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RV River Kwai Cruise 4 days

Bangkok, Thailand
4 Days
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$1065.00

RV River Kwai Cruise 4 days

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RV River Kwai Cruise 4 days

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. RV River Kwai cruising on the River Kwai. It’s the perfect way to see parts of Thailand that are otherwise inaccessible. Plenty of comfort and a “cruisy” schedule too

RV River Kwai Cruise 4 days by Pandaw Cruises

Destinations: Bangkok Kanchanaburi Sai Yok

The new option during the RV River Kwai is “RV River Kwai Elephant Driving Licence”. Lecture of basic information on elephants will be given on the cruise followed by exam, then proceed to Elephant Camp to study how to sit, ride, feed and take care of elephant. Feel the spirit and become an Asian Trails Mahout!

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
  • Visit “Prasat Muang Singh”, historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago.
  • 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.

Detail Itinerary

1. Upstream

Day 1 Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Ban Kao

06:00 Depart from Bangkok by van / coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom.

09:00 Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.

10:30 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.

Also 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.

11:30 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.

12:30 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.

13:30 Embark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock. Lunch on board while cruising on Kwai Noi River.

Afternoon at leisure!

(Optional: RV River Kwai Elephant Driving Licence – Extra: Baht 1,900.- per person)

18:00 Basic information on elephants

18:00-18:30 Lecture part 1

18:30-18:40 Coffee break

18:40-19:00 Lecture part 2

19:30 Dinner and overnight on board, near Ban Kao.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: RV River Kawai Cruise

Day 2 Ban Kao – Sai Yok

Breakfast on board while cruising upriver on the Kwai Noi River to Muang Singh.

09:00-09:30: Exam on theory

10:00: 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.

11:00: Continue by coach to Tha Kilen Train Station.

11:47: Take a 3rd class train to Saphan Tham Krasae passing over the long wooden viaduct.

12:02: 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.

12:30: Continue by coach and short stop at Sai Yok Elephant Village located right on the river bank, upriver from Wang Pho Bridge.

(Optional: Enjoy half an hour elephant riding through the jungle and along the Kwai Noi River – Extra: Baht 300.- per person)

Training and practical exam for Elephant Driving Licence

14:00: Lunch on board while cruising upriver.

Afternoon at leisure on the boat.

(Optional: Enjoy one hour Thai traditional massage – Extra: Baht 500.- per person)

19:30: Dinner and overnight on board near the Resotel.

(Optional: Enjoy 45 minutes Mon dances performance – Extra: Baht 180.- per person)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: RV River Kawai Cruise

Day 3 Sai Yok – Sai Yok Yai – Ban Hin Dad

Breakfast on board.

09:00: 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.

10:30: 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.

13:30: Lunch on board while cruising upriver, passing Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls.

Afternoon at leisure on the boat.

15:30: Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children.

16:30: Back to boat and cruising upriver.

19:00: “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board at Daowadueng Bridge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: RV River Kawai Cruise

Day 4 Ban Hin Dad – Kanchanaburi – Bangkok

07:00: Offering foods to monks (making merit in Buddhist style) at nearby temple.

08:30: Breakfast on board.

10:00: Disembark and return to Kanchanaburi by coach. 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. 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.

13:00: Lunch at River Kwai Restaurant, next to the bridge.

14:00: Proceed to Bangkok.

18:00: Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok downtown.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: NA

Day 1 Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Thong Pha Phum – Ban Hin Dad

06:00: Depart from Bangkok by coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom.

09:00: Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.

10:30: 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.

Also 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.

11:30: Continue to Kanchanaburi.

12:30: Lunch at Sommai Restaurant.

13:30: Proceed 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.

16:00: Embark RV River Kwai at Daowadung Bridge and cruise downstream on Kwai Noi River.

19:30: Dinner and overnight on board at Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: RV River Kawai Cruise

Day 2 Ban Hin Dad – Sai Yok Yai – Sai Yok

Breakfast on board while cruising downriver.

08:30: Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children.

09:45: Continue by coach to visit Hin Dad Hot Spring, formerly called Kui Mang. It was accidentally discovered by Japanese soldiers who were supervising the construction of the Death Railway. The natural hot spring features two large pools and private baths. The mineral in the spring is believed to cure many diseases, e.g. beriberi (lack of vitamin B), arthritis, etc.

