REF: SAC-SP-BKK-008 – 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
Our three-day tour experience will take you away from the frenetic city of Bangkok and into the cities that surround it, including Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, both of which are brimming with natural beauty and charm. On this journey, we will take you through floating markets on popular rivers, historical landmarks, museums, amazing restaurants, and so much more.
Explore the beautiful, novel riverside camp, your floating hotel, and the picturesque views that encapsulate Kanchanaburi and the rural side of Thailand.
Delve into Kanchanaburi’s History
By visiting River Kwai, Hellfire Pass, and riding along the “Death Railway,” you’ll get to see and hear about, first-hand, the disasters and destruction World War II caused.
Witness Thai life outside Tourist areas
Most visitors only ever see life within Bangkok — but by traveling towards villages further away, you’ll be able to see what many never venture to see: locals, markets, and a better understanding of rural lifestyles.
Bangkok / Hua Hin / Chumphon / Koh Tao / Koh Phangan / Koh Samui
LUNCH / DINNER
Distance and journey time: Bangkok → Samut Songkhram (75.2 km): 1.25 hrs.
Samut Songkhram → Kanchanaburi (109 km): 1.5 hrs.
Kanchanaburi → The Float House River Kwai (80.8 km): 1.5 hrs.
On our first day together, we begin with a drive south from Bangkok and into the green-filled province of Samut Songkhram. This morning drive is about 80km in length through the Mae Klong River delta area, with its very unique country-market along the railway tracks, where locals get together to buy and sell wares and goods.
Speaking of markets, what continues is the somewhat touristy, yet still highly-recommended Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Although it is typically saturated with visitors, it is still a prime example of what a floating market looked like decades ago in this very region. Additionally, for those that visit on a Saturday or Sunday, you’ll also have the alternative of choosing to attend a smaller, less touristy floating market known as Tha Kha — this involves a paddle boat tour through some backwaters and a brief visit to a Thai house where coconut palm sugar is made.
You’ll then be taken to explore a stunning local temple, an over 400-year-old banyan tree at Wat Bang Kung, and majestic statues that depict the prevalent and traditional art of Thai boxing. Before leaving, we transport you to the nearby Rama II Park, which itself has a museum and historical artifacts.
We’ll continue on with the day by having lunch in Kanchanaburi at a local restaurant located near the infamous “Bridge on the River Kwai,” built during World War II by prisoners of war. After lunch, you’ll continue to learn of the historical significance of this area during WWII by visiting the highly engaging and instructive Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum.
Lastly, we’ll drive you to your hotel in Kanchanaburi where you’ll have a relaxing dinner.
BREAKFAST / LUNCH / DINNER
You’ll start the day with a delicious and early breakfast at the hotel, after which you’ll be taken along an elucidating journey through the War Cemetery and the Thai Burma Railway Museum.
Take in the past as you learn about WWII and how these very areas of Kanchanaburi were involved, including when you ride via train down the infamous “Death Railway.” taking you over the River Kwai and the beautiful, surrounding Kwai Gorge.
The array of shops occupy a narrow network of canals, with trade/bartering, selling, and buying done almost exclusively on boats. And what is there to buy? A delicious collection of fresh vegetables, fruits, and spices, among other various goods and crafts.
After this insightful train ride, we’ll transport you to Ayutthaya, which was once the capital of the kingdom of Sukhothai (a reign that lasted over 4 centuries). Once upon a time, it was considered the Venice of the East because of all of the monuments and incredible remains contained within it.
The city of Ayutthaya still holds the charm it once had and is a World Heritage site, per UNESCO. In this gorgeous city, we’ll stop at the ruins of Wat Chaiwattanaram (one of the most impressive temples in all of Ayutthaya), located on the banks of the river. In it, you’ll find an intertwining of Khmer and Thai art, for an aesthetic that is stunning and unmatched.
After transporting you back to your hotel you conclude the day with a delightful Thai dinner in your hotel.
BREAKFAST / LUNCH
On the last day, we’ll take a relaxing boat ride around the island of Ayutthaya so that you can better understand the local life of the people who inhabit it. You’ll get to experience locals who live and work along the river banks, as well as enjoy a different perspective of the stunning temples and ruins along the rivers of Pasak, Lopburi, and Chao Praya rivers.
Then, after a hearty Thai lunch, you’ll be taken to explore Wat Yai Chaimongkol, which is primarily known for its huge reclining chedi, and then on to Wat Mahathat (or “Temple of the Great Relic”), which is in the center of Ayutthaya and known for housing the head of Buddha within a tree trunk.
Lastly, we’ll embark on a relaxing drive back to Bangkok where you’ll be taken to either your hotel or the airport.
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Chiang Mai 50 210 Thailand
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