4-Day RV River Kwai Downstream Cruise: Group Experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • See the beautiful Pha Tad Waterfall
  • Enjoy meals onboard as you cruise the Kwai Noi River
  • Visit the amazing Sai Yok Elephant Village
  • Wander the Krasae Caves with their sacred Buddha images
  • Visit the allied graves at Donrak War Cemetery

tour details

After departing Bangkok you’ll stop at Phra Pathom Chedi, Wat Tham Khao Noi & Tiger Cave Temple en route to Kanchanaburi. After lunch you’ll proceed to the Death Railway cutting ‘Hellfire Pass’, before cruising the Kwai River. Day two begins with a school visit before continuing to Hin Dad Hot Springs. Next you’ll visit Pha Tad Waterfall before cruising to the Floatel Jungle Raft. Start day three with a visit to the Sai Yok Elephant village, before an onboard lunch. You’ll then visit Krasae Cave before taking a train to Tha Kilen Station and continuing to Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park. Your final day begins with breakfast on board while cruising to Wat Tham Khaopoon. You’ll then continue to Kanchanaburi to visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, Thai-Burma Railway Museum & War Cemetery.

06:00Depart from Bangkok by van / coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom.
09:00Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called "Phra Pathom Chedi" which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
10:30Visit 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 the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art. From the top of the monastery observe the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi and its mountainous horizon.
Also visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) nearby, built in the form of Thai cultural art. The great Buddha image and pagoda placed in the temple are respected by all Buddhists.
11:30Continue to Kanchanaburi.
12:30Lunch at Sommai Restaurant.
13:30Proceed to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the stone 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, as well as all who suffered as a consequence of the hardships.
16:00Embark RV River Kwai at Daowadung Bridge and cruise downstream on Kwai Noi River.
19:30Dinner and overnight on board at Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls.
Breakfast on board while cruising downriver.
08:30Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children.
09:45Continue by coach to visit Hin Dad Hot Spring, formerly called Kui Mang. It was accidentally discovered by Japanese soldiers who were supervising the construction of the Death Railway. The natural hot spring features two large pools and private baths. The mineral in the spring is believed to cure many diseases, e.g. beriberi (lack of vitamin B), arthritis, etc.
10:30Visit to Pha Tad Waterfall located in the western zone of Si Nakharin Dam National Park. It originates from a small stream called Huai Kui Mang. Pha Tad is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kanchanaburi Province and flows into the Kwai Noi River.
11:30 Board RV River Kwai at Kaeng Pa Lorm.
13:30 Lunch on board while cruising downriver to the Floatel Jungle Raft.
15:00 River rafting or canoeing downstream on Kwai Noi River. If time allows, visit nearby Mon Village.
(Optional: Enjoy one hour Thai traditional massage - Extra: Baht 500.- per person)
19:30 Dinner and overnight on board near the Resotel.
(Optional: Enjoy 45 minutes Mon dances performance - Extra: Baht 180.- per person)
Breakfast on board while cruising downriver.
10:15Short visit at Sai Yok Elephant village located right on the river bank.
11:45Lunch on board while cruising downriver to Wang Pho Bridge.
13:00Board the coach to visit the Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point. The cavern houses a Buddha image.
13:36Take a 3rd class train to Tha Kilen Train Station passing over the long wooden viaduct.
13:51Arrive Tha Kilen and continue by coach to "Prasat Muang Singh", historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago. The extensive ruins of the temple beside the River Kwai Noi are a potent reminder of the vast expanse of the Khmer empire. The ancient border town of Muang Singh, "City of the Lions", was probably established as a trading post.
15:00Return to the RV River Kwai at Prasat Muang Singh and cruise downstream.
Afternoon at leisure on the boat.
19:00"Farewell Dinner" and overnight on board, near Ban Kao.
08:00Breakfast on board while cruising downstream to Wat Tham Khaopoon.
09:00Visit to Wat Tham Khaopoon, a Buddhist temple which served as a big camp of 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.
09:30Continue by coach to Kanchanaburi to visit the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai. The sturdy Iron Bridge spanning the River Kwai Yai, which was a crucial part of the Death Railway, was built in some 16 months by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts. The bridge was destroyed in Allied bombing raids towards the end of World War II and was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations. Continue to 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.
Finally, visit to the Donrak War Cemetery which contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the "Death Railway".
12:30Rejoin RV River Kwai at Saphan Mai and lunch on board while cruising towards Nong Ya dock.
15:00Disembark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock and return to Bangkok by coach.
18:00Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok downtown.