10:30: Visit to Pha Tad Waterfall located in the western zone of Si Nakharin Dam National Park. It originates from a small stream called Huai Kui Mang. Pha Tad is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kanchanaburi Province and flows into the Kwai Noi River.

11:30: Board RV River Kwai at Kaeng Pa Lorm.

(Optional: RV River Kwai Elephant Driving Licence – Extra: Baht 1900.- per person)

12:00: Basic information on elephants

12:00-12:30: Lecture part 1

12:30-12:4: Coffee break

12:40-13:00: Lecture part 2

13:30: Lunch on board while cruising downriver to the Floatel Jungle Raft.

15:00: River rafting or canoeing downstream on Kwai Noi River. If time allows, visit nearby Mon Village.

19:30: Dinner and overnight on board near the Resotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: RV River Kawai Cruise

Day 3 Sai Yok – Ban Kao

Breakfast on board while cruising downriver.

09:00-09:30: Exam on theory

10:15: Short visit at Sai Yok Elephant village located right on the river bank.

(Optional: Enjoy half an hour elephant riding through the jungle and along the River Kwai Noi – Extra: Baht 300.- per person)

Training and practical exam for Elephant Driving Licence

11:45: Lunch on board while cruising downriver to Wang Pho Bridge.

13:00: Board the coach to visit the Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point. The cavern houses a Buddha image.

13:36: Take a 3rd class train to Tha Kilen Train Station passing over the long wooden viaduct.

13:51: Arrive Tha Kilen and continue by coach to “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.

15:00: Return to the RV River Kwai at Prasat Muang Singh and cruise downstream.

Afternoon at leisure on the boat.

19:00: “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board, near Ban Kao.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: RV River Kawai Cruise

Day 4 Ban Kao – Kanchanaburi – Bangkok

08:00: Breakfast on board while cruising downstream to Wat Tham Khaopoon.

09:00: 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.

09:30: Continue by coach to Kanchanaburi to visit 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. Continue to 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.

Finally, 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”.

12:30: Rejoin RV River Kwai at Saphan Mai and lunch on board while cruising towards Nong Ya dock.

15:00: Disembark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock and return to Bangkok by coach.

18:00: Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok downtown.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: NA

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • Kindly provide us passport information (Full name, sex, Nationality, passport number, date of birth, validity of visa) at least 01 week before cruise date.

Cancellation by Customer

  • More than 60 days prior to departure: 10% of total rate.
  • Between 60 and 31 days prior to departure: 20% of total rate.
  • Between 30 and 21 days prior to departure: 50% of total rate.
  • 20 days to departure day and no show: 100% of total rate.

Children Price & Extra Bed

  • Children of 4 years and older must solely occupy a berth and pay the full rate (same as adults).
  • Infants below the age of 4 years may sleep in their parent’s cabin without extra charge but parents are to provide own baby food.
  • NO triple rooms or extra beds are available.

Shuttle Bus

Pick up & Drop off at Meeting point.

Check-in

12:30 PM

Check-out

10:00 AM

Guide

English Speaking Guide on board.

General

  • 24-hour Security
  • Boutique Library
  • Conference & meeting facilities
  • Doctor on call
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Observatory
  • Reception
  • Safety box at reception
  • Tender for sightseeing
  • Theme Cruise

Services

  • Baby cot
  • Bar
  • Cabin Service (Snack Meals)
  • Fresh flower
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Restaurant

Activities on Board

  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Movie nights
  • Wooden games

These are cruise properties for RV River Kwai Cruise:

Specifications RV River Kwai Cruise
Building matertials
Operated since Built in 1920
Length 120 ft / 36 m
Width 25 ft / 7.6m
Height 11.5ft / 3.5m
Depth 3ft / 90cm
Dining Room Yes
Bar/ Sundeck Yes
Massage cabin NA
Tonnage 155.69 tons
Engines 2 x 200 hp Hino engines with inboard propulsion; propellers have 4 blades, 3ft diameter
Speed 8 knots cruising
Power 1 x 75kva Caterpillar (recon) genset, 1 x 20 kva port/emergency genset, shore lines to bases on river.
Cabins 10 deluxe staterooms of 3m x 4m with own shower, water closet, air-conditioned, mini safes, etc
Public Space Upper deck is open plan with dining, bar and seating areas covered by a collapsible frame awning to enable vessel to pass under low bridges
Sewage Holding tanks to pump out to on shore septic facility
Communication Thai GSM cellular, FM Radios, PA system, tannoy
Safety Smoke detectors in all cabins, emergency lighting and generator, fire extinguishers, pumps and hoses, life jackets for all pax, life rafts, ship’s motorized tugboat
Navigation Ship’s horn, searchlights, Garmin GPS (Global Positioning System)
Amenities Fully equipped kitchen, refrigeration units
Crew Thai crews plus foreign cruise director.

