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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

The River Kwai

Experience Thailand in a new way on this unique cruise along the River Kwai, visiting ancient temples, monasteries and pagodas, and the infamous Bridge Over the River Kwai. Includes hotel stays in Bangkok, return flights from the UK and excursions

Fly Cruise
10 nights from £2695pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • River Kwai
  • Local monks
  • River Kwai
  • Bridge Over The River Kwai

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Sail along the River Kwai on this Thailand cruise to see amazing historic and religious sights, and learn about World War II in the country, including a visit to the Bridge Over the River Kwai. There is plenty of leisure time where you can enjoy river rafting or canoeing, get a traditional Thai massage or join a traditional Thai cooking class.

After a 2-night hotel stay in the lively city of Bangkok visit the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia and the temples at Khao Noi Cave and Tiger Cave. Learn more about World War II at a reconstructed POW camp and a Buddhist temple which was used a big camp during World War II then embark your ship RV River Kwai. After a visit to Prasat Muang Singh historical park to see the Khmer architecture take a train to Krasae Cave, home to a Buddha image. Admire the breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites at Kaeng Lava Cave then see the Death Railway memorial at Hell Fire Pass and visit a local boarding school.

Visit healing hot springs and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area, see prehistoric remains from a local archaeological dig and visit the infamous Bridge Over the River Kwai, a crucial part of the Death Railway. This incredible holiday concludes with an overnight hotel stay in Bangkok.

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The River Kwai Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Bangkok (Thailand)

Fly from the UK overnight to Bangkok.

Days 2-3 - Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to the Shangri La Hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Your time in Bangkok is at leisure. This lively city has much to offer, from spectacular Buddhist temples to superb restaurants serving Thai cuisine and shops selling colourful silks. Perhaps discover golden temples and palaces, the Emerald Buddha and the mystical Wooden Pavilion.

Day 4 - Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Ban Kao

Check out of the hotel and travel to Kanchanaburi. On the way, call at Phra Pathom Chedi, the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia, Khao Noi Cave Temple and Tiger Cave Temple. Learn about the WWII prisoner of war camps on a tour of JEATH War Museum and a visit to Wat Tham Khaopoon, a Buddhist Temple which was used as a big camp in WWII. Embark your ship RV River Kwai and enjoy lunch on board whilst cruising along the Kwai Noi river. Dinner on board this evening.

Day 5 - Ban Kao - Sai Yok

After breakfast on board visit Prasat Muang Singh historical park to see Khmer architecture dating back 800 years. Take a coach to Tha Kilen Train Station where a 3rd class train will take you over a long wooden viaduct to Saphan Tham Krasae. Here there is a visit to Krasae Cave which houses a Buddha image. After a short stop at Sai Yok Village re-board the ship for lunch on board followed by an afternoon at leisure while cruising upriver. There is the option to enjoy a Thai traditional massage (extra cost). Dinner on board this evening. There is the option to enjoy a 45-minute Mon dance performance (extra cost).

Day 6 - Sai Yok - Sai Yok Yai - Ban Hin Dad

Enjoy breakfast on board then walk up the hill to Kaeng Lava Cave, home to spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Continue cruising to Ban Haad Ngui and travel by coach to Hell Fire Pass where the Death Railway cuts through the mountains. A memorial complex here commemorates all those who were forced to build the railway in hazardous conditions. Rejoin the ship at Kaeng Pa Lorm for lunch on board whilst passing Sai Yok Yak Waterfalls. Visit a boarding school built for refugee children then enjoy dinner on board.

Day 7 - Ban Hin Dad - Thong Pha Phum - Ban Hin Dad

Offer food to monks at their nearby temple in exchange for blessings before returning to the ship for breakfast. Travel by coach to Vachiralongkorn Dam, where the immense lake is surrounded by thick jungle, fertile farming land and rolling hills. Rejoin the ship at Daowadueng Bridge for lunch on board followed by a visit to Daowadueng Cave. Rejoin the ship and enjoy dinner on board.

Day 8 - Ban Hin Dad - Sai Yok Yai - Sai Yok

Cruise downriver whilst enjoying breakfast on board. Travel to Hin Dad Hot Spring which was discovered by Japanese soldiers and is believed to cure many diseases. Take the trip to the beautiful Pha Tad Waterfall in Si Nakharin Dam National Park then return to the ship for lunch on board while cruising downriver to the Floatel Jungle Raft. Try river rafting or canoeing, and if time allows there will be a visit to the nearby Mon Village. There is the option to enjoy a Thai traditional massage (extra cost). Dinner on board this evening. There is the option to enjoy a 45-minute Mon dance performance (extra cost).

Day 9 - Sai Yok - Ban Kao

Enjoy a leisurely morning relaxing on board. After lunch travel to Ban Kao National Museum which houses prehistoric skeletons, pottery and stone tools which have been unearthed nearby. Rejoin the ship and join a Thai cooking class to learn how to prepare a traditional Thai cocktail, authentic Thai dishes and a green papaya salad. Tonight there is a Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 10 - Ban Kao - Kanchananburi - Bangkok

Relax over breakfast on board then take a coach to see the world-famous Bridge Over the River Kwai which was built by Allied POWs and Asia conscripts. The Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum presents the story of the Death Railway and the Donrak War Cemetery contains the remains of 6,982 POWs who perished during its construction. After lunch on board, disembark ship and transfer to the Shangri La Hotel (or similar) in Bangkok for an overnight stay.

Day 11 - Bangkok - UK

Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 6-night full board cruise
  • 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Bangkok at the Shangri La Hotel or similar
  • 1-night post-cruise hotel stay in Bangkok at the Shangri La Hotel or similar
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Coffee, tea and drinking water throughout the cruise
  • Guided excursions as detailed in the itinerary

Price Does Not Include

  • Supplementary activities at extra cost
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 28th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2695
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2695
  • July
    • Jul 12th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2695
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2695
  • August
    • Aug 2nd - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2695
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2695
    • Aug 16th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2695
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2695
    • Aug 30th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2695
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2695
  • September
    • Sep 13th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2695
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2695
  • October
    • Oct 4th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2695
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2695
    • Oct 18th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2695
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2695
  • November
    • Nov 1st - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
    • Nov 15th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
  • December
    • Dec 13th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
    • Dec 30th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 3rd - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
    • Jan 17th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
    • Jan 31st - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
  • February
    • Feb 14th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
    • Feb 28th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
  • March
    • Mar 13th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
  • April
    • Apr 3rd - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
    • Apr 17th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £3195
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3195
  • July
    • Jul 3rd - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2895
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2895
    • Jul 17th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2895
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2895
    • Jul 31st - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2895
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2895
  • August
    • Aug 14th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2895
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2895
  • September
    • Sep 4th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2895
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2895
    • Sep 18th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2895
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2895
  • October
    • Oct 2nd - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2895
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2895
    • Oct 16th - Bangkok and back - Sailing on: RV River Kwai From: £2895
      Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2895
Map for The River Kwai