RV River Kwai Cruise - Upstream

3 Nights

Bangkok

The RV River Kwai, the first inland cruise ship in Thailand, is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920s was the largest privately-owned fleet of ships in the world.

The RV River Kwai opens up an entirely new area for river tourism in Kanchanaburi. Every morning and afternoon, land excursions are offered to visit attractions along the river including temples, historic sites, Khmer ruins, waterfalls, war cemeteries, hot springs, the bridge on the River Kwai, local attractions and more.

From £848pp
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Highlights

- Visit the only two Chinese temples in the whole of Kanchanaburi, Khao Noi Cave Temple and Tiger Cave Temple
- Have a look at JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of a prisoner of War camp
- Visit Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway which is cut through the stone mountain
- Board a 3rd class train passing over the wooden viaduct
- Experience a Thai tradition of alms giving to monks

  • Day 1 - Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Ban Kao
  • Day 2 - Ban Kao - Sai Yok
  • Day 3 - Sai Yok - Sai Yok Yai - Ban Hin Dad
  • Day 4 - Ban Hin Dad - Kanchanaburi - Bangkok
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Approx. 06.00-07.00hrs, pick up from your hotel in Bangkok city and transfer by airconditioned minivan/coach to Kanchanaburi with a stop at Phra Pathom Chedi, which means “Holy chedi of the beginning” is regarded the oldest Buddhist structure in Thailand. Visit the Khao Noi Cave Temple is only two Chinese temples in all Kanchanaburi, was built in 1881 and the Tiger Cave Temple (“Wat Thaem Suea” as it is locally known) is another amazing part of your River Kwai cruise, was discovered in 1975 by a Vipassan monk named Jumnean Seelasettho, who was looking for a place to meditate. The legend goes that as he was meditating he witnessed tigers roaming around inside the cave thus leading to the name. Continue onto JEATH War Museum; a realistic depiction of a prisoner of war (POW) camp with bamboo huts, and Wat Tham Khaopoona; a Buddhist temple which served as a big camp of World War II. There is a middle cave containing stalactites and stalagmites and many remarkable Buddha images. Behind the temple enjoy a marvelous view down the valley of the Kwai Noi River. Embark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock and Lunch on board while cruising on Kwai Noi River. Your afternoon is at leisure before returning to the boat and cruising upriver to Wang Pla Moo Bridge.

Meals Included: Lunch and dinner

RV River Kwai

The RV River Kwai, the first inland cruise ship in Thailand is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920's, was the largest privately-owned fleet of ships in the world.It is the perfect way to see parts of Thailand that are otherwise inaccessible and operates on a 4 days/3 nights year-round program every Monday-Thursday and Thursday-Sunday on alternating Upstream and Downstream programs.

Enjoy your wonderful morning and breakfast on board while cruising upriver on the Kwai Noi River to Muang Singh. Visit Prasat Muang Singh, Visit "Prasat Muang Singh", historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago. The extensive ruins of the temple beside the River Kwai Noi are a potent reminder of the vast expanse of the Khmer empire. The ancient border town of Muang Singh, "City of the Lions", was probably established as a trading post. Continue by road to Tha Kilen Train Station for boarding the 3rd class train, passing over the long wooden viaduct. Stop at Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point. Continue by coach and short stop at Sai Yok Village located right on the river bank, upriver from Wang Pho Bridge. Lunch on board with leisure time.

Optional:
Afternoon - Enjoy one-hour Thai traditional massage
Evening - Enjoy 45 minutes Mon dances performance

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

RV River Kwai

The RV River Kwai, the first inland cruise ship in Thailand is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920's, was the largest privately-owned fleet of ships in the world.It is the perfect way to see parts of Thailand that are otherwise inaccessible and operates on a 4 days/3 nights year-round program every Monday-Thursday and Thursday-Sunday on alternating Upstream and Downstream programs.

After breakfast, walk uphill to visit Kaeng Lava Cave. From the landing a short trail leads to the cave which boasts admirable stone draperies and concretions in large chambers. The stalactites and stalagmites are a spectacular creation by nature. Cruise upriver to Ban Haad Ngiu and continue by coach to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the stone mountain. Trails lead to Hin Tok Bridge and Konyu Cutting where a plaque commemorates the ordeal of Australian and British POW's who undertook the hazardous work in precarious conditions at the aptly named pass. The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) is intended to honor the Allied Prisoners of War and conscripted people from India, Burma, Malaysia and other countries who died during construction of the railway, as well as all who suffered as a consequence of the hardships. Rejoin the boat at Kaeng Pa Lorm. Lunch on board while cruising upriver, passing Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls Afternoon at leisure on the boat. Visit a boarding school built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children nearby the bank.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

RV River Kwai

The RV River Kwai, the first inland cruise ship in Thailand is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920's, was the largest privately-owned fleet of ships in the world.It is the perfect way to see parts of Thailand that are otherwise inaccessible and operates on a 4 days/3 nights year-round program every Monday-Thursday and Thursday-Sunday on alternating Upstream and Downstream programs.

Early morning experience the Thai traditional of alms ‘Tak Bat’, means giving alms to monks. It’s a way for Thai people to give back by offering food to Buddhist monks who help teach others to be good and virtuous. Breakfast on board, disembark and return to Kanchanaburi by coach. On the way, visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum, an interactive museum which provides a remarkable research and alms information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway. Also visit to the Donrak War Cemetery which contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway”. Continue to the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai. The sturdy Iron Bridge spanning the River Kwai Yai, which was a crucial part of the Death Railway, was built in some 16 months by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts. The bridge was destroyed in Allied bombing raids towards the end of World War II and was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations. Lunch at River Kwai local restaurant, next to the bridge. Proceed to Bangkok, arrive around 18.00hrs and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok City.

Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch

Notes:
- Departs every Monday
- Times given are for reference and can be altered according to your personal requirements. However, while every effort is made to personalise itineraries, departure/pick up times are subject to change due to external factors
- No triple rooms or extra beds available
- Whilst the crew do everything in their power to facilitate landings, access to the ship at certain river stations can be difficult, with steep and sometimes slippery riverbanks. Elderly clients should consult their doctor to ensure that they are fit for travel. Wheelchairs are not allowed.
- In the case of water levels being too high or low of defects to the vessel beyond the control of the shipping line, an alternative itinerary will be offered to passengers after consultation between the ship's captain and Cruise management, subject to accommodation and meals being maintained on board the vessel unless by prior agreement with the Charterer.

Services included:
- Pick up and drop off at major hotels in the central area of Bangkok
- Accommodation in air-conditioned cabin on RV River Kwai
- Meals as specified (coffee, tea and drinking water)
- Admission/Entrance fees at visiting points as mentioned in the program
- Services of qualified crews during the cruise
- English speaking local tour guide and staff
- VAT and services charge

Services not included:
- Accommmodation in Bangkok
- Meals other than specified as included
- Drinks or personal expenses or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities
- Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant and boat staff etc.