2 Days River Kwai at Home Phutoey River Kwai
2 Days River Kwai at
Home Phutoey River Kwai
Charm, history and nature bundled around a picturesque resort along the Kwai Noi
WHY THIS TOUR?
Kanchanaburi seems to be a never-ending source of travel inspiration. Home to numerous natural parks, adventurous trails, weaving through the jungle-clad landscape just like the two main rivers, and historically telling a story that has found its way to the movie screens.
While full day programmes from Bangkok are seen as the quick intro into the marvelousness that is one of Thailand’s largest province one simply misses out on key traits encompassing more than what can be captures in a full day excursion. Tailored around an established name in the field of local hospitality along the Kwai Noi River, this 2-day exploration includes just that tad little extra to make Kanchanaburi stand out from the crowd.
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 are documented in a permanent exhibition. The nearby War Cemetery of allied prisoners adds a sense of reality to this morning. The nearby cemetery of Allied Prisoners is now the final resting place of 6000 small tomb stones where customers can freely, yet respectfully, roam along the names of those who perished during this period. Kanchanaburi’s name and fame comes from the Bridge over the River Kwai where you can take ample pictures and follow the tracks for great views over the Kwai River. We continue making our way further towards the Home Phutoey River Kwai. The last part to our riverside resort is done by long tail boat, where the team of Home Phu Toey welcomes you.
Lunch is included at the Home Phutoey River Kwai
After a quick freshening-up, an exploration of what surrounds this charming resort will fill most of the afternoon. The province’s proximity to the Myanmar border has seen an influx of the Mon ethnic minority settling in Kanchanaburi permanently. During our walk, we visit one of the few settlements of the Mon where your guide explains and shows you the way this group of friendly villagers take pride in preserving Mon traditions. Buddhism is found everywhere in Thailand, and this part forms no exception. Little visited yet a beacon of spiritual serenity for the local community, we pay respect to the holy grounds of a little temple before making our way back to the resort.
Dinner and overnight at the Home Phutoey River Kwai
Kanchanaburi – Bangkok [B, L]
Breakfast is served at the resort’s only restaurant with views over the Kwai Noi River.
Situated on the resort grounds of the Home Phutoey River Kwai, the Weary Dunlop Museum is dedicated to the tireless work done by Australian doctor Weary Dunlop. Responsible for helping countless of prisoners of war with their injuries and ordeals during the construction of the DEATH Railway, he received honorary titles and medal for his work done after the end of World War II. The nearby Home Phu Toey Peace Park cannot be missed: created by a British artist who was captured during the construction of the Death Railway, visitors will be slightly moved by the work on display here. Time to check out before thanking the wonderful for their shown hospitality, we make our way to a local restaurant for lunch.
Our final part of the last day 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.
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.