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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. 

Kanchanaburi: Erawan Waterfall & Train Full-Day Tour

2. 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.

From Kanchanaburi: Elephants World Sanctuary Visit

3. 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.

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.

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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4.3 / 5

based on 248 reviews

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.

Thanks to our sympathetic guide Nuch we had a very informative and exciting day. She adapts the program to your personal taste and gives you all the time you need. Our day consisted of visiting the war victim cemetery in Kanchanaburi, the two bridges where the POW and local labourers worked on, and Hell Fire Pass. It is a real convenience that you are picked up from the lobby of your own hotel and that you are returned there in the evening. Nuch is very helpful and flexible. Thanks to Nuch we had a nice meal at a local eatery. The friendly driver maneuvered us safely through the traffic.

We had a great tour with our guide TicTac and our driver Mr. Jo. If you want to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, this is the place for you. On request, we were even picked up from the hotel outside of the specified radius. The drive took a long time, but it was totally worth it. Definitely climb up to the 7th level, there are fewer tourists here and the water is wonderfully cool. Thank you for the great day!

Nicky has been very attentive at all times. He explained everything to us in great detail and was very kind. He took very good pictures of us.

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