Combine a cruise through the Floating Markets with a visit to Bridge on the River Kwai on this full-day guided tour from Bangkok. With the knowledge of your local guide, this is a wonderful way to maximize your time and delve deeper in the Thailand’s Kanchanaburi region.
- Instant Confirmation
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Lunch included
- Led by a local guide
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included (Selected hotels only)
- Travel by air conditioned coach
- Travel by boat to the floating markets
- Conducted in English
Your journey commences with a leisurely drive from Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies before embarking aboard your long tail speed-boat on your journey to the floating markets. The floating markets are a fascinating experience, a complete contrast to how we shop for food in the west, and are made up of Thai style canoes laden with colourful and succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats – gently plying their way through the canal, selling as they go. It is one of most popular Thai sightseeing experiences and not to be missed. If you want to take a closer look your local Thai guide will help you organize a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra).
You will then board your coach for the journey west to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and it’s infamous bridge. The building of the bridge in 1943 was part of a wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Over 100,000 conscripted labourers and 12,000 prisoners of war died during the whole project.
Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant before visiting the bridge after which a visit is made to the new Thailand – Burma War Museum which is adjacent to the War Grave Cemetery. Combining the two attractions unfortunately means there is not enough time to take a train ride, before your journey back to Bangkok and your hotel.
Departure Point: Tour departs from selected Bangkok hotels
Departure Time: 7:10am – Hotel pickups commence approximately 60-minutes prior to departure time.
Hotel pickup and drop off is NOT available from the following hotels:
o Novotel Suvarnabhumi – Bang Na (near Suvarnabhumi Airport)
o Niran Grand – Bang Na
o Nototel Bang Na – Bang Na
o Royal Princess Srinakarin – Bang Na
o Amari Don Muang – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Airport Suite Bangkok – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Asia Airport – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Ebina House – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Rama Gardens – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Quality Suite Airport – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Miracle Grand Convention – Laksi
o Inn Come Sweet – Chatuchak
o Chaleena Princess – Ramkamheng
o Grand Hitech Tower Inn – Ekkamai
o Forum Park – Yannawa (far end of Nang Linchi)
o Rio Residence – Yannawa (far end of Nang Linchi)
o Royal Pacific Plaza – Rama 9
o Oasis – Huang Kwang
o P R Union – Thonburi
o Gold Orchid Bangkok – Suttisan
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
Return Details: Tour returns to your hotel at approximately 6:00pm
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The guide was absolutely brilliant, informing us of the trip and also Thailand’s history. This trip was outstanding from the time we were picked up to the time we got dropped off at our hotel. The Floating Markets were quite an experience to see a different culture at work. Before arriving at the River Kwai, we visited the memorial and museum which was emotional. On arriving at the River Kwai we had lunch at a riverside restaurant. The food was Thai, and it was excellent. To our surprise, we then travelled up to the bridge by power boat before leaving for our hotel. Well worth seeing.
Reviewed by: David R, United Kingdom