4-Day RV River Kwai Cruise

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 carries a maximum of 20 passengers in 10 teakwood cabins (single deck) and operates on a 4 days/3 nights year round program every Monday-Thursday.
Itinerary

Day 1: BANGKOK-KANCHANABURI-BAN KAO

Stop At: Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, T.Phra Pathom Chedi, Amphoe Mueang, Nakhon Pathom 73000 Thailand
Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Wat Tham Khao Noi, 99/9 Nong Sakae Soi 2 Tambon Wang Sala, Tha Muang 71110 Thailand
Visit to Khao Noi Cave Temple (Wat Tham Khao Noi) located on the west bank of the river. The monastery was constructed on a hill, decorated in the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art. From the top of the monastery observe the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi and its mountainous horizon.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Wat Tham Sua, Tha Muang 71110 Thailand
We visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) nearby, built in the form of Thai cultural art. The great Buddha image and pagoda placed in the temple are respected by all Buddhists.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: DEATH War Museum, Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
We continue to Kanchanaburi and visit to JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of a prisoner of war (POW) camp with bamboo huts which give an inkling of the grim living conditions and atrocities endured. On display are tools, bombs, photographs, original sketches, testimonies, pictorials and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.

and then visit to Wat Tham Khaopoon, 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.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: River Kwai, Kanchanaburi Thailand
Embark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock. Lunch on board while cruising on Kwai Noi River.

Afternoon at leisure!

Meals included:
• Lunch: Lunch on board while cruising on Kwai Noi River.
• Dinner: Dinner on board, near Ban Kao.
Accommodation included: Overnight on board, near Ban Kao.

Day 2: BAN KAO-SAI YOK

Stop At: Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park, Kanchanaburi 71150 Thailand
We 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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tham Kra Sae Bridge, Lum Sum 71150 Thailand
We take a 3rd class train to Saphan Tham Krasae passing over the long wooden viaduct.

Arrive at Saphan Tham Krasae and visit to Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point. The cavern houses a Buddha image.

Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch: Lunch on board while cruising upriver.
• Breakfast: Breakfast on board while cruising upriver on the Kwai Noi River to Muang Singh
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight on board near the Resotel

Day 3: SAI YOK – SAI YOK YAI – BAN HIN DAD

Stop At: Kaeng Lawa Cave, Kanchanaburi Thailand
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.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre, Tha Sao, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand
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.

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, 71150 Thailand
Lunch on board while cruising upriver, passing Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on board
• Lunch: Lunch on board
• Dinner: Dinner on board
Accommodation included: overnight on board.

Day 4: BAN HIN DAD-KANCHANABURI-BANGKOK

Stop At: The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, 73 Jaokannun Road BanNua, Amphoe Muang, Kanchanaburi 71000 Thailand
We visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum, an interactive museum which provides a remarkable research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, 284/66 Sangchuto Rd, Kanchanaburi 71000 Thailand
We 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”.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bridge Over the River Kwai, Tha Makham, Kanchanaburi 71000 Thailand
We 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.

Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on board
• Lunch: Lunch at River Kwai Restaurant, next to the bridge.

No accommodation included on this day.

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