This exciting and historic tour takes clients on a three-day driving and sightseeing journey through amazing historical places around Bangkok. Two night`s tourist class accommodation and two breakfasts plus all transport and transfers are included in the package.
This morning you are picked up from your hotel (approx. 8:00-8.30 am). Other travellers in your group will be picked up before and after you. Our first stop is the Bang Pa Inn Summer Palace which is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River 60kms North of Bangkok. There is plenty of time to admire these magnificent grounds which are a combination of European & Thai designed buildings and gardens. Our next stop is Ayuthaya, one of the ancient capitals of Siam and a UNESCO listed World Heritage where we will first visit Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon which was formally known as Wat Chao Phraya Thai before being renamed by King Naresuan to commemorate a battle fought against the Crown Prince of Burma in 1592. This temple also affords the opportunity for a glimpse into the future with a fortune teller.
Our next stop is Ayuthaya`s answer to the Taj Mahal is Wat Phanan Cheoeng which is one of Ayutthaya`s oldest temples and home to a 19 meter high Buddha image. Behind the temple is a small 18th century shrine which was built to honor a Chinese Princess who drowned herself because of the king`s infidelity.
After lunch our final stop are the ruins of Wat Phra Mahathat which was built in late 13th Century and will provide many photo opportunities including an ancient Buddha head statue surrounded by Banyan tree roots.
From Ayutthaya we head west to Kanchanaburi (approx 4 hours) and check in to our resort which is located on the famous River Kwai.
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After the hearty and steaming complimentary breakfasts, set off to visit the Hellfire Pass memorial***, built to honour the Allied POWs and Asian conscripts who died while constructing some of the most difficult stretches of the Burma-Thailand `Death Railway`.
After quite the eye-opener, it`s on to Erawan National Park where you`ll have the rare opportunity to gaze at the Erawan Waterfall, a series of 7 spectacular cascades! Take a dip, the best ones for swimming in are number 2, 3 & 5 - that`s an insider tip for you! For those looking for an adrenaline rush, take the hour climb to the seventh tier of waterfall. Do it if you dare!
After all that excitement, a Thai style picnic lunch of tasty grilled chicken, sticky rice and spicy papaya salad will put back what the thrills took out. In the late afternoon it`s back to Kanchanaburi where you`re free again to spend the evening as you wish.
After breakfast we head out on an orientation of the sights surrounding the town on board a traditional Sam Lor (Tricycle). This will include the WWII War Museum, the Allied War Cemetery and the famous `Bridge over the River Kwai`, which is part of the `Death Railway` constructed by allied prisoners of war. We then return to Bangkok where your trip ends late afternoon.
Accommodation is for two nights` stay in at a tourist class hotel in twin or single share lodgings with private bathroom included. Enjoy the beauty an peaceful environment that Thailand offers as you relax in your simple suite after a long day`s exploring and excitement! All the basic necessities are on hand to ensure your stay is comfortable and that you`re very well rested!
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Trip Name: River Kwai and Ancient Kingdoms
Duration: 3 Days
From Price: $950
Supplier Tour ID: BKKRKW/158897
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