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RV River Kwai 4 Days/3 Nights Cruise

Joint cruise and tours/transfers basis
English, French or German speaking guide available
Operated Monday to Thursday and Thursday to Sunday

 

Duration: 4 Days / 3 nights

Tour start: Bangkok / Tour end: Bangkok

 

 

 

The RV River Kwai, the first inland cruise ship in Thailand, is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920s was the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world.

 The RV River Kwai carries a maximum of 20 passengers in 10 teakwood cabins (single deck) and operates on a 4 days/3 nights year round program every Monday-Thursday and Thursday-Sunday on both Upstream and Downstream programs alternately.

 The RV River Kwai opens up an entirely new area for river tourism in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok.  Every morning and afternoon land excursions are offered to visit attractions along the river including temples, historic sites, Khmer ruins, waterfalls, war cemeteries, hot springs, the bridge on the River Kwai, and local attractions, etc.

 Itinerary:          Program I - Upstream

 Monday

Day 1          Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Kao (L/D)

07:00           Depart from Bangkok by coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom.

09:00           Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.

10:30          Visit to Khao Noi Cave Temple (Wat Tham Khao Noi) located on the west bank of the river.  The monastery was constructed on a hill, decorated in the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art.  From the top of the monastery observe the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi and its mountainous horizon. 

Also visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) nearby, built in the form of Thai cultural art.  The great Buddha image and pagoda placed in the temple are respected by all Buddhists.

11:30           Continue to Kanchanaburi and visit to JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of a prisoner of war (POW) camp with bamboo huts which give an inkling of the grim living conditions and atrocities endured.  On display are tools, bombs, photographs, original sketches, testimonies, pictorials and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.

12:00           Embark RV River Kwai.

13:00           Lunch on board while cruising on Kwai Noi River.

14:30           Visit to Wat Tham Khaopoon, a Buddhist temple which served as a big camp of World War II.  There is a middle cave containing stalactites and stalagmites and many remarkable Buddha images. Behind the temple enjoy a marvelous view down the valley of the Kwai Noi River.

15:00           Proceed by coach to visit Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Park, located in the Kanchanaburi Agriculture College.  It is known as "Stone Garden" covering 200 rai (96 acres), since most of its area is scattered with stones of different sizes and shapes, similar to animals.

16:30           Return to boat and continue cruising upriver to Wang Pla Moo Bridge.

19:30           Dinner and overnight on board, near Ban Kao.

 

Tuesday

Day 2          Ban Kao-Sai Yok (B/L/D)

          Breakfast on board while cruising upriver on the Kwai Noi River to Muang Singh.

10:00           Visit "Prasat Muang Singh", historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago.  The extensive ruins of the temple beside the River Kwai Noi are a potent reminder of the vast expanse of the Khmer empire.  The ancient border town of Muang Singh, "City of the Lions", was probably established as a trading post.          

11:00           Continue by coach to Tha Kilen Train Station.

11:47           Take a 3rd class train to Saphan Tham Krasae passing over the long wooden viaduct.

12:02           Arrive at Saphan Tham Krasae and visit to Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point.  The cavern houses a Buddha image. 

12:30           Continue by coach and short stop at Sai Yok Elephant Village located right on the river bank, upriver from Wang Pho Bridge.

                   (Optional: Enjoy half an hour elephant riding through the jungle and along the Kwai Noi RiverExtra: Baht 300.- per person)

14:00           Lunch on board while cruising upriver.     

                   Afternoon at leisure on the boat.

                   (Optional: Enjoy one hour Thai traditional massage – Extra: Baht 500.- per person)

19:30           Dinner and overnight on board near the Resotel. 

                   (Optional: Enjoy 45 minutes Mon dances performance – Extra: Baht 150.- per person)

           

Wednesday

Day 3         Sai Yok-Sai Yok Yai-Ban Hin Dad (B/L/D)

                   Breakfast on board.

09:00           Walk uphill to visit Kaeng Lava Cave.  From the landing a short trail leads to the cave which boasts admirable stone draperies and concretions in large chambers.  The stalactites and stalagmites are a spectacular creation by nature.

10:30           Cruise upriver to Ban Haad Ngiu and continue by coach to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the stone mountain.  Trails lead to Hin Tok Bridge and Konyu Cutting where a plaque commemorates the ordeal of Australian and British POW's who undertook the hazardous work in precarious conditions at the aptly named pass.  The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) is intended to honor the Allied Prisoners of War and conscripted people from India, Burma, Malaysia and other countries who died during construction of the railway, as well as all who suffered as a consequence of the hardships.

