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Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Step back in time on a history tour
On this historical sojourn, you’ll bear witness to Thailand’s fascinating past, from ancient timeworn temples to the monuments of World War II’s Thai-Burma Death Railway. Your three-day small-group tour of western Thailand by minivan includes 2-3-star accommodation in Kanchanaburi (with two breakfasts and two lunches), transfers between locations and round-trip transport from your Bangkok hotel.
Day 1: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi (L) After pickup from your hotel in the morning, travel by minibus with your small group to Bang Pa-In, just 37 miles (60 kms) north of Bangkok. The royal summer palace, a former residence for Thai kings, is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Your knowledgeable local guide will conduct a tour of the magnificent grounds and lovely gardens set around an ornamental pond. Admire the combination of European and Thai architecture and the topiary shaped into elephants.
Next, head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya, an ancient capital of Siam, to see impressive ruins once destroyed by the Burmese. At Ayutthaya Historical Park, explore several temples such as Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, where you may be told your fortune by a fortuneteller.
Then, visit Wat Phanan Cheoeng, one of Ayutthaya's oldest temples — often compared to the Taj Mahal — where a 62-foot-high (19-meter-high) Buddha image resides. Your guide will point out an 18th-century shrine and tell you about the Chinese princess in whose honor it was built. After a delicious Thai lunch, visit the ruins of the 13th-century Wat Phra Mahathat, which includes an ancient Buddha head statue surrounded by Banyan tree roots. You’ll enjoy many photo opportunities before heading west to Kanchanaburi — an approximate four-hour drive — and checking in to your hotel. For your dinner, your guide will happily provide suggestions of local restaurants. Overnight: 2-3-star rated hotel in Kanchanaburi
Day 2: Kanchanaburi – River Kwai (B, L) After breakfast, your guide will take your small group by minivan to the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. As you read the inscriptions and tour the exhibit, learn about the allied POWs and Asian laborers who perished at Hellfire Pass while they constructed the Thailand-Burma Death Railway during WWII.
Next, head to nearby Erawan National Park, home to seven gorgeous waterfalls — including the terraced Erawan Falls — and a series of turquoise rock pools. Your guide will recommend the best pools for swimming, where you can take a refreshing dip. Or, embark on one-hour hike to the seventh and highest story of one waterfall for amazing views.
At the park, enjoy a Thai-style picnic lunch before returning to Kanchanaburi in the late afternoon to relax. Don’t miss a sunset stroll across the famous bridge over the River Kwai, part of the Death Railway constructed by allied prisoners of war. In the evening, you’ll have the option to visit Kanchanaburi's night market to try a variety of Thai dishes for dinner. Overnight: 2-3-star rated hotel in Kanchanaburi
Day 3: Kanchanaburi – Bangkok (B) After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour around Kanchanaburi aboard a traditional saamlaw (tricycle rickshaw), visiting several historical sites along the way. See the WWII War Museum and the Allied War Cemetery, and cross the bridge over the River Kwai before returning by minivan to your Bangkok hotel, where your trip ends in the late afternoon.
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
English-speaking local guide
Tricycle rickshaw tour
Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Accommodations are reserved on a twin-share basis; rooms have two twin beds good for two people. For individuals traveling by themselves and want a private room, please book Single Room option
Travel insurance that covers medical expenses, including emergency repatriation, is required to participate on this tour; proof of insurance must be shown to tour leader on the first day
Minimum age is 5 years
Please note that you MUST include the details of your Bangkok hotel at the time of booking; if this has not been settled prior to booking your trip, you must contact the local tour operator at least 48 hours in advance with this information (contact info will be provided on your confirmation voucher)
The following information is required upon booking:
Full name and date of birth
Passport number and country of issue
Passport issue date and expiry date
Existing medical conditions and/or dietary requirements