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Price Includes

  • Accommodation on RV River Kwai, meals as mentioned above, coffee, tea & drinking water.
  • Transfers and sightseeing tours with English, French or German speaking local guide (together with other cruise members).
  • Entrance fees.

Price Excludes

  • Optional tours.
  • Expenditures of a personal nature for bar and laundry.
  • Gratuity to crew.

Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent accommodation

Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Travelo Vietnam can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.

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As our price is set according to the length of itinerary and the detailed program given, we can make changes in this tour to help you keep your budget.
Below are some possible changes to make your tour fit better in your budget
we can customize this tour with shorter duration
some activities and tours can be in a group and non-private.
We can look into lower budget hotel for you without compromising the quality.
We can change the itinerary that fits your expectation and budget requirement.

How our prices work:

The price shown on tour program includes everything mentioned on the tour but excludes flight (domestic and international). Unlike other tour operators that include these flights in the program, we want to give you the option of customizing these flights based on your request. As flight cost will change from season to season, you will save a lot by looking into the flight after finalizing the tour and we can surely help search the best price flight for you.

All of the portion of the tour are private (unless otherwise stated): airport pick up, guided tour, etc. Price is based on 2 people travelling together so if you are a single person, the price may differ. We place a strong focus on both individualized experience and value for money – so please enjoy your tour booking process with us with peace of mind.

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How our prices work:

The price shown on tour program includes everything mentioned on the tour but excludes flight (domestic and international). Unlike other tour operators that include these flights in the program, we want to give you the option of customizing these flights based on your request. As flight cost will change from season to season, you will save a lot by looking into the flight after finalizing the tour and we can surely help search the best price flight for you.

All of the portion of the tour are private (unless otherwise stated): airport pick up, guided tour, etc. Price is based on 2 people travelling together so if you are a single person, the price may differ. We place a strong focus on both individualized experience and value for money – so please enjoy your tour booking process with us with peace of mind.

HIGHER BUDGET THAN THIS?

Budget higher than $(This Price) in per person?

Vietnam and Indochina has the utmost luxury hotels and other tour facilities to cater to your budget. For a budget higher than the one stated, we can make some of the following modification to your program based on your request.
Flights in Business or First Class flight (compared with Economy flight).
More luxury hotels/cruises or more luxury rooms in the same hotel/cruise. Standards of accommodation.
Longer stay at certain city based on your request.
Extra service or extra meals.
If you want to stay longer…
There are so many ways to extend your time in Vietnam and Indochina. Once you arrive, you won’t want to leave!
Make extra trip to Phu Quoc or Con Dao, two of our most beautiful islands. Etc…
Stay longer on your cruise trip to Halong Bay. Etc…
Stay extra days and relax at beachside resort. Etc…
Spend more time visiting northern mountain province.

How our prices work:

The price shown on tour program includes everything mentioned on the tour but excludes flight (domestic and international). Unlike other tour operators that include these flights in the program, we want to give you the option of customizing these flights based on your request. As flight cost will change from season to season, you will save a lot by looking into the flight after finalizing the tour and we can surely help search the best price flight for you.

All of the portion of the tour are private (unless otherwise stated): airport pick up, guided tour, etc. Price is based on 2 people travelling together so if you are a single person, the price may differ. We place a strong focus on both individualized experience and value for money – so please enjoy your tour booking process with us with peace of mind.

FLEXIBILITY:
Don’t see the date for this tour to suit your schedule? No problems, Create Your Own Date. Choose the dates that you want to travel and as long as you happy to open the tour to other people joining we will charge you the standard tour price – no markups!

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  1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 1 to 3 months in the future. This just gives us time to promote the trip and find other people to join you.
  2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of two or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can do our best to get a group for the dates you choose but we cannot guarantee standard pricing until we achieve a minimum of 2 people.
  3. This offer is subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule..

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