2 Days Glamping at River Kwai’s Hintok River Camp
2 Days Glamping at River Kwai’s
Hintok River Camp
Kanchanaburi’s favourite sights complemented with a tented overnight along the Kwae Noi
WHY THIS TOUR?
Labelled as one of Thailand’s provinces for history and adventure, Kanchanaburi is drenched in travel possibilities, all within an easy ride from Bangkok. The knowledge that huge parts of World War II history remain visible up until today here has drawn an increasing amount of visitors to stay the night over, just to grasp the intensity and comprehension of what lies in store.
One of the first glamping sites along the Kwae Noi River forms your base in gaining a deeper insight in the atrocities of war, seamlessly blending in with what can be described an overdose of nature, rivers and mountains. It is Hintok River Camp where you want to be when adding an adventurous flair in your overnight stay during this 2 days’ well-balanced undertaking, guided by local experts.
Bangkok – Kanchanaburi [L, D]
An early departure from Bangkok (between 6 am and 6:30 am) marks the start of your 2 day venture in Kanchanaburi. The 130-kilometer drive, accompanied by a guide and driver in western direction sees you arriving at Kanchanaburi at around 9 am.
We start the morning with visiting the interactive Thailand – Burma Railway Centre, an air-conditioned display of the size, the working conditions, and those perished during the construction of this railway project during the 2nd World War. The nearby War Cemetery of allied prisoners adds a sense of reality to this morning. Kanchanaburi’s most famous War Cemetery on Saeng Chuto Road, contains the remains of close to 7000 prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway is close-by the bridge and resembles a small part of the many, died during this period of Japanese occupation. We continue making our way further towards the Hintok River Camp where we check in and enjoy lunch.
Lunch is included at the Hintok River Camp.
Nearby the camp, the Hellfire Pass is one of the most significant reminders of what the POW’s had to endure to get the project completed. A part of the Death Railway, constructed during the Second World War and now abandoned, the Hellfire Pass and Memorial site is located in the thick forest near km. 66 of Saiyoke – Thong Pha Phum Road. A long passage made through the stone mountain by the Allied prisoners of war indicated the extreme difficulty in constructing the Death Railway. The enclosed impressive museum will fill in the parts and/or give a much more extensive explanation, which is not shown inside the JEATH Museum.
The afternoon ends with a ride back to your overnight address where we head out on mountains bikes to explore the region further and find yourself waving at playing children at one of the nearby villages.
Dinner and overnight at the Hintok River Camp.
Kanchanaburi – Bangkok [B, L]
Those willing to pay respect to the few monks that live around here, we can make a renewed biking trip for guests to give alms to these devote followers of the Lord Buddha’s teachings. We will return before breakfast is served and pack your bags for check-out. Breakfast is served at the resort’s only restaurant with views over the Kwae Noi River.
From the tented camp, a long tail boat brings you to visit a local Mon settlement, located behind the famous Jungle Rafts. Our final part of the morning and afternoon includes heading down to one of the railway stations to take a ride over the original DEATH Railway back towards Kanchanaburi. The Death Railway itself stretched originally from Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar to Nong Pladuk in Thailand’s Ratchaburi province. More than 16,000 prisoners died during the construction of the railway, commemorated at various sites across Kanchanaburi. Train rides over the Death Railway offer both scenic and surreal experiences of what once was a region of war camps, controlled by the Japanese. Lunch is included before the start of this rail journey.
We’d expect to disembark the train after an approximate 1 hour and 20 minutes’ train ride where our driver awaits and brings you back in all comfort to Bangkok. Depending on traffic, we’d expect to arrive in the Thai capital at around 6 pm.