Our package tour prices are inclusive of -

  • Accommodation in shared twin cabins on RV River Kwai
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coffee, tea & drinking water
  • Transfers and sightseeing tours with English
  • French or German speaking local guide (together with other cruise members)
  • Entrance fees
  • Service charges and VAT


Not included are -

  • Beverages, meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional tours, personal expenses (drinks, laundry, phone calls, souvenirs etc.)
  • Gratuities for the guide and boat crew


Note -

  • Child Policy: Children of 4 years and older must solely occupy a berth and no discount is granted. Infants below the age of 4 years may sleep in their parent's cabin without extra charge, but parents need to provide own baby food.
  • Triple rooms or extra beds are not available.

    Cancellation policy -

  • More than 60 days prior to departure: NO cancellation fee
  • Between 60 and 31 days prior to departure: 20% of cruise rate
  • Between 30 and 21 days prior to departure: 50% of cruise rate
  • Within 20 days to departure day and no show: 100% of cruise rate

    Terms and Conditions -

    1. Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.
    2. The ship's purser and captain are jointly responsible for passengers' comfort and safety. Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.
    3. Whilst our crew do everything in their power to facilitate landings, access to the ship at certain river stations can be difficult, with steep and sometimes slippery riverbanks. Elderly clients should consult their doctor to ensure that they are fit for travel. Wheel chairs are not allowed.
    4. In the case of water levels being too high or low or defects to the vessel beyond the control of the shipping line an alternative itinerary will be offered to passengers after consultation between the ship's captain and our local supplier management, subject to accommodation and meals being maintained on board the vessel unless by prior agreement with the Charterer.
    5. Should it prove difficult to embark or disembark passengers at the scheduled points, we are not liable to bear any extra cost of transporting passengers to and from the revised point of embarkation or disembarkation unless passengers or their agents have purchased a complete package tour which includes land services from us. Any reason for changing the points of embarkation or disembarkation cannot count as a reason for cancelling this contract.
    6. Clients should seek advice from their doctor regarding relevant inoculations and prophylactics for travel in Thailand. 7. Clients must be fully insured to cover any risk of medical repatriation and we are in no way responsible for such liabilities.
    8. Once a booking has been received through a sales agent or directly from the passenger a contract exists between the Company and the client and these terms and conditions must be adhered to by both parties.
    9. Unless otherwise agreed agents are responsible for the transfer of their clients to and from the ship on time and in the event of a late arrival the ship is not obliged to delay departure thereby upsetting tight schedules.
    10. The company accepts no liability or responsibility for loss or damage to passenger's property whilst on board a company vessel.
    11. During the river stops on the company provide an escorted service but not always a licensed guide service. If passengers wish to bring their own state-licensed guide then guide accommodation in the crew quarters may be offered subject to availability at a special rate.
    12. The company reserve the right to refuse to allow anyone on board if a ticket cannot be produced and the company cannot guarantee the exact allocation of cabins and deck location which may in the event of extenuating circumstances differ from the cabin number indicated on the ticket.
    13. Within the ticket price fuel costs have been calculated on average prices as of the publication of this document. Should fuel prices rise by more than 10% we will be entitled to impose a fuel supplement equivalent to the amount by which the fuel price exceeds the price allowed for in the contract.
    14. It is not permitted to allow any breed of animal on board.
    15. Infants below the age of 4 years may sleep in their parent's cabin
Tour code: BKKCARV4

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