Overview

Far from the bustling capital of Thailand, take a trip to Ayutthaya, a World Heritage Site near the border of Burma. Explore this ancient Siam capital accompanied by an experienced guide, and see the ancient wrecked temples, bell-shaped chedis, and beautifully carved relics of Thailand’s golden era. Travel ahead to Kanchanaburi, the shady where the brave POWs perished while building the infamous Hellfire Pass and Bridge on the River Kwai. Explore onwards into World War II history on a tour of the War Museum and Allied Cemetery before this historical vacation completes the loopback in Bangkok. End the trip among the buzz of night markets, sidewalk restaurants, and colorful, chaotic streets.

Is this trip right for you?

This trip takes place with a minimum of one person, so other travelers may join you if they have booked on the same date as you, or you may be alone.

This trip begins early on Day 1 and completes in the late afternoon on Day 3. So, it will be best to book pre- and post- accommodation in Bangkok.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Twin-sharing Accomodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ground transport

What's excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Bangkok/Ayutthaya/Kanchanaburi

In the morning, around the time after breakfast, we will pick you up from the joining point hotel with other travelers in your group. If you are staying elsewhere, and have to be picked from a different location, please inform your booking agent at least two weeks before your departure date. Firstly, we will visit the Bang Pa Inn Palace, a former summer palace of kings of Thailand, located on the Chao Phraya River 65 kilometers north of the capital. Witness the grandiose grounds, filled with the combination of European and Thai architectural buildings and gardens. Then, visit Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, delve into the Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. This temple is home to the fortune teller who might give you a glimpse of your future, continue the tour to Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya’s Taj Mahal; it takes approximately forty minutes to arrive. It is one of the oldest temples in Ayutthaya that homes a 19-meter high Buddha image. There is a small shrine behind the temple that dates back to the 18th century. This temple was built to honor a Chinese princess who drowned herself because of the king’s unfaithfulness. Then, we take a short lunch break. After lunch, we move towards the ruins of Wat Phra Mahathat that dates back to the 13th century. The major attraction of this place is the rows of Burmese beheaded Buddhas, and a Buddha head surrounded by Banyan tree roots, which might be the most picturesque site in Ayutthaya. Finally, we head west to Kanchanaburi, where we will stay in the resort.

Included Activities

Ayutthaya Historical Park

The Park comprises the ruins of temples and palaces of the capital of the ancient Ayutthaya kingdom. This Park lies on an island surrounded by three rivers where the ancient capital used to be. The Ayutthaya kingdom (1357-1767) was one of the largest and prosperous empires of the time. The remains of temples and palaces in the Park gives you an impression of the wealth of the ancient kingdom. The city got robbed and burned down by invading Burmese in 1767, and most of its records were destroyed, so most knowledge about Ayutthaya’s history was gained from the foreigners. During the existence of more than 400 years, the kingdom built a great number of temples and palaces in a variety of styles. Some of the famous temples and palaces are Wang Luang Palace, Chandra Kasem Palace, Wang Lang, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Mahathat, among many more.

Bang Pa Inn Palace Summer Palace

Bang Pa Inn Palace lies north from Bangkok and just a few kilometers from Ayutthaya. King Prasat Thong of Ayutthaya built the original palace in the early 17th century. After the Burmese invasion in 1767, the palace was left abandoned for almost a century. There are several impressive buildings in the Palace complex, built in very different architectural styles; some in classical Thai, some Chinese, and some European too. The landscaped grounds are still well-maintained. The classical style of European buildings gives the palace a vibe of a Versailles. The day might simply fade away in this picturesque place. There are a variety of different style architectures in the palace ground. The Royal Sala, the copy of the Phra Thinang Aphonphimok Pavilion in the Grand Palace of Bangkok, is the only building on the Palace grounds built in traditional Thai architectural style.

Day Two:

Kanchanaburi

This morning, head out to visit the Erawan National Park. Here, you can explore the famous seven-level waterfall where you can swim or simply relax while enjoying the tranquil atmosphere. This seven-level waterfall is the most beautiful in the whole country, with glacial blue waters raging through the forest into bamboo-shaded pools perfect for a refreshing dip. It takes around ninety minutes to hike from level one to level seven. The uppermost levels are mostly peaceful, and you can get spectacular views of the jungle below. If you are going to take a walk to the higher levels, be sure to wear appropriate footwear, and don’t forget to carry swimming gear. After travel, return to Kanchanaburi, where you will learn about a tragic part of the area’s history. Hellfire Pass, the memorial built to honor the Allied POWs and Asian conscripts who died while building some of the most difficult stretches of the Thai-Burma Death Railway. This eponymous pass, cut through rock 18 meters deep, got its name from the hellish fires used to light the work at night. Then you will drive a short distance to Nam Tok Train station. The station is the final part of the original death railway station during World War II, constructed by the allied POWs. Travel along the historic tracks alongside the Kwai Noi River, passing through Tham Krasae stations where you can get some of the gorgeous panoramic scenes of the Kwai Nou river from the curves of the wooden railway line close to the mountainside. After you arrive at the Kilen Train Station, drive back to the hotel. You can also go to the Kanchanaburi’s renowned night markets and try a variety of Western Thai dishes.

Included Activities

Erawan National Park

Located in western Thailand in the Tenasserim Hils range, it is home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. Thailand’s 12th national Park’s major attraction is the 7level Erawan Falls with emerald green ponds. There are also many imposing long caves within the Park; some are deeper inside the Park while few are along the roads around the Park.

Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum

Built and maintained by the Australian government, the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum is a section of railway most difficult and arduous to build. This is the memorial to those Australians, allied POWs and Asian laborers who had died along the Thai-Burma Railway and throughout Asia during World War II.

Historic Train Journey

The Death Railway is an infamous part of Thailand’s history, created by the blood and sweat of World War II prisoners of war and Asian slave laborers. The Bridge on the River Kwai itself is a popular tourist spot. Here, you will see many food and souvenir stalls.

Day Three:

Kanchanaburi/Bangkok

After breakfast, we move for exploration of the sights nearby the town on a traditional saamlaw (tricycle). We will visit the WWII Museum, the bridge over the River Kwai, and the Allied War Cemetery. Travel through beautiful scenery and back to a dark area of the area’s history. Sped some moments reflecting on those who had to give their lives in the process of making the bridge. The trip ends with a return to Bangkok.

Included Activities

Saamlaw Tour ((WWII museum, Allied War Cemetery, Bridge over River Kwai)

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