                   Rejoin the boat at Kaeng Pa Lorm.

13:30           Lunch on board while cruising upriver, passing Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls.

                   Afternoon at leisure on the boat.

15:30           Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children.

16:30           Back to boat and cruising upriver.

19:00           “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board at Daowadueng Bridge.

 

Thursday

Day 4          Ban Hin Dad-Kanchanaburi-Bangkok (B/L)

07:00           Offering foods to monks (making merit in Buddhist style) at nearby temple.

08:30           Breakfast on board.

10:00           Disembark and return to Kanchanaburi by coach.  Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum, an interactive museum which provides a remarkable research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway.  Also visit to the Donrak War Cemetery which contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway”.   Continue to the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai.  The sturdy Iron Bridge spanning the River Kwai Yai, which was a crucial part of the Death Railway, was built in some 16 months by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts.  The bridge was destroyed in Allied bombing raids towards the end of World War II and was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations.

13:00           Lunch at River Kwai Restaurant, next to the bridge.

14:00           Proceed to Bangkok.

18:00           Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel or to Bangkok Airport.

 

Itinerary:     Program II - Downstream

Thursday

Day 1               Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Thong Pha Phum-Ban Hin Dad (L/D)

07:00           Depart from Bangkok by coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom.

09:00           Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.

10:30           Visit to Khao Noi Cave Temple (Wat Tham Khao Noi) located on the west bank of the river.  The monastery was constructed on a hill, decorated in the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art.  From the top of the monastery observe the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi and its mountainous horizon. 

Also visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) nearby, built in the form of Thai cultural art.  The great Buddha image and pagoda placed in the temple are respected by all Buddhists.

11:30           Continue to Kanchanaburi.

12:30           Lunch at Sommai Restaurant.

13:30           Proceed to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the stone mountain.  Trails lead to Hin Tok Bridge and Konyu Cutting where a plaque commemorates the ordeal of Australian and British POW's who undertook the hazardous work in precarious conditions at the aptly named pass.  The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) is intended to honor the Allied Prisoners of War and conscripted people from India, Burma, Malaysia and other countries who died during construction of the railway, as well as all who suffered as a consequence of the hardships.

16:00           Embark RV River Kwai at Daowadung Bridge and cruise downstream on Kwai Noi River

19:30           Dinner and overnight on board at Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls.

 

Friday

Day 2               Ban Hin Dad-Sai Yok Yai-Sai Yok (B/L/D)

          Breakfast on board while cruising downriver.

08:30            Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children.

09:45           Continue by coach to visit Hin Dad Hot Spring, formerly called Kui Mang.  It was accidentally discovered by Japanese soldiers who were supervising the construction of the Death Railway.  The natural hot spring features two large pools and private baths.  The mineral in the spring is believed to cure many diseases, e.g. beriberi (lack of vitamin B), arthritis, etc.

10:30           Visit to Pha Tad Waterfall located in the western zone of Si Nakharin Dam National Park.  It originates from a small stream called Huai Kui Mang.  Pha Tad is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kanchanaburi Province and flows into the Kwai Noi River.

11:30           Board RV River Kwai at Kaeng Pa Lorm.

13:30           Lunch on board while cruising downriver to the Floatel Jungle Raft.

15:00           River rafting or canoeing downstream on Kwai Noi River.  If time allows, visit nearby Mon Village.

                   (Optional: Enjoy one hour Thai traditional massage – Extra: Baht 500.- per person)

19:30            Dinner and overnight on board near the Resotel. 

                    (Optional: Enjoy 45 minutes Mon dances performance – Extra: Baht 150.- per person)

Saturday

Day 3          Sai Yok-Ban Kao (B/L/D)

         Breakfast on board while cruising downriver.

10:15           Short visit at Sai Yok Elephant village located right on the river bank.

                   (Optional: Enjoy half an hour elephant riding through the jungle and along the River Kwai Noi – Extra: Baht 300.- per person)

11:45           Lunch on board while cruising downriver to Wang Pho Bridge.

13:00           Board the coach to visit the Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point.  The cavern houses a Buddha image. 

13:36           Take a 3rd class train to Tha Kilen Train Station passing over the long wooden viaduct.

13:51           Arrive Tha Kilen and continue by coach to "Prasat Muang Singh", historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago.  The extensive ruins of the temple beside the River Kwai Noi are a potent reminder of the vast expanse of the  Khmer empire.  The ancient border town of Muang Singh, "City of the Lions", was probably established as a trading post.

