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Erawan National Park + Kanchanaburi 14-Hour Small Group Tour

1. Erawan National Park + Kanchanaburi 14-Hour Small Group Tour

History lovers visiting Thailand will value this opportunity to tour the region of Kanchanaburi in West Thailand. During this memorable day trip from Bangkok, you’ll visit the Death Railway which was put on the map by the 1957 movie, Bridge Over the River Kwai. You’ll begin the day by getting immersed in Thailand’s rich bounty at one of the country’s best-loved national parks, Erawan National Park. Walking trails, running water, and undisturbed wildlife characterize this peaceful area. Erawan Waterfall has seven tiers and a set of limestone caves at its base: you'll forget all about the busy streets of Bangkok. This natural paradise is the perfect place to breathe in the fresh country air. Continue to JEATH Museum, dedicated to the Allied Prisoners of War who died building the Burmese railway. This museum is a sad yet important reminder of Thailand’s history; it’s thought that over 100,000 lives were lost during this period. JEATH is an acronym for the main nationalities involved in the building of the railway: Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai and Dutch. Finally, you’ll visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai. You’ll get the chance to walk over the bridge, soak up the impressive scenery, and take a moment to remember the past, before returning to your accommodations/meeting point at approximately 8:00 PM.

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Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Private Tour

2. Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Private Tour

This full-day private tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a drive to ElephantsWorld. Learn about this sanctuary for old and rescued elephants, who will spend their remaining years well cared for in a natural environment. Help care for the animals by feeding them, gathering food and bathing them. Around noon, enjoy a buffet lunch before heading out to see the major attractions of Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, which is part of the infamous Death Railway, built by prisoners during World War II. Continue your tour with a stop at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the final resting place of 6,982 allied prisoners who died during the construction of the railway.

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From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Highlights 1-Day Small Group Tour

3. From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Highlights 1-Day Small Group Tour

Learn about the construction of the Burma Railway, also known as the “Death Railway,” on this 10-hour historical tour to Kanchanaburi, approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will tour the well-kept War Cemetery, where the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers are tended. They perished while constructing the notorious "Death Railway,” which the Japanese had hoped would stretch all the way to the Burmese border. Uncover the terrible history of the railway at the JEATH Museum, which takes its name from the first letters of the words Japan, England, America/Australia, Thailand and Holland. See the past recreated and relived with pictures and artefacts. You will also ride a train along the original Death Railway track, with a sumptuous lunch awaiting at the disembarkation station. Return to Bangkok in the late afternoon for your hotel drop-off.

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Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Hellfire Pass Private Tour

4. Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Hellfire Pass Private Tour

Meet and greet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Bangkok at 7 AM. Start your full day private tour to the highlights of Kanchanaburi province and the most important WW2 memorial sites. The drive to Kanchanaburi province will take about 2 hours. First, visit the JEATH war museum, war cemetery and the Bridge over the River Kwai. Learn about how the notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. Discover all of the bridge's history at the museum. Afterward, take a train ride on the Death Railway. After lunch and another 45min drive, see and learn more about the history at the Hell Fire Pass and Memorial. End the day with a visit to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the country, Saiyoke Noi. Enjoy time to relax and take in the beautiful environment. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bangkok.

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Erawan Waterfall & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour From Bangkok

5. Erawan Waterfall & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour From Bangkok

Enjoy your full-day private tour from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi with your personal tour guide. Begin with a pick-up from your hotel in Bangkok at 7.00 AM. Transfer to visit the top destinations in Kanchanaburi by a private air-conditioned car. Begin your trip by visiting the Bridge over the River Kwai, the famous attraction of Kanchanaburi made famous by the movie of the same name. After visiting the bridge over the river kwai, transfer to Sri Nagarin Dam. Visit Erawan Waterfall National Park, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand with an altitude of 500 meters above sea level. Walk from national park office to the waterfall. Relax at the waterfall or take an optional trek up to the top of the waterfall on the 7th tier (about 1,500 meters). After the waterfall, enjoy an optional lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Krasae Buddha cave and board the train and ride along the former death railway about 30 minutes before return to your hotel in Bangkok by private air-conditioned vehicle.

