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The RV River Kwai

The RV River Kwai is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920s was the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world.

The ship carries a maximum of 20 passengers in 10 teakwood cabins on a single deck and operates 4 day 3 night cruises year round every Monday-Thursday and Thursday-Sunday on both Upstream and Downstream programs alternately.

The RV River Kwai opens up an entirely new area for river tourism in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok. Every morning and afternoon land excursions are offered to visit attractions along the river including temples, historic sites, Khmer ruins, waterfalls, war cemeteries, hot springs, the bridge on the River Kwai, and local attractions, etc.

The 10 cabins are of ample size (3x4m), simply furnished with two single beds and each has a window and finished with teak wood. Each cabin is air-conditioned, has a private toilet and shower as well as a mini safe. All cabins are on a single deck.

Itinerary

Day 1     
Monday
Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Kao (L/D)
07:00 Depart from Bangkok by coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom.
09:00 Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
10:30 Visit to Khao Noi Cave Temple (Wat Tham Khao Noi) located on the west bank of the river. The monastery was constructed on a hill, decorated in a Chinese architectural sytyle. Also visit the Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) nearby.
11:30 Continue to Kanchanaburi and visit to JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of a prisoner of war camp with bamboo huts which give an inkling of the grim living conditions and atrocities endured. On display are tools, bombs, photographs, original sketches, testimonies, pictorials and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.
12:30 Embark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock.
13:00 Lunch on board while cruising on Kwai Noi River.
14:30 Visit to Wat Tham Khaopoon, a Buddhist temple which also served as a POW camp in World War II. There is a middle cave containing stalactites and stalagmites and many remarkable Buddha images. Behind the temple enjoy a marvelous view down the valley of the Kwai Noi River.
15:00 Proceed by coach to visit the gardens of Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Park.
16:30 Return to boat and continue cruising upriver to Wang Pla Moo Bridge.
(Optional: Elephant Driving Licence - payable locally)
18:00 Basic information on elephants
18:00-18:30 Lecture part 1
18:30-18:40 Coffee break
18:40-19:00 Lecture part 2
19:30 Dinner and overnight on board, near Ban Kao.
Overnight :   On board        Meal :   L/D

Day 2     
Tuesday
Ban Kao-Sai Yok (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board while cruising upriver on the Kwai Noi River to Muang Singh.
10:00 Visit "Prasat Muang Singh", historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period 700-800 years ago.
11:00 Continue by coach to Tha Kilen Train Station.
11:47 Take a 3rd class train to Saphan Tham Krasae passing over the long wooden viaduct.
12:02 Arrive at Saphan Tham Krasae and visit to Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point. The cavern houses a Buddha image.
12:30 Continue by coach and short stop at Sai Yok Elephant Village located right on the river bank, upriver from Wang Pho Bridge.

(Optional: Enjoy half an hour elephant riding through the jungle and along the Kwai Noi River – payable locally)

14:00 Lunch on board while cruising upriver.
Afternoon at leisure on the boat.

(Optional: Enjoy one hour Thai traditional massage – payable locally)

19:30 Dinner and overnight on board near the Resotel.

(Optional: Enjoy 45 minutes Mon dances performance – payable locally)

Overnight :   On board
Meal :   B/L/D

Day 3     
Wednesday
Sai Yok-Sai Yok Yai-Ban Hin Dad (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board.
09:00 Visit Kaeng Lava Cave to see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
10:30 Cruise upriver to Ban Haad Ngiu and continue by coach to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the mountain. Trails lead to Hin Tok Bridge and Konyu Cutting where a plaque commemorates the ordeal of Australian and British POW's who undertook the hazardous work in precarious conditions at the aptly named pass. The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) is intended to honor the Allied Prisoners of War and conscripted people from India, Burma, Malaysia and other countries who died during construction of the railway.

Rejoin the boat at Kaeng Pa Lorm.
13:30 Lunch on board while cruising upriver, passing Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls.
Afternoon at leisure on the boat.
15:30 Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children.
16:30 Back to boat and cruising upriver.
19:00 “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board at Daowadueng Bridge.

Overnight :   On board
Meal :   B/L/D

Day 4     
Thursday
Ban Hin Dad-Kanchanaburi-Bangkok (B/L)

07:00 Offer alms to monks at nearby temple.
08:30 Breakfast on board.
10:00 Disembark and return to Kanchanaburi by coach. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum, an interactive museum which provides a remarkable research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway. Also visit the Donrak War Cemetery which contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway”. Continue to the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai.
13:00 Lunch at River Kwai Restaurant, next to the bridge.
14:00 Proceed to Bangkok by coach.
18:00 Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel or to Bangkok Airport.

Meal :   B/L