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Old Siam & The River Kwai + Koh Samet Extension OSK

Visiting: Thailand
Trip Duration 15 Days

Thailand Cultural Adventure with Koh Samet

Discover the cultural side to Thailand as we explore hilltop temples, cruise on a converted rice barge and unwind on the island of Koh Samet. We discover the ruined temples of the former royal capital Ayutthaya and visit the renowned 'Bridge over the River Kwai'. We take a longtail boat along the Kwai Noi River to our jungle raft houses , visit a Mon village and try bamboo rafting. Finally we travel to the tropical beaches of Koh Samet, an unspoilt National Park, where we can relax on the pristine beaches, snorkel in the clear waters or enjoy a boat trip around secluded bays.

Tour Highlights

  • Bangkok - Explore the glittering Grand Palace complex and Wat Po, the beautiful 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
  • Kanchanaburi - Jungle rafts, minority villages and the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Koh Samet - Golden sand beaches and warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand


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
    Early morning transfer by minibus and ferry to Koh Samet

  • 12
    On Koh Samet; free time

  • 13
    On Koh Samet; free time

  • 14
    Return to Bangkok

  • 15
    Tour ends in Bangkok

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Old Siam & The River Kwai + Koh Samet Extension
Why Book this trip
This popular tour to Thailand not only gets under the skin of the destination and gives travellers an in-depth discovery of the history and culture of the country but also an extension to the beach on the island of Koh Samet. 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 as well as spend a couple of days relaxing on the beach afterwards.
Included meals 13 3 3
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Boat
5 nights Premium Hotel
1 night Simple Overnight Train
6 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