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Old Siam and The River Kwai OS

Visiting: Thailand
Trip Duration 11 Days

Thailand Cultural Adventure

On this cultural journey we venture into the heart of Thailand. We tour ancient sights and cruise along bustling waterways. We see the infamous 'Bridge over the River Kwai' and explore ruined temples at the former royal capital of Ayutthaya. We also cruise the Chao Phraya River in a converted rice barge, travel deep into the jungle, visit a Mon village and stay on a jungle raft house on the Kwai Noi River.

Tour Highlights

  • Bangkok - Explore the glittering Grand Palace complex and Wat Po, the temple of the Reclining Buddha
  • Chiang Mai - Bustling walled old town and the serene hillside Doi Suthep Temple
  • Sukhothai - Cycle around the historic park housing the remains of this ancient capital
  • Ayutthaya - Site of ancient monuments from a once grand Siamese capital
  • Kanchanaburi - Jungle rafts, minority villages and the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour in Bangkok

  • 2
    In Bangkok, visit Grand Palace; sleeper train to Chiang Mai

  • 3
    Arrive in Chiang Mai; visit Doi Suthep temple; walking tour of Old Town

  • 4
    In Chiang Mai, included visit to Elephant Nature Park

  • 5
    Drive to Si Satchanalai temple ruins en route to Sukhothai

  • 6
    In Sukothai, explore old city ruins by bicycle; rice barge on Chao Phraya River to Uthai Thani

  • 7
    Visit morning market; travel by rice barge and bus to Ayutthaya; visit Royal Palace

  • 8
    Drive to Kanchanaburi; journey on Death Railway and by boat on River Kwai; overnight in raft houses

  • 9
    In Kanchanburi, take bamboo rafts on River Kwai; visit Mon minority village

  • 10
    Return to Bangkok by boat and bus

  • 11
    Tour ends in Bangkok

Trip notes

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Old Siam and The River Kwai
Why Book this trip
As one of our best selling tours this adventure to Thailand really gets under the skin of the destination and gives travellers an in-depth discovery of the history and culture of the country. Often associated only with beaches this trip is a revelation, as you will see ancient lost cities, journey by rice barge, and spend a night in a raft house on the legendary River Kwai. This is a great holiday for history lovers who want to understand the 'real' Thailand.
Included meals 9 3 3
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Boat
4 nights Premium Hotel
1 night Simple Overnight Train
3 nights Standard Hotel
2 nights Simple Raft House
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16