River Kwai & Ancient Kingdoms

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Take time out from the tumultuous streets of Bangkok and discover the ancient ruins of World Heritage-listed Ayuthaya. Pay tribute to POWs who perished building the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai. Delve into WWII history in the War Museum and at the Allied Cemetery in Kanchanaburi. Round off the adventure amid the buzz of Bangkok's night markets and colourful, chaotic streets.

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok/Ayuthaya/Kanchanaburi

Rise early and leave the chaotic energy of Bangkok behind, swapping it instead for Bang Pa-In, a summer palace on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Here, admire ornate architecture and perfectly manicured gardens. In the afternoon visit Ayuthaya, one of the ancient capitals of Siam and a World Heritage-listed site. Enjoy a guided tour of the temples and ruins to learn about the region's history. Continue to the laid back town of Kanchanaburi. Although this scenic town is peaceful today, its history tells a much sadder tale.

Day 2 Kanchanaburi/River Kwai

Pay a visit to the Hellfire Pass Memorial, built to honor those who died while constructing the Burma-Thailand 'Death Railway'. Leave the river behind and journey into the Erawan National Park, famous for its cascading seven-tiered waterfall. Cool off in the refreshing waters, and perhaps climb to the top of the waterfall, which is said to resemble Erawan, the three-headed elephant of Hindu mythology. Enjoy a Thai-style picnic lunch before returning to Kanchanaburi in the late afternoon.

Day 3 Kanchanaburi/Bangkok

Spend the morning discovering the town of Kanchanaburi from the back of a saamlaw (tricycle). Learning about the town's history and see the many places that commemorate the role it played in WWII. Take a tour of the WWII Museum, visit the Allied War Cemetery and cross the Bridge over the River Kwai. Head back to Bangkok in the afternoon and bid the adventure farewell.

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