Thailand

3-Day Kanchanaburi Module with Eastern and Oriental Express: Diethelm Standard

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 3 Days

Spanish, French, English, German    Bangkok, Samut Songkram, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi

tour highlights

  • Travel on board one of the world's most iconic trains, the Eastern & Oriental Express
  • Enjoy a sumptuous lunch with wines as the train travels to Bangkok from Kanchanaburi
  • Relax in the bar car or observation coach after your lunch
  • Stay in a charming floating bungalow on the River Kwai
  • Travel on a local train into the Maeklong Railway Market
  • Enjoy the panoramic views across rice fields from Wat Tham Sua and Wat Tham Khao Noi

tour details

On this three-day special package, we also include visits to iconic sights in Kanchanaburi such as Hellfire Pass, The Bridge over the River Kwai and include overnight stays at the floating resort ‘The Float House’ and the 5 star Away Kanchanaburi Dheva Mantra Resort and Spa. It is a perfect time for any traveler who wants to experience the Eastern & Oriental Express train journey combined with the history and beauty of Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai.

Why choose this tour?

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to travel on board the Eastern & Oriental Express but perhaps doesn't have the time or budget to do the whole route from Singapore to Bangkok or vice versa. This is a one-off special departure and exclusively offered by Diethelm Travel Thailand. Kanchanburi itself is synonymous with rail travel thanks to the famous Bridge over the River Kwai and the tour is a perfect way to discover the best of Kanchanaburi combined with an iconic luxury train journey.
    6:45 hours
    Early this morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Bangkok and drive to a small railway station just outside of the city to board a local train. With mainly local Thais on board, enjoy a scenic journey past salt fields and rice paddies until reaching the famous Mae Klong Railway Market - a market where the stalls are laid out on both sides of the railway tracks. When the train comes through, the tents and goods are moved from the rails in lightning speed. After the train has sped by, everything is moved back within a few seconds so that no one would suspect a passage for a train.

    9:30 hours
    After exploring the market, meet a local Thai who produces palm sugar made from the sweet, watery sap that drips from cut flower buds. The sap is collected each morning and boiled in huge woks until a sticky sugar remains.

    10:00 hours

    We then drive to Kanchanaburi Province to visit Wat Tham Sua and Wat Tham Khao Noi. The pagodas of these two temples tower above the nearby Mae Klong River below. From the top, you can enjoy the stunning panoramic view with the Mae Klong River and bright green rice fields providing the backdrop.
    12:30 hours
    We then continue to Kanchanaburi and enjoy a leisurely lunch in a beautiful riverside setting on the outskirts of town.

    14:30 hours
    After lunch, transfer to the River Kwai and take a scenic longtailed boat trip upstream to The Float House River Kwai. This boutique floating accommodation blending in wonderfully with the natural environment has floating villas made of teak wood and thatched roofing.
    The rest of the afternoon is free to relax in the lovely surroundings. Later this evening you can savour a Thai set dinner, followed by a 45-minute presentation of Mon Dancing.

    Accommodation at The Float House River Kwai - Floating Villa

    Meals included: Lunch at on board
    Dinner at the resort
    10:00 hours
    After breakfast, check-out and take a longtailed motor boat to Phutakian pier, then continue by land to Hellfire Pass Memorial.
    Hellfire Pass cutting is a 500-metre long and 26-metre deep section of rock that was dug out by Prisoners of War and intended to allow the 'Death Railway' to continue its route from Bangkok to Yangon. Soldiers were forced to remove the rock using no more than picks, hammers and their bare hands. The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum is dedicated to Australians and other Allied Prisoners of War and Asian labourers who suffered and died at Hellfire Pass and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region during WW2. Proceed on the walking trail through the pass and listen to the informative audio commentary in your headphones.

    12:30 hours
    Next, depart towards Kanchanaburi town and on the way stop for lunch in an excellent local restaurant.
    After lunch, continue to Away Kanchanaburi Resort & Spa for check in. This European Heritage style resort is surrounded by tropical vegetation just outside of the centre of Kanchanaburi town.

