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Thailand is one of the most beautiful and culturally diverse countries in South-East Asia. The River Kwai, just a few hours from Bangkok, is rich with magnificent scenery, flora and bird life. It is the most picturesque of rivers, the scene and mood constantly changing. See map.
There are two river Kwais: the Kwai Noi, which we explore, and the Kwai Yai. Both rivers flow down from great lakes in the mountainous Burma border region. The two Kwais join in a confluence at the attractive town Kanchanaburi. They then form the Mae Khlong River that flows into the Gulf of Thailand at the bustling, colourful fishing port of Samut Songkhram. See pictures of the journey along the River Kwai.
The RV River Kwai, the first inland cruise ship in Thailand, is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920s was the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world. See full details on RV River Kwai.
The RV River Kwai opens up an entirely new area for river tourism in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok. Each morning and afternoon, land excursions are offered to visit attractions along the river including temples, historic sites, Khmer ruins, waterfalls, war cemeteries, hot springs, the bridge on the River Kwai, and local attractions, etc.
There are 2 routes to explore the River Kwai - Upstream(Monday) and Downstream(Thursday)
4 Days Upstream Itinerary(Monday Departure)
Scenic Places along the river - Phra Pathom Chedi, Khao Noi Cave Temple, Tiger Cave Temple, JEATH War Museum, Wat Tham Khaopoon, Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Park, Prasat Muang Singh historical park, Kilen Train Station, train to Saphan Tham Krasae, Sai Yok Elephant Village, Thai traditional massage, Mon dance performance, Kaeng Lava Cave, Hell Fire Pass, Sai Yok Yai waterfalls, boarding school for refugee children, make merit with the Bhuddist monks, Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum, Donrak War Cemetery, Bridge over the River Kwai.
4 Days Downstream Itinerary(Thursday Departure)
Scenic Places along the river - Phra Pathom Chedi, Khao Noi Cave Temple, Tiger Cave Temple, Thai boarding school, Hin Dad Hot Spring, Pha Tad Waterfall, Sai Yok Elephant village, Krasae Cave, Wat Tham Khaopoon, Bridge over the River Kwai, Donrak War Cemetery.
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