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Kanchanaburi and Death Railway Private Tour from Bangkok

6. Kanchanaburi and Death Railway Private Tour from Bangkok

Benefit from very early morning pickup at your hotel in Bangkok, and then travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle to Kanchanaburi, established in the late 18th century by King Rama I as a defensive outpost against attack from Burma. Visit the interactive Burmese Railway Museum, dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway built by the Empire of Japan in 1943. See period photos and models to get a better understanding about the background of what happened during World War II. Pay your respects at the War Cemetery and visit the memorial to some 6,000 Allied prisoners of war. Then, take a scenic train ride on the notorious Death Railway, constructed by prisoners of war on the orders of the Japanese. Break for a local lunch at a restaurant before exploring the local community of Pak Preak. Visit the house of a former member of the underground V Organization from the days of Japanese occupation before traveling back to Bangkok.

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From Kanchanaburi: Elephants World Sanctuary Visit

7. From Kanchanaburi: Elephants World Sanctuary Visit

Elephant World is a self-supporting environmental conservation organization that cares for domestic elephants, situated just outside the town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Elephant World cares for the daily needs of over 30 elephants and staff by offering eco-travelers the experience of an up-close and personal encounter with these wonderful creatures. Choose from either a 1-day program or an overnight stay which includes accommodation in a traditional Thai-style cottage by the river and the mountains.  1-Day Experience The 1-day experience starts with pick up from your hotel or guesthouse in Kanchanaburi at 9 AM. Arrive at Elephant World, where you'll meet and feed the friendly elephants up close. Then observe the elephants bathing on a huge river. Have the opportunity to clean fruits and vegetables and prepare and cook sticky rice balls for your new friends. After lunch, gather plants and vegetables for elephants at the sanctuary's farm then plant banana trees and sugarcane. Feed sticky rice balls to the old elephants and take the elephants to the river for a bath where you can scrub them clean before feeding them with the fruits you prepared. The day program ends at 4 PM when you will head back to your hotel. Overnight Experience The overnight experience is the same but includes overnight accommodation in a traditional Thai-style cottage, equipped with a bathroom and hot shower, mosquito nets, and a comfortable terrace for relaxing. In the wet season, the elephants sleep and eat in the forest. Staying overnight will allow you to walk the elephants out into the forest at the end of the day with the mahouts. The next day, wake early up to the sounds of the wildlife. Bring the elephants back in from the forest before the day's activities begin. In the dry season, take a walk with the elephants in the morning. Choose to hike to the top of a mountain (for an extra fee of 100 THB) and enjoy the view or observe the beautiful birds next to the river. After that, return for a tasty Thai lunch and check out. Finally, enjoy a fun afternoon with the elephants and help them take a bath. Then, enjoy rafting down the River Kwai with life jackets provided. Relax and admire at the peaceful atmosphere of the surroundings as you float back to Elephant World. Finish the program at around 3 PM and return to your hotel in Kanchanaburi.

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Bangkok: Kanchanaburi, River Kwai & Death Railway Tour

8. Bangkok: Kanchanaburi, River Kwai & Death Railway Tour

Make the most of your day of adventure and start early with a smooth pickup from Bangkok. Catch up on sleep in the comfy air-conditioned van on the way to your first stop, the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Walk along the perfectly kept grounds as you honor the fallen soldiers and prisoners of war and civilians who died while working on the infamous Death Railway (Siam-Burma Railway) under the Japanese Empire. Head to the JEATH Museum, built to commemorate those who lost their lives while working on the railway during World War II. The JEATH War Museum was named after the nationalities of those that worked on the railway: Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai, and Hollander. Examine exhibits from the war such as weapons, tools, uniforms, medals, and replicas of the living conditions the prisoners of war lived in. Make a quick stop at the Bridge over the River Kwai, where you’ll experience the subject of your earlier history lessons. At Tham Krasae Station, a picturesque railway section that snakes around a cliff, admire the views, see the trains pass by, and fill up on some tasty lunch. Enjoy a quick coffee break before stopping at Wat Tham Suea, otherwise known as the Tiger Cave Temple. Don’t miss the tiger paw prints on its cave walls and the large, gleaming, 18-meter-tall Buddha statue at the top. Make the steep hike and be rewarded with a close-up view of the statue as well as the impressive scenery of the surrounding landscape. After exploring and taking photos at Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple), begin your journey back to Bangkok, with some of Thailand’s unforgettable history engraved in your mind.

