathing suit. The history of the Death bridge was quite interesting to learn about as well.

Our guide Nancy was friendly and considerate. She gave us plenty time at the Falls when we said we wanted to swim. She knew where the clean restrooms are and planned the breaks before it’s too late, e.g. just before we enter Bangkok because you never know the traffic situation. The driver was steady and gave us a smooth ride.

The tour was very rich of content related to Kanchanaburi. A great mix of history and nature. Golf, our guide was always open to amend the route a bit in case we wanted to see sth specific & he was always open to answer questions.

Harry was a wonderful guide! We had a great tour - he was very helpful, informative, and fun :)