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Summary

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Kanchanaburi
  • 1 Night Ayutthaya

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Activity adventure | Escorted tour | History & culture | Natural world

This four-day tour starts in Bangkok from where you'll head to Kanchanaburi via the Rom-Hoop Railway market, one of Thailand's most fascinating and unique local markets. Once in Kanchanaburi, spend two full days exploring the region's stunning jungle scenery and the famous bridge over the River Kwai.

The final full day of the tour takes you to the ruins of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam and the chance to explore the former Royal Palace along with some of Thailand's most ornate temples before returning to Bangkok.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Railway market & the River Kwai

Depart Bangkok in the morning with your guide and head to the Rom-Hoop railway market, a unique and fascinating experience where a train passes slowly through market stalls, precariously positioned on either side of the tracks.

After some time spent at the market, continue on to Kanchanaburi where you'll spend the rest of the day visiting the famous bridge over the River Kwai, built by POW's during World War II as part of what became known as the Death Railway. Visit the JEATH museum (Japan, England, America/Australia, Thailand and Holland), where the turbulent history of the region is depicted through a series of photographs and artefacts.

In the evening transfer by long-tail boat to River Kwai Jungle Raft, where you'll spend the night.

Stay: River Kwai Jungle Raft (L,D)

Day 2
Erawan Waterfalls & Hintok River Camp

This morning you'll journey by river and road to Erawan Waterfalls and National Park, a scenically stunning region covering 550 square kilometres of untouched jungle. The seven-tiered Erawan Waterfall is one of Thailand's most picturesque and is a great spot for swimming. After lunch, transfer to your river camp for check in before taking a walking tour along the Trails of Death Railway from Hell Fire Pass to Hintok station. Later on, climb aboard a mountain bike for a gentle ride out to a local village before returning to the camp for dinner.

Stay: Hintok River Camp (B,L,D)

Day 3
Ayutthaya

Early in the morning, ride a bike or walk to a local temple across a hanging bridge for an alms ceremony, a presentation of food to the resident monks, before returning to the camp for breakfast. You'll then leave Kanchanaburi and head to Ayutthaya the former capital of Siam between 1350 and 1767 and home to ornate temples, monument and the eighteenth-century former Royal Palace, situated among beautiful grounds and parkland in the picturesque Chao Phraya river valley. After a full day exploring Ayutthaya, check into your hotel for the final night of the tour.

Stay: Krungsri River Hotel, Ayutthaya (B,L,D)

Day 4
Bangkok

After a leisurely breakfast, depart Ayutthaya and return to Bangkok, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

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