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Kanchanaburi: Erawan Waterfall & Train Full-Day Tour

9. Kanchanaburi: Erawan Waterfall & Train Full-Day Tour

You’ll start bright and early and head to Srinakarin Lake, built as a result of the Srinakarin Dam on the Kwai Yai River. The peaceful lake offers fantastic views of the reservoir and the surrounding mountains and forests. Admire the lakeside views and get your photos in before heading to your next destination.  Erawan National Park is named after the three-headed white elephant in Hindu mythology. The park is most famous for housing the Erawan Waterfall, a cascade that tumbles down seven tiers – said to resemble the god Erawan. Take a quick dip in the emerald green pools, scout the nearby caves, and take in the lush surrounding forest of the park before digging in to a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. Up next is the infamous Siam-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway. Ccatch a train and chug past stunning views of the Tham Krasae Bridge and River Kwai. You’ll end the day with a stop at the Bridge On The River Kwai, where you’ll learn about its cultural and historical significance while admiring fantastic views.

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Bangkok: Kanchanaburi & Erawan Waterfalls Spanish Tour

10. Bangkok: Kanchanaburi & Erawan Waterfalls Spanish Tour

Discover Kanchanaburia and hear the WW2 stories behind this historical place, explore the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, and walk through the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls National Park on a private tour led by a Spanish-speaking guide. Get picked up from your hotel lobby by your knowledgeable Spanish-speaking guide and make your way to Kanchanaburi in a comfortable air-conditioned van.  Hear more about Thailand and its history on your way to visit the background sites from WW2. Your first stop will be the War Cemetery and Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. Learn how this cemetery contains the remains of 6,982 allies prisoners of war who perished during the construction of "The Dead Railway". Next, visit the landmark of Kanchanaburi, the Bridge of the River Kwai, where you can admire the views of the picturesque river. This is " Death Railway Train", created by Japanese soldiers during World War 2. Afterward, eat lunch at a local restaurant. Lastly, head over to the Erawan Waterfalls National Park where you can enjoy walking trails, running water, and undisturbed wildlife characterizes this peaceful area. Forget all about the busy streets of Bangkok for a while. This natural paradise is the perfect place to breathe in the fresh country air and enjoy the sound of nature. You will depart from Erawan Waterfalls around 3.15 pm and head back to Bangkok. You will be dropped off at your hotel around 18:00 - 19:00.

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What people are saying about Kanchanaburi

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 248 reviews

On a solo adventure, but was treated like royalty. The journey was long, but the driver was very engaging. The staff was great (can't remember the names...sorry) but they made sure I didn't act too shy, and pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I trusted these large playfully animals. Worth it for this lifetime experience. Food was delicious and the care for these creatures is amazing.

The van team were excellent, kept us informed on where we were going, what we would see and timings to expect. Knew all the info at the various sites we visited and treated us as friends. Although the Kwai Bridge is very commercial, there was no pestering from sellers. Would heavily recommend but watch it is a long journey there and back from Bangkok

Excellent day out. Great company in the van. As expected, getting into and out of the long boat was a challenge! Tour guide very helpful. Lunch nothing special but good service. Train and sights met or exceeded expectations.

Wonderful trip in Erawan and River Kwai bridge, with a fabulous guide Harry. He's really perfect, funny, and he presents you this trip as a dream, I recomand Harry, he's fantastic ...

Due to concerns over coronavirus my wife and I were the only two people on the trip. We were however still given the full tour and received excellent treatment.