Enthusiast to discover the splendid nature in the mountains climbing toward Myanmar, you first visit the very typical and colourful floating market of Damnoun Saduak, where you navigate through a market mixed with local shopkeepers and customers.
Then, on your way to Kanchanaburi and its famous bridge over the Kwai River, you also discover the highest chedi in the world. Later you are in the mountains on the Lake Khao Laem, its old long wooden bridge, submerged temple and hill tribes’ villages. You also experience an elephant ride in the jungle and continue by rafting on a river. A whirlwind of sensations!
You carry on having a look at the Three Pagodas Pass where the Death Railway was crossing Myanmar’s border. A visit to the war museum enables a better understanding of the dramatic conditions of the war prisoners and the common people who built it.
An exciting journey to discover men, nature and remember a dark episode of recent history.
Early morning, you visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi province, about a hundred kilometers southwest of Bangkok. This small village has several floating markets, narrow networks of khlongs (channels), scattered in different areas. Trade is done by boat. Many of the market people wear the traditional costume: a straw hat and a fitted shirt, symbol of the peasant community. They sell their products to clients on the banks or on board. Overloaded sampans offer delicious fresh vegetables, fruits, spices and decorative handicrafts. After this shimmering visit, you continue to Nakhon Pathom to discover the Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest stupa in the world.
This morning you head to Sangkhlaburi, a town on the Burmese border and still unspoiled by mass tourism. This day of adventure begins with a nice boat ride on Lake Khao Laem, created by a dam that has engulfed the temples and villages of “Mons” tribes, a Sino-Burmese minority come to live in Thailand. You pass along an old 850 meters long wooden bridge, along a submerged temple and enjoy unique views upon floating houses and green hills. The boat stops at a Karen village, one of the many hill tribes from Burma, from where you continue your exploration of the jungle on the back of an elephant: you climb mountains and cross rivers. An unforgettable experience, a real jungle safari! Your day adventure ends with a trip down the river on a bamboo raft. Please bring swimwear for crossing some rapids and enjoy a moment of relaxation in the middle of a beautiful rain forest. At the end of the day you will be transferred to your hotel, your head filled with unforgettable memories.
First of all today, you visit the longest wooden bridge in Thailand, called Wang Kha from the name of the Mon ethnic village it connects to the rest of Sangkhlaburi city. Then you take the road to reach the Three Pagodas Pass connecting the Burmese city of Payathonsu to the Thai city of Sangkhlaburi in the northern part of Kanchanaburi province. This mountain pass is the main land route between southern Burma and western Thailand. It is believed that it is through this pass that Buddhism entered Thailand during the third century. This is also where the “death railway” passed, which you will see in Kanchanaburi, and you will reach later today by using a beautiful road passing wilderness and amazing settings. In Kanchanaburi you start by visiting the famous bridge over the river Kwai. Afterwards you visit the military cemetery commemorating the 6,000 Allied POWs who perished during the construction of the Death Railway and were grouped here after the war. You also visit the war museum (JEATH Museum) illustrating the dramatic conditions of this construction.
Morning free at leisure. At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport of Bangkok for your flight to your next destination, or simply to your hotel for a longer stay.
Private English speaking guide (Note: other languages available with supplement)
Accommodation in selected hotels, in air-conditioned room with bath/shower
Overnight with breakfast in all mentioned hotels
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned minivan, with private driver
Meals as indicated in itinerary: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), and Dinner (D)
All excursions as described in itinerary
Admission fees to the mentioned sites
Insurance covering our responsibilities
One bottle of water per person and per day
International and domestic airline tickets and airport taxes
Other meals and services than mentioned in the itinerary
Expenditures of a personal nature
Gratitude/Tips to local guides, drivers and porters
Insurance (personal and travel)
Early check-in or late check-out
All other services not mentioned in our itinerary
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