    15:00 hours
    The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure. You may want to relax by the pool, enjoy a massage or explore the nearby Kanchanaburi Town.

    Accommodation at Away Kanchanaburi Resort & Spa - Superior Garden room

    Meals included:Breakfast at the hotel
    Lunch at a local restaurant
    8:00 hours
    After an early breakfast, visit the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. The story of the bridge was the basis for the novel and film of the same name. Visiting early means we miss the crowds of tourists coming for day trips from Bangkok.
    If time we will aso visit Chong Kai War Cemetery situated on the banks of The Kwai Noi River and the resting place to the mostly British 1,740 prisoners from World War II.
    10:00 hours
    Afterwards, return to the hotel for check out and then before arriving at Kanchanaburi train station make a quick stop at Kanchanaburi's Donrak War Cemetery, the final resting place for over 6,000 allied prisoners of World War II.

    12:00 hours
    Prior to lunch, step into a world of glamour as you depart Kanchanaburi's historic train station on the world famous Eastern & Oriental Express to Bangkok (approximately a 4-hour journey).
    The train journey is a travelling memoir of a more elegant age. The Eastern & Oriental Express hosts guests in unrivalled style on a timeless adventure.
    The Eastern & Oriental Express has been making history since its inaugural journey from Bangkok to Singapore. This enchanting rail experience was the vision of American businessman James B Sherwood, who purchased the carriages of the Silver Star train built by Nippon Sharyo and Hitachi in Japan. The carriages were remodelled in Singapore with an elegant colonial aesthetic, echoing the spirit of classic Indochina. Launched in September 1993, the train has been capturing hearts ever since with magical moments across Southeast Asia.

    Once on board, you will be escorted to the luxurious dining carriage decorated in floral motifs with decorative lacquered panels hand-painted with delicate flowers. Take your seat among sparkling crystal and silverware. Then you will be served a sumptuous four-course lunch accompanied by house wine, house spirits local beer and soft drinks.

    Sample menu:
    Pan-seared scallop gratinated with calamansi-chilli on green papaya and pomelo salad
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    Rolled masala chicken on lemongrass risotto served with fragrant Siamese yellow curry bouillon
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    Pineapple tarte tartin accompanied by vanilla ice cream
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    Mignardises with coffee and tea

    **premium drinks such as premium wines, signature cocktails and champagne can be purchased on board for a supplement. Relax in the surroundings, enjoy lunch and raise a toast as you meander past the scenic countryside and quaint villages. Some journeys deserve to be savoured.

    After lunch, you will be able to enjoy the second half of the journey from the bar car or observation carriage. Additional drinks after the lunch serving are payable locally.

    The Bar Car boasts a jazz-club ambience, music lingering in the air, while stewards serve champagne, wine and cocktails (payable locally). The open-decked Observation Carriage (located at the very end of the train) is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails amidst a colonial 'veranda' ambience with its teak wood flooring, panelled walls, rattan furniture and potted plants.

    The train will arrive into Bangkok's Hualamphong train station in the mid to late afternoon, and there you will be transferred to your hotel or airport.

    Meals included:Breakfast at hotel
    Lunch on E & O Express Train

    customise the tour

    • Book a pre-stay module Bangkok to experience the atmosphere of vibrant capital
    • Before returning home, why not extend and spend a few days relaxing on one of Thailand's gorgeous beaches?

    includes

    • Accommodation in shared Twin/Double room with air-conditioning and private bathroom
    • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air-conditioned coach as detailed in our itinerary
    • Join-in price is valid from a minimum of 2 pax
    • Eastern & Oriental Express Train journey from Kanchanaburi to Bangkok with lunch and drinks
    • Meals as specified in the itinerary B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
    • Entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
    • Transfers and tours with guide
    • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
    • Drinking water and wet towels available on the vehicles
    • All arrangements as specified in the itinerary

    excludes

    • Meals other than mentioned in the programme or drinks with meals
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
    • Optional tours
    • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
    • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

    notes

    Join in package price: THB 29,990
      Tour code: PKBCKEOA

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