4-Day RV River Kwai Upstream Cruise: Group Experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia
  • Admire the Khmer architecture at the Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park
  • See the stalactites and stalagmites of Kaeng Lava Cave
  • Cruise the Kwai Noi River and see the iconic Bridge over the River Kwai

tour details

After departing Bangkok you’ll stop at Phra Pathom Chedi, Wat Tham Khao Noi and Tiger Cave Temple en route to Kanchanaburi. Here you’ll visit the Jeath War Museum & Wat Tham Khaopoon before lunch aboard the RV River Kwai. On day two you’ll cruise the River Kwai before continuing to Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park. You’ll then continue to Tha Kilen station and travel by train to Krasae Cave & Sai Yok Elephant Village. Day three includes visits to Kaeng Lava Cave, Hellfire Pass and a cruise to Ban Haad Ngiu. After lunch, you’ll cruise past the Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls, visit a school and enjoy a memorable dinner. Finally, you’ll have the chance to make food offerings to monks before returning to Kanchanaburi to visit the Thai-Burma Railway Museum, War Cemetery & Bridge over the River Kwai.

06:00 Depart from Bangkok by coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakhon Pathom. Short stop to visit Phra Pathom Chedi, which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia. 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 the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art. Then visit the nearby Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua). Continue to Kanchanaburi and visit the Jeath War Museum, displaying tools, bombs, photographs, original sketches, testimonies, pictorials and physical memorabilia dating from World War II. Visit Wat Tham Khaopoon, a Buddhist temple which served as a big camp of World War II. Embark on the RV River Kwai. Lunch on board, while cruising on the Kwai Noi River. The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight on board.
Breakfast on board. Cruise upriver on the Kwai Noi River and continue by coach to visit Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago. Continue by coach to Tha Kilen train station and take a 3rd class train to Tham Krasae passing over the long wooden viaduct. Visit Krasae Cave, which houses a Buddha image. Continue by coach and short stop at Sai Yok Elephant village located right on the river bank.
Breakfast on board. Walk uphill to visit Kaeng Lava Cave. From the landing a short trail leads to the cave which boasts spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Cruise upriver to Ban Haad Ngiu and continue by coach to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the stone mountain. Return to the boat for lunch while cruising upriver, passing Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls. The afternoon is at leisure on board. 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. Farewell dinner on board and overnight.
Food offering to monks (making merit in Buddhist style) at a nearby temple before breakfast. 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 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". Continue to the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai. After lunch at a local restaurant, coach transfer to your hotel in Bangkok (arrival in Bangkok at around 18:00 hrs.).


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: BKKCARU4

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