15:00           Return to the RV River Kwai at Prasat Muang Singh and cruise downstream.

                   Afternoon at leisure on the boat.

19:00           “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board, near Ban Kao.

 

Sunday

Day 4               Ban Kao-Kanchanaburi-Bangkok (B/L)

08:00           Breakfast on board while cruising downstream to Wat Tham Khaopoon.

09:00           Visit to Wat Tham Khaopoon, a Buddhist temple which served as a big camp of World War II.  There is a middle cave containing stalactites and stalagmites and many remarkable Buddha images.  Behind the temple enjoy a marvelous view down the valley of the Kwai Noi River.

09:30           Continue by coach to Kanchanaburi to visit the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai.  The sturdy Iron Bridge spanning the River Kwai Yai, which was a crucial part of the Death Railway, was built in some 16 months by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts.  The bridge was destroyed in Allied bombing raids towards the end of World War II and was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations. Continue to the Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum, an interactive museum which provides a remarkable research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway. 

                   Finally, visit to the Donrak War Cemetery which contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway”. 

12:30           Rejoin RV River Kwai at Saphan Mai and lunch on board while cruising on the Mae Klong Dam at Tha Muang.

15:00           Disembark RV River Kwai at Mae Klong Dam and return to Bangkok by coach.

18:00           Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel or to Bangkok Airport.

 

Child Policy:

-          Children of 4 years and older must solely occupy a berth and pay the full rate (same as adults).

-          Infants below the age of 4 years may sleep in their parent's cabin without extra charge but parents are to provide own baby food.

-          NO triple rooms or extra beds are available.

 

Inclusive of:

-          Accommodation on RV River Kwai, meals as mentioned above, coffee, tea & drinking water.

-          Transfers and sightseeing tours with English, French or German speaking local guide (together with other cruise members).

-          Entrance fees.

 

Not included:

-          Optional tours.

-          Expenditures of a personal nature for bar and laundry.

-          Gratuity to crew.

 

Price  per person in USD, in shared TWN-cabin (joint tour basis only)

4-days cruise

(Mon – Thu)

(Thu – Sun)

 

Period

 

Per person

 

Single supplement

 

01.11.05 – 30.04.2006

 

USD 750.-

 

USD 250.-

 

01.05. – 31.10.2006

 

USD 600.-

 

USD 175.-

 

 CRUISE SCHEDULE 05-06

 

NO.

CRUISE SCHEDULE

UPSTREAM

DOWNSTREAM

Departure

Arrival

Departure

Arrival

RV-00

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

 

 

