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Central Thailand contains some of the country’s most impressive Buddhist and Hindu ruins. Ayuthaya and Kanchanburi were important trade centres from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The ruins of Ayuthaya are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region has some dramatic modern history attached to it including the infamous Death Railway of World War II.
This part of the country is full of history and also has some of Thailand’s most impressive natural scenery and attractions. There are picture perfect waterfalls and lush green forests. For whatever reason you come to Thailand a trip to this area is not to be missed.
3 Days/2 NightsStart time
Good news! You can get picked up from your hotel in Bangkok, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don't worry if you have not booked your hotel yet, you pass them onto the operator when you are ready.
Your hotel in Bangkok
Day 1: Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak – Kanchanaburi
You will be picked up from your hotel in Bangkok (within city) and depart for Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you will see traditional Thai lifestyles going back into history.
Continue to Kanchanaburi Province to visit the Allied War Cemetery and JEATH War Museum which is a replication of a prisoner of War Camp containing photographic memorabilia. Board a train to take a ride on the Death Railway along the original wooden viaducts. After lunch at a local restaurant, down to an elephant camp for a ride on the elephants (2 pax per elephant on a saddle), followed by a gentle sail over the Kwai Noi River on a bamboo raft. Proceed to the hotel at Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort.
Day 2: Kanchanaburi – Ayuthaya
After breakfast, visit to the Hellfire Pass Memorial, a part of the Death Railway and was cut through the stone mountain during World War II. Nowadays there are walking trails and also a museum dedicated to all Allied prisoners of war and Asian laborers who suffered and died at Hellfire Pass and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region during the WW II.
Continue to Ayuthaya via Suphan Buri. The scenery near the Burmese border is dominated by fertile farmland and jungle-clad mountains. Lunch at local restaurant en route. Arrival in Ayuthaya and time at leisure for own exploring.
Accommodation at Krungsri River Hotel or similar.
Day 3: Ayuthaya – Bang Pa In – Cruise to Bangkok
After breakfast, visit to famous temples in Ayuthaya i.e. Wat Srisanpetch, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and another of Ayuthaya’s most beautiful temples at Wat Chai Watthanaram.
Proceed to Bang Pa In, the former summer residence of the kings of Ayuthaya built in the 18th century. The Royal Palace amidst beautiful extensive park grounds in an exotic combination of Thai and European architecture. The Thai pavilion built in the middle of a lake will catch the visitors’ eye as well as the Chinese-style palace Vihat Chamrun. Another attraction is the trimmed bushes in elephant shape. Board on luxury cruise for lunch and a leisure cruise down the fabled Chao Phraya River to Bangkok. Arrival in Bangkok and transfer to hotel in Bangkok.
Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other device.
Price does not include extra charge for the elephant ride for passengers weighting more than 80 kilos (one elephant will carry a maximum of 160 kilos per ride).
Supplement charge at Home Phutoey:
Compulsory New Year Eve’s gala dinner on 31 Dec: THB 900 net/person
Supplement charges at Krungsri River:
Loy Kra Thong on 3 Nov: THB 1,000 net/person
Compulsory Christmas Eve’s gala dinner on 24 Dec: THB 980 net/person
Compulsory New Year Eve’s gala dinner on 31 Dec: THB 1,090 net/person
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.
Coach tour operates with a minimum of 2 people.
A must do if you have the time while in Thailand - gets you away from the pollution of Bangkok...Chris Hardy, Australia, 23/Jan/2018
You will not be taken to any traditional tourist traps such as a 'jewelry factory.' I was very happy with the mix of historical sites. Watch 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'...Winston D Wood, United States, 09/Oct/2013