National Parks & River Kwai
3 Days / 2 Nights
Hike in Erawan National Park and swim in it's waterfalls and emerald green ponds. Continue to visit a Bayon-style Khmer temple complex on the way to Sai Yok National Park known for it's waterfalls, caves, historical sites and raft houses along the River Kwai. See the Wampo Viaduct built by War Prisoners during WWII, and the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. On the way back to Ayutthaya visit a temple which houses the world’s largest metal Buddhist objects.
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Day 1. Bangkok - Erawan National Park - Saiyok National Park (-/L/D)
This morning you will be picked up by your guide and driver at 07.30 from your hotel in Bangkok. We will first drive to Erawan National Park (190kms, about 3h drive) and enjoy a nature hike followed by a refreshing swim in the waterfalls, just before the hordes of tourists invade the whole area.
The park consists of limestone hills, plains and a number of streams all surrounded by a lush tropical jungle. The hills protect the park from the eastern monsoon resulting in less rainfall than the rest of the province. The major attraction of the park is arguably the Erawan Waterfalls and the numerous emerald green ponds. The park was named after the three-headed white elephant from Hindu mythology, as the top tier of the falls is said to look similar to an elephant head.
For lunch, enjoy a tasty organic picnic lunch prepared in the traditional way (no plastic) and wrapped in banana leaves.
Right after lunch (12.30), we continue our journey west and make a stop at the historical park of Prasat Muang Singh (70kms, about 1h drive) which hosts a Bayon-style khmer complex that goes back to the 9th century, a period when the Khmer Kingdom was flourishing. A small museum to the side shows replicas and originals of the stones and the artifacts found here.
We then take the road again and head to our final destination of the day: Saiyok National Park (80kms, about 1h drive). Covering 958 km², the park is a popular destination for local and foreign tourists, known for it's waterfalls, caves, historical sites and raft houses along the River Kwai. The mountainous regions of the park are covered by deciduous and dry evergreen forest, mainly mixed with bamboo. The lower areas along the Kwae River are teak forest which was deforested during the Japanese occupation of Thailand but later replanted in 1954.
On arrival you will be welcomed by the locals who operate privatized rafts on the river. Shortly after, sit down and relax while your raft is being pulled by a long tail boat to reach a secluded beach. Swim, drink and relax in a natural landscape away from all pressures of the modern world! After an hour or so, a long tail boat will pull your raft back and stop at the scenic Saiyok Yai Waterfalls for another refreshing swim!
Late afternoon, proceed with check-in at your comfortable family-run floating bungalow property. Evening is free at leisure until dinner is served on the raft right in front of your bungalow.
Overnight at Krit Rafthouses, Comfortable floating bungalow.
Day 2. Saiyok National Park – Kanchanaburi (B/-/-)
Wake up this early morning with the sound of the forest and the waterfalls in the background! You will enjoy some free time for a refreshing swing in the river.
Later this morning, we will head back to the minivan and drive to Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum (20kms, about 30min drive), dedicated to those Australians and other Allied Prisoners of War and Asian labourers who suffered and died at Hellfire Pass and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region during WW2. The museum explains the story of why and how the railway was built and attempts to convey the hardships and suffering endured by so many who were forced to work in extremely harsh conditions. After a visit to the museum we proceed on the walking trail through the pass.
We then head to Saphan Tam Krasae Train Station (40kms, about 35min drive) to enjoy a breathtaking scenery of the Wampo Viaduct built by War Prisoners during WWII. Don’t forget your camera!
We then drive to Kanchanaburi Town (45kms, about 1h drive) and make a stop at the War Cemetery and of course the world famous Bridge Over the River Kwai, before dropping you off at your hotel.
Day 3. Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya (or Bangkok) (B/L/-)
This morning, after breakfast, we will drive to Ayutthaya.
We make a first stop at Wat Phai Rong Wua (90kms, about 1.5h drive). The area houses many of the world’s largest metal Buddhist objects. The main statue, called Phra Phutthakhodom, is 10 meters wide at the lap and towers a staggering 26 meters. The temple has also recreated within its compound locations of significance in the Lord Buddha’s life. These include the places where he was born, reached enlightenment, gave his first sermon, attained nirvana. There are also recreations of Buddhist hell and heaven. The temple houses the world’s largest cement Buddha image, fronted by the largest gong and alms bowl in the world.
Alternatively visit a floating market and take part in a cooking class today.
Continue driving to Ayutthaya (85kms, about 1.5h drive) or Bangkok and reach your hotel (booked separately, not included in package price) just in time for check-in.
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based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guide in private air-conditioned vehicle
All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
Meals as mentioned in the program without drinks (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Thailand. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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