River Kwai 2 Days Tour
Travel by bus to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and take a boat to the center of the market. Then continue to Kanchanaburi, the province of River Kwai. First visit the world famous bridge over River Kwai. Then continue to The Well Kept Cemeteries containing the graves of an estimated 9,000 allied soldiers who lost their lives while constructing the bridge and The Death Railway and then visit JEATH War Museum.
A beautiful lunch will be served at the floating restaurant beside River Kwai. After lunch we will take you to the River Kwai Resotel.
The next day, the adventure continues, first we will visit Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, where you can relax and see a part of The Death Railway. Then continue to make an elephant trip through the jungle. After that we drive to the railway station to take a train along the Death
• Accommodation with Dinner and Breakfast at River Kwai Resotel
• 2 Lunches & Refreshments
• Enterance Fees
• Elephant Rididng
• Train Ticket
• Travel Insurance
• English Speaking Guide
Kanchanaburi is one of the most beautiful provinces in Thailand with its waterfalls, jungles and hills. Kanchanaburi became world famous because of the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” and if you are interested in history or the beautiful countryside, this province definitely worth a visit.
Kanchanaburi is a few hours drive from Bangkok, located where the two rivers Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai meet and get to Mae Klong River. Kanchanburi is because of its many attractions, not least the bridge over the River Kwai, has become a popular destination for both tourists and Thais from Bangkok. Kanchanaburi offers a host of activities such as elephant riding, trekking tours in the beautiful scenery and the opportunity to live on a raft in the middle of the river.
On weekends there will be many Thais from Bangkok and Kanchanaburi suddenly becomes transformed into a big party with floating discos and karaoke boats, something that can only happen in a country like Thailand is full of contrasts.
But it is Kanchanaburi’s main attraction is probably the historical memory brands, temple caves and of course the bridge over the River Kwai and the railway which was part of the Second World War saddest chapters.
Attractions in Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi offers stunning scenery as well as a large number of sites and you should therefore devote a few days if you want to see it all. If you are interested in WW2 Kanchanaburi is a true treasure trove, but the area has so much to offer that everyone will find something of interest. We have compiled a list of the top attractions in Kanchanaburi.
1: The Bridge on the River Kwai
The famous bridge is located on the banks of the Kwai Yai River. It was brought from Java by the Japanese army and was joined by the River Kwai prisoners of war from Japan, England, Australia, USA, Thailand and Holland (JEATH) in 1942-43. Over half of these POWs (prisoners of war) died during the construction of the railway and bridge p.gr.a. the inhumane conditions they were offered. It is estimated that 16,000 POWs and 49,000 forced laborers died during this period. The Bridge on the River Kwai was bombed in 1945 and has since been rebuilt, with many of the original materials.
2: Kanchanaburi’s war cemetery
The cemetery is home to almost 7000 of the POWs who died during the Japanese rough treatment during the construction of the “Death Railway.” The railway was built as an alternative to the sea route to Yangon via Singapore, which at the time was subjected to massive attack by the Allies ships and submarines but instead ended up being the last escape route for many Japanese, as the fortunes of war turned.
3: JEATH War Museum
Museum in Kanchanaburi is a reconstrueret POW hut. Here you can see how the prisoners lived in small, squalid bamboo beds and the walls are covered with prisoners’ pictures, letters and original photographs from the period.
4: Ban Kao National Museum
If you are interested in ancient history, this museum built near the Neolithic burial site, an exciting attraction in Kanchanaburi. Here one can see mummies from Neolit time, tools, utensils and other items from the period.
5: Tham Khao Pan
This is a large cave in Kanchanaburi, ca. one kilometer from the war cemetery, where you can see many beautiful Buddha statues and images. The cave is also famous for its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
6: Wat Tham Mangkon Tong
This temple in Kanchanaburi is famous for its “floating nun” and is located in a cave high up, which can be reached by climbing a flight of stairs, where the sides are decorated with dragons.
7: Hellfire Passage
was part of the Death Railway and gives a frightening glimpse of what POW’erne went through to build the railway in Kanchanaburi. The Thai-Australian Chamber of Commerce has built a memorial to the 1,000 prisoners of war for 12 weeks struggled to open the mountain pass case. Over 70% died. A museum and walking is has been built to commemorate the fallen life and work.
8: Sai Yok and Sai Yok Noi Waterfalls
These waterfalls have been immortalized in a famous Thai song and celebrated for their beauty. The area around the waterfall in Kanchanaburi is known to be among the most beautiful in Thailand with jungles, rivers, forests and caves, perfect for trekking. Forget your bathing suit.
9: The Three Pagodas
This place some distance from Kanchanaburi, marks the border between Thailand and Myanmar, and was built as a memorial to a battle that took place in the area. Close to the border live a small tribe Mon people, and there is here a market with local souvenirs and handicrafts that are interesting to visit.
10: Kanchanaburi festival
Every year in late November and early December, held Kanchanaburi Festival, where every night commemorate the Allied attack on the bridge with great sound and light show. You have to book well in advance if you want to visit Kanchanaburi during this period, as it is a very popular festival for both tourists and Thais.
Kanchanaburi is worth a visit all year round and you can read there are lots of exciting adventures and educational excursions in store if you visit this beautiful area. Another fun experience is to hire a riverboat and stay on it for a day or two, the middle of the River Kwai. If you prefer a normal hotel, this can also easily be done in Kanchanaburi and then you’ve close to all the attractions in Kanchanaburi.