03-Nov-05

06-Nov-05

RV-01

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

07-Nov-05

10-Nov-05

10-Nov-05

13-Nov-05

RV-02

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

14-Nov-05

17-Nov-05

17-Nov-05

20-Nov-05

RV-03

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

21-Nov-05

24-Nov-05

24-Nov-05

27-Nov-05

RV-04

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

28-Nov-05

01-Dec-05

01-Dec-05

04-Dec-05

RV-05

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

05-Dec-05

08-Dec-05

08-Dec-05

11-Dec-05

RV-06

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

12-Dec-05

15-Dec-05

15-Dec-05

18-Dec-05

RV-07

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

19-Dec-05

22-Dec-05

22-Dec-05

25-Dec-05

RV-08

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

26-Dec-05

29-Dec-05

29-Dec-05

01-Jan-06

RV-09

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

02-Jan-06

05-Jan-06

05-Jan-06

08-Jan-06

RV-10

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

09-Jan-06

12-Jan-06

12-Jan-06

15-Jan-06

RV-11

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

16-Jan-06

19-Jan-06

19-Jan-06

22-Jan-06

RV-12

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

23-Jan-06

26-Jan-06

26-Jan-06

29-Jan-06

RV-13

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

30-Jan-06

02-Feb-06

02-Feb-06

05-Feb-06

RV-14

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

06-Feb-06

09-Feb-06

09-Feb-06

12-Feb-06

RV-15

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

13-Feb-06

16-Feb-06

16-Feb-06

19-Feb-06

RV-16

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

20-Feb-06

23-Feb-06

23-Feb-06

26-Feb-06

RV-17

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

27-Feb-06

02-Mar-06

02-Mar-06

05-Mar-06

RV-18

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

06-Mar-06

09-Mar-06

09-Mar-06

12-Mar-06

RV-19

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

13-Mar-06

16-Mar-06

16-Mar-06

19-Mar-06

RV-20

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

20-Mar-06

23-Mar-06

23-Mar-06

26-Mar-06

RV-21

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

27-Mar-06

30-Mar-06

30-Mar-06

02-Apr-06

RV-22

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

03-Apr-06

06-Apr-06

06-Apr-06

09-Apr-06

RV-23

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

10-Apr-06

13-Apr-06

13-Apr-06

16-Apr-06

RV-24

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

17-Apr-06

20-Apr-06

20-Apr-06

23-Apr-06

RV-25

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

24-Apr-06

27-Apr-06

27-Apr-06

30-Apr-06

RV-26

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

01-May-06

04-May-06

04-May-06

07-May-06

RV-27

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

08-May-06

11-May-06

11-May-06

14-May-06

RV-28

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

15-May-06

18-May-06

18-May-06

21-May-06

RV-29

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

22-May-06

25-May-06

25-May-06

28-May-06

RV-30

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

29-May-06

01-Jun-06

01-Jun-06

04-Jun-06

RV-31

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

05-Jun-06

08-Jun-06

08-Jun-06

11-Jun-06

RV-32

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

12-Jun-06

15-Jun-06

15-Jun-06

18-Jun-06

RV-33

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

19-Jun-06

22-Jun-06

22-Jun-06

25-Jun-06

RV-34

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

26-Jun-06

29-Jun-06

29-Jun-06

02-Jul-06

RV-35

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

03-Jul-06

06-Jul-06

06-Jul-06

09-Jul-06

RV-36

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

10-Jul-06

13-Jul-06

13-Jul-06

16-Jul-06

RV-37

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

17-Jul-06

20-Jul-06

20-Jul-06

23-Jul-06

RV-38

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

24-Jul-06

27-Jul-06

27-Jul-06

30-Jul-06

RV-39

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

31-Jul-06

03-Aug-06

03-Aug-06

06-Aug-06

RV-40

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

07-Aug-06

10-Aug-06

10-Aug-06

13-Aug-06

RV-41

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

14-Aug-06

17-Aug-06

17-Aug-06

20-Aug-06

RV-42

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

21-Aug-06

24-Aug-06

24-Aug-06

27-Aug-06

RV-43

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

28-Aug-06

31-Aug-06

31-Aug-06

03-Sep-06

RV-44

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

04-Sep-06

07-Sep-06

07-Sep-06

10-Sep-06

RV-45

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

11-Sep-06

14-Sep-06

14-Sep-06

17-Sep-06

RV-46

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

18-Sep-06

21-Sep-06

21-Sep-06

24-Sep-06

RV-47

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

25-Sep-06

28-Sep-06

28-Sep-06

01-Oct-06

RV-48

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

02-Oct-06

05-Oct-06

05-Oct-06

08-Oct-06

RV-49

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

09-Oct-06

12-Oct-06

12-Oct-06

15-Oct-06

RV-50

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

16-Oct-06

19-Oct-06

19-Oct-06

22-Oct-06

RV-51

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

23-Oct-06

26-Oct-06

26-Oct-06

29-Oct-06

RV-52

Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Hin Dad-Bangkok

30-Oct-06

02-Nov-06

02-Nov-06

05-Nov-06

 

 

Specifications of the Vessel:

 

The RV River Kwai is an inland water class vessel, with the following specifications:

 

Length                    120ft / 36m

Beam                       25ft / 7.6m

Draft                      3ft / 90cm

Air Draft               11.5ft  / 3.5m

Tonnage                 155.69 tons

Engines                  2 x 200 hp Hino engines with inboard propulsion; propellers have 4 blades, 3ft diameter

Speed                     8 knots cruising

Power                     1 x 75kva Caterpillar (recon) genset, 1 x 20 kva port/emergency genset, shore lines to bases on river

Cabins                    10 deluxe staterooms of 3m x 4m with own shower, water closet, air-conditioned, mini safes, etc.

Public                     Upper deck is open plan with dining, bar and seating areas covered by a collapsible frame awning to enable vessel to pass under low bridges

Water                     Water tanks

Sewage                  Holding tanks to pump out to on shore sceptic facility

Comms                    Thai GSM cellular, FM Radios, PA system, tannoy

Safety                    Smoke detectors in all cabins, emergency lighting and generator, fire extinguishers, pumps and hoses, life jackets for all passengers, life rafts, ship’s motorized tugboat

Navigation             Ship’s horn, searchlights, Garmin GPS (Global Positioning System)

Amenities               Fully equipped kitchen, refrigeration units

Crew                       Thai crew of 11.

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