2 Days River Kwai’s Jungle Rafts

2 Days River Kwai’s
Jungle Rafts

An unrivalled overnight stay at one of Kanchanaburi’s charming resorts on the River Kwai

WHY THIS TOUR?

Gently dancing on the tides of the Kwai Noi, Kanchanaburi’s Jungle Rafts have been the epitome of local authenticity, designed in an overnight adventure of extraordinary proportions. Founded in 1976, with only a few basic floating huts on the famous River Kwai, this experience of a lifetime has gained raving reviews once you’ve settled in on your bamboo raft with nothing but the sound of nature as very much acceptable back ground noise.

This 2-day package will not skip the most famous sites and landmarks of Kanchanaburi, once engulfed in war atrocities during the construction of the Death Railway. Get ready for an overnight stay, sincerely blessed with its surrounding gorges as you laze around at one of the hammocks with nothing but oil lamps brightening up the place with romance and character.

TRAIL ITINERARY

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Day 1

Bangkok – Kanchanaburi                                                                                               [L, D]

An early departure from Bangkok (between 6am and 6:30am) 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 9am.

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 end the morning at the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. Internationally famous, thanks to several motion pictures and books, the black iron, curved bridge was brought from Java by the Japanese Army and reassembled by Allied Prisoners-of-War labourers as part of the “Death Railway” linking Thailand with Myanmar. Still in use today, the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during 1945, and was rebuilt after the war ended. We continue making our way further towards the Jungle Rafts by long-tail boat where we check in and enjoy lunch.

Lunch will be served at the floating restaurant.

After lunch, your long tail boat captain sails to another landmark of historical value: the Hellfire Memorial Pass is an example on how the environment was used to connect Burma with Thailand through thick forest areas and large rock formations. A part of the Death Railway, constructed during the Second World War and now abandoned, is located in the thick forest outside Kanchanaburi. A long passage made through the stone mountains, carved out by the Allied prisoners-of-war indicated the extreme difficulty in constructing the Death Railway. The enclosed impressive museum and memorial will fill in the parts and/or give a much more extensive explanation.

After wandering around and listening to the stories of your guide, we sail back to the Jungle Rafts where you truly can enjoy this awesome place of peace and quietness. For a better understanding of their cultural diversity, Mon dances bring forward the unique characteristics of this group of hospitable people. A 45-minute performance in the evening adds more value to closing this day after enjoying a Thai dinner.

Overnight at The River Kwai Jungle Rafts.

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Day 2

Kanchanaburi – Bangkok                                                                                                [B, L]

Breakfast is served at the resort’s only restaurant with full views over the Kwai Noi River.

The province’s proximity to the Myanmar border has seen an influx of the Mon ethnic minority settling in Kanchanaburi permanently. Our time after breakfast is spent right among the local Mon people, where 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. The tour follows a well laid-out path into the jungle for a refreshing short hike. We return back to the Jungle Rafts to check out and say goodbye to the staff of this amazing place in nature. We reach our local lunch address after a long tail boat ride downstream, located nearby our train embarkation point for a train ride over the Death Railway.

Lunch is included at a local restaurant

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.

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 6pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Tours and transfers with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin / double in a floating raft with a fan only (no air-conditioning)
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • In line with the program, customers are strongly advised to spend the night prior to the start of this package in Bangkok
  • The accommodation used during this tour is simple accommodation with basic amenities. This includes no air-conditioning (fan only), lack of Wi-Fi and/or warm water. Due to ecology conservation concept, the entire Jungle Rafts is not connected to the electricity system
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this tour; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control

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